Islamic fundamentalism and the terrorism that accompanies and underpins it are the new Barbarians at the Gate. The violence preached by fanatical religious leaders and their followers are a fundamental threat to civilization and liberal values of freedom, tolerance, mutual acceptance and respect. What we must not tolerate -- even for one minute -- is a culture and belief system that seeks to behead us and return mankind to the Dark Ages.
Islam -- like Christianity -- is one of the great religions of the world. Islamic fundamentalism -- like Christian fundamentalism -- is barbaric and must be not only opposed but destroyed.
For those who read Spanish, this op-ed piece by the great Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Mario Vargas Llosa, published in El Pais, is well worth a look. Thanks, Don Mario. Gracias, Francia.
One must wonder: What would Muhammad say?