End of ISIS won't end Islamic terror

To the editor:

In the "Nation and World news feed" of the July 21 Berkshire Eagle, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is quoted as saying that leaders at a counter-Islamic State meeting expressed concerns about what happens after the expected defeat of ISIS. The implication is that the defeat of ISIS will end Islamic terror against the West.

This optimistic thinking ignores the politically incorrect truth that the underlining root cause of Islamic terror is Muslim belief in the written words of the Koran. Barack Obama and other world leaders describe Islam as a "religion of peace," yet Koran 8:12 states: "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore, strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them." Koran 9:123 states: "Believers, make war [jihad] on the infidels who dwell around you.

The end of ISIS will not be the end of Islamic terror. As long as religious Muslims believe in the written word of their holy Koran, Islamic mass killing terror as occurred in Nice, Orlando, Paris and San Bernardino will continue.

To end Muslim terror, the religion of Islam needs a reformation to address some of the war-like statements in the Koran. This can only be done by Muslims themselves.

We all hope this will happen soon. Sadly, moderate, peace-loving Muslims are afraid to speak up out of fear of retribution from the Islamic terrorists in their midst.

Martin Silver, Lenox



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