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Originally posted by fritz
I would like to know when did these very peaceful men and women have the time to plot the take over of 'al-Andalus'?
As for calling Islamist radicals Nazis, my word. That's very strong my friend. At present, I seriously doubt that they are preparing for a second Holocaust!
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's political courage surely made it a more attractive target, but Osama Bin Laden and his ilk have coveted Spain since long before the Iraq war, long before 9/11 even. For about 600 years, in fact.
To Al-Qaeda and its minions, the Iberian peninsula will forever be known as Al-Andalus, the epicenter of Islamic high culture and the zenith of Islam's global empire. It was a paradise they lost to the Christians in the late 1400s, and they will never forget it.
In a broadcast made public just after 9/11, Bin Laden referred to Al-Andalus and spoke of "old accounts" that remain to be settled. He clearly believes Spain was unfairly wrested from its Muslim rulers and remains prisoner to the Christian infidels to this day. "Our goal," he told Al-Jazeera in 1998, "is to liberate the lands of Islam from unbelief."
A letter that surfaced in the immediate aftermath of the Madrid attacks continued the Andalusian theme. Penned by the so-called Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, it made reference to those same "old accounts with Spain."
So the grudge is an old one. The goal is to retake Spain, and no amount of capitulation in Iraq or appeasement of radical Islam will assuage him.
Originally posted by Muaddib
I don't think anyone is denying that there are "Moderate Muslims"... Moderate Muslims ahve died at the hands of Muslim extremists because they are not following to the letter what their prophet told them to do.