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the family troublemaker

Reader comment on item: Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

Submitted by jr (United States), Feb 8, 2006 at 08:25

The family problem. The angry, hostile, unpredictable individual who threatens the family from within. Suddenly people within the family see themselves being more careful "not to upset", "not to respond to", "not to have any expectations of" the problem and unchecked the family problem gets bigger. Ultimately, families are torn apart, individuals try to escape the environment never to return to the family, and what remains is the problem and oftentimes his/her enabler. This cartoon and responses to this cartoon are indicative of a family problem. A world-family that is being careful about the extremist Muslim "family problem."

Fear of the angry, hostile, unpredictable extremists. We have become "more careful" not to upset this unbalanced member of our world family and have allowed it to grow. Only some, dare to engage with the family problem, this most poorly behaved family member, whose acts of hatred, violence, incitement and propaganda rival the best known examples of bullying and cruelty. Others defend and try to smooth over and understand the family problem's overreaction to a cartoon.

The family is being torn apart, arguing over how to deal with the family problem. Ultimately, like every family that tries to accommodate "the problem", extremists and their enablers will stand apart from the rest of the world. For now each country, each government and each individual must only decide how much, and for how long they will enable the "family problem."

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