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Dear Mr. Ianus

Reader comment on item: L'Institut d'Égypte – In Memoriam
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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Jan 15, 2012 at 23:16

Dear Mr. Ianus,

When Islam spread around the World , it was by conquering hearts and minds and not through lobbies and shady deals. I am afraid that the shadowy backroom deals that are conducted by the Saudis with the Americans may not last longer since these deals just achieve some temporal objectives buyt unable to conquer the hearts of minds of people in these regions.

I for one really concerned about what is going on in Hungary currently with the rise of a neo-theocratic state there and the suppression of a lot of religions including Islam. Unfortunately , the shadowey deal making does not help to win converts in Hungary , appearently. I am really concerned to see Islam failing to win hearts and minds in the Eastern European regions and in places like Hungary and Poland in particular , even though it has been involved for centuries in that region. What do you think Muslims failed to do here ? Can Islam still hope to achieve something there ?

The concernes for America should be from a supposedly enlightened Westerner as you claim to be. After all , America is the one holding the banner of the West around the World and if that nation is so prone to shadowy deal making (both American parties are to blame here) then there is very little hope left for you also. The most unfortunate thing here is that the popular democratic systems can be hardly said to play any signifcant role to delay this inevitable decaying of the West. Instead leaders tend to deflect the attention of their populace to issues which do not help West in an yways for example the issue of nuclear weapons for Iran. What is reallly a matter of concern that the Western populace in general are busying themselves with these trivial matters also.

Think about this. One of the most progressive states in the history of Islam has been the Iranian nation who helped to florish the World with a lot of thoughts. Currently the West is busy killing the nuclear scientists of Iran , one by one. Does that represent any progress for either Islam or the West ? I do not think so. Killing scientists is a heinous crime which stalls the progress of human beings. Why the West is regressing on her own ideals ? Is the Western age of reason and enlightened thinking is finally over ? I would love to know your views on all these.

Take care

Debanjan

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