RE: Bush's War on Terrorism

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    >This is NOT 'shia", Grant. Where in the world are you getting this from?
    >Read Karen Armstrong's THE BATTLE FOR GOD for a nice intro. to Muslim (and
    >Jewish and Christian) fundamentalism.
    > > accomplishing their goals. One side worships science, technology and
    > > democracy. The other wants to impose shia on the rest of the
    > > world. Shia
    > > (cutting off the hands of theives, stoning women for adultery, killing
    > > people who don't believe in your religion in its most recent
    > > interpretation)
    > > is not something the rest of the world is going to accept.
    If the people who are preaching it call it "shia" (and I'll admit I don't
    have a reference handy to make sure I've spelled it properly) then to them
    that's what it is. What we call a thing is how we see it.

    The Afghans, the Iranians, the Saudis have all engaged in this behavior and
    are promoting it as the way of God. If other muslims don't believe in it,
    that doesn't make it less of a real threat from those who practice and
    promote it. Not all muslims want to crash airplanes into our buildings, but
    that doesn't mean we don't have to watch out for those who do. The new
    "word of God" as preached in all the schools sending people to fight in the
    war against Americans may not be the "true" word of God, but it is the word
    against which we have to defend and protect ourselves. Call it what you
    will. It is out there in the muslim community and it is growing in
    popularity. Al qaeda members came from America, Britain, Pakistan, Arabia,
    Malaysia, Yemen, etc., etc. It's not just in muslim countries where this
    new gospel is being preached. If they weren't out to kill us, we could
    probably ignore it. Since they are, we can't.


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