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Denying the opportunity for violent jihad

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Submitted by Pat (United States), Nov 12, 2006 at 12:24

"The moral of the story is: the fastest way to convert potential jihadists into actual jihadists is to send infidels into an Islamic country. To say that the American invasion of Iraq was counterproductive, is the understatement of the decade."

Professor Sharma,

Given our goals, the Iraq invasion may have been counterproductive, but it served a vital purpose: it showed me that Muslims are not nearly as peaceful as they claim to be. Given the chance to build a peaceful multi-sectarian society, they instead are killing one another with great relish, on a scale not seen since Europe went through the Reformation. The other purpose it served was to prove the underhandedness of the UN. While the US and Britain were monitoring the no-fly zones from bases in Saudi Arabia (Osama's excuse for 9/11) the UN, Russia, France and China were making deals with, and accepting bribes from, Saddam.

Whether or not they actually blow themselves up, all adults who encourage anyone to engage in violent acts of jihad are practicing the jihadist philosophy and are inculcating it in their young. They don't mourn the children they lose in war. They celebrate their suicide. I don't believe too many Muslim family members of jihadists wish their relative hadn't done it. Robert Spencer is not that far off the mark.

You also point out that the opportunity to engage in jihad brings them into the open. That belies the idea that Muslims are peaceful people. Many who haven't killed yet simply haven't had the chance. The difference between an actual jihadist and a potential jihadist can be summed up in one word: opportunity.

This suggests that, since we can't deny them the motive (they'll always have it), or the means (too many will have it for a long time, courtesy of oil riches), all we can do is deny them the opportunity. The only way to do that is to deny them all access to non-Muslim countries. This means not just immigration, but also no opportunity even to travel or study anywhere in the West. It's called isolation. Their home countries need to become their prison, until they decide to change.

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