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respect is a one-way street

Reader comment on item: Obama, "Respect" and Muslims
in response to reader comment: Respect or kow-towing?

Submitted by chubba wubba (United States), Apr 6, 2009 at 02:03

respect is the cultural ideal of honor-based societies, particularly muslim societies. it's never "mutual respect", it's high and low, lord and underling, master and slave. to hell with respect! it might actually work for obama to use the word "with respect" to muslims, and he uses it well -- never letting them feel disrespected, but also never letting them feel they have intimidated him or us. i applaud him for this (but i still hate the concept of respect.

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