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Dear Mr. Prashant

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Submitted by Debanjan Banerjee (India), Sep 26, 2011 at 00:32

here are my answers for all your points here.

1. Banerjee says that US intervention has brought nothing but death and destruction: (illustrates thanklessness) Banerjee shows his thanklessness when he forgets to mention anything about Bosnia.

My Answer : Bosnia was an involvement whereby the West intervened and I offer congratulations to the machinations of the West to do so. One must accept the fact that the Western motivation in Bosnia was involved with gaining a toehold in the crucial Balkans region as well as weakening the proi-Russian Serbian regime. I however believe the Muslims should long have decided to create a peace keeping force of their own and maintain peace and stability in the region. The authoritarian gulf princes as well as the prominent non-Arab Muslim powers of Iran , Turkey and Pakistan could have worked togehter to create that force and maintained law and order in that vulnerable region of the Balkans. Unfortunately , these regimes did not do it because feduing between themselves as well as with a lack of forsight.

The question is that Bosnia is not the only place in the world whereby Muslims are suffering under the boot of oppression. Palestine , Kashmir and other places certainly come into mind of mine whereby Western efforts on behalf of Muslims self-determination would be welcomed more by the Muslim peoples around the world. The Western efforts in East Timor and Southern Sudan are also a good example which gives an example to the Muslims that the West will intervene only when her own interest is in question.

2. You need to understand that American exceptionalism is an ever present phenomenon which does create problems for the World. You can be blind to it but history is not blind to anything.

3. "Banerjee says that Americans do not understand that history is a process of ebbs and flows: (illustrates inability to self-reflect) This from the people who still think that Spain is/should always be an Islamic land."

My Answer : Very recently there was an America-wide survey in the USA which revealed that most teenagers in the USA do not have any basic notion of history. Read this here : http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/general-factotum/2011/sep/24/why-american-students-dont-know-their-history/ and http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43397386/ns/us_news-life/t/report-students-dont-know-much-about-us-history/ . Please any country where majority of people support Isreal becasue of the perceived second-coming of Jesus do not need to brag about history. I advise you to read Howard Zinn' s "A people's history of the United States" to understand the history of USA. Please do not teach me about the perceived knowledge of Americans' in history.

4."Banerjee says that Muslims should have a bigger say in American internal matters: (hypocrisy, desire to insult, and shamelessness) What about non-arabs living in Saudi Arabia."

My Answer : I certainly do hope that non-Arab Muslims living in Gulf states (particularly Saudi Arabia) to get citizenship as well as other rights in these lands. But then Mr.Prashant needs to understand that these tyrannical monarchies apparently are the only true promoters of American interest in the region. So my question is why America continues to back these authoriatiarian regimes in the gulf ? Is it because of oil or contributions to the election campaigns for Ameircan congressmen ? I wonder where were you Mr. Prashant when this same tyrannical house of Saud crushed the nascent democratic movement in Bahrain and America and Israel jsut stood by silently. I do not know what you call it but history calls it hypocracy.

5. " Muslims should be able to preach to the American soldier: (shameless entitlement): How about preaching Christianity to Muslims."

My Answer : Even American general such as David Petreus has complained that American troops or even senior commanders do not know much about Islam which is leading them to abuses in Afghanistan , Pakistan and Iraq that is leading them to make gross tragedies like Guantanamo bay and Abu Gharib etc. I thereby propose of introducing Islam to each and every American soldier (irrespective of rank) so that they know better about the environment and culture in which they are working as well as giving them a spiritual and moral succour from the hells that that the wars have bought upon them.

Most American troops who are enlisted to do military service ; do so because of poor and ill-educated backgrounds which lead them to commit horrible war crimes like Abu Gharib etc. I suggest introducing Islam to these people to create better citizens out of these unwashed saveages.

Where as preaching Christianity to Islam is concerned I would say that in places like Algeria and Iraq when they were under European colonial control this efforts were used without any great resutls. So those efforts did not improve the lives of Muslims in those regions as Islam does contain most of the fundamental tenets of Christianity (like Virgin birth of Jesus and his miracles etc) so there is nothing new that can be brought to the Muslims by preaching Christianity to them.

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