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The Agenda of Islam - A War Between Civilizations
betar ^ | Wednesday 24th Dec 2003 | Professor Moshe Sharon

Posted on 01/24/2004 2:31:12 AM PST by dennisw

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To: SauronOfMordor
Military victory against whom exactly?

Convince me of the veridity of your claim by painting a scenario whereby there would be no more Christians in this world as a result of a military victory.

Your claim fails to consider one of the most basic facts about extreme religious fervor: it views death in the hands of an enemy to the faith, as an ultimate victory.

That's constant in Islam as well as Christianity.
151 posted on 01/25/2004 10:26:08 AM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: risk
Bloody borders bump.

Perhaps our strategy will be successful and America will convert the world of islam into a peace loving paragon of modernity.

But, I wouldn't bet on it.

The Arab world is the worst and most backwards, next to the Jihadi cesspool of Pakistan. But Pakistan may change, due to GEOTV, showing Indian programs and prompting a lot of wistful nostalgia for the common entertainment cultures of the two countries and Musharraf's recent come to the light moment(s).




152 posted on 01/25/2004 12:05:48 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Military victory against whom exactly?

The current expounders of Islamism and Islamic terrorism, mostly Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran. Iran is on the edge of overthrowing the mullahs, so I would wait and give some discrete aid to the rebels. Syria and Saudi would not last 48 hours against the forces currently positioned in Iraq. India would take out Pakistan quickly if we ever gave them the green light.

A few more 9/11-type incidents, or even one super-9/11, and it would not be hard to get the American people behind doing a Carthage on the Muslim world. And the US military could take out the combined militaries of the entire remainder of the billion-person Muslim world in 72 hours

153 posted on 01/25/2004 12:14:46 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
These were all proxy wars, all despots using communism as a tool to further their intentions.

And the Islamic world is composed of despots using Islamism as a tool to further their intentions.

Perhaps the solution would be to surgically take out the despots and the mullahs they use to promote their Islamist ideology. Make it clear that promoting, financing, or preaching radical Islam puts you on the hit list

154 posted on 01/25/2004 12:21:33 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez; dennisw; A. Pole; SauronOfMordor; P.O.E.; marron; Helms; swarthyguy; papertyger; ...
A) consider the exercise of an individual's First Amendment rights to be treason, and B) you believe that I should not get so uppity as to forget "my place", and attempt to rise above my station in relation to real Americans.

Ganelon, there's a difference between what you're doing and what the Rosenbergs did. You're not giving secrets to our enemies or sabotaging our physical defenses. What you are doing is downplaying the threat that Islam and pan-Arab nationalism represent to our national integrity.

In 778, Charlemagne had to leave behind a small group of troops to defend a pass in the Pyreneese mountains. He instructed neighboring allies to come to their rescue if the Moors were to attack.

Attack they did, and Roland blew his horn calling out for help.

Ganelon cried that Roland was merely hunting, when actually he was summoning forces to defend against the 400,000 attacking Moores at Roncesvalles. Because Ganelon purposefully mischaracterized his comrades' alarm, Spain fell. The story is best told here.

Ganelon, can you read this? Please translate it for us:

Aquí clamó a sus escuderos Carlos el enperante;
"Sacat al arçobispo desta mortaldade!
Levemos le a su terra a Flanderes la ciudade."
El enperador andava catando por la mortaldade;
vido en la plaça Oliveros o yace,
el escudo crebantado por medio del braçale;
non vió sano en eyll quanto un dinero vale;
Tornado yaze a orient, como lo puso Roldane.

* * * * *

Con vuestro esfuerço ariba entramos en Espayna.
matastes los moros e las te ras ganastes largas,
adobé los caminos del apóstol Santiago,
non conquis a Çaragoça, ont me ferió tal lançada.

­Con tal duelo estó, sobrino, agora non fues bivo!
Agora ploguies al Criador, a mi seynnor Jhesu-Xristo
que finase en este logar, que me levase contigo.
D' aquestos muertos que aquí tengo conmigo
dizir me ías las nuevas, cada uno cómo fizo.
El rey quando est dixo, cayó esmortecido. 
Another singing of the story is Song of Roland with a set of verses about Ganelon.

