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Justifying Radical Islam: A war of globalization

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More Words of Comfort?

It is not difficult, sometimes, to readily perceive the reasons behind the nationalist opinions of AM radio talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh (http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/), Shawn Hannity (http://www.hannity.com/) and Neal Bortz (http://www.boortz.com/). It is particularly understandable to empathize with their views when Islamic fundamentalists like Al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahri spout inflammatory rhetoric as reported in today's MSNBC website (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14054482/):

"'The shells and rockets ripping apart Muslim bodies in Gaza and Lebanon are not only Israeli (weapons), but are supplied by all the countries of the crusader coalition. Therefore, every participant in the crime will pay the price,' al-Zawahri said."

Ah yes, words of comfort once again from faithful adherents of the peaceful religion of Islam. Comfort to whom you may ask? Why, comfort to the hearts and souls of all Islamic jihad radicals who somehow justify murder (remember, Muslims must still follow the Pentateuch) in their cause to overthrow Jews, Christians and Muslims sympathetic to those of different faiths. To rationalize that an innocent child on a continent thousands of miles away is a legitimate target in their jihad against the West is abominably immoral and almost unforgivable.

Calls to find common ground among the faithful of the major religions (see
http://www.ukim.org/dawah/The%20Linking%20Faiths%20of%20Jesus%20&%20Muhammad.pdf for an example) are fantasies as long a one or another of those religions continue to provide resources and protection for radicals bent upon nothing less than the destruction of another society. I abjure advocates of compromise and reconciliation to focus on cleaning their own house with the same intensity with which they inform others how to clean theirs. Only with the neutralization of widespread radical fundamentalism can we all learn to live in peace. Until then, it is as much a war about globalization as it is about religion.

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