6,474. 10/6/2005

From President Bush’s October 6, 2005, speech about the war on terror at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C.: ” ‘The murderous ideology of the Islamic radicals is the great challenge of our new century. Yet, in many ways, this fight resembles the struggle against communism in the last century. Like the ideology of communism, Islamic radicalism is elitist, led by a self-appointed vanguard that presumes to speak for the Muslim masses. Bin Laden says his own role is to tell Muslims, quote, *What is good for them and what is not.* And what this man who grew up in wealth and privilege considers good for poor Muslims is that they become killers and suicide bombers. He assures them that this is the road to paradise–though he never offers to go along for that ride. Like the ideology of communism, our new enemy teaches that innocent individuals can be sacrificed to serve a political vision. And this explains their cold-blooded contempt for human life.’ ”

 – Peter Bergen, The Osama bin Laden I Know, Page 382

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