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in response to reader comment: Moderate Muslims are unislamic

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 6, 2006 at 16:12

Dear Romesh Chander , you wrote :

"The only way for the West to protect itself is to eliminate immigration of all muslims, get ready to 'deport' muslims en-masse if it becomes necessary; forget about human rights; strip them of their citizenships."

Actually, there would be some ways and means to dramatically divert the Muslim thrust against the West and undermine Muslims' efforts to Islamize the world. Of course, none of the glib slogans of peace through moderate Muslims ! They are as ineffective and unrealistic as they sound captivating . Instead I'd propose a return to the sober Byzantine diplomacy which kept the empire successfully alive for centuries despite the innumerable enemies besieging the empire from all direction, the worst of whom were the Moslems . It consisted simply in fomenting conflicts and internal splits and dissentions within the Islamic (or wider barbarian) camp , playing one sect against another , aiding the weaker against the stronger, cunningly producing and exploiting fears and ambitions of the powerful enemy chieftains to fight each other . Moslems want to kill kaffirs , they are so warlike ? So why not make them instead kill each other and wage wars on each other ?

Islam is basically a set of sects and heresies and its present strength stems - in my view- solely from the fact that a common kaffir enemy unites all these divergent and antagonistic groups and makes them for the time being forget their own century-long differences and enmities. If they come up to the fore and Moslems begin their civil wars anew they will stop dreaming of conquering the West and dominating the world . They will need teh West as arbiter and helper ! So e.g. why not revive a bitter conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia - to start with -over the shiite minority in the Eastern provinces or the sacrilegious policy of the wahhabis in the holy places where ancient monuments are destroyed - a horrifyinng reality to the 'idolatrous' shiites ? Saudi billions would be spent otherwise than on corrupting American politicians and building mosques across the west and Iran's would-be mahdis could find a fine use for their weaponry in a way different from intimidating Israel... etc

It may sound quite cynical but in the struggle for survival as a free world that sort of cynicism seems to be the only way out. This is a lesser of two evils. Better to be cynical and free than self-righteous and enslaved or executed by a Moslem hangman ...

But to be sure, the only precondition for that course of action is a political will and here is the core of all problems...The West has no Leo Isaurus (he saved Constantinople in 717) of its own but it has so many Kantakouzinoses (he betrayed Byzantium to the Turks to get power in the 14th century) !

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