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Slave Soldiers of militant Islam and the Tsunami Disaster

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Submitted by Ilona Melstrads (United States), Dec 30, 2004 at 15:36

We all must have noted the unusually high levels of contributions pledged by European states (some of the states being very tiny, such as Ireland and Finland) to the tsunami disaster relief. The pledges by Muslim states are very small. Yet the greatest disaster (around 80,000 dead) occurred in a basically Muslim country, Indonesia. (True, that country also has a substantial Chinese minority, and yet no one hears of any Chinese pledge, despite a large Japanese pledge.)

Thus Muslim charity is found wanting here, just as with the Arabs from Palestine. They have been paid by their better-off co-religionists to fight as terrorists, but have not been helped by their co-religionists to live a meaningful life. Must the Muslim charities be tied so much to terrorist activity, to the exclusion of natural disasters?
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