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Submitted by Ivan Barna (United States), Nov 27, 2003 at 20:01

Your suggestions are certainly a step in the right direction but are they even close to the solution? Generations of Muslims worldwide have been educated and lied to by their media to believe the most outrageous lies about the West and conspiracy theories that would be laughable in the West are taken seriously by most "moderate" Muslims. What if the majority "moderate" Muslims' beliefs are much more easily shifted towards militant radical Islam than towards democratic West? What if it will take generations of a major re-education before that shift may more naturally be toward democracy? Does that therefore mean that the West cannot give the benefit of doubt between friend and enemy and must assume they are the enemy until proven otherwise? Sad commentary but war has been declared against the West and in war it is better to be safe than sorry, since it is really not as simple as that a few bad apples are spoiling the barrel.
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