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Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are among the world’s most influential religions, but only Islam, which emerged so brightly from the Dark Ages, has had its brand tarnished — perhaps irreparably — by a vigorous terror trade.

Many Christians and Jews have spent their lives creating a free society, while some Muslims have exhausted theirs trying to dismantle it. The reason? An unyielding submission to a religion that has sacrificed progress and human relations along its spiritual journey, its heart beating in the trenches of a global holy war to restore the Muslim caliphate.

Muslims debuted in the seventh century with great expectations. They spent the next 600 years establishing an empire that stretched from China and the Indian subcontinent, across Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula, to the Pyrenees. Muslims invented universities, hospitals, and the toothbrush. Still, their success did not come because they promoted religion over science. Instead, it was borne of an independent Muslim mindset that championed progress for its own sake.

Mongol marauders ended that reign in 1299, later converting to Islam themselves. Around that time, one of the first mass bioterrorism attacks in history occurred — on the Muslim watch.

In 1346, during the siege of Caffa, now a region in the Ukraine, Turkic-speaking Muslims called the Tartars hurled plague-ridden corpses over city walls, causing an epidemic that some believe helped bring the bubonic plague to Europe. The Black Death went on to kill 100 million people across Europe.

After the golden age, the Muslim Ottoman Empire seized control of Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, ruling ruthlessly for the next 624 years through a single family. Its legacy included the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in their historic homeland in present-day Turkey, which still denies that holocaust today.

The Ottoman government’s destruction in 1923 divided the Middle East into its existing states, leaving Muslims largely listless on the world stage, until the creation of Israel in 1948 renewed the Koran-mandated zeal to eradicate their Jewish archenemy, and its allies. Arab Muslims spent the next six decades waging a global holy war against Israel.

Successive western governments have tried vainly to broker peace, while their docile new generations have given Muslims a virtual pass on their indoctrinated intolerances. In between, the Muslim diaspora has tried to assimilate into its adopted lands, with questionable success.

Islam’s golden age is long gone. But it is replaced by a new epoch of extremist Islam, as jihadists try to spread the “religion of peace” — one terror attack at a time.

Next week: An interview with an apostate.!/BritShavana

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Trish from Bay Ridge says:
Oh for pete's sake... give your obsession a rest.
Sept. 20, 2013, 3:34 pm
Never mind what Trish says. Nobody does it better. Keep it up.
Sept. 21, 2013, 8:29 pm
andy katz from Sunset Park says:
"Arab Muslims spent the next six decades waging a global holy war against Israel"?

Would those Arab Muslims include Egypt, which has been at peace with Israel for nearly twenty five years now?

Israel's treaty with Jordan is more recent, 1994, but the two nations have collaborated since 1970, when King Hussein expelled the PLO from the Kingdom & the Israeli air force provided crucial support to Jordanian forces after a punitive attack from Syria. Of course it's now known that King Hussein himself met secretly with Golda Meir to warn of the impending Yom Kippur war.

Of course there are elements within both nations that remain intransigently extremist & seek to harm Israel & her interests. There are as well in Saudi Arabia & Yemen, two other nations not in conflict with Israel. But they are not the majority.

The truth, as in most things, is far more complicated than merely insisting that Arab Muslims all seek the destruction of Israel. After all, no ME nation other than Iraq wanted to see Iraq develop nuclear weapons capability as she started to do in the early 80s, but realistically, only Israel had the freedom to act as decisively against it.
Sept. 21, 2013, 8:51 pm
Trish from Bay Ridge says:
A FRIEND from BROOKLYN says: Never mind what Trish says. Nobody does it better. Keep it up.
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Yes, she certainly does "it" -- lol.
Sept. 22, 2013, 12:11 pm
Curious from Carroll Gardens says:
Since S. Abruzzo writes an opinion column, repeatedly claims expertise in global politics and has a clearly very personal, intensely anti-Muslim (not just anti-"Islamist") POV, might I ask what her background, experience and professional and-or academic credentials are?

I would ask the same if someone promoted his-her non-U.S. nationality while insistently pushing an anti-Israel or anti-Palestinian or anti-Hindu-Jewish-Christian-Buddhist, or whatever, POV.
Sept. 22, 2013, 1:31 pm
Curious from Carroll Gardens says:
Postscript - I am EastEuro Christisn born, a proud US citizen 20 years, do not understand why "Britisher" would impress Brooklyn people, any more thsn they'd be impressed by my "Polish-born US citizen's" view. Who cares?

But if I pronounced vehemently on issues related to my ethinic, national etc history, I most certainly would detail that bsckground and my expertise. To me it would be dishonest to do otherwise.
Sept. 22, 2013, 3:41 pm
Guy from Coney says:
Dude, if they dont care enough to give her credentials it means creds dont matter to them. they just like her views, or favor ppl who work cheap and let partner-spouse salary and benefits support their wigginess.

seriously, you are too EARNEST and SERIOUS to be 'American.' which i say sooooo bittersweetly
Sept. 22, 2013, 6:03 pm
Curious from Carroll Gardens says:
Guy, I admit you're probably correct. ;)

But my birth country's tortured history taught me to ask: who is telling me this, why and on what foundation (experiential, evidential, citational)?

I think that Euros are more skeptical of one-sided rants, perhaps because we experienced and were conned by them long before America was born.
Sept. 22, 2013, 10:55 pm
The Radio Jihad Network from Brooklyn says:
This writers facts and evidence presented are correct. The content is most likely unsettling for many.

Detractors - This is where you 'factually and logically' deconstruct the facts presented in the article making your alternative points crystal clear.

Emotionally attacking the writer is very easy by calling her names etc.... but is viewed as vicious gossip and acting like a bully - which are not redeeming qualities.

As you ponder the writers conclusions in this article - Remember that as we speak - Islamic Terrorists Al-Shabaab separated Muslim from Non-Muslim and killed the non-Muslim women, men, and children. Sunni Muslims are killing Shia Muslims in Iraq and both Sunni and Shia are killing Christians in Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, etc... And Sunni and Shia Muslim both want to wipe Israel off the map - on that they can agree.

If you can prove any of my statements above factually wrong - Lets have a discussion

Thank You
Sept. 23, 2013, 9:34 am
Late to this party says:
"Emotionally attacking the writer is very easy by calling her names etc.... but is viewed as vicious gossip and acting like a bully - which are not redeeming qualities."

WHAT emotional attacks, namecalling, 'vicious gossip' and bullying?
Sept. 23, 2013, 9:46 am

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