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The root causes of conflict between the west to Muslim Societies

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

Submitted by Guy Livnat (United States), Feb 14, 2006 at 20:39

I think it's about time athat as a society we would be mature and open minded enough to admit to ouselves what appears to be the true reason for conflict between ourselves and the Muslim world.

It's not the lack of democracy, or the presence of any specific type of governance that is missing in the Muslim world, It's the lack of a culture of civilised behavior to conflict.

We need to be able to admit that spending 200 billion dollars a year in Iraq - even if it ends up in establishing a stable democracy - will not decrease the volume of Muslim violence.
On the contrary -more freedom will bring with it more opportunity to express the violence that is inherently present.

We would do better to admit to ourselves that not all societies share our values, and that while we have the ability to influence other societies in many ways -we do not have the ability to pass on our moral value system to others.

The solution for us as a western community is to empty the middle east of its' strategic value.

We should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year in research in the West so that we can change our present oil based economies.

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