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Re: Islam is not to blame

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in response to reader comment: There's a reason India's Muslims aren't "radicalized"- it's not democracy

Submitted by Safraz (United States), Apr 1, 2008 at 23:12

Turkey has a 98% Muslim population - and how many radicals? It's probably the most moderate Muslim country on the planet due in large part to its functioning secular democracy.

Indeed, Britain is probably more radicalized than Turkey (as shown by the recent bombings in London). And the reason Britain is more radicalized is because its democracy does not reach those who are isolated and marginalized in ethnic ghettos - those people do not feel like they are part of the system and so do not participate in the system. As a result they feel that they have no voice. So Britain is not a perfect democracy, but it will learn and it will get there and bring those who feel marginalized into the system, and radicalism will be minimized as a result - I have no doubt. Same thing with the rest of the European nations.

The Phillipines is a separatist rebellion, where the rebels happen to be Muslim. They are no different from the Kurds fighting the Turks, but because they are Muslims fighting Christians you somehow see it in a different light.

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