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Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*
in response to reader comment: Relief & appeasement or hard-boiled measures?

Submitted by Daisy (United States), Nov 9, 2005 at 10:04

Mr. Fechter,

I'll come straight to the point for the sake of economy of words .. not disrespect for your comments which were certainly thoughtful.

When you compare Jewish isolationism in the 1890's (and before) you note that the reasons for Jewish actions may have been similar to Muslims in that both groups wanted social cohesion. That's normal. What's not normal, but is pathological, is the isolationism routinely practiced by Muslims. Their actions do not stem from any sort of realistic fears of persecution (as has been true for the Jews).

Muslim fears of persecution seem to me to mainly stem from their fears of what the greater population would do to them if we only knew how much they hated us. Big difference. Call me whatever you'd like, but the Jewish moral code is, well, moral. It is sustainable; it has stood the test of time and has even formed the basis for another great religion -- Christianity. Mohammed's code, most simply, is not moral (in spite of the fact that many Muslims themselves are good people). Mohammed's code served Mohammed best and has left his followers socially and spiritually deprived. The myth of the Islamic Golden Age is a myth. Dhimmis did the intellectual work for Islam since dhimmis (mainly of the Jewish persuasion) were capable of doing the intellectual work. Blind obedience is not the same as trusting faith. Proof? Look at the results in the world today. Turkey is the only Muslim dominated place on the face of the earth that can begin to claim any sort of intellectual or social freedom (and that's because the powers that be distanced themselves from the full bore of Islam by creating a form of secular/civil life). What does that say about the religion that rules every single aspect of Islamic life?

Totalitarian Islam has always been and remains fundamentally anti-social and anti-spiritual. Judaism has a completely different story. Proof? Look at the free world. No need for excuses.

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