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Extremism.....and how it can be stopped

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Submitted by Bryan Jackson (Canada), Feb 15, 2006 at 09:19

The battle between Islam's more hardcore elements and the West has been raging since the 15th Century, and really its because we all have spent our time fighting rather than thinking of a new way to deal with the issues at hand.

What makes a person get seriously angry to the point of blowing themselves up in the hope of killing a few Israelis, or teaming up with your buddies and flying airplanes into towers? What pushes people to that level? The fact that they can't get anywhere in life, as most of the Middle East has a class system that is reminiscent of medieval times and relies on a religion that hasn't changed in almost 1000 years. There are people out there that do see that Islam could be reformed, and really these morons of imams need to be pushed aside and real Islam, the type that is understanding of others and does not believe that destroying the enemies is the only solution. How do we do this? Actually, this part is easy.

A few of the Muslims that live out here in the West return to those nations, backed by our money and military power. No troops on the ground, and a promise to these people - which we will keep at any cost - that we will help them lead their people into the modern world, helping them in any way we can. The fanatic leaders in Iran, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and in Palestine get either minimized of killed by our special forces guys. Do not attack the imams - the people will do that for you. Iraq could be a perfect example of how to do this - and a way to get the 140,000 US troops out. Iraqi expatriates return home, going home with lots of dollars or Euros, and get to work on teaching their brothers that the West is not evil, and can help them move into the modern world.

If the hardline states attempt to murder our friends, we protect them. If that means blowing away a lot of Iran or Syria's military, so be it. Lebanon, Israel, Russia, Spain and India would be our staging points, where we keep our people if they are needed. (All five countries have something to gain if the Islamic world changes into a more modern, advanced society.)

It only took a few strong people, with wills of steel, to overthrow the Eastern bloc communist regimes and destroy apartheid. It can do the same here, but only if we make sure they get the tools to do it, whatever the cost.
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