Taking Islamofascists seriously

Belmont Club explains why we should listen to what those who want to kill us say about their reasons, just as we should have listened to what Hitler said in speech after speech. If we listen, for example, to Abu Musab Zarqawi we will learn that he wants to destroy the U.S. for what it is, not what it does. Zarqawi recently made it clear that it is our democratic way of life that makes us the enemy because that way of life promotes such un-Islamic behavior as freedom of religion, rule of the people, freedom of expression, separation of religion and state, forming political parties and majority rule. Freedom of speech is particularly evil because it allows “even cursing God”. This means, Zarqawi recognized, that “there is nothing sacred in democracy.” Belmont Club notes that, “while these are not the only reasons for extremist Islamic hatred, clearly if the fundamental characteristics of American society are sufficient to mark it for destruction, then nothing will deflect the hatred of the enemy.”

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