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July 23, 2005



trying to get a dialogue going....

How Muslims should address the war on terror.

We, as Muslims, know that the motivation for any so-called Jihadist activities is not a "hatred for freedom," but rather a reaction to foreign policies and the encroachment of the West on Islamic world. Is the violence justified? No. Is the violence the best reaction to the policies? No. Does the West want the violent reactions? Yes. Why? So the West can continue its encroachment on the lives of Muslims everywhere. What should Muslims do about it? Muslims in the world should drop the resistance and anger against the West. The greatest fear of policymakers in the West is not the violence; the violence can be quelled, but rather the explosive growth potential in the population of the Muslim World. Muslim nations have the youngest average age of all nations in the world, and therefore the greatest potential for population growth. This is what drives fear in the West and why it reacts with such hatred; the world through demographic change will become more Islamic by default. With the West bringing the war to the Islamic world and killing thousands of Muslims today, the West is actually killing hundreds of thousands if not millions of Muslims a few generations from now. This is at the heart of the West's war on terror agenda. The West must slow the growth of the world Islamic population. If there really is a war between the West and Islam right now, it will not be won or lost with guns, but rather birth rates. Demography is destiny. Muslims will only survive by living peacefully as the Quran teaches, and focusing on the growth and stability of the family as they have done for many generations.


Sajjad --

Your analysis is cogent, if a little scary: I like to think the evil deeds of Western government and financial institutions are based on more crass and tangible purposes, like pouring millions into their pockets and protecting what they have, then worrying about future Islamic hegemony. Besides, unless you're proselytizing like mad in Chins, I'm not sure you're right.

Is it possible for the Islamic future you envision to happen with tolerance for those of us who remain unconverted? That worry sits unexpressed, I think, under the tongues of even liberals who hear the word "caliphste."

Meanwhile, how can those of us in the West that aren't policymakers make a difference here? Or is it all about stopping those destructive policies?


You know? I'd never stopped to consider how suicide is regarded in Judaism, but it's so obvious that now I'm sort of scratching my head wondering how I missed that. Definitely adds an interesting shade to an issue that is both complex and simple. Think I'll be chewing on it for awhile.

That sounds like a kick-ass novel. :)

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