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WDP Opinion: Actions speak louder than words

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

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Western Daily Press editor Ian Mean comments on today's news that David Cameron has said that Islamic extremists pose a threat to Britain

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Western Daily Press editor Ian Mean comments on today's news that David Cameron has said that Islamic extremists pose a threat to Britain

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph today, Prime Minister David Cameron has finally realised what the British public wants to hear – tough words about the murdering members of the Islamic State.

He warns that Britain will have to use its “military prowess” to help defeat “this exceptionally dangerous” movement or or else terrorists with “murderous intent” will target people in Britain.

At the same time in the Observer today, the Church of England has attacked David Cameron’s Middle East policy saying that the government’s approach is incoherent, ill-thought pout and determined by “the loudest media voice at any particular time”.

I agree with that - what do you think?

The last thing we want to do is to get embroiled in a boots on the ground fight, but can we now really abandon the people of Iraq?

Tough words are fine but coherent action with our allies is louder than words.

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 3:49PM

    comments taken from http://tinyurl.com/n7cg6ax

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 3:46PM

    WHAT JIHAD IS NOT Jihad is not a violent concept. Jihad is not a declaration of war against other religions. It is worth noting that the Koran specifically refers to Jews and Christians as "people of the book" who should be protected and respected. All three faiths worship the same God. Allah is just the Arabic word for God, and is used by Christian Arabs as well as Muslims. Military action in the name of Islam has not been common in the history of Islam. Scholars says most calls for violent jihad are not sanctioned by Islam. Warfare in the name of God is not unique to Islam. Other faiths throughout the world have waged wars with religious justifications

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 3:44PM

    WHAT JIHAD IS The Arabic word "jihad" is often translated as "holy war," but in a purely linguistic sense, the word " jihad" means struggling or striving. The arabic word for war is: "al-harb". In a religious sense, as described by the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (s), "jihad" has many meanings. It can refer to internal as well as external efforts to be a good Muslims or believer, as well as working to inform people about the faith of Islam. If military jihad is required to protect the faith against others, it can be performed using anything from legal, diplomatic and economic to political means. If there is no peaceful alternative, Islam also allows the use of force, but there are strict rules of engagement. Innocents - such as women, children, or invalids - must never be harmed, and any peaceful overtures from the enemy must be accepted. The concept of jihad has been hijacked by many political and religious groups over the ages in a bid to justify various forms of violence. In most cases, Islamic splinter groups invoked jihad to fight against the established Islamic order. Scholars say this misuse of jihad contradicts Islam.

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 3:36PM

    Jihad: A Misunderstood Concept from Islam - What Jihad is ... islamicsupremecouncil.org/...islam/.../5-jihad-a-misunderstood-concept-f.

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 2:28PM

    Salman Rushdie tried to expose this murderous 'cult' in the The Satanic Verses, but instead of the world taking on this evil, it just buckled under the threat of 'Jihad'. . I read somewhere the word Jihad and its meaning is unique to Islam and never existed in Arab antiquity, and like 'fatwa' it's just another manifestation of this evil. . Rather like the burning witches used to be in the middle ages.

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 12:34PM

    Incidentally, how are the CIA involved in, not only the Iraq problems, but also Syria, Iran, Israel/Palestine and any other Arab country!?

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  • Free2opine  |  August 17 2014, 11:43AM

    Whatever decision is made, somebody won't agree with it. Everything boils down to "if", "how", "what" and "when". How do you suppose we attack an unwinnable war!? The Arab revolt/uprisings, call them what you will, have been going on now, since about 1834, if not before. Yes, this particularly revolting, breakaway group, needs to be annihilated before it spreads its wings even further. But, have we left it too late!? Judging by some reports, the children of this breakaway group are already being "groomed" to carry out atrocities. Do we kill them also!? (and if you are in any doubt, this would include UK residents also) We have had intelligence personnel on the ground, in Iraq, for many weeks now, so hopefully they have more information about what is going on, than the likes of General Joe Public, in this and other Western countries. No doubt senior personnel in the British forces and government, will know what steps to take and when, without MORE uninformed comments in media resources!!!!

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