- - Thursday, November 26, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Shakespeare wrote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” We have all seen for decades the murder, rape, mutilation and torture perpetrated by barbaric terrorists around the world. They call themselves Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Al Jihad, al-Qaeda and now the Islamic State. All of these are but the poisonous bouquet spawned by what many call a “religion of peace.”

These barbaric, murderous individuals shamefully invoke the name of their God as they commit their heinous acts of murder and torture against innocent men, women and children. Meanwhile their religion’s leaders stand idly by — or, alarmingly often, support the terrorists’ actions.

We have seen time and again how these terrorists deceitfully live among those they consider to be infidels, hiding behind the sanctuary of religion, holding out an olive branch until it is time to strike. Throughout history we have seen the brutality of their convert-or-die doctrine.

Could it be that the leaders of this religion do not see these terrorists as barbaric killers but true believers, defenders of the faith? They do not call for the followers of their peaceful religion to cast out these terrorist like a good farmer would cast out the weeds before they choke out the flowers. How long before this religion of “peace” is completely choked out by the terrorists?

Now the world mourns the attacks and killings in Paris, and has turned its anger on the Islamic State. But what of all the rest of that poisonous bouquet?

Yes, a rose by any other name will smell as sweet — and a Muslim terrorist by any other name will just as brutally kill innocent men, women and children. Until the world understands that all Muslim terrorists and so many of the Muslim leaders of are of one mind and their one goal is the domination of the world, there will never be peace. The world may believe they can stamp out these terrorists one at a time, but for every time we think we eliminate one how many more are born and cultivated?

Some in our government, because of political correctness, are afraid to even utter the term “Muslim terrorists.” How can we expect to win if we refuse to recognize the enemy?

JIM POSMER

Polk City, Fla.

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