I've heard that in the Pyreneese mountains, they sometimes still hear a lonely horn blowing in the night. Luis, the horn is blowing. You're telling us not to listen to it. Wake up, Ganelon. History will not be kind to you.


155 posted on 01/25/2004 2:55:45 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: SauronOfMordor
"And the Islamic world is composed of despots using Islamism as a tool to further their intentions."

That's like saying that because of the actions of Castro, Chavez, and the Shining Path guerrillas, the Hispanic world is composed of despots. You can't simply generalize that broadly and remain focused on the true enemy, which is this version of Islam that emerged less than a century ago.

Most of the "Islamic world" lies outside of the Middle East, as a matter of fact, the overwhelming majority of it lies outside of the Middle East, it serves no purpose whatsoever to paint them with such a broad stroke, and turn hundreds of millions of people who have absolutely no beef with us, into the enemy.

My "agenda", if indeed I have an agenda, is to maintain everyone's eyes focused on the enemy...Muslim extremism, Wahabbi directives, Saudi funding, and ignorance, all of which can be fought in one small area of the world--the Middle East--without actually engaging the non-combatants that comprise 90% of Islam.

156 posted on 01/25/2004 3:02:10 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: risk
There's perfect proof of my arguments, while nearly 80% of the world's Muslims are NOT Arabs, every group you've depicted are either Arabs, or Persians.

Even in the midst of your cutesy cut and paste games, your asinine name calling, and in spite of your best efforts to keep people as ignorant of the facts as do extremist Muslims clerics, the truth surfaced.
157 posted on 01/25/2004 3:08:07 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: SauronOfMordor
"The current expounders of Islamism and Islamic terrorism, mostly Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran."

BINGO!

The majority (nearly 80%) of the world's Muslims live outside those areas.

"And the US military could take out the combined militaries of the entire remainder of the billion-person Muslim world in 72 hours."

So, you're ready to attack China and Indonesia?

158 posted on 01/25/2004 3:09:59 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: SauronOfMordor
There are an estimated 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. The Organization of Islamic Countries has 55 member states. The ten countries with the largest Muslim population are: Indonesia (170.3 million), Pakistan (136 million), Bangladesh (106 million), India (103 million), Turkey (62.4 million), Iran (60.7 million), Egypt (53.7 million), Nigeria (47.7 million), and China (37.1 million). Of these countries only Egypt is an Arab country. Most Arabs are Muslims, but most Muslims are not Arabs.

159 posted on 01/25/2004 3:12:19 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Most Arabs are Muslims, but most Muslims are not Arabs.

And very important to remember; most of American Arabs are Christians - many of them the descendents of the first Christians.

160 posted on 01/25/2004 3:15:29 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
So you won't translate the song about how Spain fell and why? At least that would be interesting.
161 posted on 01/25/2004 3:18:59 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: SauronOfMordor
"Perhaps the solution would be to surgically take out the despots and the mullahs they use to promote their Islamist ideology."

Exactly.

What the extremists within Islam in the Middle East fear the most, is the secularization of Islam, take them out, and allow for the trappings of Western civilization to take hold in Syria, Iran, etc., and their power will be lost forever.

The better educated the people, and the more advanced their economy, the least likely that they will engage in terrorism...unless of course, they are Wahabbis.

162 posted on 01/25/2004 3:20:59 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: risk
I'm not into children's games, get babble fish help.

163 posted on 01/25/2004 3:21:48 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
So, you're ready to attack China and Indonesia?

When did China become an Islamic state under Sharia law?

164 posted on 01/25/2004 3:22:20 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Your analogy then makes every single American complicit in the murder of one million unborn children every year, as those who do oppose the genocide, are ineffectually and unable to stop it.

That is true.

