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Harping again on the same string

Reader comment on item: Trump's Mideast 'Deal of the Century' May Be a Raw One for Israel

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jan 26, 2019 at 02:14

Dear Dr Pipes, I am less optimistic about any peace plan between any Islamic country/society and any one else succeeding in the long run. Remember there was a time when Arafat, Rabin and Peres won a Nobel Peace Prize (of all things!) for an accord that was never implemented? And, before that, do we remember the Simla accord between Mrs Gandhi and Pakistani PM Bhotto? Simla accord was supposed to bring lasting peace between India and Pakistan. Neither India nor Israel have seen peace to date.

Before we can solve (the so called) Palestinian or Kashmiri problem we will have to solve the Islamic problem. We have to instill in the minds of Muslims the value of democracy, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. There is just no other way out. I see orthodox Jews around me. I see stupid fundamentalist Hindus around me. I see evangelical Christians around me. But in the face of these extremists, I see an overwhelming majority of normal people who are both vocal and reasonable. These people do not kill each other or any one else to protect the rights of Allah!!!! These people value religions but they also value secularism and separation of church and state.

We need to be polite but blunt. I do not see even a small fraction of Muslims who are willing to stand up when principles of freedom are violated. Though I see many Muslims willing to kill and die to establish Islamic rules, I do not see many Muslims standing up to create secular democracies (or any democracy for that matter) in Islamic societies. They have convinced themselves to believe the Islamic utopia that an Islamic theocracy can protect the rights and ambitions of non-Muslims.

How can a country as small as Israel sacrifice anything when dealing with a unified behemoth of 1-billion Muslims? How can she? How can 2% Kashmiri Hindus stand up to Kashmiri Muslims when Islamic separatists only talk about freedom (from India) but they do not talk about democracy. How can they?

Muslims need to understand that there is no such thing as freedom without democracy. If you create one more Islamic theocracy, you will create one more violent cauldron of murders and mayhem. The futures of independent Islamic Palestine and independent Islamic Kashmir are written in stone. Muslims just have to read the prophesy.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Cant read article [51 words]jamesFeb 4, 2019 00:38247515
No Worries [61 words]Eric SlatonJan 30, 2019 15:39247426
Here We Go Again [199 words]Barry BlackJan 26, 2019 09:56247351
1Harping again on the same string [393 words]PrashantJan 26, 2019 02:14247344
Time Is On Their Side [83 words]Barry BlackJan 30, 2019 10:25247344
It is unlikely that the Palestinians will accept, in principle, that the major settlements will be part of Israel [49 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Anon.Jan 24, 2019 19:19247330
The Deal of the Last Century - Yawn [77 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
DaveJan 24, 2019 06:59247321
1The Trump Peace Plan, Anyone? [161 words]G MarcusJan 24, 2019 00:13247315
Oh Boy! [6 words]Barry BlackJan 28, 2019 14:14247315
Comment Continued [60 words]Barry BlackJan 28, 2019 14:44247315

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