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Re: Welcome to the 21st Century Islamic Warfare

Reader comment on item: Strange Logic in the Lebanon War
in response to reader comment: Welcome To The 21st Century Islamic Warfare

Submitted by IBK (United States), Aug 21, 2006 at 16:25

Dear Abdul/Tim (or whoever you are),

Your poetic-dramatic presentation was very well done and strikes the a primitive chord many of us have. There does seem to be a logical dilemma associated with moderate Muslims and our inability to predict how they will behave vis-a-vis some of the guidance in the Quran. I was very taken (and later realized, taken in) by your piece and forwarded the link to it to many people before I realized you might not be who you say you are - unless you changed your name. Later, revisiting, I saw what I had not before. You may not really be who you claim, a former Muslim, but, per the email address you gave, just Tim. Being misled is a bit upsetting I'm not sure there's any way you could correct this even should you care to.

I too am very troubled by the Islamo-fascists and the course our history could take if they have their wish.... to convert or die, or maybe live in a Caliphate with few rights. But if we accept your scenario as inevitable, and then declare war on all Muslims, and maybe lose anyway, we ought to consider the option for the time being, of engaging moderate Muslims. Luckily, that's what our fearless leaders are trying to do.

The war in Iraq may have been misguided. It may have triggered exponentially much more anger and bloodshed than had we been more cautious or less ambitious. Maybe the real reason we invaded Iraq had nothing to do at all with bad intel. There is some evidence to suggest our invasion of Iraq was guided by neo-cons who have long had a plan to gain control of Iraqi oil supplies... for our own national strategic benefit of course. So, whatever your intent, though your creativity is interesting, but it brings more darkness to the issue than light. The picture you paint, though sympathic to non-Muslims, is drawn as inevitable. Do you have any constructive suggestions? What should we do?


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