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Let us go back to basics

Reader comment on item: [Alastair Crooke's Conflict Forum and] Sharing Jokes with Hamas

Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), Apr 20, 2005 at 14:43

Going back to basics is an expression I have borrowed from religion. In religion, any religion, it means going back to the fundamentals or basic principles of the faith.

In a non-religious context, it means going back to the basic principles of morality and the difference between right and wrong.

To me, "sharing jokes with Hamas" is morally wrong, because what Hamas does is morally wrong.

Therefore, no Western government shall do business with Hamas or any Islamic organisation, because their actions are morally wrong and should not be endorsed.

A country or a part of the world, the West, which has lost sight of the difference betweem moral and immoral is going to lose its influence.

The mere idea of doing business with Hamas or any other Islamic organization is morally wrong, because Hamas and other Islamic organizations kill people.

I don't know how American and European politicians sleep at night when they are doing busines with Hamas and similar organizations.

Sometimes, it is not about delivering sophisticated explanations as Daniel Pipes or Samuel P. Huntinghton do.

It is about avoiding the relativism which is killing the West.
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