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Reader comment on item: Thoughts on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Submitted by Prashant (United States), May 7, 2011 at 00:05

Dear Dr. Pipes:

Many islamist leaders around the world are now presenting Osama bin Laden as a martyr. In particular, a muslim leader in India's Kashmir declared that Osama was a martyr for the cause of Islam. Every day we hear Islamists and Islamic-aoplogists repeating that terrorist cannot be muslims because Islam is a religion of peace and according to Islam any one who kills an innocent person kills the entire humanity. By this definition Osama cannot be a Muslim. If he is not a muslim, how can he be a Islamic martyr?

The truth is that 'terrorists cannot be muslims' is pure hogwash. There is a lot of support for violence against innocents among many muslims who themselves are not violent. As long as a terrorist does not strike, he is a good brother. After he strikes he becomes someone who cannot be a Muslim and remains so as long as he is alive and well and doing violent acts. Finally, when he is captured and punished, he becomes a victim or a martyr. That is called 'heads I win and tails you lose'. That is also called hypocrisy.


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