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Submitted by Farid (Germany), Feb 18, 2006 at 06:44

Well PDM, perhaps we're talking about different things here: you postulate that piracy and pillaging and taking people hostage etc... is a part of Islam, and I'm hinting at an example of a muslim country offering refuge to american ships (without expecting anything in return) against the very same corsairs that Jefferson has been referring to.

Your aim is to discuss wether piracy is part of Islam or not, and my aim was simply pointing out that the parent poster omitted to mention the broader context of the very same time the Jefferson quotation took place. I'm not discussing the piracy issue here (though you're absolutely free to do so if you like), just pointing at a case of selective cherry-picking of quotations and facts.
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