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Saturday, August 13, 2005

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Keep Quiet And Listen!
The words of radical Islam speak for themselves.
by Victor Davis Hanson

Personal Note: Victor Davis Hanson is not only a phenomenal writer, he has a firm grasp on reality and often sees what we, of lesser visual acumen, do not. We would do well to listen.

"We live on the principles of the Enlightenment and so worship our god Reason, thus assuming that even our adversaries accept such rational protocols as their own."

"For clarification of al Qaeda's ideas about democracy, we can turn to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the spiritual leader of the terrorists in Iraq. He recently warned that, "We have declared a fierce war on this evil principle of democracy and those who follow this wrong ideology." "

"Western critics of America's attempt to introduce democratic reconstruction in Iraq should ask why al Qaeda is so furious at the effort. The answer is clear: Radical Islam can no longer blame the United States for propping up dictators, but instead is terrified that there is a third choice -- the people's freedom..."

"...as we try to assess the causes of Islamists' venom toward the West, it seems wiser to listen to what they say rather than what we say they say... If we would do that, we would conclude that the hatred of radical Islam is fed by envy, frustration, and pride -- and thus existential: They despise Americans for who we are."

"...there is one and only one legitimate objection of the crackpot radical Islamists that rings true: We in the West don't listen to them when they promise us our deaths. We should."


Personal Note: Amen, says I. Apologies to Mr. Hanson for chopping up his story. Check out the link above. This story is worth the mere 5 minutes of effort you'll expend..

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