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Know Thy Enemy

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Submitted by Ruth Lowry (United States), Jan 20, 2004 at 23:13

Dear Mr. Pipes,

I am in my third reading of the Qur'an, and you are so right. It is quite a mish-mash of contradictions, fabrications ("Abraham, Moses,Jesus were Muslims") interpretations and additions over the centuries by various scholars. There is much "wheat and chaff" to be separated.

I first read it to try and understand what Islam was all about. I have drawn certain conclusions, but am reading daily to learn more ... including books about the Qur'an and the life of Muhammad.

I do not believe all Muslims are "bad," but the demonic ones doing all the killing worldwide ARE enemies of our very civilization. I have always believed to know one's enemy:what makes him what he is, gives one an advantage over him.

It is sad that so many Americans know so little about our own history. By all means they should study Mideast history. Will they? I sure hope so.

Ruth Lowry

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