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Reader comment on item: The Arabs as Seen Fifty Years Ago
in response to reader comment: Islam was indeed different 50 years ago

Submitted by myth (Germany), Mar 7, 2012 at 07:23

Twenty year ago Bonn was capital of West-Germany. The embassies resided in the small suburb of Bad-Godesberg. Every sunday all the ambassadors would take a walk in the city center wearing their traditional clothes. Most exotic among this international parade were the arabs. It was a romantic Lawrence-of-Arabia-style display of culture.

Today the embassies moved with the capital to Berlin. Many Arabs are still there. Many of the store fronts today show arabic writing only. What looked multicultural and colourful a while ago changed into a unicultural arab-male-muslim dominated neighbourhood. With the King-Fahd-Academy close by islamic radicalism has found yet another home.

Who would think that it is here where young Beethoven impressed Haydn with his talent.


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