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Reader comment on item: Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood
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Submitted by K.H. Ahmed (United States), May 24, 2008 at 07:40

It is fine for us as Americans to be watchful and to ask relative questions. But I point out in a cautionary fashion that those who lead public opinion and the public itself needs to be careful not to allow this "fear" to lead to paranoia and the mistreatment of a total group. Let us remember Islam is not monolithic with one philosophy - it is broken into many sects just as Christianity is - I cnonstantly re-iterate here that the Wahabbist form of Islam is dangerous- however Wahabbi is not the majority of Muslims - This is the faith of Bin Laden and his followers and it is very different than mainline Islam. Let us know our enemies.

Second the fear you speak of leads to such things as stating that Barak Hussein is not Christian - I would ask you to meet a few Syrian and Lebanese Christians that I know with that very name - not in combination but that's the name.

We need not fear the Wahabbi's - we need to recognize them and what they are - It also would be nice if our government would quite supporting them, (the House of Saud) and remember evey time you fill up you putting money in the hands of the Wahabbi's. My point of contention is that those who write these articles need to present the real facts and not tailor them to prove a point. That everyone on this site you could use the full scale of Mr. Pipes knowledge of the Middle East. I have read much of what he writes, admire his intellect and style - but . ..

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