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Old 05-07-2004, 01:38 AM   #16
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people need to be open minded, not just generalize about one-fifth of the world's population.. because that to me seems ignorant. The narrowing down to a particular strain of Sunni Muslim may help here. But once again it just seems like we are pointing fingers... trying to lay blame.
Sure, there is something called militant/radical/revolutionary Islamism. They have such thing called a jihad, which has several different applications and one of them involves violence unfortunately. Most Muslims do Not condone this, some do- and they get the attention. Sadly, the media attention is there to fuel the fire of fear and distrust of the Muslim world. I suppose it has succeeded with you.

I dont believe in violence so obviously I am read and LEARN why some people do resort to violence. No one can ever justify the murder of another human being... but this does not give me or anyone else the right to be ignorant and to generalize.

and... RIP to those who died in Thailand

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We can always narrow it down further to "the leadership" or "part of the leadership" of the Wahhabist sect. Many of these people are not political because politics is too worldly for them. The word "jihad", properly speaking, means "struggle against sin" and is interpreted by most Moslems as a personal struggle against sin, not a holy war. It was the Wahhabists who really sold the idea of jihad as "holy war". Osama bin Laden grew up in Saudi Arabia, and it's easy to see where he got his ideas. I agree, let's not indict one-fifth of the world's population for this madness.

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