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    I'm not a Muslim.... it doesn't effect me.

    Were I a Muslim and not an extremist I would be one of the most visible and vocal proponents of hunting down and punishing the guilty.

    The biggest issue with Muslims and the issue of terrorism creating Islamophobia is the silence the non militants maintain. It appears as though they silently accept the actions of terrorists. Silent acceptance is support.

    Terrorists have hidden in the Muslim community in the past, partially blending in but also assisted by the code of silence that appears to exist. Like convicts never ratting out a fellow inmate to the "Bulls."

    If that's the rules they wish to play under, they need to accept the consequences.
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    @hankf68 Exactly. Bingo. When a Christian goes off the rails like Eric Rudolph did what did we hear? ":well he's not a real Christian. I'm a real Christian and that's not me, so don't even start in on Christianity". That's exactly what they say. Why should Muslims be any different? A cult is a cult is a cult.
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    @Knuckleballer I kinda expected a "swoosh" on that one. Americas are real big on putting responsibility on others but when it come to their own race, religion, sexual orientation? Not so much.
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    Please don't let it be a Muslim? Muslims fear backlash? You know what? If Muslims don't want to be blamed, stop supporting terrorism. Note, I understand it's not all Muslims, but you guys need to speak out against your extremists forcefully and without hesitation. Also, you need to report any among you that exhibit tendancies that would lead to terrorists activities.

    Lastly, alongside a strong condemnation of the Boston attack (and any other terrorist attack), show more compassion to those who have been injured or killed than worry about who gets the blame.
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    if you think muslims only support terrorist, you are a bigger moron than I thought, probably one of your christian right wing fanatics responsible anyway, if not directly, most def indirectly, anyway you look at it...
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    @hankf68 Thats not what he said. He said they need to speak out against what everyone claims is the fringe of thier religion. I always hear "the majority of muslims are peace loving" Really? Where are they? Why dont they denounce the terrorism? Oh, thats right, I remember that woman doing the tounge thing and hopping up and down after the trade centers fell. I guess in the same way shaking hands with your left hand can be misinterpreted over there,(we KNOW why that is), them denouncing terrorism looks like overjoyed exhuberance to me.
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    No---But I see that guys like YOU are already starting to blame him.....I knew you guys just could not hold back the partisan BS even one moment longer...
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    @jessejaymes
    If a right-winger did actually do it do you think ofailure would sit on that or would it be all over CNN? If ofailure had any shred of evidence at all it was right-wingers the media would be on it like Obama voters on free cell phones
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    @Big_jeff Obama doesn't have any information of who did it regardless of who did it. Nobody does yet. that's not the question. Cell phones are not the question. The question is, if it turns out to be some lunatic fringe GOP from the far right? Then what will you say?
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    I don't think it matters much just who the low down dog(s) was who did this....So long as they are captured, and tried and punished accordingly....
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    That's like saying not all Christian white males are racist, but every racist is a Christian white male. Do you see your mistake in your all or nothing logic?
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    The odds are on the Muslim side. Of the 380 individuals indicted for acts of political violence or for conspiring to carry out such attacks in the U.S. since 9/11, 77 were able to obtain explosives or the components necessary to build a bomb, according to a count by the New America Foundation.

