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The concerns of the founding fathers

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Submitted by Bader S (United Arab Emirates), Mar 6, 2006 at 16:20

The Claremont Institute article was an interesting reading. Particularly interesting were the following:

"Modern technology put Western Europe in a position to dominate Islamic lands"

Adams noted that, with the help of modern weaponry, "a company of London merchants, under the patronage, though with little aid, of their government, [has] subdued in the far more distant regions of Hindustan…millions of the disciples of Mahomet."

"what could the West do to make them [Muslims] as peaceful as possible."

Dominate, subdue, make peaceful --- words that stink of imperialism and colonialism. Was Mr. Adams thinking that he can easily achieve against the Muslims what his country achieved against the Native Americans?

"Adams said that America "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all." ---- What lies and hypocracy.

Perhaps it would have been more useful for Mr. Adams to try and end the ethnic cleansing of Native Americans that was going on in his time. Perhaps Mr. Adams should have acted on his words about "freedom and independence" and freed the 20,000 Native Americans that, in 1820, were living in virtual slavery. (http://www.legendsofamerica.com/NA-Timeline2.html)

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