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We're fighting Islamists, not terrorism!!

Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by Commander Roger Johnson (United States), Sep 7, 2004 at 13:08

When will the media and our government get it right? This is a religious war...Fundamentalist Muslims intent on converting or killing the infidel. The weapon of the Islamists is terrorism.

That's my point. We are not fighting terrorism! We are fighting a religious system called militant Islam. Granted, not every Muslim is intent on killing the infidel (everybody but Muslims), but with the correct push from the radicals, they could become dangerous.

In all the wars the United States has been involved in, we have never said that we were at war against guns (or bullets, or ships, of airplanes, or bombs...you get my point, don't you). We were at war with the Germans, the Japanese, England...the people who were using the weapons against us. The fundamentalist Muslims are using a weapon system called terrorism. We are not at war with a weapon, but rather the people who are using that weapon against us.

Roger Johnson
Commander, US Navy (ret)

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