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Muslim threat: Do you still believe we've nothing to worry about?

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To The Daily Sun,

It may seem like a long way away, but new things are happening in the Middle East which will have an impact on the whole world. The Middle East includes the Levant, which is all the land in the eastern Mediterranean area, including Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey. Egypt and the Sinai can be part of the Levant.

The United States is very special, in that we are able to keep a democracy, which many countries cannot do. The role of a dictator, though usually oppressive, is to keep order in a country that otherwise would fold to tribal disarray, as is apparent in so many Muslim countries.

In 2006, a group of active Sunni jihadist militants in Iraq and Syria, used the Syrian civil war to expand their control against Shi'a Muslims and Christians and to further the name of Allah and restore Islam to glory and to eliminate all modern borders between Islamic Middle Eastern countries. Presently, they are a force to be reckoned with, as they have now formed a state which they call the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL, or Iraq and Syria- ISIS).

In June this year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was elected caliph or Islamic leader of the Ummah, by the Sunni leadership of the group. A Caliphate claims religious authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning in the war-torn Middle East. Muslims around the world are now required to pledge allegiance to the new caliph, though Muslim scholars do not agree.

According to the Koran, Muslims must exact jizra, or a tax on all non-Muslims under their control, which is what ISIS is doing now, in order to provide funds for all their military. They seized funds from Mosul's central bank when they took over that city, they routinely practice extortion, by demanding money from truck drivers and threatening to blow up businesses, and by robbing banks and gold shops. They also have private donors in Gulf states. They have commandeered oil fields and smuggled out raw materials, and sold electric power in northern Syria. They have assets worth $2 billion, making it the richest jihadist group in the world.

ISIS has captured and currently uses American weapons, vehicles, and uniforms. They have over 20,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, and now, rather than being seen as a terrorist organization, they are being seen as an army on the move, taking terrain. On July 2, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said that Muslims should unite to capture Rome in order to "own the world."

Do you still believe there is nothing to worry about in America? Think about it, and do your own research. This is not something that's "over there." There are many Muslims in America. If they are required to pledge allegiance to the Caliph, where is their allegiance to America? True, not all Muslims in America will cater to the Caliph, but when the time comes, and they are called to action, they will have to act, or be considered apostates which are the first to be killed.

People, we need to hold firmly onto our republic, pray for our leaders, and keep out the forces that would overthrow our culture. Check out what's happening in Marseilles, France, and what Holland is doing about multiculturalism, or the changes occurring in Great Britain. No, we do not want to be like Europe right now. The United States is special, it is good, and free. Let's keep it that way.

Peggy Graham