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Submitted by Yuri (United States), Dec 16, 2003 at 11:26

I came to the US from Uzbekistan, while being what I call "a garden variety of a New York Russian Jew" (my parents ran to Tashkent from Ukraine during the WWII) - I'm saying all this to give some background to the following statement: my 36-year experience of living there and then 7 years in the US taught me firmly not to look for complexity where there's none - anywhere at all.

Applied to the hard-core Islamic fundamentalists it means that their leaders do not know how to build a functioning society, they only know how to steal from poor. And when you have so many poor people to steal from as they do, it's a lot of money. That's their business. So they use Islam to maintain this order of things. Islam, in turn, being the religion of many people I knew and loved (and still know and love), says nothing about the improvement of society and social change. Hence - don't think all those clerics with their noble turbans and beards have anything else in mind, but to distract ordinary Moslems from issues that come from their economical troubles, thievery, and dead-end politics. They need an enemy to blame, and we are it. They don't want their people free, they don't want them thinking and enjoying themselves. They kill those Moslem thinkers who try to straighten and modernize Islam, and view it as a strong religion that could - yes - change and develop in time. No Western money and aid would ever be enough to satisfy those fiends, they would view America as a weak country, and themselves as a bully (free food and a couple of quarters shuts them up until the next lunch break).
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