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Submitted by Michael (Egypt), Oct 3, 2010 at 19:56

I've a comment named "I've always known all this" but yours has successfully eclipsed mine.

To be sincere, I'm very glad at your melancholy--I'm glad that someone (and some people I hope) is awaking to the reality; it is important to awake before it's too late, and I hope many are taking the same step as yours in the west.

Still, I tell you to drop your negative emotions as soon as possible, for you won't be able to take a proper step with such emotions. Be calm and courageous and think--always think--and join others in thinking, then act earnestly. Some many great men are in your country and if you put hands in hands no one, Islam or no Islam, will be able to defeat you or subjugate you.

I know your feelings for I'm living now your nightmare--I'm a legal dhimmi in my country (Egypt--Muslims say the word to me as a complement; they think that Allah and Muhammad are generous because they let me live and be called a special name like that) and Muslims have ultimate power and Islam has the upper hand. We live in George Orwell's 1984 word by word: Muhammad is BIG BROTHER and the Islamists, Imams and the like, are THE PARTY. No one is allowed to criticize BIG BROTHER or question his life; THE PARTY members (faithful Muslims) are untouchable--you only have one choice: to obey heartedly and to believe and force yourself to believe even if you don't, and integrate in the system. Can you believe that even the local churches here prohibit criticism of Islam? Islam has infiltrated even the church. Our priests always talk about the evil Catholics and the lousy Protestants, and they say very strange things about old Christian counsels and heretics, but they never say a word about Islam. "Walls have ears," they would whisper in fear.

But I say, everything shall have and end. And maybe this is the end of the bloody Islamism.

God bless you.

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