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Submitted by Pat (United States), Jun 6, 2005 at 14:46

It seems Muslims have been at war with one another since the days of the prophet. Almost as soon as he died their unity devolved into a struggle for power.

The West is vilified for the Crusades, but people forget that they were waged because Muslims were denying Christians and Jews access to their holy sites.

The West's age of exploration was born of necessity. Arabs and Turks were blocking land routes to the Far East. The only way to get from Europe to India or China was by sea.

One reader points out that Muslims are simply following the dictates of their religion. If that is so, then how can they be allowed to live in Western societies? Their creed is inimical to freedom. It appears they don't believe in the freedom of anyone who is not Muslim.

I would never deny the excesses of Christianity, but the Inquisition and its ilk are in the past. In any case, that was then. This is now. If Muslims today are unwilling to respect the beliefs of others, then how can multiculturalism ever survive?

It's not a happy thought, but the time may have come to deny all Arab Muslims access to Western countries. As long as jihad is their goal, then peaceful coexistence may be all but impossible. Until they decide to live in peace, we may have no other option.
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