The Debate Has Begun...
David, re: your post about Gov. Sarah Palin's perspective of the fanatical element of supremacist Islam.
"Governor Palin gets it and so does Michael Yon."
"He also talks to Afghans and, through him and a handful of other reporters like Dexter Wilkins of the NYT, we discover something beyond the limited perspective of groups like Jihad Watch, a perspective that Governor Palin implicitly criticised in her Hong Kong speech."
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David, my question is, what is the "limited perspective of groups like Jihad Watch" that Gov. Palin "implicitly criticised" in her speech?
Gov. Palin did not reference the supremacist aspect of Islam which uses the Qur'an as it's jihad and sharia law text book..."thus saith Muhammad."
It is accurate that Muhammad spoke kindly about Christians and Jews for the first 10 years at the start of his preaching in Mecca. However, after the Jewish leaders in Mecca rejected his prophetic role, and after Muhammad was forced to leave Mecca for his safety, in his years in Medina Muhammad's teachings and rhetoric changed dramatically... Muhammad said to kill kaffirs (infidels) who will not pay the jizya (compliance tax) and who will not convert to Islam or will not accept the dhimmi (subservient) status... they must die if they will not convert to Islam or accept dhimmitude and pay jizya.
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Gov. Palin's Muslim References In Her Hong Kong Speech -
“Two weeks ago, America commemorated the 8th anniversary of the savagery of September 11, 2001. [...].
"[...] In this struggle with radical Islamic extremists, no part of the world is safe from those who bomb, maim and kill in the service of their twisted vision.
"This war – and that is what it is, a war – is not, as some have said, a clash of civilizations. We are not at war with Islam. This is a war within Islam, where a small minority of violent killers seeks to impose their view on the vast majority of Muslims who want the same things all of us want: [...].
"[...] Last year, in the midst of the U.S. debate over what do to in Iraq, an important voice was heard – from Asia’s Wise Man, former Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, who wrote in the Washington Post about the cost of retreat in Iraq. In that article, he prophetically addressed the stakes in Afghanistan.
'The Taliban is again gathering strength, and a Taliban victory in Afghanistan or Pakistan would reverberate throughout the Muslim world. It would influence the grand debate among Muslims on the future of Islam. A severely retrograde form of Islam would be seen to have defeated modernity twice: first the Soviet Union, then the United States. There would be profound consequences, especially in the campaign against terrorism.'
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David, the statements by Gov. Palin about "... a war within Islam, where a small minority of violent killers seeks to impose their view on the vast majority of Muslims" and her quote about former Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew about a "... severely retrograde form of Islam..." do not at all suggest that Gov. Palin was implicitly referring to a "... limited perspective of groups like JihadWatch, a perspective that Governor Palin implicitly criticised in her Hong Kong speech".
Lee Kuan Yew's statement about a "... severely retrograde form of Islam..." is not a definitive statement about the essence of supremacist Islam, unless 1400 years of of Islamic jihad and +/- 200 million kaffir's killed for Allah is retrograde too. That's history about 1400 years of supremacist Islam, not fantasy about Islam today re: the debate about fanatical vs. moderate Islam.
A "small minority of violent killers" is not a reference to a small supremacist minority who use the Qur'an as their jihad and sharia law text book and who are wrong about Islam while the religion of peace majority is right about Islam.... and jihad... and sharia law.
If and when Gov. Palin ever were to say that 1400 years of jihad and sharia law in the name of Allah is being misrepresented by Robert Spencer on JihadWatch.org ... or Pamela Geller on AtlasShrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs ... or Bill Warner on PoliticalIslam.com ... or David Horowitz on TerrorismAwareness.org & FrontPageMag.com ... or Brigitte Gabriel on ActForAmerica.org & AmericanCongressForTruth.com ... et al, THEN it would be accurate to say that Gov. Palin is not only IMPLYING that Robert Spencer and JihadWatch has a "limited perspective," about supremacist Islam (and also Pamela Geller and Brigitte Gabriel), Gov. Palin would be EXPLICITLY saying that 1400 years of convert or die rhetoric in the name of Allah by supremacist Islam is simply Western misunderstanding due to language limitations and Western feelings of superiority.
However, I do not think that Gov. Palin would have counselors around her who would be so uneducated, uninformed and misguided that they would not educate Gov. Palin about the nascent stealth jihad in America that is the 21st Century iteration of the Muslim Brotherhood stealth jihad that began in 1928.
Living in England, you probably know about the nascent Sharia courts that are being accepted in the British court system (and by the head Christian dhimmi, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams) and the growing Muslim no-go-zone ghettos in England and France and Germany.
Hopefully, that nascent stealth jihad is what Gov. Palin will address forcefully and substantively in the future... God Bless America and God Bless our friends in England (and Lord Christopher Monckton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stij8sUybx0 ).