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Submitted by Nabil Ahmad (United States), Oct 8, 2006 at 10:24

Dear Ballukhan:

You are right. The US government needs to come around and support governments in Bosnia, Albania, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan more forcefully against the onslaught of Islamic extremism and needs to ramp up the pressure on the governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

I know perfectly well what you're talking about. The US government led by Nixon in 1971 supported the dictatorial and fundamentalist-backed government of Pakistan in 1971 against my people of Bangladesh during our War of Independence. Nixon ended up looking like an idiot after we won and took it out on us personally and refused to account for his own mistakes.

Nonetheless, the current situation is a lot more complicated than you say here. I would love for the US government to come around right away and start taking action against extremist-supporting regimes today. But it seems that there are certain individuals in certain sectors of government who don't understand, and in some cases, even working against the US's interests in the world. As for the Western Press, it is strongly left-leaning and, in many ways, anti-American and virulently anti-Bush. It seems to me that they're actually rooting for the Muslim extremists against the interests of the US and of moderate Muslims.

They keep harping on "atrocities" committed by US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but completely ignore the savagery that has been committed by Muslim extremists against fellow Muslims. As for 9/11, they've even given voice to anti-Bush conspiracy theorists who allege that Bush himself brought down the Twin Towers somehow, or that it was all a "Zionist" plot.

One thing that does scare me is that sympathizers of extremist Muslims may have infiltrated certain branches of the US government, especially the prison system. This is not something that has been done overnight but over a period of many years and likewise, may take years to undo. If the US is to win the War on Terror against extremist Muslims, it will need to change certain aspects of its foreign policy such as taking a harder line against governments that give any kind of support, active or otherwise, to the Muslim extremists and stop condemning Muslim countries like Uzbekistan for taking a very hard line against Islamic extremists.

All "Muslim" organizations within the USA that have extremist agendas will need to be outlawed and have their assets frozen, and anyone who works for them who is not a US Citizen or is a naturalized US Citizen will have to be deported. Also, anyone working within the US government who has a rogue agenda that runs contrary to the US's short- and long-term interests needs to be fired from his/her job and not be allowed to work for the US government again in any capacity, and have all of his/her security clearances revoked.

As a Muslim who freely chose to live and work in the USA, it is in my interest to see to it that the USA does win the War on Terror. And moderate Muslims like myself have a duty to fully support the efforts of the USA and other moderate Muslims against the depravations of the Muslim extremists. Extremism in Islam is not a religion but a cult and a political ideology that masquerades around as "true" or "pure" Islam, and if nothing is done about it, extremist Muslims will take over Islam and then the world if given the chance to do so. There can be no prisoners taken in this war. Extremist Muslim ideology needs to be condemned by all scholars, leaders and the common people and exposed for what it really is: a twisted political ideology of perpetual war and hatred that uses religion as a cover and a shield.

Take good care.

Nabil

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