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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 18, 2022 at 02:45

Dear Dr. Pipes,

I have often mentioned the parallels that I see in the histories of (the so-called) Palestine and of Kashmir. Recently, I read the news about the Indian government providing free housing and welfare to the Muslim Rohingya infiltrators in India. This news item caused me to read more about the Rohingyas. Rohingyas are the (so-called) stateless Muslim people from Myanmar. I request the reader to visit the Wikipedia article about the Rohingyas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_people). To me, it appears that there are similar parallels in the Rohingya history as in the Palestinian and Kashmiri history. As parallels cannot occur randomly, I am inclined to believe that there is an 'Islamic modus operandi for separation' that is used by Muslims in each of the above three regions. What is this modus-operandi? I can see the following shared aspects. Each of the following points needs further elaboration but for the sake of brevity I will skip the details:

1. If there is a Muslim region inside a newly independent nation, start demanding a separate country for this region as soon as possible. Do not even wait for the independent celebrations to end.

2. If the Islamic majority region shares a border with a neighboring Muslim country, do not try to merge with that country. Devise a new ethnicity and demand a new nation.

3. Right from the beginning, focus on separatism. That will make assimilation a complete no-no. That is advisable and good.

4. Discover a new language for yourself. This language must be distinct from the language of the host nation.

5. Just look at the history only till the time when Islam came to that region. History before that does not exist or is not worth remembering.

6. Use marriages as a mechanism to convert women to Islam.

7. Never eschew communal riots. Use them to kill and be killed. In the long run, communal riots help Islam.

8. Use wars to attack other countries. Win or lose, wars help Muslims and Islam in the long run.

9. If you ever want any education, try Islamic schools as much as possible.

10. If you lag in Human Development Indexes, blame it on discrimination and human right violation. Don't own any responsibility.

11. If you must migrate and become a refugee, let a non-Muslim country be your first choice. When you get there, demand welfare as soon as possible and as much as possible.

12. Use the UN to advance your agenda.

13. If a liberal person or historian writes anything in your support, harp on it ad-infinitum.

Some day, I will elaborate on these 13 steps with examples. I will illustrate how these 13 steps have been repeatedly used by Palestinian, Rohingya, and Kashmiri Muslims. Until then I am sure the readers can themselves find instances of these steps in the region with whose history, they are familiar. In different theatres, Muslims dance differently but they dance on the same tune.


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