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September 28, 2020

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DARREL SMITH: Should these numbers be disturbing

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Published Mobridge Tribune 

Why wouldn’t Islamic terrorists continue to attack us? Consider their gains since Sept. 11, 2001.

Since 9/11 we’ve lost about 6,000 killed and 50,000 wounded. We have committed about $4 to $6 trillion or $50,000 to $75,000 per household to overturn corrupt dictators in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. The resulting unrest in these countries has turned them into havens for the Islamic State and other Islamic supremacist groups. Supremacist militant conquests created atrocious conditions for Christians and moderate Muslims resulting in millions of refugees. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing to Europe and America dramatically increasing the Muslim populations in these countries. Meanwhile, a higher percentage of Christians are left in refugee camps and more Muslims are being brought to America. The Islamic State claims they will transfer terrorists with these refugees.

Our country has integrated Muslims into key areas of our government including the State Department, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the military and intelligence agencies. I recently learned that 72 DHS employees were on the Terrorist Watch List. A Dec. 22, 2012, story published in Egypt’s Rose El-Yousset magazine names individuals they claim are Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers in the Obama administration and they ask, “[T]here remains a question we cannot answer yet, but we are on the way to it. Are these six personalities tantamount to a turning point for the Obama administration from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in the world as well?” Can you believe this question? Many Egyptians believe that the Obama administration supports the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Part of our problem is that we have been kept purposely ignorant about Islam. Islam started as a small religion among more powerful groups. In this stage Islamic living and writings were peaceful and war wasn’t allowed. Most Muslims still follow this part of Islam today. The religion grew until it became a powerful force and war was allowed for self-defense. As their power increased, their writings changed dramatically mandating aggressive supremacist warfare. The Islamic State, the Taliban, al Qaida and countries like Iran adhere to this form of Islam. Islam also developed a teaching that the later writings abrogated [abolished or treated as nonexistent] the earlier writing when possible. You can study this by internet searching these terms: “Is Islam a peace-loving religion?” and the “The Rise of Islam map – ExploretheMed.”

Islam in America is rapidly growing and exceeds 2 million people. One percent or over 20,000 people believe that often, “suicide bombing or other violence against civilians is justified to defend Islam from enemies.” Five percent or more than 100,000 people have a favorable view of al Qaeda. These numbers come from a 2011 Pew Research Center poll called “Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism.” Do these numbers trouble you?