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Submitted by sa (United States), Nov 10, 2005 at 09:45

SULTAN said:

-- Todays Rebels in France has nothing to do with islam. ... I certainly dont join to your conclusion that İslam religion is part of the reasons (İn fact main reason according to you) of these revolts.

So you disagree with your own Prime Minister, who has already blamed it - unfairly, according to your argument - on an "Islam" issue: the French head scarf ban in schools. What do you have to say about Mr. Erdogan's slander? Given what political party he represents in Turkey, I think it's especially important to condemn those remarks, wouldn't you agree?

-- I dont know if all those black youth are muslims anyway.

Reliable estimates indicate at least 9 out of 10 "disaffected youth" in these attacks are Muslim. Ditto for those apprehended by the police. Hangers-on from other religions are those who socialize with the Muslim core and are marginal at best. Those youths torching synagogues and churches, and scrawling "Allahu Akbar!" on walls, are Muslims.

-- I also dont want to believe that sweet dream of universal cultural compatibility is replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict. I hope not.

That dream is the gift of Western intellectual liberalism to the world. It is Islam that poisons the sweet dream. If it is replaced by the nightmare of permanent conflict, that nightmare is the sole responsibility of Islamic jihad. Not "fringe" Islam, but mainstream Islam. the preachers who preach it, and the texts that drive it.

-- İf this is so, what is your next plan not forgetting the USA presence in the world in almost every country? (military and economic.)

Funny... those countries/populations that are NOT Muslim - Koreans, Japanese, Taiwanese, Eastern Europeans - do not have a problem with our presence. On the contrary, they seem to welcome it. Those nations have even shown gratitude for our help in liberating them from oppressive tyranny - imagine that. Why is it only in Muslim areas that our mere presence constitutes an "atrocity" to the Muslim umma? Is it because we are, by definition, unclean? Is it because our mere existence contradicts Allah's will? Or is it because America goes out of its way to treat Muslims differently than everyone else on the planet, singling them out for victimhood and abuse?

-- İn the plane after talking in a very nice athmosphere with a very attractive middle aged Swedish woman first she thinks I am joking when ı say that I am a Turk than changes her seat to the point where she cant see me any more.

Your own example proves the woman was not objecting to your racial features, but your national origin. Some Jews still don't like to associate with Germans and French, especially those who collaborated with the Nazi genocides. Is that racism? You see, it's been less than 100 years since Turkey wiped out millions of Christian Armenians under their control. Is it possible your Swede was just angry that Turkey has never apologized for this atrocity, never made amends, feels no shame whatsoever, and acts to this day as if it never happened?...

Sounds like justified resentment to me, not racism....

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