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Agression doesn't result from Islam?

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Submitted by Lissette (Canada), Dec 5, 2006 at 12:41

Dear Mr. Pipes:

I am a big fan of yours and I highly respect your work. However, I respectfully disagree with your comment that "This aggression results not from some perverse impulse to inflict damage for its own sake; nor does it flow from the religion of Islam, which just a generation ago did not inspire such murderousness. Rather, it results from political ideas."

While suicide bombing may be relatively new, Islam, since its very beginning has inspired violence. One only has to read the life of Muhammad and his successors to trace this pattern of violence It has been said that while there are moderate muslims, Islam itself is not moderate. One has to only read Sura 9:29 of the Qu'ran which gives unbelievers the choice of conversion, humiliating subordination or death. Islam seeks and has always sought to be the dominant force in the world. While the goals of the Islamists sometimes seem purely religious and at other times purely political, there is really no separation of Islam and state in the caliphate which they wish to establish and subject the citizens of the free world to.


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