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No Flowers In The Weed Garden Of Islam

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Submitted by Geno M. (United States), Apr 20, 2008 at 16:44

Though I've great respect for Dr. Pipes, I think Donvan is correct. Islam is an ideology whose core beliefs put it in a state of constant, corrosive, and coercive conflict with everything and everyone other than itself. It is a game where no permanent draw is possible. Either they win or we win.

This is not our fault. It is a distinguishing feature of Islam and what separates that system from Christianity, Judaism, Secular humanism and basically everybody else on planet Earth. The Qu'ran teaches the faithful that non-Muslim are the worst of creatures---less than human. We are to be hated, cheated, pitied but never treated as equal beings.

To cite but one example, "O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. - Qu'ran 5:54". These are dangerous ideas. Unfortunately the Qu'ran is made up largely of such ideas. Even more unfortunate, these are also the sort of thoughts running around in their heads when millions shriek "DEATH TO AMERICA!" or a few fly planes into the WTC. Most unfortunate of all, the book cannot be rewritten, even though we would wish fervently that it could. Islam has survived for fourteen centuries precisely because it is unmodified and unmodifiable. This is why it scares me when a learned fellow like Dr. Pipes urges us to engage 'moderate elements' within Islam.

Such thinking seems to me akin to European Jewry hoping to stave off the holocaust by appealing for intercession by, and dialogue with, reasonable Nazis. True, there were those few in Nazi Germany, like Oskar Schindler, whose humanity rose above their Naziism. But that didn't stop Schindler's cohorts from spilling the blood of over six million Jews in the span of six short years.

Today there are also a few courageous voices within Islam that militate against conquest of the Kafir. But these voices are noteworthy not so much for their courage, but rather for their scarcity. We live in a dangerous time, probably the most dangerous era that has ever been. A nuclear 9/11 will undoubtedly make the holocaust pale by comparison. If this happens---"when" this happens, it will place the very survival of Western civilization in jeopardy.

Make no mistake. The momentum within Islam aims for our complete annihilation. The loonies are driving the bus. And sooner than any of us would care to imagine, the unthinkable will become the inevitable. For this reason, we must understand that if, where and when Islam unleashes the unholiest of terror upon us, not even the friendliest of our enemies will lift a finger to save us. Sorry Dr. Pipes. I too wish we could water and fertilize the seeds of reason within the weed patch of Islam. But to my eye, I don't think the Islamist weed monster has any intention of letting the kinder gentler seedlings in its midst sprout.

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