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WHO DOESN'T HAVE A MAFIA IN AMERICA?

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in response to reader comment: Mafia and Islam - more in common than anyone could imagine.

Submitted by Tamer Ibrahim (United States), Oct 19, 2009 at 23:06

Italian, Korean, Russian...and yes...even Jewish mafias exist in America.

Myer Lansky, Arnold Rothstein for example. Author Rich Cohen describes the evolution of the Jewish mafia from the 1920s.

Your approach to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is quite shallow and does nothing towards offering a solution.

Personally, as an Egyptian-American (I recently stopped using the term "Arab" since I read the disgusting reports of Hamas and Fatah shoot outs, the resurgence of civil war in Yemen, the continuing strife in Algeria, Iraq, Sudan...I just do not see the term "Arab" as relevant anymore. I'm also an atheist, but I'm not so dumb as to not recognize that I was raised in a muslim home and therefore will always be a cultural muslim). But I'm rambling. My point is that we can continue to either shoot at each other, or feed the flames that sends Israeli weirdos like the Gush Emunim (did I spell that right?) or the Palestinian weirdos (take your pick...there's plenty) on a murderous rampage. Or we can say KEFAYA! ENOUGH!

I do not make excuses for either side. Enough is enough. I am not one to solve the problem. I do not live in Israel and I do not live in Palestine. The solution has to come from the parties themselves (not the US or any other third power). It cannot be forced, it cannot be a result of pressure on either party. Otherwise, we are just delaying the next outbreak of violence.

What we need is a JUST peace. Sorry for the cliche, but "peace is not the absences of violence but the presence of justice." Unless there's a settlement which BOTH sides feel safe and secure, the weirdos mentioned above will always find a way to foment violence.

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