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Radical Islam

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Submitted by Minna Felig (Israel), Jun 16, 2002 at 05:17

I would agree that radical or militant Islam is a specific problem that the U.S. and the entire world need to deal with right now. However, the war on terror describes a greater problem that we can't ignore, that is terror groups which exist outside of militant Islam. These groups work with radical Islamists, they help eachother and train eachother, with a common goal of wreaking havoc on the rest of us. By specifying "radical Islam" to the exclusion of the terrorists coming out of Ireland, Japan and other countries, we risk cheapening our cause by allowing for accusations of racism and then jeopardizing our cause by overfocusing on one problem and having it reappear in the guise of a non-Islamic radical.
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