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Canada's been "provoking" [Islamic] terrorists, according to all the self-flagellating luminaries writing letters to La Presse's editor. Having studied and read a bit more than these fools, I'm in a position to explain what's really "provoking" these terrorists. This will also serve to refute the noxious, nonsensical claim that somehow Canada's actions - and those of other Western countries where similar discourse on "provocation" applies - have made Canada "deserve" terrorism.
The first thing that needs to be understood is the Islamic terrorist's mindset. In his/her (yes, there have been female terrorists) view, the Koran must be taken literally.
Amongst other things then, jihad must be waged against non-Muslims with the final goal of imposing Islamic law, or Sharia, worldwide. This will convert the remaining non-Muslim part of the world that is Dar-al-Harb, the House of War, to Dar-al-Islam, the House of Islam.
In order to achieve this, non-monotheists must be killed or converted to Islam. Depending on which passages are highlighted elsewhere, monotheists such as Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians can either be tolerated as second-class citizens, or Dhimmis, or else they too must be killed/converted.
This all relates to Canada and the West's supposed "provocation" of Islamist terrorists as follows. Regardless of the West's treatment of Muslim or Arab nations, Canadians and the West truly provoke Islamist terrorists by the very fact of not adhering to the Muslim faith. It's that simple. Further Western non-alignment with literal readings of the Koran exacerbate this, the real provocation.
That Muslims are ruled by non-Muslim governments is a terrible thing, in terrorists' eyes, because they literally interpret passages of the Koran advocating the contrary. That freedom of religion (or lack thereof) exists in the West is another awful instance of Western non-alignment with literalist interpretation. If it were up to the al-Qaeda, Hamas and company, Islam would be imposed upon all non-monotheists, including Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Animists etc. When Osama and his ilk rant about Western decadence and the 'nakedness' of women in bathing suits, you're actually catching a rare glimpse into what really bothers these people. That is, Westerners not following a literal reading of Sharia.
So it doesn't really matter if Canada fights in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else that President Bush has been "provoking" Islamist terrorists. The Israeli-Arab conflict? That's a convenient bandwagon to jump on. These are all populist excuses that help with recruitment of new terrorists by showing the so-called "martyrdom" of Muslims at the hands of the West, their supposed "oppression" by vile "Crusaders" (notice the religious language sneaking out). It's easier to get someone inflamed at being attacked and then to gradually have them adopt an extremist, literal reading of the Koran, than to have them jump right into the whole international jihad ideology.
I'm just going to digress to point out that the "Crusaders" have done much worse in in Canada, Asia and elsewhere. The First Nations of Canada have been subjugated, humiliated and attempts have been made to commit cultural genocide against them. (Canada's government, in concert with various churches, operated so-called residential schools that Amerindian children were forced to go to, and which tried to eradicate their "indianness." The lawsuits are plentiful.) Britain waged war on China to be allowed to export opium to the Chinese, for crying out loud! Why aren't they strapping on belts of TNT to blow up pizzerias or piloting hijacked planes into buildings? They aren't reading the Koran literally.
The reality is this: Canada and the West provoke Islamist terrorists by not adhering to a literal reading of Sharia. Until we all convert to Islam (or the non-monotheists amongst us, at the very least) and do all the other things "required" by the Islamists' reading of Sharia, we will be provoking the terrorists. Truly provoking the terrorists.
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