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Submitted by Bryan Jackson (Canada), Oct 21, 2006 at 23:18

Man, I have seen some real runons before, but this takes the cake.

Not every muslim is a terrorist out there who wants to kill people and force everyone else to accept his view. Many just practice their religion and work in our nations. The few loonies out there who do this are the ones we need to worry about, and going after a billion people because of a few Osama bin Ladens is idiotic and will ensure we spend the next century constantly fighting.

Strict control of Muslim immigration; constant invigilation of mosques, harsh laws applied to preachers of hate and jihad against the West – mandatory jail sentences, or better still, instant deportation. Death penalty for terrorists, deportation of entire families of suicide bombers under collective punishment laws. Do not hesitate to bomb any Muslim country whose natives (or their children born in the West) commit a terrorist act in a Western country.

Nailing preachers of hate for all types of hatred - anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic - will never bother me any. Neither will executing terrorists. We already do that - Timothy McVeigh got a needle in the arm, and anyone who thinks Zacarias Massoui won't eventually be executed, either by the government or the others in his prison, is kidding themselves.

But collective punishment isn't gonna stop them, its just gonna tee them off and then we'll end up with more trouble. Bombing Muslim nations because of a few screwups goes back to what I said earlier about hitting many because of the few morons.

Strict control of all converts to Islam, if such conversions should at all be allowed; in Greece, for example, trying to convert a Greek to a religion other than orthodox Christianity is punishable by jail. Imposition of a jizya-style tax for Muslims – not to worry; they can afford trillions of petrodollars.

The West hated apartheid for a reason, and what you're saying here is essentially imposing apartheid on Muslims because of their religion. This is in violation of the American, Canadian, British, German, Australian and South African constitutions and the laws of most nations. Head tax on Muslims? That's racist, and you know it.

Birth control for Muslims – the more children, the more tax or less Social Security.

Again, this is explicitly racist. Something we all hated South Africa for, remember? Forcible birth control in nations that aren't totalitarian regimes is damn ner impossible, and unless you're willing to drop that on all people, it won't stand up in any nation's courts.

Limit the power of the parasitic Islamic organizations, lest they will become a state within a state; stop financing them – the House of Saud has pockets full of money.

Stopping financing them wouldn't bother me, but again they should not be treated different from anyone else. What's the point of that?

No more special treatment or religious privileges for Muslims – either the truth that we are all equal is self-evident, or it is not. Stop Muslims telling us what to do and stop telling us that Islam is a religion of peace – we have brains, too; we know that politicians and even presidents do lie, but we will not fall for this one.

Agreed, all people should be considered equal in the eyes of the nation and its government. The fact this isn't done is stupid. People with physical or mental disabilities are different of course, but all able-bodied people should be treated equally. Islam, when it isn't taken literally and full of violent rhetoric, isn't really a violent religion at all, it's just interpreted that way by screwups like Osama bin Laden.

Stop wasting time, money and valuable human resources on establishing democracy in Muslim countries. Islam and democracy are incompatible and mutually exclusive; ninety-five percent of Muslims can live without democracy, but not without Islam.

Uh, why should we stop doing this? Establishing better nations in the Islamic world is he best way to stop them from wanting to attack us, isn't it?

Stop worrying about the Arabs turning off the oil taps – if they should, the non-Muslim world can always blockade them, thus depriving them of virtually all goods they desperately need in their daily life: machinery, cars, aircraft, radio, TV, computers, fridges, air-conditioners, cellular phones, weaponry (shall I say this again?), light bulbs or even cigarette-lighters – everything they have to import; we will see what they do sooner, invent and start producing all those things or turn the oil taps back on.

This would end up hurting everyone, double-time for us as we would need the fuel to keep our daily lives in routine. Besides, they wouldn't shut off the oil anyways - they'd be broke in weeks if they did this. They'd feel the effects faster than we would.

Finally, do not hesitate to keep the Muslim world in abject poverty; when poor, they will be busy to try and make the ends meet, so they will not engage in global conquest. It is when they do have money, they feel strong; weaponry is the first thing they buy, leaving their starving masses for the West (and the United Nations) to look after. (I admit that I got this idea from Mr. Ali Sina of Faith Freedom International, written in his excellent piece "Viva Oriana" on July 13, 2006.)

Racist again, and if they manage to bring themselves out of poverty what do ya do then?

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