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Ending Islamic Terrorism

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Submitted by Gerald (United States), Dec 5, 2006 at 21:52

When can we start learning that Islamic terrorism is a spiritual warfare that can not be won through political, economic, social, financial, and military means? Only through theological reasoning, rightly or wrongly, the jihadists would blow themselves to pieces.

Though inconceivable to the Western mind, the motivation to go to paradise where 70 virgins are waiting for the simpletons who never questioned the authenticity of their "holy book" is enough for them to kill the infidels. Of course, it would motivate them further by the fact that oil money helps the family left behind and they are being martyred.

You are right that to counter this kind of terrorism is to fight the idea behind it. But, in my view, in addition to your suggestions, we should also publicize widely the truth about their "holy book" and its "prophet" through sound research by scholars. If such information is publicly available, in the long run, Islamic terrorism will be a history just as communism.


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