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The West has not leaders.

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Submitted by Caesar Arevalo (United States), Oct 9, 2006 at 15:24

The inability of our leaders in the West to deal sternly and effectively against the advance of Islamic terrorism in Europe and America has been the reason why we are now facing the ongoing threat of losing our freedoms. It is our leaders' fault, ultimately, and their politics of appeasement that open the doors to Muslims to control the political and religious affair worldwide.

Western leaders are living in denial. Particularly, those who call themselves "progressives" and "liberals" are responsible for the spreading of Islamic terrorism into America and Europe. Our western leaders have renounced the fight for our survival. They have capitulated to Islam. In other words, there is not a single leader in the West to face these Islamic terrorists with not apology and guilty feeling. Even president Bush along with the Pope are silenced by the intolerance and intimidation of Muslims to the point that they have to apologize every time Muslims are "offended." It is really a disgrace what is going in the West.

The concept of freedom of speech, religion, press and conscience is absent in the political philosophy of Islam. When we hear from our leaders saying and repeating over and over that Islam is a religion of "peace," we wonder if they really care for the survival of our civilization. It is a historical and theological fact that Islam is NOT a religion of peace. Islam is a religion that generates fanaticism that incites the murder of innocent of children, women, and men who are do not fit the ideal concept of being a Muslim. Therefore, we need to demand from our leaders and government to stop acting under the dictates of "tolerance," "diversity," and "multiculturalism," and start taking serious steps to the preservation of our dearest constitutional rights of freedom of speech, religion, and press.

Not a single religion is above criticism, and Islam is not the exception. At this point Islam has lost the respect of the civilized world. Islam as religion has been found impotent to elevate the human spirit to values as altruism, forgiveness, love, peace, and tolerance.

Therefore, in the name of those who are still enslaved and captives in this evil ideology, we, in the West, must continue denouncing openly and with not fear the brutality, murder, injustice, and oppression of millions of people under the sword of Islam. We must continue make use of our liberties and freedom to publish, confront, debate, challenge, and exposed the ugliness of Islam, and this includes caricatures, cartoons, movies, songs, and any other mean of communication. Muslims have to understand that they are victims of their own religion and the best way to be free from the bondage of that barbaric ideology is through critical exposition of Islam.

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