Go read the National Post’s Michael Coren interview with Dr. Tawfik Hamid, a former Sunni Muslim Fundamentalist. Here’s a small snippet:
He’s a disarmingly gentle and courteous man. But he’s determined to tell a complacent North America what he knows about fundamentalist Muslim imperialism.
“Yes, ‘imperialism,’ ” he tells me. “The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe.”
He is now 45 years old, and has had many years to reflect on why he was willing to die and kill for his religion. “The first thing you have to understand is that it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with poverty or lack of education,” he says. “I was from a middle-class family and my parents were not religious. Hardly anyone in the movement at university came from a background that was different from mine.
“I’ve heard this poverty nonsense time and time again from Western apologists for Islam, most of them not Muslim by the way. There are millions of passive supporters of terror who may be poor and needy but most of those who do the killing are wealthy, privileged, educated and free. If it were about poverty, ask yourself why it is middle-class Muslims—and never poor Christians—who become suicide bombers in Palestine.”
The good doctor puts a lie to a lot of the common claims about the causes and cures of Muslim Fundamentalism and paints a pretty bleak picture in the process. It just reinforces my viewpoint that there will be an open religious war with the fanatics at some point in the future. Hell, they already believe that war has already started.
Found via the Advice Goddess Blog.