Re: Reply to David_PA
Bin Laden, Zawahiri and company where claiming defensive jihad long before the occupation of Iraq. For example, Bin Laden claimed that the West was "stealing" the oil of the Middle East. This was back when oil was $15.00 a barrel. Now, it is $100.00 a barrel, and Saudi Arabia, for instance, has an additional $500 million PER DAY to invest. Are we stealing their oil, a natural resource that they neither found nor developed? Oddly enough, in English they claim defensive jihad (that they are just reacting to our aggression), to fool the Ron Pauls among us, while in messages in Arabic to the Muslim world they claim offensive jihad, the conquest of the infidel West for the greater glory of Islam -- the next step after defeating the Soviet Union, the more powerful pagan superpower. Yes, you can find Muslim scholars who say this is not the real Islam and Bin Laden and companu are not faithful to "peaceful Islam," so why are the redicals not consigned to obscurity as being outside Islam? Are they part of the Umma or not? When the Ku Klux Klan was lynching blacks 100 years ago, and black leaders charged that the white majority, by doing nothing, was showing its own racism, were they wrong?