Why ISLAM will lose, Rick? - I am so afraid you are utterly wrong
Submitted by Michel C. Zala (United States), Jan 6, 2007 at 14:49
No offense intended, It is because of people like you, why I am so worried about ISLAM dominating a future world. You underestimate the power of this movement tremendously. You demonstrate with your comment this so dangerous attribute of complacency. Never ever underestimate your adversary. Especially not this one.
A two pronged approach clearly manifests itself here with a majority of peaceful muslims who simply by sheer numbers and their growng pouplation in even Western Countries ( See Netherlands, where in the year 2020 muslims will become the majority) will eventually influence, heck dominate politics and the legislature. They will be able to do that by legal means and voting only , starting in few decades, if we do not turn around aour approach to family and values - see my other submission below.
In about 50 years the real estate in Italy, France and most other European Countries will be real cheap with shrinking numbers of aboriginals. With 3-4 children per muslim family you go ahead and calculate.
In addition to the "legal" progress of Islam worldwide, we have the militant arm, such as Al Khaeda.And they are learning fast, whilst only the US is trying to counteract these fundamentalists opposed by most former allies due to ignorance, passiveness, appeasement, sarcasm and overall moral degeneration.
So far, these " holy warriors" suffer from their Napoleon Complex, their gigantomanism. Every attack has to be bigger, grander and more spectacular, which is why they have not been able to really inflict damage on the Western World. These plans are too extensive, too complicated, can be intercepted and defended against. So far.....
But here is a really scary scenario with massive consequences to the entire Western World
Forget for a moment bioterrorism or nuclear devices. Remember the beltway sniper in the US.? One single guy shot over a period of 2-3 months a dozen randomly selected people across 3 states in the US. With a simple Rifle which can be bought here in the US over the counter. There was no press release by Al Jazzeera, no massive financial backbone, no organization. Only one disturbed man and his son with a gun shooting random people at shopping malls, gas stations and so on.
This man alone paralyzed a region of several US states over months. People were afraid to leave their houses, paranoia, fear, even panic ensued.
Now picture this: 40 to 100 radical muslims either already in the US ( with legal Green Cards) or so easily penetrating our borders over a period of months. Our border is simply not defended/defendable. It is like a swiss cheese. The terrorists disperse to various Cities, even small ones. Now they start sniping random people ( softest of all targets) from a distance. If they only manage this over a short period of a few weeks, until they get caught, supported by a a whole network of their own media plus CNN and the likes where their threats will be published readily, what will happen in the US?
Mass panic, paranoia, state of war, total erosion of civil rights, fear, vigilantes, mass demonstrations, racial riots, stockmarket crash - the life as we know it would simply stop after a while. Every single occurrence of such events would only further fuel more ot them filling the gaps of the caught ones. It would inflame the entire muslim world and fill them with pride (while they officially would condemn the attacks of course) All it takes is a low tech /soft target approach. Then start to think bigger and do it with more western countries such as the poreous Europeans with no more border controls left - Shengen.
Mark my words - sooner or later they' will make this logical conclusion. Its a sheer numbers game. They have a literally unlimited number of recruits willing to be killed in the name of Djihad, They do not need weapons of mass destruction or airplanes to paralyze the entire western world and create the chaos out of which they intend to build their holy islamic aera according to the wrtings of their Q'uran.The huge silent peaceful islamic masses will applaude (deep down).
In conclusion we are facing an enemy on two fronts. Legally via their population explosion, slow and steady and the militant side which fortunately has not yet grasped the concept yet, is not networked, unified and really globally organized (yet). But they are learning fast while we stand passively by and fight with each other,
On neither side do we have a plan, unity or hope to persevere. On the contrary - the only power trying to counteract at least islamic fundamentalism, the USA, is being attacked, belittled, joked about and hindered in any way (UN) to get pro-active. And the results show already here: too with growing fatigue, tendencies of isolationism, less support for the defense forces and intelligence, a foreseable shift back to the left with more appeasement, pacifism and decreasing will to alienate our so called allies.
Those standard rules of engagement do no longer apply here. Taking the moral high ground may be honorable, but our survival is at stake. Being the one-legged man in a butt kicking contest works only for so long. When will it finally penetrate that our entire Western Civilisation is at stake? That we are in danger of being thrown back to the middle ages? When will we realize that we must apply all our inventions and tools in our arsenal: Marketing, PR, Media, Internet, Economics, Legislature, but also demonstrate the courage and will to use force, when needed. Work this "Enemy" on every single front towards integration and embrace and assimilation but also eradication, where needed.
And while we are doing that, we must strengthen our own core values again: Culture, Science, Family and children. With the same tools I mentioned above, we must work on our own societies towards a hungry, strong, steadfast, optimistic populus which believes in a bright future again. Let;s conquer space, give people a vision again, put a man on Mars, explore and make people dream again. Make the growing segment of peaceful Muslims in our countries truly citizens of our country with a sense of patriotism and pride. Take away the nurturing ground for fundamentalism and fanatism by embracing their culture and letting them practice a pea ceful religion. Yet stop with legal means and strict enforcement draconically any attempt by any religion to "dominate" or missionarize. Enforce separation of church and state.
If we employ our own two pronged strategy against the tide as I only touched on some subjects above, the Western World may have a chance to survi ve in the long run.
it would take a gargantuous effort by a unified World. And - before action can be taken, it would require realizatiion and appreciation of the danger we are in. Sadly - I can not see that other than in the comments of some Internet blogs. It will take further attacks and many deaths, until this will be achieved.
I only hope that further terrorism may unify us and not further result in infighting. Hitler managed after a while to get us focused and unified. I pray for the same thing to happen here.
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