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Submitted by Don Tunnell (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 09:21

I read Mr. Pipes columns consistantly and think he is one of the most reasoned and educated commentators on the subject of Islamist terrorism. It is because of this belief that I am shocked to read his column on "how to stop terrorism" and more specifically his comment that Islamic terrorism is not caused by the Islamic religion. His reasoning for that statement is that Islam was not violent a few years ago.

I would submitt that Islam has been violent for 1,400 years. Yes, it ebbs and flows depending on the power that Islam feels they can wield at any given time. The definition of peaceful coexistence to Islam is when you have your foot on your enemy's neck. It is also true when that is reversed...when Islam's enemies (which include all infidels and other Muslims who perhaps do not think the same) have their foot on Islamists necks.

I submit that this spurt in violence is based in the very basic tenets of the Islamic religion and the reason for its rearing it ugly head at this moment in time in because they feel empowered. Sure, there is a political equation in this grab for power, but it is all rooted in the basics of Islamic religion. It will never change. The only way to achieve peace with Islam is to be so powerful they dare not challenge. In other words keep our foot on their neck. They will not stop their violence because of this, but they will redirect their violence toward other Islamic sects and weak infidels. It was true 1,400 years ago and it is true today


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