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Submitted by JustMe (United States), Mar 1, 2006 at 20:35

Do you think it is ridiculous when someone's country is being put down to come back with a few statistics showing that their muslim countries have problems too? It's a natural reaction, but maybe a bit childish. I can see there's a huge difference in muslim views in certain areas than my own. Just listening to Libyan drives me nuts because I feel he is a true purist muslim man, and I can tell we have very opposing views in the marriage department. I hope everyone he was complimenting reads his comment on how many wives they can take. It's an attitude that I believe is pretty common for muslim men. I've seen it before. He reminds me of men in the U.S. who have to mail order their brides from the Phillipines. It's better for them because they don't speak English and they know their place and they're just so thankful to be taken in by an American man. But, hey, as long as she knows how to cook and clean and take care of his needs, that's all they need to know. Love isn't even part of the equation.

I don't think people in the U.S. knew a lot about the plight of the women of Afghanistan until after September 11. Many people have busy lives and it may take someone attacking your country before you start paying attention. I wouldn't say nobody cared. I'd say not many people knew. How is that selfish if many were unaware? Do you know how many billions of dollars the citizens of the U.S. give in aid to the world EVERY year?

I think we all need to agree to disagree on certain issues. I am not going to pretend I know everything, but I do think I've learned a lot from certain people on this site and appreciate their honesty. I also think that it's not God that has gotten things wrong, or Allah, or whatever people refer to Him as, it's man that screws things up with their interpretations. There's a scripture in the bible (1 John 4:20) that says: If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

How are we helping dictators and monarchies oppress people and that we make sure the people who oppress them stay in power? And what do you mean by saying the success of the U.S. comes at a price to the people outside? I'm sincerely asking. Thank you.
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