Skip to comments.So You Want a Holy War? (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Posted on 10/02/2001 1:07:50 PM PDT by Drew68
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I'm still looking for a columnist who writes only things I agree with. Can you recommend any for me?
Of course they are not disavowing anything. I've almost convinced myself that any devout Muslim is an extreme fundamentalist Muslim, and that the peaceful ones are like the self-professed Christians who only go to church on Easter Sunday and Christmas.
...And I could just see Jonah trying to pass Buckley a pink slip (LOL).
This is exactly what I and many other FReepers have been feeling and expressing these past few weeks and our State Dept. and Media have done their best so far to convince all of us not to believe "our lying eyes".
Kudos to WFB for setting the record straight. Unfortunately for the lovely Miss Coulter....her words strictly about forced conversion were a case of emotional hyberbole and her defiance to her editors resulted in her dismissal. I fear not that she will find another more suitable place for expression.
Where are the Muslim religious scholars denouncing these acts? Who is in charge of the mosque at Mecca? Couldn't he issue a statement denouncing such teachings? All the rational leaders of Islam should produce a joint statement pointing out that anyone teaching such doctrine is wrong and such actions will put the perpetrators, the planners and the financers in the Islamic hell.
There is something wrong if the peaceful followers of Islam don't mind being grouped-in with these murderous fanatics.
ABC broadcast an interview that an American crew had with an Islamic fundamentalist/terrorist in a prison somewhere in the mid-east. The reporter was stunned at the answer to his question: "Would you strap a bomb around your waist and blow up a group of school children?" The response, "If the religious scholars told me to do this, I would." What kind of fools are these? How do you comprehend the incomprehensible?
Both are sadly accurate.
I respect all those folks, and many more (Thomas Sowell, George Will, R. Emmett Tyrrell and many more). My point was I can't say I always agree with any of them. I agree with you that Buckley was wrong about the Panama Canal, and I think he's wrong about legalizing drugs; still, I agree with what he says much more than I disagree, and I greatly respect what he has done for the modern conservative movement. In my opinion, his advancing of it is in the same league as Ronald Reagan and Rush Limbaugh.
"The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
". . . Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind."
We are coming.
Amen! I have advanced this same theory with my friends. Yes, these fanatics use religion to give their political aims more legitimacy, but if the Muslim officals will not openly unite to condemn those actions, then their silence speaks louder than any words. Consider how Christian leaders openly condemn anti-abortionist bombings and killings. Why haven't the Muslim leaders done the same with the WTC atrocity?
I know that Bush and some of his people have said this, but is Buckley talking about ISLAMIC leaders saying this? I won't hold my breath, but maybe Dubya and Co. can convince some of them to speak out.
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