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Is Islam and muslim governent Hijacked and Kidnapped?

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Submitted by Adam Weinrich (United States), Jul 21, 2006 at 13:37

I would like to suggest that you consider the interesting differences and similarities between "hijacking a government" and "hijacking a religion". We have heard about Arab Muslims and almost everyone else up to the US President saying that the Islamic religion is being criticized by the acts of a few.

The Islamicists are actually supported by a large minority or even majority of sympathizers within the Islamic mainstream and the minority moderates or opposition is unwilling or unable to take control and prevent this and actually end up supporting the radicals when push comes to shove. The current ‘democratic' government in Lebanon exemplifies this but it is even more apparent with Hamas in the PA. If you agree with the terrorists actions and goals and defend their roles then you support them and you are not ‘hijack victims'. The support for Bin Laden all over the Islamic world reveal how the Islamic masses are all too often inclined to support radical religious fascists and that they are not at all hostages but mostly willing supporters.

The same thing applies to western Muslim not-so-much apologists for Islamic Radicals who would rather point out rare prejudice against them then fight the reasons why that prejudice understandably exists. Your religion is not hijacked if you dont intend to take control back.

With so much support for "opposition" and "resistance" in the Muslim world it's sad that they can't resist their most dangerous opponents. The supposed hijacked are the whole worlds hijackers and the supposed kidnappers are the whole worlds kidnappers. Perhaps they are willing captives and are only hijacked by their own reflection.


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