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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: I disagree with all your points

Submitted by Paul (Canada), Feb 15, 2006 at 14:49

Daniel Pipes' comments in this article are not to be interpreted literally, but as examples in support to the thesis that the current events are not a sign of a clash between east and west (which implies that one is going against the other head-on) but, rather, that they are being pulled apart (or, turning their backs at each other and walking away). If you go back and peruse the various links to his -- and others -- writings on the topic, this distinction should become apparent.

Having said that, it is absolutely correct that self-sufficiency, independence and the various freedoms that liberalism offers us should -- heck, must -- be persued by whoever in whatever way one wants and sees fit. But, in Pipes view, **isolationism** will cause harm since it will preclude the healthy exchange of (opposing) ideas that are, or should be, the foundation of these freedoms (which seems that everybody wants).

The debate sparkled by the cartoon controversy should be seen as an opportunity by **non-fanatics** of any creed, color and nationality to find some common ground and avoid further divisions (which may not be reversible). I think that this is the message here, and it is certainly wrong for any of us to bury our heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening.

Cordially,

Paul
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