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February 04, 2005

Winning against extremists

A very interesting story out of the Christian Science Monitor. Judge Hamoud al-Hitar is an Islamic scholar. He gathered four of his colleagues and challenged Yemen's Al Qaeda prisoners to a theological debate.

“If you can convince us that your ideas are justified by the Koran, then we will join you in your struggle," Hitar told the militants. "But if we succeed in convincing you of our ideas, then you must agree to renounce violence.”

The prisoners eagerly agreed.

Now, two years later, not only have those prisoners been released, but a relative peace reigns in Yemen. And the same Western experts who doubted this experiment are courting Hitar, eager to hear how his "theological dialogues" with captured Islamic militants have helped pacify this wild and mountainous country, previously seen by the US as a failed state, like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Like I wrote previously, it's only through respecting their religion that these extremists can be swayed from their idiocy. There are more than enough peaceful Moslems to show that violence is not the answer to obedience to the Koran.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 4, 2005 09:43 AM

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