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Submitted by Sondjata Olatunji (United States), Nov 25, 2004 at 15:24

Well this is an interesting topic. In recent times much of the Middle East was the victim of Christian Fundamentalism. Of course it was called "colonialism" and my favorite The White Man's Buden." Those who found themselves on the receiving end Christian Jihads (Colonialism), orghanized themselves around theoir culture and religion which throughout history has been the means by which colonized people have organized to fight colonial invaders. In America that was the "Black Church" and "Liberation Theology." In Haiti, that was Ifa in the form we know as "Voodun." in Brazil it was Ifa. so knowing that, we should see that t he current strains of violence we see taking over Islam, is in fact the West's own doing. Had the Christian Fundamentalists not performed "jihad"
(Colonialism) on the Middle East, there would be no need for the fundamentalist Islam that we see today.

But here we are. Why are so many Islamists reverting to what we refer to as "terrorism?" -- because it works. All people under the gun of "colonialism" and post colonialism, know that the US and much of western Europe cannot be beaten through a direct military confrontation. So exactly how are such movements supposed to reach their aims? "terrorism." So-called Islamists are not the first to consider this. The Mau Mau of Kenya considered poisoning the water supplies of whites in their country. They decided against it. In the US there are numerous cases of slave revolts in which any white person was subject to being killed. Same difference. The only real difference is that we have RPG's and plastic explosives where those before them did not. But whos fault is that? These materials were not made in Afghanistan. They were sold to them by the Christian West. Of course the Christian west was fine with Osama Bin Ladin when they were supplying him with weapons to take on the Soviets. Oh how the winds change. Now we are all mad and upset because we are the targets of people we had no problems with before. If there are no moderate Muslims it is because there are no moderate Christians. If there are moderate muslims in the proportion discussed by others, then there are moderate Christians in similar proportion. Let us not pat ourselves on the back because instead of flying planes into buildings, we simply manipulate their "leadership" ( ie: Saddam was a CIA stool put into power in Iraq, the Ayatolah was the result of US support of the dictator before him). Perhaps someone would explain how good it was for the Haitians to have the US back a Coup in that country.

So at the end of the day the real problem is that there are about as many Christian moderate leaders in America as there are Mulsim Moderate leaders in the Middle East. You do the math on that one.
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