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I feel it is important to respond to the Tipsline call “Religious war,” as it is historically and factually incorrect. The Israelis have not been in a religious war with Islam for thousands of years. The Israelites were expelled from their land in 70 C.E. by the Romans. Islam came into existence in 634 C.E., over 600 years after the Israelites lost control of that land. The religious group that fought Islam was the Christians during the Crusades around 1000 C.E. Islam and Christianity have been in a religious battle since Islam came into existence. While the caller has great concern for the Palestinians and feels that the terror being wrought on the world has something to do with that situation, s/he should note that since 1973 (30 years), not one Muslim country has fought with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians. Muslim countries inveigh against the Jewish state of Israel not out of concern for the Palestinians’ right to national self determination, but as a part of a holy war to prevent the loss of a part of the “House of Islam.” A cessation of the Arab-Israeli conflict will not pacify these current murderers. Even if Israel were obliterated (the goal of much of the Muslim world), the terror would continue until the entire non-Islamic world is under their control.This war of terror has little to do with Israel and a lot to do with radical Islam versus the Western (Christian) world. For many years, Western leaders have been guilty of appeasement and making excuses for terrorist acts. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher noted more than 25 years ago, “We in the West make a mistake when we transpose our morality on those who do not share it.” Terrorists do not share and cannot be made to share our morality. Their religion teaches something else – jihad.It is important for Americans to understand the essence of Islam. It was born with the idea that it should rule the world. The “rules” were taken from the Koran and the tradition that was ascribed to the prophet Mohammed. The “rules” clearly state that Jews and Christians could live under Islam, provided that they accepted Islamic superiority and understood that they were second-class citizens. Mohammed held that all the biblical prophets were Muslems. What happens if Jews and Christians do not want to live under the “rules” of Islam? Then Islam has to fight them, and this fighting is called jihad. The jihad against America is because we are the leader of the Christian world, not because we are a supporter of Israel.I am not an Islam phobic bigot, but I am fervently against radical Islam. The agenda of radical Islam is to make Islam the world’s reigning religion. This is what they say in their sermons and media, and teach in their schools, and believe in their hearts. This is what they are preaching right here in America. On July 28 a group of American Islamic leaders held a press conference to announce a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism. An organization called the Figh Council of North America (FCNA) issued the fatwa and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) organized the press conference, stating that several major U.S. Muslim groups endorse the fatwa.In fact, the fatwa is bogus. Nowhere does it condemn the Islamic extremist ideology that has spawned Islamic terrorism. It does not renounce nor even acknowledge the existence of an Islamist jihad culture that has permeated mosques and influenced young Muslims around the world and right here in America. It does not renounce jihad, let alone admit that jihad has been used to justify terrorist acts. It does not condemn by name any Islamic group or leader. In short, it is a fake fatwa designed merely to deceive the American public into believing that these groups are moderate. The truth is, officials of both organizations have been directly linked to and associated with Islamic terrorist groups and Islamic extremist organizations. One of their leaders are an un indicted co-conspirator in a current terrorist case; another previous member was a financier to Al-Qaeda. I believe that these groups are trying to perpetuate a deception on the American public and we citizens ought to get educated about them. Here’s just one example of the rhetoric that is being preached. On October 28, 2000, Muzammil Siddiqui, the president of FCNA, at a rally in LaFayette Park in Washington, D.C., said, “America has to learn, if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come!”In the past four years, several FCNA and CAIR officials have been convicted of or charged with various terrorism-related offenses. … We, Americans, need to recognize what this war is really about and how important a victory for democracy and the defeating of the terrorists from all over the Arab world who have come to Iraq to “conquer the infidel” will be in winning this war against our way of life.Both Rocky Rockamora and the Tipsline caller need to get better educated on the facts and the realities of this war and stop looking for excuses to appease these terrorists any longer.Mikki FuternickVailVail, Colorado


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