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Jihad and the Crusades

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Submitted by Harold Richman (Canada), Jun 6, 2002 at 12:11

I watched the program last night. One point nobody made (perhaps because of interruptions) was that the Harvard student showed no sensitivity to the fact that the word jihad was used by the bombers of the World Trade Center in an entirely different way.

After Sep 11 President Bush said that America would start a crusade against terrorism. There was an immediate outcry from the Arab world because the word still had the connotation that was used about 900 years ago.

Harold Richman
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