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The real goal of Islamic fundamentalists

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Submitted by Kenneth Besig (Israel), Dec 16, 2003 at 15:16

I would suggest that the leaders of the various fundamentalist Islamic/ terror movements couldn't be less interested about living in "exact accord" with an 'absolute truth," and are far more concerned with attaining money and power.

However, as this interviewer notes, the lifestyle these groups offer as a result of their radical and inhuman interpretations of Islam's holy book, the Koran, would indeed be "nightmarish" to anyone with an iota of self respect and intellectual integrity and would only attract the most marginal and violent members of any society. This is why these groups will never, ever try to achieve their political goals through the ballot box and the peaceful, democratic means that implies, and specifically why they must use murder and mayhem in order to create enough chaos, instability, and repression to take power by violent coup d'etat.

Keep in mind that many of these Islamic terrorist leaders studied political science(popular revolution) at the Patrice Lumumba Institute in the former Soviet Union and thus their methods of agitation/propaganda and their creative use of violence faithfully reflect this training. Regarding their "devoted followers" one need only look at the now imprisoned "Jackal." This individual would be little more than a psychopathic serial murderer in normal society, but in the murky world of international Islamic terror, he became a revered icon, even though he was a singularly stupid and vacous individual (take a look at his new book), and whose sole contribution was the cold blooded murder of usually innocent and unarmed civilians. Regarding the two top Islamic terrorist leaders in the world today, that is, Yassir Arafat and Osama bin Laden, even their own followers don't try to fool anybody that either man is anything but an Islamic fool with little or no real knowledge of Islam as a religion. Their followers don't even think these two are even very brave. If anything, their followers value them because of their duplicity and cynical manipulation of their money, power, and followers to obtain even greater money, power, and followers.

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