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JEWS AND ARABS

Reader comment on item: A French lesson for Tom Harkin

Submitted by Fred Keller (United States), Jan 5, 2004 at 16:18

It's 1492 all over again, but instead of fleeing Spain for France, Jews now want to leave France for more hospitable climes.

Having worked abroad for over 30 years I can testify to the fact that Jews and Muslims can get along and do so on a daily basis throughout Africa.

It's not Muslims as a hard and fast rule that are the problem, its the Muslim zealots who interpret the Koran literally word for word that are cause problems for everyone not only Jews.

As a Christian if I were to follow the Old Testament word for word I would certainly be out of step with the realities of the Christian religion of today and therein lies the problem. The Christian religion went through a reformation which broke the hold of the Pope over all of the Western world. I believe that this is what has to take place within Islam and this can only be accomplished by Muslims, the main problem that prevents this from taking place are the thousands of zealots that have been trained by Saudi Arabia, who stifle any attempt by moderates to reform or subdue the violence preached by these Islamist.

This is very similar to what happened in South Africa when the ANC was trying to take control of the country, the Zealots shouted down any moderate talk of accommodation and killed those whom they couldn't silence. Remember, Nelson Mandela and his group were convicted on charges of terrorism for the bombing of the Johannesburg train station, not because of their political beliefs.

In France, because of the numbers involved, the Jews don't have a chance, just as in the U S with Hispanics, the politicians will sell the Jews down the river in a minute in the hopes of gaining the votes of the majority Muslim population.

In the U S the majority of the population view Muslims living here as good Muslims and those causing problems abroad as bad Muslims. In the mind's of the radical Islamist the Muslims living in the U S are viewed as bad Muslims for having left the fold and the radicals as good people who are doing God's work.

If the Senator is defending the good Muslims, those living peacefully in America, there is no need to do so, most sane people realize that like anyone else immigrating to America, they just want their piece of the American pie. If on the other hand he defending the Islamist, he should be removed from his post at the next election.

I think what disturbs people in America most is when Muslim community leaders (CIAR) often try to defend the actions of these radicals or refuse to accept that the Koran, like the Old Testament contains much violence.
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