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Reader comment on item: Is an Iraqi Strongman Emerging?

Submitted by John R. Peacher (United States), May 6, 2004 at 08:59

Dear Mr. Daniel Pipes:

Your insight and honesty are a breath of fresh air amidst the confusing opinions of Fox News, MSNBC, CBS World Watch and the daily opinions from the Pentagon and the White House.

What a fine mess we find ourselves in. Trying to fight a conventional war, with adjustments along the way to prevent suicide attacks, and all the while refusing to admit that for the most part Islamic clerics are the source of the problem. What is the American public to think, and the world to think for that matter, when President Bush, the White House, and other government organizations continue to contest that Islam is a religion of peace? Since when? Until we attack this problem and admit that this is the clash of two cultural beliefs, a direct attack being on our way of life in the West, we will continue to waffle and suffer casualties. We have been very lucky since September 11, 2001. No major attack has occurred on the US mainland. One can identify an enemy without killing the enemy. The main thrust should be to actually present the population of the world with a choice; Islam or democracy. Our efforts to incorporate Islam with a McDonalds, Pizza Hut culture is failing because we have not properly identified the enemy. Radicals do not convert so easily. Can you see Castro eating a big mac and biggy french (freedom) fry?

Of course not. But I can see tens of thousands of Cubans lining up outside McDonalds and Pizza Huts in Havana. Our major corporations should come on board and stop the political, multicultural spin and go at it with the gusto with which they have conquered the American public. Start the Islamic prayers over a loud speaker with advertisements to buy Ford, Chevrolet, or Mazda vehicles. Advertise 401(k) investments for workers at the oil fields, give them $100 up front to invest. Find a way to start our own advertising campaign with our own radio stations, our own television stations, use the sattellite network and distribute free televisions and radios in the major metro areas in the Islamic world. Put the items outside of weapon storage depots; they will disappear in short order. Let the games begin and may the best man win! The advertisers have convinced the American public that they are special, deserve everything in the world, it is our right to have what we want, but we have to "tow the line" to get it. See if it works in Arab capitals. What do we have to lose?

Heck, give major corporations a tax break and an award to the company who spends the most on advertising a national Purple Heart for corporations that can infiltrate the mosque scattered throughout the land.

John R. Peacher
1380 Grapevine Road
Martinsburg WV 25401

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