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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]

Submitted by Kathy O'Leary (United States), Feb 14, 2006 at 11:26

It sounds like the radical Islamic fanaticism has caused the chasm between the Middle East and the West, and then the chasm will case them to take more solace in radical Islam.

It's like the chicken/egg - I would say that somehow, some way, they themselves are going to have to realize this and make the first move if they want prosperity and opportunity. The problem I see with this is that they may want that prosperity, but having it is not enough. It is my belief that they not only want prosperity and opportunity for themselves, but they also want the West to suffer in poverty at their hands. I am afraid that until they see us suffer, they will never be satisfied.

This is not going to work out - Radical Islam is the enemy and it's not going away. We can analyze this up one side and down the other, but the bottom line is the same. Radical Islam wants Western life to be exterminated. This is what we have to address. It doesn't matter much how we got where we are - we are here now.

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