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"I think it's incredibly naive to say that christians don't become terrorists. What about the Klan? What about Pius XII?"

The Klan might have claimed to be Christians, but they obviously weren't by any interpretation of the Bible. I don't know what you're trying to say about Pius XII, but he was vocal against terrorism:

http://www.catholicleague.org/pius/piusnyt/moralorder.htm
"Mit Brennender Sorge (1937) of Pius XI, and Summi Pontificatus (1939) of Pius XII, formed the basis for every protest against Nazi and Fascist policies by the Church, either by the Vatican, the popes themselves, or by local bishops and hierarchies."

Orthodox Islam, on the other hand, encourages terrorism. The more lenient forms of Islam do not, but these are more recent and have minimal doctrinal basis, which makes it hard for them to prevail. For instance:

(Koran 76: 4) "Lo! We have prepared for disbelievers chains, yokes and a blazing fire."

Kind of hard to interpret that one in a nice way. There are a number of other quotes I could put here, but I don't want to turn this into a massive firefight over Islam. I'm just trying to make the point that the Sudanese are unlikely to turn to terrorism if we don't help them (which means helping them doesn't promote the War Against Terrorism), so we'd have to be helping them on moral grounds. Sadly, the backlash in the media if even one American soldier died helping the Sudanese makes a campaign there unlikely in the near future, and I don't think anyone's there cares about UN diplomacy, such as it is.


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