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It is a spectrum Adil

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Oct 28, 2014 at 17:41

Dear Dr Pipes,

your reader Adil is trying to equate the alleged Islamic atrocities on non-muslims with the colonial British rule in India. We do not live in a black-and-white world. There are shades of gray in between and gray is neither entirely good nor entirely bad. British colonialism in India was not good. But it was also not as bad as the alleged Islamic conquests of non-muslim societies. If the conqueror was motivated by a religious mission than it is more wrong than if he was just motivated by greed of wealth.

If the conqueror gave a convert-or-die choice to the vanquished than he was more wrong than if he just stole the money. If the cause of attack was a dislike of the faith of the attacked, then it is more wrong than if the cause of the attack was to grab land. How many times do we have to repeat these opinions before they sink in?

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