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Submitted by Jon W (United States), Oct 23, 2002 at 18:45

Christianity and Islam is about 400 years. Look back in time and see if our Christian forefathers were not as guilty as the militant islamists are now. The western world overcame religious insanity by becoming more secular. This has to happen in these Islamist nations. Christians still try to spread their religion in every country (except Saudi Arabia) on the planet. Unfortunately, Islam is spreading uncontrollably through the third world nations. We have to hope that these countries go through their period of radicalism and come out the other side like Iran is doing right now. Iran went down this path 24 years ago and they are just getting free now. Secularism and freedom will always win in the end. At least I hope so.

I would also like to say that militant islam's war against the West differs dramatically from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.. Over 1500 years ago Arabs took the holy land and formed Palestine. Christians tried to take it back for hundreds of years in the last millenium. Now Jewish people finally did take the land back. The Arabs who were living there have a right to be a little ticked about the whole repossession of their lands. The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is not the same as Islam's fight against secularist societies. It's a war for land ownership with religion thrown in to spice it up.

J.Erek

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