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To: pillbox_girl

I'm gonna regret this. I've been a student of the Mid-East, Arab politics, and Islam, for decades. I take a backseat to nobody in my distrust, dislike, and desire to totally defeat and crush our enemies in the Islamic world. But as a historian, I gotta say that Islam does not hold a monopoly on terrorism. In fact, the first hotel bombing directed at Americans I recall was in Sagion -not a hotbed of Arab unrest. Ireland has produced at least four terrorist groups, and Spain has two? Columbian narcoterrorist count in my book, as do those from Puerto Rico. The HUKs killed Americans with great pleasure, and the Shining Path were known for brutality. Bader-Meinhof, the Red Army Faction, and the Italian Red Brigade loved killing Americans. The worst attack on Lod airport was by Japanese terrorist, and Entebee was a joint action by Bader-Meinhof and Palestinians. Most of these groups had help from the Soviets, who woulda loved to destroy us. Wheew.
But given all that, I agree that the Islamic threat is larger, more prolonged, and most dangerous.


19 posted on 01/25/2005 7:55:23 PM PST by womcg (was in the hospital longer than Kerry was in-country)
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To: womcg
Ok. So it was more than half a dozen, but I still don't see more than a dozen, some of which are not active today, and other who are mre interested in killing non-Americans. And some that you list have dubious merits as terrorists. Drug cartels use terror tactics, but I don't know if they exactly count as true terror groups the way you include them. I suspect if the drug cartels could get their way cheaper through bribery and corruption, they would. I doubt you could say the same for islamic terrorists.

For many, too, you could claim that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.

And that's the big issue here, because Muslim terrorists can not be said to be fighting for freedom by any stretch of the words. They are fighting for slavery.

20 posted on 01/25/2005 11:38:47 PM PST by pillbox_girl
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