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I appreciate your honesty, Mansoor

Reader comment on item: Islamic Economics: What Does It Mean?
in response to reader comment: Ostrich approach

Submitted by Jeff (United States), Oct 4, 2007 at 22:48

Mansoor, I appreciate your honesty. I keep hearing "Islam is peace, Islam is love, Islam is tolerant." I think your observation is much more honest.

The present failure (of Muslims) are due to compound reasons. They left the solid teachings of their religion and they seperated themselves from being fighters and aggressors.

Right, Mansoor, Islam is, and is intended to be, a religion of fighters and aggressors. Like most aggressors, when it can no longer effectively murder, rob and enslave its neighbors it tends to slide into poverty. When one has nothing to offer its neighbors except murder, aggression and slavery very few people are attracted to it. (Western nations are attempting to deal with massive immigration. How many Islamic countries have that problem? Did millions of Africans emigrate to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan last year? Syria? Iran? They did to the USA and Europe.)

So, you're saying, Muslims became moderate Muslims, and that's a bad thing. OK.

But then, right in the next line, you disappoint me in the honesty department:

The failure of USA in conquering iraq and afghanistan is very much visible and the story is even more worst than we saw in vietnam

The USA has never had any intention to conquer Iraq or Afghanistan.

The "government" of Afghanistan was complicit in the murder of 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001. You may have been one of the millions of Muslims who danced in the streets to celebrate that day, but we had a different opinion, and guess what, not only Muslims have the right to defend themselves. You obviously think Afghanistan was better off under the Taliban, but most Afghans disagree with you on that.

In Iraq we removed a bloodthirsty dictator who murdered more Muslims than anyone else in recent history. We intended to replace the mass murderer with a system that would allow all Iraqis a voice in their government and then, we would leave. Yes, it's been a failure. We showed our ignorance of Islam and Arabs, thinking we could encourage democracy among people who don't even have a word for it in their vocabulary. If all we wanted was to conquer, that would have been much easier. We could have chosen to fight like Muslims do: when the men hide behind women and children, shoot the women and children and then shoot the men; blow up mosques; blow up hospitals, cafes, markets, girls' schools. Yes, we could have conquered that way. The war would have ended long ago. But we did not, and we won't. We're the USA, not the army of Islam.


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