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Submitted by Trans-parere (Canada), Jan 25, 2008 at 01:02

I'm happy to see this book and this information being discussed on this site. Too often the question of Islam has degraded to- Islam is evil. Islam must be destroyed. I believe, to understand any hope of a cultural and social transmutation of the excesses of Islam one needs to understand the local social makeup and method of governing inherently practiced by the people.

I think much of the difficulties in Iraq and Afghanistan lie in this "local heel dragging", the fear of the consequences of being first to step out of the security of tribal tradition, a traitor to local governing expectation. I have never questioned the building of a Mosque but, I have always been concerned with the proliferation of institutions the likes of CAIR or MAIR or what ever alphabet soup that masks their social controls/governing inside of a democracy, a free country, explicitly to defeat the social advantages of that democracy. I do not believe a little fascism or dictatorship hidden in the bowels of any democratic society is a good thing.

I personally view these "councils" as the institutions of the secret police of Islam and a control mechanism to keep down the adherents of that faith. They have nothing to do with faith. This book goes a long way in opening up the cultural tribal mentality and it's familiar excesses, the inbred mistrust, the stagnation of social development and the 'envious' hatred of western freedoms behind the current Islamic movement. It would be nice to think that those leading the 'reformation' in Iraq and Afghanistan give this book a serious read. Hospitals and schools, roads and fresh drinking water will be meaningless work if the institutions of mistrust built into Islam are not removed.

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