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Submitted by Darwin Barrett (United States), Apr 18, 2004 at 13:56

Your history tells a great story. It is a strong indicator that Islam has its own agenda, Islamic dominance of the World. They have been trying to do this since the 7th century. In "A short History of Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich you can find a chronology of the Muslim "Attacks" against Western Civilization that started in 633 when "…the armies of Islam would begin the advance that was to take them, in the course of a single century, to within 150 miles of Paris and to the very gates of Constantinople." The Muslims were beaten back, but through persistence they finally defeated the Eastern Orthodox Christians and took Constantinople on Tuesday May 29, 1453. Europe kept them at bay with the Crusades, a defensive action against the Expanding Muslim land grab. You filled in the more current history.

Your solution, "They should seek out ... a democratically-minded Iraqi strongman, someone who will work with the coalition forces, provide decent government, and move eventually toward a more open political system", is not likely to happen. It goes against the Qur'an.
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