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The roots of terror

Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen mislead readers by selectively pinpointing recent historical realities that they believe lead up to the increasingly lethal “global jihadist movement” (“Egyptian roots of hatred,” Op-Ed, Friday).

They accurately identified the “mentally deranged Australian Christian fundamentalist” who “tried to set fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem” as the spark leading to the establishment of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. They go on to accurately identify “petrodollars” as the predominant source of money “spawning every Islamic terrorist group operating today.” Miss Ehrenfeld and Miss Lappen also usefully quote the Muslim Brotherhood’s “motto” of “God is our purpose, the profit our leader, the Qur’an our constitution, jihad our way and dying for God our supreme objective.”

But then Miss Ehrenfeld and Miss Lappen try to blend these facts together and suggest that the creation of Israel and Israeli policy over the last 50 years had nothing to do with the “reason for the decades-long regional violence.” Ignoring the multitude of Western errors that resulted in the repression, death and suffering of hundreds of millions of Muslims virtually ignores the real “roots” behind the “genesis of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

I’m sure there are members of the Muslim Brotherhood who want to become suicide bombers and smash “Western Civilization” to replace it with Islam, “which will dominate the world,” but similar sweeping statements are also made by select fundamentalist Christian leaders and faithful free-market capitalist authorities.

Believing these two columnists’ statement that the “goal” of the Muslim Brotherhood is to “kill as many infidels” as possible and that negotiating with the Muslim Brotherhood is futile, the only logical solution appears to be an accelerated “war” against them. Killing them first with pre-emptive strikes will also, it goes without saying, unfortunately kill innocent Muslim bystanders.

This current and failed strategy against the real and growing threat of terrorism only feeds the jihadist marketing scheme that Osama bin Laden and other radicals use to recruit their mass murdering minions. Since the unwarranted lethal U.S. invasion and military occupation of the Muslim state of Iraq, terrorist attacks around the world have soared nearly a hundredfold, and that doesn’t include attacks against U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Waging war against all radical Muslims only validates their self-proclaimed “warrior” status while increasing their lethal ranks. Accelerating our kinetic war against “them” in general will also bring the various competing radical Muslim groups closer together. More devastating acts of terrorism against the “lawless” infidels will be justified as they maintain their Koranic “constitution” while we abandon our U.S. Constitution to root them out.

There are radical Muslims who believe that war is not the answer. We will need them to defeat the lethally minded radical Muslims. Creating and enforcing a global rule of law where Muslims have the same rights and protections as Christians and Jews is the only sane path to peace. War is the path to Armageddon. Some believe that’s what the Christian Bible says.

CHUCK WOOLERY

Rockville

The Clinton record

When President Bush commuted the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr., it caused quite a stir (“Bush commutes Libby’s prison sentence,” Page 1, Tuesday). Strangely enough, the people who had the biggest problem with it were Hillary and Bill Clinton, along with Sens. Charles E. Schumer, Harry Reid, Richard J. Durbin and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. We can all look back at the Clinton years in some disgust because almost everyone in America was insulted in some way.

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