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The only way to combat Muslim Militants is to go to the source

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Submitted by Aron (United States), Feb 13, 2003 at 16:58

What is the driving force behind Militant Islam? Is it money? Power? Poverty? Recognition? or Islam itself?

The answer is all the above have something to do with Militant Islam to a certain degree, but overwhelmingly, the cause of Militant Islam is the cultic religion, Islam.
You may say how does Islam , a "peaceful religion", cause these people to be terrorists? The answer is easy. The Koran at minimum doesn't condemn it and at maximum it encourages it to the point of telling believers that they will gain rewards in heaven for mistreating and killing "infidels". In fact, it isn't a peaceful "religion", but a violent cult. The "peaceful religion" myth has been desiminated by those who honestly believe in the religion, but have failed to question its violent instructions. If you disagree with me in this point, I ask you to pick any middle eastern Muslim country of your choice and start preaching to the people openly about Christianity. Actually, I strongly urge you not to unless you want to end your life. If Islam was a peaceful religion, it wouldn't encourage killing of apostates, but it precisely does that.

The question many would ask is if Islam is the cause or source of the actions of these militants than why don't all Muslims behave like them. It depends on what kind of enviornment these Muslims are living in. Muslims living inside the mind-controlling and freedom-lacking Middle East have exactly that to thank for their fanatacism. Everything from teachings in schools to media to the govenment is controlled so that negative remarks about Islam are not voiced. This is happening in even countries like Egypt and Suadi Arabia which we considered allies of democratic countries. So if you live in a country where the only opinion that is voiced is one for Islam and against Christianity and other religions, wouldn't you think it would seem reasonable that you would think likewise? But it goes further than that. Muslim clerics in these countries encourage followers to take up arms and fight the "infidels" and destroy them as commanded to them in the Koran. In countries like the US where the Koran has a an opposing view point, and because Islam is not the ruling religion, freedom to think other than what is in the Koran is encouraged, so naturally, Muslims living in the United States are a lot less likely to be militant.

So to answer the original question, how to combat Militant Islam, the answer is to expose Islam for what it really is and what it stands for. Basically, tell the truth about the religion.
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