-Marc-
> jihad has traditionally, in Sunni Islam, meant the kind of
> struggle that we all must undergo in order to purify ourselves
> in order to make ourselves fit to be in God's presence after
> death. The Taliban have given the term a bad name).

Not so. That is, the term "jihad" has usually (not always) been 
interpreted by most of the Islamic schools as meaning an internal 
purification struggle, but throughout Islamic history, many Muslims of 
the Sunni, Shi'ite, and other fringe Islamic sects have used the term to 
refer to the struggle against infidels, mostly Christians and Jews. So 
"the Taliban" certainly have not given the term "jihad" any bad name 
that it hasn't already had for a dozen centuries.

Stephen

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