I stepped in it last night at Bob's place. I should know better. And, really when this statement was made, I should have just called it a night;
The Bushies are in league with the genocidal Sudanese government.
True moonbattery (I know Gail hates this phrase) is occurring when absolutely everything is attributed to "the Bushies."
The issue, though, is whether or not it is simply Bushitler fear-mongering (fascism) that we discuss concerns over an Islamic Caliphate. The spread of radical Islam? Nothing to see here, folks, keep moving.
But, then there is Asia. And Africa. Where the spread of radical Islam is exactly what is happening. Christian girls decapitated on their way to school. And Darfur. If it looks like a duck, it's the spread of radical Islam. And whether or not they actually could unite under one "Caliphate" is beside point. Says Bob:
Anyway, this global conquerin' Islam is the same Islam that's made up of warring factions that make the protestants and catholics in Northern Ireland look like two Lutheran churches joinin' up for a bigger potluck. This is the same Islam that exists almost entirely in third world nations where planning and organizing to take over the world comes right after, oh let's see, maybe feeding and clothing their masses. This is the same Islam that lives in nations that despise each other (Saudi Arabia and Iran, for example).
So we shouldn't fear them because (I'm trying hard to find his point here) there was a "religious war" between the Protestants and Catholics ''? Or because it is occurring in poorer nations? Hizb ut-Tahrir of the "Party of Liberation" has plans, and they have their eyes on Europe:
[President] Bush says that we want to enslave people and oppress their freedom of speech," says Abu Abdullah, a senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation. "But we want to free all people from being slaves of men and make them slaves of Allah."
Hizb ut-Tahrir says that Muslims should abolish national boundaries within the Islamic world and return to a single Islamic state, known as "the Caliphate," that would stretch from Indonesia to Morocco and contain more than 1.5 billion people.
Could they unite the Islamic world? Doubtful. Could they undermine democracy in the Middle East? You betcha. If the following doesn't sound like converting at the sword, I don't know what does :
"Islam obliges Muslims to possess power so that they can intimidate - I would not say terrorize - the enemies of Islam," says Abu Mohammed, a Hizb ut-Tahrir activist. "In the beginning, the Caliphate would strengthen itself internally and it wouldn't initiate jihad."
"But after that we would carry Islam as an intellectual call to all the world," says Abu Mohammed, a pseudonym. "And we will make people bordering the Caliphate believe in Islam. Or if they refuse then we'll ask them to be ruled by Islam."
And after that? Abu Mohammed pauses and fiddles with his Pepsi before replying.
"And if after all discussions and negotiations they still refuse, then the last resort will be a jihad to spread the spirit of Islam and the rule of Islam," he says, smiling. "This is done in the interests of all people to get them out of darkness and into light."
Of course, as a woman, once I'm in that light, I"m going to be promptly covered with a sheet. Radical Islam is the enemy. We should fight the spread of it wherever it occurs, even if it is in a third world country.