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October 30, 2005

Why Haven't You Seen This? Why Haven't You Heard His Words? Why Aren't All Of Us Listening?

Topics: Iran

If you follow the news you may have seen this picture of Iran's President Ahmadinejad, speaking at the "World Without Zionism" conference where he spoke of wiping "Israel off the map."
But in this photo you can only see a portion of the graphic.

The rest of the graphic speaks a thousand words - and those words are alarming!!!

He said that Islam is in the process of an historical war between the World of Arrogance [i.e. the West] and the Islamic world, and this war has been going on for hundreds of years.

Is he right? Regarding the historical war between the Islamic world and the West - yes he is!

The problem for those who want to believe that Islam has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism is not only that the terrorists themselves say otherwise. It is also the existence of a whole body of theory [particularly that of Syed Qutb, highly influential 20th Century Egyptian writer and revolutionary theorist, considered a martyr by followers] that is called upon to justify this activity, and which has zealous adherents." Simply put, we resonate with the writers of Islam and Violence (above) on this point: Though this has not been common practice for millions of Muslims the world over for centuries, given a plain reading, "Muslims who commit acts of violence and terror in the name of God can find ample justification for their actions based on the teachings of the Qur'an and the sayings and examples of prophet Muhammad himself." This is what the radical Islamists are doing, to a growing chorus of approval from Muslims who buy into the doctrine of jihad against the West.
As for Iran, it is indeed a committed enemy of the West:
Iran is the ideological wellspring of Islamic terrorism, and the "world's most active sponsor of terrorism" (according to the U.S. government). A totalitarian regime that viciously punishes "un-Islamic" behavior among its own citizens, Iran actively exports its contempt for freedom and human life throughout the infidel world. For years it has been fomenting and underwriting savage attacks on Western and American interests, using such proxies as Hezbollah. Like several of the 9/11 hijackers before them, many senior Al Qaida leaders, fugitives of the Afghanistan war, have found refuge in Iran. And lately Iran has funneled millions of dollars, arms and ammunition to insurgents in Iraq.
Why aren't we listening?

Andre Zantonavitch offers a perspective and possible solution in his "The West vs. Islam." While I find his perspective rather reasonable, the solution he offers sounds just a bit strong.

Posted by Richard at October 30, 2005 10:32 PM

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