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August 3, 2004

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controversy!
Islam is a religion of WHAT? II: A response to our critics
By Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder

The jester and the advocate bite back


war on terror
A slick Islamist heads to jail
By Daniel Pipes

One down, many more to go


only in the middle east!
‘Palestine’ continuing to self-destruct, as Arab on Arab violence increases
By Joel Greenberg

They informed on terror masterminds, were convicted for doing so, and then were murdered in their hospital beds


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