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The Failure Of Islam To Police Itself

Reader comment on item: [Hasan Akbar and] Murder in the 101st Airborne

Submitted by Spytalk (United States), Mar 27, 2003 at 22:33

We see and hear reports of these things that Daniel Pipes is so carefully explaining to the world. The common denominator is this: Islam does not police itself, in fact, it does the very opposite. Turkey, pressured perhaps by the allure of the EU, hinders our effort against a brutal regime. In Syria, the country's highest religious authority said in a statement that Muslims should use "all possible means to defeat the aggression, including martyrdom (suicide) operations. According to the Arab News (www.arabnews.com) Tony Blair is a war criminal (the article written by a non-Muslim is proudly displayed on the Arab News website) Islamic groups and organizations in the U.S. make excuse for Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Their websites blatanly oppose the war effort. Even Islam at an individual level does not police itself, hence the sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division did not make a peaceful choice to dissent or request discharge on the basis of religious grounds. The list goes on.

The events that Daniel Pipes refers to above, and the historic behavior of Islamic countries, of which there are many illustrations, show that Islam does not police itself. Non-muslim authority is currently forced to take on this responsibility. Is this an opportunity to slam Islam? No. Might we become upset about these things? Perhaps, but we still must be careful in our analysis.

Through research and reason we can help logically explain and go after the root of what fuels the terrorism and violence. We absolutely will not see an end to, or even a turn from, the kind of agressive and militant Islam that we are witnessing until the Islamic nations commit to policing their own. Until Islamic nations take a stand against their people's own rogue behavior and the brutal and oppressive behavior of neighboring Islamic countries, there will not be peace and there will not be a solid solution. Currently they are doing the opposite.

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