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The Deontological Bin Laden

             On September 11, 2001, a well orchestrated attack was employed against the United States of America. For a country at peace the attack came as a devastating blow. .
             When the smoke settled, the Pentagon, Twin Towers, four airliners, and thousands of innocent lives were destroyed. A thorough investigation revealed that Osama Bin Ladin, a leader in the Al Quaida terrorist organization, was allegedly responsible for the attack.
             When America asked for answers many were shocked to find that this violence was supported by Muslim culture and religion. The name Islam means submission to the will of Allah and the obedience to his laws. Muslims universally believe that the Koran reveals much of the will of Allah as well as many of his laws. In the book of Sura chapters 2:91-93, Jihad is justified in the defense of Islam against any enemy. However, in the case of Christians and Jews, violence is demanded: "Idolatry is more grievous than bloodshed fight against them until idolatry is no more and god's religion reigns supreme.".
             Muslims are taught that from the moment the first drop of a martyr's blood is spilled, he does not feel the pains of the injury and he is absolved of all his sin and he sees his place in Paradise. He is saved from the torture of the grave and from fear of the Day of Judgment. He is awarded his allotment of beautiful virgins to cater forever to his every need. He becomes an advocate for seventy of his relatives to reach paradise and he earns the Crown of Glory, whose precious stone is better than this entire world and everything in it.
             Besides the commands of the Koran to destroy their enemies, another reason for the attack could be our military base in Saudi Arabia. Muslims have protested the base saying it is an invasion into the Muslim holy land. In fact the Koran calls for its protection: "O ye who believe! The idolaters only are unclean. So let them not come near the Inviolable place (Mecca, Medina) of worship after this year.

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