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I could not care less about Amin and his standard Taliban Talking Points.

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Submitted by Michel C. Zala (Switzerland), Apr 5, 2011 at 14:40

My point was solidarity with the Libyan people and mainstream muslims throughout the pan-arabic spring.

I laid out my case as to why the USA must eliminate Gaddafi and invite the corresponding debate, ideally further above, where it is a bit cooler and less emotionally heated.

Why you guys spend so much time and energy to debate with a hardened islamist, refute his many rather moronic arguments (Hiroshima, WWII), is truly beyond me. No matter the amount of historical facts with which you obliterate his propaganda platform, he will never ( sign of fanatics) be convinced or declare defeat. Quite actually, by responding you dignify his comments. By posting thus incessantly, you actually portray yourself as a fanatic. You hence are your own worst enemy, Dhimster, as your obvious anger blids you to the fact that it is not enough to be right. Oftentimes, it is not what you say, but how you say it, which turns people off. C'est le ton, qui fait la musique.

Just because someone has a different opinion does not make him your mortal enemy. In my book, a good debate, the investment of energy and time is to win my counterpart over, find common ground, fnd compromise, where possible, sometinmes concede a point, but win another battle. I look at it as a negotiation with a measurable outcome - ideally agreement. To simply talk for talk's sake, alineate the other side and then digress or sink to the level of a catfish does not serve a purpose. But that's just me.

If ever there was a moderate muslim reading through some of your posts, Dhimmi, by now he would be a full-fledged djihaadist for sure, for sheer spite alone, if not for indoctrination. That is simply not, what I feel to be a good debate or exchange, as I would like to find those tiny specks of grey in between the black and white, the so-called common ground, rather than wallowing in the endless misery of the stark contrasts.

As far as I am concerned, I believe that for once religion is not the motive in this Arabic spring, even though some sectarian factions may in the future try to take advantage of chaos and vacuums (Yemen). The mainstream however by most accounts seems to be driven by straight forward secular motives, and that is something I can full-heartedly throw my support behind. The elusive Modearate Muslim may in fact emerge from some of those turmoils and maybe not. It is my position that Libya could be the lab experiment, which turns the tide and throws a serious wrench into the wheel of islamism. If we see this through and do not crumble. People suffer now and deserve immediate action. The muslim brotherhood may or may not emerge from the chaos, but to simplify once more - anything but Gaddafi is clearly an upgrade.

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