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...I'm all for building bridges

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Submitted by Right of Center Filipino (Philippines), Nov 16, 2006 at 00:23

I'm all for building bridges with others. And I prefer dialogue to conflict. But that only works when you are talking to someone who reciprocates those overtures. Constructive partners learn to compromise with each other. But when one party sees compromise as a sign of weakness that must be exploited, dialogue is worthless.

This is the situation we are in with the sons of mohammed. We (non-muslims) try to accomodate islam's adherents due to some idea of misplaced guilt. They on the other hand believe that the whole world owes them a living and readily accepts our apparent capitulation. They then push more and more for concessions until our own values, culture and principles, the very same ones that made us more open to talking, become supplanted with their's. Before you know it we have become slaves in our own lands with some bearded and unwashed "preacher" commanding us to rape women if they show their ankles and beat them if they question popular wisdom.

You can cite "moderates" all you want who say that "this is not the true islam" and "islam is peace not war". Me, I gauge the reaction of the general muslim populace when some islamist inspired tragedy occurs. Right after the event all I hear is the words of the terrorist supporters and the deafening silence from muslims in general. This means they are in favor of the murders and abuse or are effectively cowed in to submission and aceptance. In either case the world doesn't need rabid wolves or diseased sheep. The only thing worse is a bunch of Neville Chamberlains who will sell out everything in order to advance their deluded utopia of "let's all just get along" while blinding themselves to the evil that's right in their face.

You have to draw the line somewhere. People have to stand up for what is right. And no, giving up isn't standing up for something. It's just surrendering ...


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