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From another usual western hypocrite

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Submitted by Jeff (United States), Mar 4, 2010 at 16:42

Hello Mr. Banerjee,

I am one of those usual western hypocrites.

In light of history, you really think it's that unusual for a country to fight back against an attacker, as we did in Afghanistan, after 9/11? Really? We could have easily won the war and left, instead of sticking around and trying to build a representative government (like the one you choose to live under) schools, irrigation systems, etc.

If we leave dictators like Saddam Hussein, or the El-Assad family, alone, then we're propping up dictators. If we take out a mass murderer of Muslims, like Hussein, then we're crusader infidels. Either way, we're always the bad guys, right?

At least 15 Americans have been tried and sent to prison as a result of what they did at Abu Graib. How many Indian police have been sent to prison for torture and executions? Zero, at my last count. How many Iranians are in prison for the daily torture or any of the thousands of murders in Iranian prisons? Another zero. How many Syrians, with their lovely prisons? Another zero. But I never hear a whisper of complaint from a single Muslim about any of that. And anyone in an Iranian or Syrian prison would have given anything to get to Abu Graib even during its darkest period.

On the sad subject of torture, how about this, from the Sira of the Prophet, p 511:

Kinana bin al-Rabi, who had the custody of the treasure of Bani al-Nadir, was brought to the Apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came to the Apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the Apostle said to Kinana, "Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?" he said, Yes. The Apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the Apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam, "Torture him until you extract what he has," so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead.

Just another example of a beautiful pattern of conduct?

You really think the unintended, occasional and tragic civilian deaths caused by American troops in Afghanistan is in any way comparable to the intentional mass murder of civilians done daily by Muslims? The civilian death toll in Afghanistan caused by US troops is extremely low considering Muslims always hide behind women and children while shooting at infidels. The real civilian death toll in Afghanistan happens when Muslims blow up markets, hotels, schools, etc. In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Muslims blow up mosques every week and even go out of their way to blow up marketplaces filled with women and children. Intentionally. Muslims in Iraq blow up girls schools, playgrounds filled with children, weddings, markets and funerals. Not by accident. In Iraq yesterday, a bomber rode with bomb victims in an ambulance and blew himself up when they arrived at the hospital. Why are cartoons worth rioting about, but blowing up a hospital full of Muslims is not?

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