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For Adib Farakish: There's no reason to be upset

Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
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Submitted by Wild Wild West (Sweden), Mar 16, 2006 at 12:44

(Adib Farakish said: Are all the people in the western world think like you? I don't think so. I hope some day some westerner will say your views are not similar to the majority of them.)

Dear Adib Farakish,
Of course the majority of the western people do NOT have radical views as some persons individuals at this board. Look at the comments by RealityCheck at this page. Do you know how many Americans and British nationals protested against the Iraq war? They were millions in number, and most of them were non-Muslims. So there is no reason for you to believe that all westerners hold similar views.

Also don't you ever think that the views of Jhylland Posten are welcome by all Danes. I have Danish friends who are wonderful people. While a few people are escalating conflict and trying to insult us, you know what the Danish people are doing in Denmark? They started an online appeal at a website 'Reconciliation now'. A petition which was online has been signed by a total of 60,136 Danes, which was forwared to the Danish Foreign Minister on 13 March 2006. The text of the appeal was the following:

QUOTE:
Stop the escalating conflict!

We, the undersigned, are Danish residents or Danish citizens.
The publication of a number of satirical cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad showed a serious lack of tact and sensitivity, in Denmark where prejudice is beginning to dominate public debate. At the same time reactions abroad have shown that many have not understood that it is important to make a distinction between opinions expressed by a Danish newspaper and the opinion of the Danish people as a whole. We strongly condemn all threats and acts of violence and urge all thouse who see themselves as involved in the current conflict, to de-escalate this tense situation and take decisive steps towards reconciliation. Everyone, in Denmark and elsewhere, must recognise that the meeting of cultures requires mutual respect. We therefore urge everyone to show the respect necessary.
The Danish government and the government in other affected countries have a special responsibility for reconciliation. We therefore appeal to the Danish government and the governments in all affected countries to work together to solve the conflict.' UNQUOTE.

This appeal had been initiated by Dr. Hans Huttel, a Danish national.

So, Adib Farakish, don't be so upset. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT REPRESENT THE WESTERNERS. Even they are not as many as we think they are. Many of them are using more than one name. Look at the pattern of their comments and the time of sending posts... and you'll understand what I mean...

Peace.
Submitting....

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