If you hide from the truth, it can't find you. I found the pictures, letters, and press releases on Muslims around the world gathering in support of America in the aftermath of 9/11, you did not because you failed to look for them.

Why would you have to go looking for the truth if it weren't hiding?

My point is exactly the opposite, my point being that because a portion of the German people pursued "absolute genocide", it did not mean that ALL German people pursues absolute genocide, anymore than all Muslims seek to murder non-Muslims.

No one said all German people pursued genocide, but they did ignore it.

If the Koran causes terrorism, then how does one explain the 1960s, when militant Islamic violence barely existed?

Funding.

That "elsewhere" takes you directly to the House of Saud, and the rise of Wahabbism.

So the new militancy if the fault of a guy that died before the turn of the last century?

Funny that you should offer up communism, a war that we won without having to frontally engage an enemy, but was defeated by the power of ideas. Same situation here.

Only in the sense that the consequence of those ideas was formation of a tangible military machine that could not be overcome.

papertyger is a perfect name for you.

"A boy named Sue" was already taken.

165 posted on 01/25/2004 3:27:34 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: SauronOfMordor
Your words...

"And the Islamic world is composed of despots using Islamism as a tool to further their intentions."

The Islamic world lies mostly outside of the Middle East, thus, by your definition, Indochina, India, Pakistan, China, are included.

166 posted on 01/25/2004 3:31:10 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Speaking of Islam's spread into the south pacific, check out this anti-Zionist website, Ganelon: Bali Micro Nuke - Lack of Radiation Confuses "Experts"

Perhaps these are those fabled "moderate" Muslims?

167 posted on 01/25/2004 3:32:07 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: papertyger
"Why would you have to go looking for the truth if it weren't hiding?"

It isn't, it's out there for those not hiding from it to see; it's you hiding, not the truth.

168 posted on 01/25/2004 3:32:23 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I'm not into children's games, get babble fish help.

I am not sure how well babble fish could handle medieval Iberian.

169 posted on 01/25/2004 3:32:32 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
It isn't, it's out there for those not hiding from it to see; it's you hiding, not the truth.

Then you should be able to provide a boatload of links, not a boatload of platitudes.

170 posted on 01/25/2004 3:36:27 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: papertyger
"Only in the sense that the consequence of those ideas was formation of a tangible military machine that could not be overcome."

Then where is Islam's the tangible military machine?

"So the new militancy if the fault of a guy that died before the turn of the last century?"

Christ died at the cross two eons ago, Christianity continues to grow.

"Funding."

Amazing, the leading scholars throughout the world missed that...

There is very little funding required to spread extremism, if funding was a requirement, the Bolsheviks would have never dethroned the Czar.

171 posted on 01/25/2004 3:37:23 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: risk
you won't translate the song

See modern English version.

172 posted on 01/25/2004 3:39:12 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: papertyger
I found them, you obviously never looked, ergo you're hiding from it.

Here's the only link I will provide you with, I personally discount CAIR, as does Daniel Pipes.

From this point on out, you will either look further, or choose to ignore the facts, what you do is your business.

One more thing actually, try spending a little time here, you can find intelligent, factual information on the rise of Islamic extremism.

173 posted on 01/25/2004 3:42:38 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: A. Pole
To an individual such as risk, who engages in such broad generalizations, the fact that people of Cuban origin speak Spanish, and not Portugese is of little consequence.

We all brown you know...

174 posted on 01/25/2004 3:44:27 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: A. Pole
"Medieval Iberian"?

It looked like Portuguese to me.
175 posted on 01/25/2004 3:47:50 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
There is very little funding required to spread extremism, if funding was a requirement, the Bolsheviks would have never dethroned the Czar.

Bolsheviks did not dethrone the Tsar. He abdicated in favor of pro-Western pro-democratic government long before Bolshevik coup. His abdication enabled Germans to fund Communist takeover. It is true that Bolshevik murdered God-fearing Tsar, his wife and children but it is another story.


