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CULTURAL "RESPECT" = GOOD DIPLOMACY BUT ONLY IF IT IS RECIPROCATED

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Submitted by Wana88 (United States), May 27, 2009 at 12:47

As someone who has spent time with people from across the globe, but especially the Muslim world, I can appreciate diversity as depicted in one's dress/attire. It is only proper that "when in Rome do as the Romans do." HOWEVER, when western women (or men) bend over backwards to show respect by depicting extreme sensitivity towards a specific culture (in this case Muslim strictures and customs), but don't expect that it be RECIPROCATED in their own countries,, then we have a problem.

When a Pope (John Paul) is photographed, in good faith ,kissing a large size quran as his Arab hosts in traditional attire looks on, he is percieved by the Muslim world as one more step closer to complete subjugation; and his behavior also reflects symbolic acceptance of "Dhimmi" status.

While Westerners see this photo and think: "awww isn't that Christian of him to show respect to the Muslims." Little do they realize the more ominous message being unintentionally sent to the Arab/Muslim world.

Again, THE WORD IS RECIPROCITY AND WE NEED TO USE/DEMAND IT

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