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     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Brad Wardell on the war effort in Iraq. From what I can see, the new site doesn't have permalinks, so you'll just have to scroll down: It's the article entitled, "Iraq: Just one stop in the war on terror."

I am getting really tired of seeing the standard formulae for exculpating Islam-as-religion for the actions of Islam-as-terrorists. Yes, there is a distinction. The duty to make that distinction, though, belongs, in the first instance, to Islam itself, and it has manifestly failed to do so. I see no reason why I or anyone else should take pains to salve the conscience of those who make no similar effort on their own behalf. As far as I am concerned, Islam-as-Islam is the sworn enemy of my country until it shall make some demonstration to the contrary.

-- posted by Clayton 9/01/2003 01:40:00 AM

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