The Royal Martyrs of Russia

176 posted on 01/25/2004 3:49:40 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: risk
Thanks for supporting my arguments, you just led terrorism in Indonesia right back to Wahabbism. The suspects in the bombings are members of Al Qaida.
177 posted on 01/25/2004 3:49:50 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
So why aren't the Indonesians taking care of all of this? Why isn't a nighclub in paradise safe, if moderate muslims are capable, resolved, and prepared to defend their "true" faith?
178 posted on 01/25/2004 3:51:13 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: A. Pole
WHOA!

I need to do some reading then!

Are you saying that the Lenin's movement was funded by Germany?
179 posted on 01/25/2004 3:51:16 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Answers that fail to satisfy the question are not answers.

...where is Islam's the tangible military machine?

What does that have to do with how we won the cold war?

Christ died at the cross two eons ago, Christianity continues to grow.

After an inital hundred year phase of zero growth?

There is very little funding required to spread extremism, if funding was a requirement, the Bolsheviks would have never dethroned the Czar.

No, not when you commandeer the resources you need to be effective. When you can't steal them, you have to buy them.

180 posted on 01/25/2004 3:54:06 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
"Medieval Iberian"?

It looked like Portuguese to me.

It might sound Spanish to the Portuguese :) See Fragments of a Lost Epic Poem: The Cantar de Roncesvalles

181 posted on 01/25/2004 3:55:01 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Are you saying that the Lenin's movement was funded by Germany?

Yes.

182 posted on 01/25/2004 3:55:38 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: risk
"So why aren't the Indonesians taking care of all of this?"

Displaying your ignorance again.

Muslim moderates demand crackdown on extremists

October 21 2002

Indonesia's moderate Muslim organisations demanded today that authorities crack down against religious extremists, who they said represent a fringe minority among the country's 170 million Muslims.

Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid said he believed that Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of a group suspected in last week's Bali bombing, should have been arrested long ago.

"I believe that Bashir is a terrorist," Wahid said in a radio interview.

Wahid, who was replaced as head of state by Megawati Sukarnoputri last year, has been sharply critical of her administration's cautious approach toward radicals.

Wahid's organization, Nahdlatul Ulama - whose 40 million members make it the world's largest Muslim grouping - and the 30-million member Muhammadiyah both urged the government to act more decisively against small groups of militants such as Jemaah Islamiyah, which is suspected in the October 12 nightclub bombing in Bali that killed at least 180 people and injured around 300.

Their leaderships say that groups like Jemaah Islamiah or Laskar Jihad - a recently disbanded paramilitary gang blamed for waging a religious war against the Christian minority in the Maluku islands - are a tiny minority in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim nation.

Megawati has already signed an emergency decree that allows terrorist suspects to be detained for up to six months without charge, but religious moderates have called on her administration to implement even tougher anti-terrorist legislation.

"We badly need such regulations to prevent terrorist attacks," said Hazim Muzadi, Nahdlatul Ulama's chairman. "All countries have similar laws."

Their calls came as authorities considered how to interrogate Bashir, Jemaah Islamiyah's ailing leader. He was arrested Saturday on suspicion of involvement in a series of church bombings two years ago.

Bashir, who has been in hospital since Friday, denies any links with terrorism.

Several dozen Islamic students continued their vigil Monday outside the hospital in the town of Solo where he is being treated for breathing problems. They have vowed to block police from removing the cleric from the hospital. Armed policemen stood by but did not intervene in the demonstration.

Bashir's doctors said he was improving and could be released in two or three days.

Police are considering confining the cleric to Solo under police supervision, or taking him to a police hospital in Jakarta and holding him there.

Three explosions suspected

In Bali, Gen. Edward Aritonang, a national police spokesman, said Sunday that authorities now believe that three explosions destroyed Paddy's pub and Sari's nightclub on the island of Bali.

Previously, police assumed an initial, smaller blast damaged Paddy's seconds before a much more powerful explosion at nearby Sari's, causing most of the casualties.

It was not immediately known how they later concluded there were three explosions.

