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very nicely summed up

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

Submitted by Rob (United States), Feb 14, 2006 at 12:01

The pulling apart of the muslim world verses the west is a tragic and unfortunate situation. The reasons for this coming to a head scenario are complex. A large part of the problem can be summed up in evil greedy governments.

All of these governments purposefully lead their people down the easiest road for the government to retain power, that is one where ignorance is promoted through propaganda. Iraq has a better chance than the other arab countries now because they are no longer ruled by a tyrant. The war lords and imams have quickly filled the power vacuum however.

This has caused a religious state to be born out of Saddams ashes. But this time it is better than the version that Iran has, by far. If Iraqis intelligentsia can flourish then maybe in the long run a better version of a government in an islamic region will exist. It is not clear at this point if this will happen. That possibility is a real threat to all of the big countries around them, Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia especially. It is a threat because it could eventually become contagious, at least thats what these neighbors believe or they wouldnt be so reactive. This is one of our best if not only hopes for fighting this two world divide that Mr. Pipes wrote so eloquently about. Whether one is for or against the war at this point, let us hope that the new government in Iraq is successful.

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