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On Muslim Claims on Jerusalem

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Submitted by Prashant, May 13, 2017 at 13:34

Dear Dr Pipes,

In the context of Muslim claims on Jerusalem, your readers will find a report in today's Wall Street Journal interesting. The report says that Middle Eastern Christians are leaving Middle East to run away from the Islamic mayhem (my paraphrasing). What we do not realize is that while the Palestinian conflict is an overt and openly declared war by Islamic interests, hundreds of little work-place and school-yard battles must be going on throughout Middle East making it difficult for non-Muslims to survive among Muslims in the Muslim-majority Middle East. Church-yard mass murders in Egypt and recent Yezidi killings are case in point. Armenian Genocide is just a century old.

So if we extrapolate a bit soon Jews in Jerusalem will find themselves living in an island inside a very turbulent ocean of Islam. This is not a random thought. It is a phenomenon whose existence we cannot but notice every single day. Which sensible parents will like to raise their children in and around Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and similar countries?

Unless we bring democratic and secular mindset among Muslims quickly, Islamic politics will remain a land-grabbing machine. We are racing against a clock that is ticking non-stop. If Islam were to spread by love and preaching, all the power to it. But Islamic love is found only in non-Islamic democracies. Islamic violence and lack-of-freedom of thought and action need to be curbed as fast as they can be. Every sign of non-symmetry in the Islamic thought need to be opposed by the world without any second guessing. Period.


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