Below is my Reply to a friend's email & an article he attached.
Another attempt to paint all Muslims as terrorists. Mohammed was warlike because when Islam was founded, polytheistic beliefs reigned supreme at the time in that region of Arabia, & their adherents all attacked Muslims...attempting to run them out of the region or kill them.
Yes, fanatics/extremists exist...a tiny fraction. You often ask why Moderate Muslims don't speak up. Perhaps in most cases they're afraid of being murdered by the nutcakes. Perhaps they fear they'll be attacked by "Right-Wing American Patriots" for defending Islam... a distinct possibility in this country. Some have spoken out, denouncing the fanatics...I've seen the videos. Then there are those clips cherry-picked by Fox, Beck, etc. that show the opposite.
If Muslims (of any stripe) break the law, then arrest them, try them, sentence them, & incarcerate them. It's a Law Enforcement issue, not a military one. The whole thing is Oligarchical, Boogie-Man Propaganda...and apparently, it works quite well. Sorry, but you'll never convince me otherwise. It's nothing but a huge DISTRACTION [from the ravages of Corporatism]. Yes, criminals exist; but to think that all Muslims are criminals is sheer nonsense. To quote the "Koran" (as many do), thus "proving" one's case, is ridiculous. Anyone can quote similar crap in the "Holy Bible"... one of the bloodiest tales in existence. It doesn't prove anything. Taking things out of context is such an easy gig. It boggles my mind that some Americans can be misled so easily.
This country really deserves to be ruled by Oligarchs and Propaganda...it's such an easy sell to the majority of We the People... and, the Entertainers on the Fox network so obviously are not objective, not professional news people, and not at all concerned about the Republic of the USA. They're as bad as the clowns on CBS, CNN, NBC, etc.---the ones that serve pablum in place of news---Fox is just a different extreme [of the same distraction]. They are all the networks of the super-rich... and, as Machiavelli knew, the super-rich must sell the concept of the-Boogie-Man-is-coming if they are to remain in power. "The Prince" must be very pleased with the USA today. [End of Reply]
The most important political issues for Americans today have nothing to do with Muslims or terrorism. Instead, they are: the loss of much of our manufacturing base; the crimes inherent in Financialization; Crony Capitalism and the State-Corporate Complex in general; the fraud of Globalization; the ignoring of the Constitution whenever convenient; and the ongoing conversion of the USA into a Police State. Genuine participatory democracy does not exist here. The Middle Class continues to shrink. Jobs created by the super-rich more often than not are worth a tinker's damn. Wages essentially have stagnated for thirty years, but the Oligarchs' incomes have increased by 700%. Americans now can be arrested on our soil and held incommunicado indefinitely... no warrant, no lawyer, no habeas corpus, no trial. Most other issues are nothing but distractions.
Partly just my opinion. Be Well