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Islam is highway to modernity

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

Submitted by M'Hamed CHETTALI (Belgium), Feb 14, 2006 at 13:28

Dear Mr. Daniel Pipes,

I sincerely would like to pay tribute to you for bringing the issue of civilization chasm on the table once again in the technical framework of trade and development.

I fully agree with your analysis, which leads inevitably to the observation that world huge masses are drifting part. The many observations you make are clear signs of latent and pending problems.

It is time that the West, especially the US, takes notice of these developments and realizes the importance of reconciliation, working together for a peaceful and just world. Undoubtedly, this would require major changes in the Muslim world and a thwarting isolation tendencies. But, such a change can only take place if Muslims - and the rest of developing countries by the way - see a change of heart and mind in Western policies and attitudes.

Mutual respect is probably a sine qua non condition. Immediate visible measures could be handing over Guantanamo detainees to the United Nations, apologizing with sincerely for the humiliation of detainees, and putting pressure on Israel to free occupied land.

This would be a good start. Be reassured there is a highway to modernity build in Islam. We just need to unleash the power within the masses. These powers have been for long repressed.

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