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Kindergarten

Reader comment on item: Back to the Shores of Tripoli?
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Submitted by Michel C Zala (Switzerland), Mar 31, 2011 at 10:54

You guys are like children on the schoolyard.

The debate here has nothing to do with Islam vs. Judeo-Christianity. It is all about Libya and its people.

How about sharing some pearls of wisdom and let us know, what you propose in this specific case. I myself have tried in the past to conduct a constructive, respectful and polite debate with Dhimmi and Muslims alike and usually ended up walking away in disgust, which is I am not trying to do that here again.

However, right now, as a descendant of a Doctor during the Hungarian Revolution, which was brutally suppressed by Russian Tanks, I ask you now to demonstrate some solidarity with the Lybian people and contribute ideas and suggestions as to how we all may support a pan-arabic spring towards democracy, freedom and individual libertiy.

For the first time in my individual history, I saw on Aljazeera pro-American Signs, demos and interviews. Maybe this is the turning point in the age old hatred between cultures, so openly manifested in your individual discourse. Maybe this is a moment in time, where America can demonstrate to Arabs, that we do the right thing for the right reasons and not only talk the talk , but walk the walk too.

Maybe Lybia can become the domino stone, which can amplify existing trends in Jordania, Egypt, Iraq towards Yemen, Oman, Bahrein, Kuweit and Syria - heck even, if succeeding, in Iran.

People right now do not talk about religion - they want democracy and the foundation of true democracy is in fact separation of church and state. IN true democracies, religion is just that, a religion and not an ideology, hence, if oppressive regimes of the likes of Gaddafi and Assad fall and are replaced by free elections, individual liberites and parlaments representing the will of the people, then maybe the virus of freedom will take hold, as it has throughout the world .

I believe - maybe I am too optimistic here - that no people enjoying the advantages of true democracy, will ever go ahead and replace it with yet another form of oppression, such as a theocracy a la Iran. They will not allow for exchanging one oppression for another. Hence, by design, Islamism will to my opinion be weakened for a free, but privately practised religion.

Now here is a debate, I invite you both to engage in, instead of filling the page up with comments of sectarian hatred and blame.

Or, do you both really believe, that at this crucial moment in time, where the sake of an entire people, heck, an entire region is at risk, it makes sense to yell at each other about pornography in Paklistan?

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