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Submitted by Muhammad ali (Canada), Feb 14, 2006 at 15:55

This is what the truth is.

Trade: Boycotts are only on Denmark goods. It is done by ordinary people. The effect of this is very minimal. It is temporary. The boycott will die soon.

Consumer items: Muslims are increasingly replacing Western consumer items with their own. This is excellent. They are relying on themselves.

Financial investments: Muslim countires have a problem only with the United States. There are a lot of alternatives. Europe, China, India, etc...

Emigration: 9/11 caused a significant increase in obstacles to Muslims traveling to the West, so fewer Muslim business executives, students, hospital patients, conference goers, and workers are reaching there.

This was true in 2001 and 2002. Everything is normal now except for the United States. Still, there are some obstacles coming to the US. It is understandable. Muslim students can not afford to study in the US or UK even if they want to. These places have become very expensive. I know thousands of them studying for their first degree in India and the Philippines and then travelling to Canada, England, Europe and USA for higher degrees. Government sponsored students from rich Muslim countries have no difficulty at all studying in the US.

As for business travellers, I don't see any difficulty at all. The visa processing time has become lengthy for countries like the US, Germany, etc... But things are normal now. I know many business people travelling any where they want without difficulties.

Tourism: I have not seen or heard of a single Muslim complaining about a visa being denied to him travelling to any Western country when has the proper documents and requirements to travel to that country. He may be questioned a lot or he might have to wait for security clearance, but he travels freely. Europeans and Americans always travel to Muslim countries except few. Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia are good examples.

Foreign aid: Muslims do not need any US aid. The country where I come from has been and is a very close friend to the US. The only visible US aid you see there is a library and a sponsoring of some University faculties. China, Germany, France and many others are very active in my country. They build roads, Dams and many other huge structures. Most Muslims will tell you the same. Americans are well known in almost all Muslims countries for giving large amounts to the rulers thus bribing them to work against their own people.

The last two points are very minor. I don't need to comment on them.


You write,

"Disengagement will only worsen the Muslim predicament. Reduced contact with the world's most modern, powerful, and advanced countries would likely cause Muslims to do even worse in those indexes and lapse deeper into a condition characterized by self-pity, jealousy, resentment, anger, and aggression."

We have a huge misinformation here Mr Daniel. You assume as if we are the most unwanted people in the world... Please look back and check at your history. Just recently, Europeans in a survey identified Americans as the most dangerous people for world peace.

Europeans never liked and they will never like the Americans. America is the most hated country in the world today due to its aggressive nature. Europeans, Asians, South americans you name it, every one including Muslims are afraid of those who are running America presently. America has been hijacked by neocons and thugs. It has become a dangerous rogue military state.

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