Aritonang said authorities believed there was no link between the nightclub attack and a grenade blast near the office of the honorary U.S. consul at about the same time. There were no casualties in the grenade attack.

The investigation - conducted jointly by more than 100 investigators from Indonesia, Australia, the United States, Britain and other countries - was proceeding well, Aritonang said.

"There has been some progress now," Aritonang told reporters.

Warning of the threat of new terrorist attacks, Australia urged its citizens to leave Indonesia. The United States advised Americans to put off travel to the country.

Other countries in South-East Asia have said they would tighten security.

183 posted on 01/25/2004 3:56:42 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Here's the only link I will provide you with...

Yea, now there's a shock.

Do I really need to read any further than this: The terrorist act was strongly condemned by every single Palestinian organization including Fatah.

Wanna buy a bridge?

184 posted on 01/25/2004 3:59:55 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: papertyger
After an inital hundred year phase of zero growth?

Please, try to debate like an adult.

No concept springs up out of nowhere fully developed, and with millions of followers...and that included Christianity.

185 posted on 01/25/2004 4:00:02 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: papertyger
Of course you won't, you will read until such a time when your generalizations stop being challenged, then you will crawl back into the safety of ignorance.

If you were a Muslim extremist, you would stop your Biblical studies somewhere around Leviticus, and declare all Christianity genocidal.

How does it feel to behave and think exactly like a Muslim extremist?
186 posted on 01/25/2004 4:02:41 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
One more thing actually, try spending a little time here, you can find intelligent, factual information on the rise of Islamic extremism.

I hear the Islamic Supreme Council of America has alot of pull with the rest of Islam. [/sarcasm]

187 posted on 01/25/2004 4:05:18 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Please, try to debate like an adult.

With you?
Hardly.

Denial is not debate.

188 posted on 01/25/2004 4:08:43 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
It looks to me as if your whole hope for the future is in belaying some future escalation of the conflict in hopes that moderate muslims will come to your rescue. How different from that characterization is the real sentiments you wish to express?

If that is close to what you believe, what will you do if it fails?
189 posted on 01/25/2004 4:09:38 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: A. Pole
Well, thanks for giving me a new area to research!

I guess in this instance, I am guilty of accepting the traditional "uprising by the people" view of the Bolshevik revolution.
190 posted on 01/25/2004 4:10:05 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
...you will read until such a time when your generalizations stop being challenged

How do you think generalizations get formed? Prejudice is the honor common sense pays to experience.

191 posted on 01/25/2004 4:12:12 PM PST by papertyger ("YAIRnnnnnnnn!" - The Predator)
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To: papertyger
Prejudice is the honor common sense pays to experience.

I guess such should be named postjudice!

192 posted on 01/25/2004 4:19:33 PM PST by A. Pole (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain , the hand of free market must be invisible)
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To: risk
"It looks to me as if your whole hope for the future is in belaying some future escalation of the conflict in hopes that moderate Muslims will come to your rescue."

My position is simple, the one you've chosen to disregard, and misrepresent at every opportunity, while thumping your chest at the sacrifice that "your people" gifted me with, as if "my people" had not suffered a million deaths to gain freedom, so quickly stolen from them...we need to identify the enemy, keep them separate from the non-enemies, and work to eradicate the enemy. The enemy being defined as extremism, and confined to the actual perpetrators of that extremism. We do not need to paint all Muslims with one broad stroke of a brush, and fault them with the actions of a minority.

Having said that, I have no desire to converse witn you any further, I find your posts offensive in their position of my being somehow less an American, because I got here after your immigrant forebears did.

193 posted on 01/25/2004 4:20:04 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: papertyger
prej·u·dice
(click to hear the word) (prj-ds)
n.
    1. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.

Which dictionary are you actually using?

194 posted on 01/25/2004 4:23:09 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Bye bye.
195 posted on 01/25/2004 4:23:34 PM PST by risk (For mighty blows let our arms be strung, lest songs of scorn be against us sung.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Your words...
"And the Islamic world is composed of despots using Islamism as a tool to further their intentions."
The Islamic world lies mostly outside of the Middle East, thus, by your definition, Indochina, India, Pakistan, China, are included.

