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Muslims not the only group prone to 'terrorism'

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Submitted by Annie (United States), Apr 25, 2005 at 22:29

I would just like to comment on something here...any belief, when taken to extremism, becomes dangerous. I don't believe that Muslims are any more prone to it than Christians. How many hundreds of thousands (if not more) of deaths have been in the name of Christ throughout the centuries? How about the Crusades? How about the witch trials? How about all those persecuted and tortured simply because they believed in scientific fact as well as God? The list goes on and on. Whenever a person gives up independent thought and subscribes to dogma, he/she is vulnerable - and so is the rest of the world. It doesn't matter if they are a Christian, a Catholic, a Jew, a Muslim, an atheist, or a Wiccan...let's look at the broader scope of history and not just the past 10 years. Furthermore, how much difference is there between war and terrorism? Ah, yes, wars are funded by a bigger budget...how many civilians have died in Iraq so far? Is collateral damage acceptable as long as it's America waging war? When do violence and mass civilian casualties become acceptable? How about we apply the same standards to ourselves that we do to others...


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