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Two things a Muslim is terrified of:

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Submitted by Kevin M (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 08:28

Four years spent living in Saudi Arabia taught me a number of things. One (two?) of them is that there are only two things that terrify Muslims: shame and each other. Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, are almost mortally terrified of being upbraided or dressed down in view of others. shame is to them what guilt is to us Judeo-Christians.

The other thing that scares the butterscotch out of them is...each other! They are (no offense intended, but there is no other way to put it) so sneaky and deceitful that they person they fear will always come out of the shadows for them. Try to imagine how you'd feel if your culture specialized in soccer games in broad daylight and visits by the secret police in the darkness of night. Shame and secrecy go awfully well together.

And that is why you will never see moderate Muslims taking the helm to rescue their faith from the clutches of extremist, murderous maniacs. The moderates are never quite sure which of their own flock is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Get used to the phrase collateral damage, because there will be no "smart bombing" of our enemies as long as it is left up to us to determine who they are. If the peaceful, moderate (well brought up) Muslims were to step up to the plate, yes Dr. Pipes, terrorism would fade out right quickly. But that won't happen anytime soon as long as moderate Muslims expect us to solve their problems.


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