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Self-Education on Islamism

Reader comment on item: America's Crash Course on Islam

Submitted by Kat O'Leary (United States), Sep 11, 2007 at 13:04

I am one of the Americans referred to in this article. I have been reading many books on Islam and Jihad, Dhimmitude, and all the related topics. I am a conservative, so I've been reading books by more conservative authors.

I look back to September 11th, and remember how little I knew about any of this! It actually gives me chills that I could be walking around so ignorant of something so big that is out there waiting to kill us. There are times even today when I feel like grabbing a megaphone and warning people from the tops of buildings! I find this topic fascinating and will continue to read new books as they come out. I think that Americans need to know some basic vocabulary differences between the West and Islamists.

The way they define "Liberation" - meaning to become Islamic. The way they define "Innocence" - meaning only Muslims are innocent, and "Peace" - meaning that the world will only be peaceful when it is entirely Islamic. These are key things that continue to lead Americans to confusion about the Islamic ideology. There is so much to "read between the lines" when listening to an Islamist and what they want for the world.


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