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Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran
in response to reader comment: Why change

Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Jan 24, 2006 at 15:40

I suspect that there is a 2-way street going on here. In the Western media, there is a constant reference to the influence (generally negative) of the West on Islam (in Third World countries you hear about the importation of MacDonald's fast foods, pornography, and Hollywood action flicks.) (In some ways, I can understand the anger -- Bollywood, imo, is not a great achievment -- I think of Bollywood as a debasement of traditional Hindu culture/music/traditions.) So it seems that the East imports the worst the West has to offer...and vice versa...

I believe our Western societies are increasingly being Islamified...or we're importing the very worst of what Islam has to offer into the West...(this would include the Dark Ages mode of thinking -- conspiracy theories, magical thinking, antisemitism, repression, cruelty, cloaking women from head to foot in black, etc., etc.) Much of this Dark Ages and unenlightment is ironically displayed on university campuses...

So, I don't really know if a "Clash of Civilizations" will even solve the problem...(here's the even bleaker prospect -- a war may not cure what ails the world...Maybe thinking about how wars have solved problems -- or offering war as a solution to problems with Islam -- is too optimistic...)

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