May 21, 2006 3:58 pm


"Two terrorist groups beheaded two teachers in front of their students in the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi primary schools in Shaab district in Baghdad," a ministry statement said.

Another red line crossed I thought. To be honest, it is difficult to imagine that there were any red lines left to cross. Then, it occurred to me that this was not an entirely new red line. Islamists have crossed a similar one decades ago in Syria.

Remember the Syrian-American psychiatrist, Dr. Wafa Sultan who caught the world's imagination by taking on an Islamist Imam on Al Jazeera? The paper explained her anti-Islamist passion thus:

Sultan grew up in a large traditional Muslim family in Banias, Syria, a small city on the Mediterranean about a two-hour drive north of Beirut. Her father was a grain trader and a devout Muslim. Sultan told the Times she continued with her faith into adulthood.

But, she told the Times, that all changed in 1979 when she was a medical student at the University of Aleppo, in northern Syria. At that time, the radical Muslim Brotherhood was using terrorism to try to undermine the government of President Hafez al-Assad. Gunmen of the Muslim Brotherhood burst into a classroom at the university and killed her professor as she watched, she said.

"They shot hundreds of bullets into him, shouting, 'God is great!'" she told the Times."At that point, I lost my trust in their god and began to question all our teachings. It was the turning point of my life, and it has led me to this present point. I had to leave. I had to look for another god."

Is it possible that rather than disgust them, Wafa's story not only gave the Islamists the idea but that they decided to improve on it? The Syrians shot a professor in front of his students, they will behead teachers in front of elementary school children.

If so, Peres is right. These Islamists, indeed, represent"Satan, and not God." And that is the reason, we will win and they will lose.

For as unhappy as they may be with their own corrupt and tyrannical leadership; as resentful as they may be of the West and as clumsy as the US led coalition may be in its efforts to reform the greater Middle East; there are simply not enough people in the Muslim world who would seriously want to be ruled by these vicious fanatics. That is the reason the Iraqis turned out to vote and that is the reason they are refusing to fall into Al Qaeda's trap and engage in a full scale civil war.

They know that politics is all that is standing between them and Islamist savagery and their leaders will ultimately have to heed their wishes. So, courage and patience my fellow Americans. As imperfect as we may be, we are not the ones representing Satan. And, Satan, ultimately loses.

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Jack H - 4/20/2006

By the way, from a historical perspective, I have a few words to say here

and here

and elsewhere, of course.



Jack H - 4/20/2006

You are an optimist. When Khomeini took over Iran, it was not unknown, what he stood for. In his Little Green Book, he allows for sexual acts with animals and little girls. I won't be specific, but here's just one site:

Beslan said it all.

Odd, though, isn't it - the fuss over "Portgate." Let's shun our rare friends.

I have quite a few postings on this very topic at my own wonderful site, archived as "Islam and Islamists."

Feel free. Lot's of passion, I'm afraid, but trumped by evidence.