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Response to SS: "Silence of the moderate Muslims..."

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Submitted by Roger W. Gardner (United States), Aug 19, 2007 at 23:01

SS: Obviously, I agree with you completely. We keep talking about the "moderate Muslims" as though they could (even supposing that they wanted to) somehow extricate us from this growing peril. To me, these 'moderate Muslims' are behaving in almost exactly the same way as those Eastern European countries -- Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, et al -- behaved at the beginning of WWII. They were hedging their bets. They were waiting on the sidelines to see who would come out the stronger: the Axis or the Allies. Unfortunately for them, they picked the wrong team and ended their days on the frozen tundra of the Russian steppes.

We should also remember that it was these same 'moderate Muslims' who lovingly embraced Adolf Hitler and eagerly swore their allegiance to the Nazi swastika, so that they could join forces to obliterate the Jews.

Sooner or later, we are going to have to face up to a disturbing truth -- throughout the universal ummah, the Islamist's message -- regardless of its conspiracy theory lunacies and surrealistic expectations -- resonates.

It is, of course, that same old siren song of victimization, only sung in a different voice. It offers those same old empty promises -- the promise of power regained, the promise of a new found relevancy for those who felt previously irrelevant. It offers a fraudulent form of self-respect and dignity -- and a shiny new sword.

Like you, I am finding it increasingly difficult to accept the idea that Islam has been "hijacked".

Those who most closely follow the teachings of the Prophet are the terrorists.

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