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Muslim "Children of a Lesser God?"

Nothing reveals more about man’s soul than how he treats a child. Manipulation of a child’s innocence or taking a child’s life to further man’s grander objective is pure evil. It is worrisome when a culture gives rise to a mindset where this happens as children fall victim to man’s political or religious ambitions.

Understanding this is all-important in dealing with the Muslim mindset, particularly as President Obama continues to believe he can engage in meaningful dialogue with leaders he just does not understand. While extremists foster this culture, the lack of outrage by moderate Muslims makes them just as culpable. Our President ignores the reason why such a dialogue—now and for the foreseeable future—remains impossible. It boils down to Muslim children being used/abused by Muslims to promote a political or religious agenda.

Last month, a 13-year old Syrian boy, Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb, marched with his family in a nonviolent anti-government rally in the city of Daraa. Authorities detained him along with hundreds of others involved in the protest against President Bashar al-Assad. After weeks of absence, Hamza’s barely recognizable body was returned to his family. It bore extensive evidence of torture—bruises, burns to the feet, elbows, face and knees, and the removal of his genitals. The wounds, according to family members, were consistent with those caused by electric shock devices and cable whippings. His eyes were swollen and black, with both arms bearing bullet wounds. Despite warnings by the Syrian secret police not to speak out about it, his incensed family has.
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