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July 19, 2005

Note to Tom Tancredo: Know Thy Enemy

From FOXNews:

A Colorado congressman told a radio show host that the U.S. could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked the country with nuclear weapons.

Rep. Tom Tancredo made his remarks Friday on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.

The extremist Moslems who are terrorizing the world right now are making the age old mistake of attacking those who are not their enemy. Tancredo, albeit to a vastly lesser degree, does the same thing. Islam is not the enemy -- extremist Moslems are.

I received an email this weekend about a blogger who received death threats from Moslems. Another blogger was emailing people to let them know, saying that the first blogger was threatened because he "had the guts to post the truth". Obviously concerned, I clicked on the links to find more.

It turns out, the first blogger and bunch of his buddies had taken copies of the Koran and shot one to pieces, urinated on another, burned another and finally attached some kind of exploding stuff to the fourth and shot it until it was blown up. He provided video of the acts on his blog. Now he's surprised that some idiot somewhere has threatened his life.

Let's put this into perspective. Let's say you were walking down the street with your sister and her husband. You pass a construction site and one of the construction workers whistles and says something mildly obscene. Some of the other construction workers laugh, some grin, but some frown, and one even tells the guy to shut up. You turn to scowl at the guy who whistled, but before you know what's happened, your wife's husband pulls out a gun and starts shooting the constructions workers, and doesn't stop until they're all dead.

Days later the families of the slain construction workers argue about the best way to punish your brother-in-law for what he did. A few of them break into your home, kidnap your sister and gang rape her. Was justice done?

In this illustration, you are the modern Moslem, your brother-in-law the extremist Moslem, your sister is the Koran and the construction workers are the various non-Moslem people. We do things all Moslems find offensive, but most simply disagree. A few take it to extremes and kill people. Is justice done by defiling something all Moslems hold dear, in an effort to “annoy” the ones committing atrocities?

While Extremist Moslems say they revere the Koran (at least their version of it) many, many, many more Moslems who detest violence, also revere it. By desecrating it, you are not just punishing those who've done bad, but also many who've done nothing wrong. Intellectually, how is that different from what bus bombers do? Aim at the group in hopes of getting a few of the guilty. The same goes for threatening Mecca. It's not a war against Islam -- it's a war against idiots who want to use Islam as an excuse for violence.

These kind of outrageous acts and words feed right into the hands of the terrorists, who are trying to convince other Moslems that all non-Moslems are the enemy. Tancredo assisted the terrorists, as did the blogger who desecrated the Koran.

I'm not naming the blogger, because he's not alone. Quite a few others have done similar things, maybe not as bad, in words or deeds, some of them people I otherwise respect. We can criticize the terrorists without going overboard and offending those who've done nothing wrong. The “US v. THEM” mentality that draws lines where they shouldn't be is exactly what feeds the idiocy the terrorist use.  We should be above that, shouldn't we.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Captain's Quarters, Hugh Hewitt, Stones Cry Out, One Hand Clapping, CalBlog

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 19, 2005 09:30 AM

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