This isn't a very strong argument, for obvious reasons. Here is why there should be no fear of Islamic terror ...according to a Blogger at DailyKos (and, I'm sure, much of its readership):
"The right has struggled mightily to keep fear as high as possible. They've resurrected dead academic terms like "islamist" and coined new ones like "Islamic fascists" (along with the laughable "Islamofacist") to instill the proper levels of revulsion. It's no accident that the terms used are reminiscent of those used in World War I and World War II recruiting posters -- the kind where Germans are "Huns," Japanese are "Japs," and both of them have fangs. That we face an enemy as powerful and implacable as those of the "greatest generation" is exactly the image they seek."
We're demonizing Muslims like our forefathers demonized... Nazi's? The Blogger, going by the name of Devilstower, even goes on to endorse the findings of Robert Pope, who contended that:
"Islam -- even "radical" Islam -- had little relationship to terrorism."
A terrorist is not even a "freedom fighter" anymore, but an "occupied."
So much so, that:
"The central fact is that overwhelmingly suicide-terrorist attacks are not driven by religion as much as they are by a clear strategic objective: to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from the territory that the terrorists view as their homeland."
Not driven by religion? I suppose "Jihad" is simply a hip, new, mod phrase.
Strangely, Osama bin Laden's own words contradict that idea:
In our religion, there is a special place in the hereafter for those who participate in jihad.or
Osama bin Laden
In Time magazine May 6, 1996
To kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque [Jerusalem] and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.
Osama bin Laden
In Fatwa entitled Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders World Islamic Front
Statement, February 28, 1998
It sounds like religion is pretty close to the heart of Islamic terrorists. And how about those 72 virgins?
If you buy this argument, then it's not Islamic terror when they behead someone, videotape it, and then publish that tape for the world to see. In the name of Allah.
If you buy this argument, then it's not Islamic terror when they explode a fuel-filled truck, killing none of the "occupiers," but plenty of innocent civilians. In the name of Allah.
If you buy this argument, then it's not terror when an airliner filled with innocent civilians is flown into a skyscraper filled with innocent civilians. In the name of Allah.
Somewhere, there is a disconnect. Only two weeks ago, a leading Saudi Cleric said:
Sheik Muhammad Al-Munajid: This is a nation of monotheism, and this is the Islam that Allah wants to spread throughout the world, and to rule the land it its entirety. Allah wants this. He sent down the Koran and the hadith for that purpose.
I can't imagine how a mujahideen, -er, I mean, freedom fighter, -er, I mean, "occupied," could possibly be led to Jihad against the West.