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Dialogue of deaf

Reader comment on item: The Clash to End All Clashes?
in response to reader comment: The value of empathy

Submitted by Romesh Chander (United States), Feb 8, 2006 at 19:18

To Mohammed Aaser:

It takes two to talk to each other. There is nothing left to talk when one side wages Jihad against the other. You might say, well, that is an extremely small minority which is doing it. True. But that is what affects our lives. Until and unless, the 'moderate' muslims control their Islamist/extremist brotheren, there is nothing to talk. Also one must not forget the Global view of Islam; so talking to your neighbour is meaningless -- one cannot ignore the worlwide implications of Jihad.

In history, it is only a small number of people who have provided the leadership for any kind of meaningful changes; vast majorityof people merely follow. Currently, the leadership of the muslims have been transfered to Islamists/Jihadists. So, it is up to muslims to provide 'sensible' and 'sensitive' leadership to talk. Palestinian talks with Jews never went anywhere because Palestinians never provided any leadership who represented Palestinians; Yassar Arafat, contrary to his statements never wanted to talk. To solve political problems, you cannot waste time talking to ordinary people; you have to talk to the leadership.

Where is the leadership of 'moderate' muslims? ...

At the present time, it is dialogue of the deaf.

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