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Apostasy as utilitarian pretext for Islamic fundamentalists

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Submitted by Tom Marzullo (United States), Dec 24, 2007 at 16:45

As a former Special Forces soldier, I am somewhat familiar with the ways of unconventional warfare (UW). In light of that and some convincing historical evidence of the actions of Islamic fundamentalists there are some political issues that will inevitably be placed in the forefront of our attention should Obama be elected as President.

Whether Obama's apparant apostasy is or is not a severly punishable offense within classic Islam is not the point, it is rather how that unique situation can be twisted to the advantage of Islamic fundamentalists. We already have ample anecdotal evidence that both the Sunni and Shiia-based militants do not limit their views of what is and is not an offense that is punishable by death... be it in the case of a Dutch filmmaker, an American journalist or a South Korean aid worker. Militant radicals (of whatever stripe) must stretch the confines of acceptable behavior, it is in fact their defining characteristic.

Having an apostate to Islam as the leader of America presents a huge number of opportunities to recruit personnel and deploy them against US interests. It is precisely because these opportunities do exist that will ensure that they will be used... it is far too tempting a gambit not to employ. Successful UW is always a proposition that relies heavily upon the ability to tug hard on the emotions without fully engaging the intellect of your pool of potential recruits and this exactly just such an opportunity... it is the virtual poster child for a cause de celeb.

Having called the turn well before anyone else on some major issues in radical Islam's war on the West, I can clearly see that this undeniable situation cannot help but be put into play to the advantage of the Islamic fundamentalist militants. This is a plum that will fall to them if Obama becomes President and forms the suitcase in which all of his other baggage will be carried. It is a substantial matter to consider.

Tom Marzullo

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