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The real source of Terrorism

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Submitted by Caesar Arevalo (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 21:38

I agree with Dr. Pipes that a counterterrorism strategy must focus on the fact that Muslims in the name of Islam carry terrorism as a strategic threat to civilized world. However, it is more than that. Terrorism is embedded in the hart of Islam as doctrine and ideology. Therefore, besides the logical and practical steps to defeat Islamic terrorism like the killing of terrorist individuals, the closing of terrorist organizations, the monitoring of borders, and the halting of financial resources, we need to address the problem itself, as Dr. Pipes expressed accurately stated: the "motivating forces." This "motivating forces" are contained in the Quran.

It is in this specific point where I disagree with Dr. Pipes. Terrorism is not only a political tool of Muslim radicals to advance their political-messianic agenda in the West. Terrorism is taught in the Quran as JIHAD against the "infidels," "polytheists," and "hypocrites." Since its inception the Islam religion has been engaged in terrorism against Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and other non-Muslim groups.

Islamic radicalism did not start in 1920. It was already there in the Quran. When the Iranian revolution burst in 1979, the Ayatollah did not struggle to find a philosophical reason to impose Islam as the source of law and government. It was already written in the Quran. In other words, the adoption of violent means to advance their barbaric and uncivilized agenda was supported by the Quran: Terrorism against the "infidels" and "suicide bomber" to please Allah and meet 72 virgins in the afterlife.

It is true that we have to defeat this evil ideology. And we have to do it in the market place of ideas and open discussion to expose the root of terrorism. It is not an easy task. Muslims will attack anyone who dares to expose the truth of the Quran, Islam, and Mohammed. Everybody knows the tragic deaths of those who criticized Islam publicly. Even today, many scholars in the West are hidden for fear to be killed just for speaking up about the dark history of Islam, the absurdities of the Quran, and the violent and perverse tendencies of Mohammed the founder of Islam.

Therefore, in order to make Islam a civilized religion. Muslims must reject all those teachings of bigotry, racism, intolerance, and violence against Jews, Christians, women and others. JIHAD must be discarded. The ignorant and barbaric idea that Jews are monkeys must be rejected at all. The question is on the table, Can Muslims be honest enough as to accept that their religion is the source of terrorism and as such must be changed for good?

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