    Of those, 48 were right-wing extremists, 23 were militants inspired by al Qaeda's ideology, five have been described as anarchists and one was an environmentalist terrorist.(CNN)
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    I gave you a thumbs up by accident.
    Your 'right wing extremist'- more information?
    Anarchists- the same?
    You do realize that there are Islamic fundamentalists who can be, and are by definition,'right wing anarchists,' right?
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    @GuyFawkes Islamic extremists (fundamentalism does not equal extremism) can only be right wing in their own country, not in the US. Extremist means your willing to use violence to achieve your ends.
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    @MarkColwell
    I understand that academically, fundamentalism and extremism are different terms, but they are not mutually exclusive.
    One comes to extremism through fundamentalist leanings.
    As for only being right wing in their own environments, obviously when extremists travel to do harm they take their right wing fundamentalist extremism with them.
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    @GuyFawkes Their fundamentalist extremism isn't right wing in the US, and terrorist acts attributed to them do not get classified under right wing extremism here in the US.
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    @MarkColwell
    I know how they are classified.
    I understand you're new here- I spent years throughout the Middle East in a military capacity, then served in liaison positions.
    I an no neophyte to geopolitics or foreign relation, Mark.
    Look over my profile- maybe past submissions on regional affairs.
    I understand tribal dynamics and the origination of terrorism- the mindset, et al.
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    One little group does not represent Muslims. Few Muslims outside of western civilization condemns attacks on Americans, odds are it was a Muslum brotherhood, Hamas or al Qaeda if it was one.
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    Odds are if it in fact were Muslims, they're some splinter group out of Yemen or wherever, grabbed the name "Al-Queda in.......blah blah" , have never actually spoken face to face with a real Al-Queda member and did this for "credibility" in the terrorist world. I would guess they have learned to wait and see how well their tracks are covered before taking credit. If they have a cell in the USA that did this, they are being silent until they know that cell has gone undetected. But we don't even have a clue who did as of yet. If Bubba the Patriot did it he's sitting in a garage with his co conspirators talking big and getting drunk and hoping to god he's not drug out of bed in the middle of the night when the Feds come for him. Either way they're cowards. Has very little to do with anything beyond a cowardly act against innocents.
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    @jessejaymes and if its some left winger he is sitting in Columbia university talking to Ayers about how his career is going to go up now.
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    Police your own people, Muslims.
    You now live in America, so become patriotic Americans.
    Integrate into American society.
    Listen when you go to Mosque- listen to your Imam and those around you- if you hear violent or anti-American rhetoric, act and report it.
    America welcomes all who welcome Her into their hearts.
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    there is a difference in being anti-gov't and anti-american, I'm very much all American and its people, not so much the gov't though, something you right wingers should understand and I'm not talking about fanatical terrorist either, who knows who done it and even so, it doesn't represent a whole people anyway...
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    @hankf68
    Agreed.
    Be anti-government if you choose; Guy Fawkes is not a fan of government by any stretch-
    but cultivate a love for America.
    This is the greatest nation in history, and those who do not believe that are free because America is free...and they are free to live elsewhere.
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    By that logic, if a Muslim commits a major violent incident in the future, the Muslims who were supposed to police their own people failed and are to blame categorically—in addition to being unpatriotic and unwelcome in this country.

    However helpful their vigilant observations may be, no, the burden for preventing this thing is not on innocent, unrelated people.
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    @InTheDark
    First, the request is a logical one, and echoed throughout the law enforcement community.
    This is a dynamic exercise- nothing is perfect.
    To be safe we have to be vigilant 100% of the time, where the bad guy only has to be successful once.
    We do the best we can.
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    Hidus, Sikhs, and swarthy Christians are also fearful. Last time around they too were attacked by rabid ingnoranti too stupid to know the difference
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    It won't be a Muslim... Haven't you heard??? The new "terrorist" are gun owning, libertarian minded Americans.... Well, according to DHS anyways...

    Don't jihadists take pride in their killings??? Wouldn't a jihadist "terror" group already claimed responsibility??!
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    Plenty of different types of terrorists out there... and some of them are gun owning, libertarian minded Americans, others are nature loving liberals, others are Muslim extremists, the list is long and diverse. It would be foolish of DHS to ignore any of these groups.
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    Granted we saw some morons take out their rage for 911 on some Muslims but is was no where near as bad as many suspected. I hope this time cooler heads will prevail.
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    American muslims had very little trouble after 911, and this time around almost everybody knows a lot about the Islamic world. We should not have much trouble except for crazy people, and you never know who they'll go off on anyhow.
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    @Ryuo i knew a kid named Nate Parks. Nate and I became very good friends during summer camp one year (98-99). Shared many intrest fishing,music, girls,ext. Two averange American boy's. At the end of camp when our parents came however the story changed quick. Nate says I can not let my parents see me with you. I ask why? He says there Muslims and I am not allowed to have white friends. Nate was black. Of course I did not understand I never heard of such a thing. This was a couple years before 9/11. I think its important for many Americans to understand the cultural difference many Muslims hold.
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    Moderate Muslim leaders need to do everything they can possibly do to put space between themselves and the radical elements of their religion.

    Moderate Muslims must stand up to the radicals and make clear to them that they will not tolerate violence or repression.
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    A real true Muslim does not murder, nor they follow what these so-called nutcases do. Al Quada and Taliban are just plain blood sucking cult groups like the Skin Heads or American Nazis.
  • #43
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    If we would run everyone that is not a citizen out of the country, the whole place would be better off. Plus we need a new border law. Simply if you see someone crossing and not at the US check point, then kill them. Eliminate the penalty on shooting illegals and the problem will solve itself.
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    The perpetrators of this attack did not discriminate as to politics, religion, race, age, sex, or even nationality....we should all be united in our outrage and the pursuit of finding these killers and bringing them to justice.
    There is no justification for indiscriminate killing.
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    It never even crossed my mind that a Muslim could be behind the attack...there are plenty of insane people in our country reguardless. And I don't know anything about it. Why jump to conclusions?
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    Islam is the second largest religion in the world. That means that the majority of Muslims are peaceful, otherwise something would blow up in the US on a daily, if not hourly basis. The radical violent elements of all religions (Westboro Baptist, etc) should be hunted down and exterminated because they are terrorist and are simply hiding behind a religion to justify their acts. It's just like the gun debate. Its not the religion or the weapon, its the murderers that are the problem.
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