Cool. I was not aware that the despots of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (there is no such country as Indochina) were using Islamism to legitimatizes their rule.

And, BTW, India is a reasonably-free democracy

Let me clarify my words some more: when I say "Islamic world", I'm talking about those majority-Muslim countries run according to Islamic principles (or at least their interpretation of it). Thus countries containing some percentage of Muslims (which would include most countries these days) would be excluded if the Muslims were not in a dominant ruling position

Clearer now?

Taking inventory of those countries which are majority Muslim (outside of fairly-secular Turkey), you find precious little freedom and Western-style liberty. That's what I'm talking about.

196 posted on 01/25/2004 5:01:49 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I need to do some reading then! Are you saying that the Lenin's movement was funded by Germany?

You sure do. Lenin was SENT IN to Russia by the Germans in April of 1917, during WW-I, in order to destabilize Russia (which was on the Allied side) and take it out of the war. He succeeded

197 posted on 01/25/2004 5:12:40 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
somewhere around Leviticus

That reminds me windbag: you tried this Leviticus stuff before, I called you on it (You know: Love your neighbor as yourself.) , and you ignored my post.

Have you even read all of it in any English translation? (I know better than to think you might be able to read Hebrew.)

ML/NJ

198 posted on 01/25/2004 5:14:40 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: SauronOfMordor
What I've been arguing against all along, are the generalizations being thrown about, the most prevalent of which is that Islam is inherently evil.

The moment that I point out that most Muslims live in areas where Sharia laws are NOT enforced, and that the vast majority of Muslim extremism is concentrated in countries that have been more often the target of terrorism, than sponsors of it, the generalizations sputter.

I did not list countries with "some percentage" of Muslims, my list showed that most Muslims live outside the region at fault for 99% of all Islamic extremist terrorism.

What makes Turkey different, is the Western-style secularism...that's what Muslim extremists are fighting, the spread of Western secularism leading to more Muslims countries like Turkey.

If that's what they fear most, the spread of Western secularism, then that should be our primary weapon against them.

What we must NOT do, is launch Western Christian fundamentalism at Muslim extremism...no one will win that war.

199 posted on 01/25/2004 5:16:34 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I need to do some reading then! Are you saying that the Lenin's movement was funded by Germany?

Here's your first history lesson

Thus, a new and liberal government came to power in Russia. All those cultured, sensitive souls from Chekhov plays were running the country. This provisional government commanded the fervent support of millions; unfortunately, none of them were in Russia. What is freedom of the press to a nation of illiterates? The provisional government inherited chaos and chose to perpetuate it. Although the world war had toppled the monarchy, the new government intended to keep Russia in the carnage. The Russian masses were ready for any leader or ideology that ended the war, and Lenin took this as his opportunity.

In late March 1917, Lenin walked into the German consulate in Zurich and offered to overthrow the Russian government. He must have learned the word "chutzpah" from Leon Trotsky. Lenin peddled the Bolshevik Revolution essentially as an initial public offering. If Germany provided him with the start-up capital for his venture, he would seize control of Russia and withdraw it from the war. Germany could then shift its eastern army to France, and, with that additional half-million men, bludgeon its way to Paris and victory.

Though Lenin's scheme was preposterous, the Germans were receptive to gruesome ideas. The Second Reich had already pioneered submarine warfare and poison gas, so it was willing to invest in proletarian uprisings. Germany provided the train and traveling expenses for Lenin and his cadre of Bolshevik exiles. They arrived in Russia in April 1917; they were in control by November.

There was no one to defend democracy in Russia. Russian liberals made excellent novelists, but their idea of defense against a Bolshevik onslaught was to make a sarcastic remark in French. Most of the liberals survived the revolution (even Lenin thought that they were too amusing to kill) and ended up as tenured professors at Ivy League schools.


200 posted on 01/25/2004 5:17:33 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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