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Volume 69, Issue 148, Thursday, June 24, 2004

Opinion
 

Religious war targets radical extremists

By Ken Stocks

Americans need to face the fact that this nation is involved in a religious war. Radical Muslims are attempting to hijack the Islamic religion, and those extremists intend to convert or kill everyone who isn't a Muslim.

Former New York Mayor Edward I. Koch recently wrote: "There are more than a billion Muslims, and the hundreds of millions who regard Osama bin Laden and his followers as heroes may still be a minority. 

Nevertheless, it is shameful that Muslim governments permit the teaching of hate against foreigners in schools and mosques, which leads to the killing of innocent civilians simply because of their religion."

The liberal media didn't attack Koch for his statement, but many others who have spoken out were quickly singled out as prejudiced.

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, the Pentagon's deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, attracted severe criticism when he stated that extremists hate Americans "because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christian ... and the enemy is a guy named Satan."

People who share this viewpoint don't hate Muslims; they recognize that radical Islam is determined to destroy our way of life.

Egyptian cleric Omar Abdel Rahman was the leader of an Islamic group responsible for the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Rahman's group was a precursor of al-Qaida.

Rahman has publicly stated: "Why do we fear the word ‘terrorist?' If the terrorist is the person who defends his right, so we are terrorists. And if the terrorist is the one who struggles for the sake of God, then we are terrorists. We have been ordered to terrorism because we must prepare what power we can to terrorize the enemy of God. The Quran says the word ‘to strike terror.' Therefore, we don't fear to be called terrorists. They may say, ‘He is a terrorist. He uses violence. He uses force.' Let them say that. We are ordered to prepare whatever we can of power to terrorize the enemies of Islam."

Clearly, radical Islam considers everyone not of its faith an enemy. Its followers divide their world into two spheres: Dar al-Islam, the domain of believers, and Dar al-Harb, the domain of war. Radicals consider themselves in a constant state of war against all non-Muslims.

Americans have to learn to fight by the same rules as those used by our enemies. They are not soldiers in uniform, they are terrorists and therefore not accorded the same courtesies as regular troops. Terrorists did not stop to honor the Geneva Convention when they beheaded Nick Berg for being Jewish or Paul Johnson for simply being an American.

It is time to realize that this is a different kind of war and a totally different enemy. They are waging a religious war against us, and America has to be prepared to fight back.

Osama bin Laden said on video, "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.'' Americans can't let liberals and the press make us appear to be a weak horse. Doing so only makes all our lives more dangerous.

By taking the war to the enemy, America becomes the strong horse, acting as a deterrent to later attacks. Moderate Muslims view us as powerful and respect us for that reason. America needs to back those moderate Muslims and encourage them to take a strong stand against the radicals who are trying to hijack their peaceful religion.

Stocks, a columnist for The Daily Cougar, 
can be reached at conservative_columnist@yahoo.com.

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