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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Why not?

Submitted by Sidda (United States), Feb 14, 2006 at 15:53

The U.S. and Europe send literally BILLIONS of dollars in foreign aid annually to the Middle East, Pakistan, and other Muslim majority countries. Imagine what could be done with that money if we kept it to ourselves instead--use it to fund the development of alternative energy sources maybe?

As to the wealthy Gulf states. It was the Western countries who discovered the oil and developed the means to extract the oil from the ground. It is still now the U.S. and Westerners who have the technical expertise to continue to maintain the oil infrastructure in those countries.

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