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The soft underbelly of Western democracy

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Submitted by Abdullah J. Michael (Australia), Feb 3, 2011 at 22:16

Your articles were most interesting. I have spent significant time in North Africa, West Africa & the Middle East.

The real issues with fundamentalism of Islam (or for that matter any other religeon) is that bad people have hijacked a powerful tool in religion to manipulate for their own benefit. We cannot respond to this most dispicable act with violence or war as it simply walks right into the trap of the fundamentalists. They use theology, philosophy, publicity and sanctimony against the pious Western forces. Of course this may be supported by non associated groups with violence and terrorism. The West is now effectively castrated by it's own democratic process, ideology and political correctness gone mad. Whereas in the past, subjective and violent threats were dealt with covertly, this has now become an unacceptable practice. Many will argue that we should return to such capabilities which may still be implemented by small states with immediate borders to what they perceive to be real military threats and they may have little choice than to respond physically and affirmatively.

What the West and in particular the US needs to do is to establish a proper think tank of individuals who have direct experience of working with Islamic fundamentalists to determine effective strategies and policies of how to project all fundamentalist organisations in an appropriate fasion so as to accurately reflect their real and sometimes sinister objective(s). These organisations need to be highlighted for what they are.

Further and in order to differentiate fundamentalism from Islam, the Islamic clerics, Imams & Mullahs MUST take responsibility and accountability for their religeon and disown these grotesque acts of brutality and violence. They MUST reject this ideology and affirm to Western audiences that indeed the true path of Islam is tolerant and that these fundamentalists are hijacking firstly their religeon and secondaly nations in the name of Ala. Thus the West will know the true nature of these organisations. I would not suggest holding your breath and waiting for such direct rejection by Islamists.

The phrase that the West MUST adopt or sink into unintentional conversion to Islam over the next 50 to 100 years needs to be adopted by the PC do-gooders is "toughen up princess and dry your eyes". As many troops returning from Afghanistan & Iraq would freely advise you if it were not for the effective gagging mechanisms in place by the PC police, this is rapidly becoming a physical war of ideology & sadly religeous difference. Some would argue this is what all wars are about. I think now is the time, on the eve of major political upheavel and instability, for the Western nations to really recognise that collectively we have a major problem in the form of the Islamic fundamentalism runaway train. Now is the time for the PC to be informed of the number of Mosques in Bolton England as compare to the number of Catholic Churches in Dharan Saudi Arabia or for that matter the number of Christian places of worship in the entire country of Saudi Arabia.

The US and indeed other Western nations response to the current situation in Egypt, albeit complex and politically delicate, is not even close to what is really required here. I wonder how the few young ladies seen on TV in Cairo amongst the hundreds of thousands of men, will feel in two years time when the brothers of Islam implement Sharia law and impose it's rigidty on a population in excess of 80 million. Whom will they turn to then?

For those who have not seen the film "The Kingdom", take it from someone who has lived there, you should see it. Apart from a bit of over dramatization, it reflects the way in Which the house of Saud is currently balanced on a knife edge propped up by it's Western Allies and more importantly it's customers. We balance this story by looking at the film "Syriania" which well reflects why the West currently finds itself with such a delicate problem.

Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia let alone Somalia and Sudan may slip into fundamentalism right in front of our eyes whilst the Western nations with their soft ideology, democratic impotance, PC madness and pontification over dinner allow a religeon, nations and eventually the world to be taken over by what is essentially an evil force of fundamentalism. We always challenge the theology of evil after the facts. Hitler & the Nazis, the killing fields of Cambodia, the massacres in Bosnia, Uganda, Sudan... the list goes on. If we fail to rise to this Challenge the way in which Obama is currently failing, we loose the lot.

Sadly, all hope in the West may now rest with the size of Hillary's "disposition" supported by Angela Merkell of Germany. I say, for the sake of the world as we currently know it............ GO GIRLS!


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