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Submitted by Lux (Monaco), Feb 22, 2006 at 17:05

It is really sad to read all this commetns...they sound like shouts in the arena....
it seems that people has to take necessarely a side.
Very few understand that evil does not have always a tail.
This is the main problem of humanity, we need to identify the enemy, we need to manipulate others, we need others to think like us....
Religions and politics were invented to give humans an ethical code which has allowed us to create the most organized society on earth.
An organized society if equally distributed can abandon religion.
Politics must stay but economy should prevail.
Fanatics are the product of a manipulated society, typically poor and not cultured.
Terrorism grows in poor areas of the world, where desperate people can be easily corrupted and anti social behaviour begins to destroy our society.

Unfortunately, it is a fact that in this century we have a high concentration of poverty and consequently a high vulnerability to fanatism in most muslim countries and this brings the western world to associate muslims with terror.
These kind of assumptions are unavoidable and lead to further mistakes like the recent cartoons.

However we must admit that in a very sophisticated society like London for example, we find a vast comunity of races and religions melting togheter peacefully and giving this city wonderful paintings coloured by the mixture of cultures and traditions.
Rarely we find such a cohabitation in a muslim city.
There are certainly more mosques in London than christian churches in Islamabad....
This shows that western world is indeed more tollerant and democratic.

I do not think that the western society is deriving by a specific religion, as a matter of fact, tollerance leads to a multi ethnic society, but it is without any doubt the most advanced social structure on earth. There is always margin to improve but so far is the best we can get and we should realize that this is the true meaning of peace. An organized and tollerant society.

I do not know if we will ever become a perfect world, but for sure I will never make any assumptions or ever generalize; nobody should be ever judged for where they comes from or for their look.
Let's be the first to give a good example.
Let's think with our own brains.
Let's all be individuals.
Submitting....

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