Submitted by Michel (United States), Aug 16, 2007 at 14:33
Sorry to get back to you with a delay.
Well, I agree with you that 9/11 was an atrocity of unheard cruelty in the 21st century. People able to commit such a crime are truly not worthy of this life and should be punished as harshly. The detah penalty seems to easy in this case.
Having said that, they killed to my knowledge many of their own Muslims as well, hence many Muslims will share our outrage.
As far as Islamic Imperialism is concerned and any atrocities of past history, I am not even trying to compare evil with evil. Almost every culture had their evil moments, Is my belief. Christianity itself should not be too proud of inquisition, uncountable wars, south america, africa. The Europeans own the hitlers, Stalins, Napoleons and so many more we could call imperialists.
The asians own Dhingis Khan, the huns, mongols and many other corrupt nasty dynasties across the continent.
And so do evidently Muslims. Is it really a competition as to who is the biggest evil doeer? It is a futile discussion.
I read yesterday about the current statistics of Muslim minorities in Europe on MSnBC. Other than in France, where the miority is 10%, the other countires are at 0.5 - 4% of their population, even Bosnia included.
Ironically the ever lasting infighting and corruption there is only weakening the muslim culture and any "imperialism" from that end is a non-starter.
As long , as we stay vigilant concerning terrorism, but tolerant and guiding by example towards our own minorities, radicals can not scratch us.
Am I too optimist?
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