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Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Aug 17, 2019 at 16:21

In the relatively short span of time that the United States has existed our nation has labored to distinguish itself by exemplifying the highest and best aspirations of humanity. Particularly during the 20th and 21st Century we sacrificed blood and treasure fighting for the freedom of others, as in Europe and Asia during World War 2, while asking little or nothing in return. One thing we understood then was that after defeating an evil foe it is crucial to dismantle their philosophical underpinnings. This is why President Truman outlawed Naziism in Germany and Shinto Buddhism in Japan as a condition of each nation's surrender.

In this modern era, the existential threats we face come in various guises but one in particular must fundamentally be understood to arise from the core teachings of Islam. In other words, the problem with Islam isn't its fundamentalist sects, but rather the fundamentals undergirding Islam itself. And the problem grows by the day. Europe has more or less been transformed into a sort of quasi Eurabia as a result of Islamic Hijra. Recently, several Eastern European countries appear to have woken to the threat, but for France, the UK, Belgium and even Sweden it may be too late.

In the US, we've largely been spared the evils of this modern day Hijra, however communities including Dearborn MI, Minneapolis, MN and several others have been partially converted into dar al Islam. This has also permitted Islamists like Tlaib and Omar to wield political power. The outrageous words and deeds of these two would be the stuff of bad fiction if they weren't true. It is literally as though Joseph Goebbels had been reanimated and was now operating in Congress.

Now we come to the present conundrum - whether or not we should allow these agents of Islam to export their message of Jew hatred in Israel. And here's why Donald Trump was quite right to ask Prime Minster Netanyahu to refuse them permission to enter. Just as post WW2 saw the extirpation of Nazism from Europe, so too our present day leaders must reign in Islam from subsuming the free world, one step at a time.

I do understand the counterargument, which says that the antidote to bad ideas is good ideas. This would be a beautiful thing if it was true. And yet, unfortunately human nature doesn't always seem to work that way. If I'm mistaken here, then perhaps someone can explain why conversion to Islam rose markedly after September 11th. It would seem that to the reasoned mind, the events of that day constituted an aberration of such ugliness and horror that the ideology behind it should have been cursed and banished from existence.

But that's not what's happened.

It appears that getting kicked in the teeth was just the impetus many weak minded people found to be the animating spark that drove them to abandon the fruits of the enlightenment for something darker and far more brutish. It is for this reason that, while I understand the thoughtfully articulated arguments such as that expressed by Professor Pipes, I believe that our overriding imperative must be to recognize and strenuously oppose the toxic momentum of political Islam wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head - in this case the two ugly heads, Tlaib and Omar.

Charles Martel

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Truman did not outlaw Shintoism. MacArthur dis-established it as the state religion.

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