“embrace Islam”

The man we love to hate is at it again. Weird-beard, this time with vanity attached in the form of a dyed beard (doesn’t the Koran forbid vanity?) tells us that all will be well, the war in Iraq can be ended, if only we were to “embrace Islam.” I don’t doubt for a nanosecond that much of the Islamic world will find nothing wrong with this approach: conversion at gunpoint.

From the WaPo story on the latest video from OBL, the basics:

Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a video Friday released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end.”There are two solutions to stopping it. One is from our side, and it is to escalate the fighting and killing against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out,” bin Laden said.

“The second solution is from your side,” he said. “I invite you to embrace Islam.”

This is the true nature of Islam. Not a religion that people accept willingly, with a glad heart and clear conscience. No. That would be Christianity, or Judaism, or Buddhism, and, likely some others around the world. Islam is different, always has been.  The tools of the trade may change.

Swords and spears; mounted cavalry; guns.  Islam and its armies have been nothing if not adaptable.  It’s too bad that it has, throughout its history, not allowed free will to drive its expansion.  But then, if it had, chances are it would still be a minor cult of arms on the Arabian peninsula.

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