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How to stop Middle-Eastern rage

Reader comment on item: The Clash to End All Clashes?

Submitted by Gabriel Grosso (Italy), Feb 8, 2006 at 08:14

After the Danish Cartoon controversy, the West needs to re-think its relations with the Middle-East. Here is a simple list of what could be done to stop Middle-Eastern rage.

1) Don't be hostile to Middle-Eastern people in your country

2) Don't compare Middle-Easterns to terrorists

3) Step up internal security, as France has done after 9/11

4) Don't generalize about the Middle East and Islam

5) Remember that the Middle East has got a great culture and that all major religions originated there.

6) Don't give in to threats on the Danish cartoon controversy: it would be seen as weakness

7) Be prepared to negotiated with Middle Eastern leaders and to talk peace.

8) Don't respond negatively to provocations

9) Don't use expressions such as the "clash of civilizations".

10) Stop immigration from the Middle East for security reasons.

11) Don't be biased against Muslims and Arabs who live in your own country

12) Be careful of the way you speak about Middle Eastern issues

13) Choose the right words when talking about Muslims and Arabs.

If we keep calm and rational, we should be able to terminate this terrible Danish Cartoon controversy. Don't get emotional about this.

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