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Submitted by true believer (India), Apr 7, 2006 at 03:45

This is where we make a mistake Maarten, when we ask others to go back to their countries of origin. Democracy guarantees equal rights for every one irrespective of race, gender, faith or political beliefs.The laws of western europe treats the citizen and immigrant equally as they should, like humans, and it is just right. It gives every one enough freedom to do what one feels is right as long as it does not affect the freedom and wellbeing of others. It also ensures that the innocent is never punished for a crime he/she has not committed.

I believe that this is the best posssible atmosphere to live in. If we behave like them (Extremists) we have already lost the war before it has begun. Extremism is just like a dangerous mental disease. It can affect any one including us. It is more of a clash of ideologies, one which is good and another that is simply evil.

The real mistake is with the western media and the government policy. It tries to appease the extremists instead of fighting them tooth and nail. People are misled to believe that extremism is not that all pervasive. The media also tries to symphatize with some of the extremist elements and justify the reasons for acts of terrorism. Just after a bloody terrorist attack they will show some footage of a supposedly innocent muslim shot dead somewhere Iraq or some pathetic refugee camp in palestine as if to justify the act. Killing a muslim is as bad as killing a Christian or Jew ( human life is precious in all forms ), a muslim's tears are as bitter as any, but it does not justify terrorism ?

Just after 9/11 the media went about saying that Americans should be made more aware of Islam. WHY THE HECK IS THIS REQUIRED ? I DONT SEE A REASON WHY ?. It is just like suggesting to a rape victim that she should try to enjoy the sex the next time she is raped. Some othere even went to the extent of trying to find common threads between Christianity and islam. Does the media in the middle-east or other so called islamic countries tell to their people , "hey some of us are violent, let us study Christianity or Buddhism and try to become peaceful" . Obviously they don't. Instead they gloated over and celebrated whem the 9/11 and such simmilar incidents. The government tries to appease the extremist elements in the hope of buying peace. HOW CAN YOU BUY PEACE FROM SOME ONE WHO IS HELL BENT ON KILLING YOU ?

The media or the government should NEVER NEVER NEVER try to appease extremists or create sympathy for them in the public. It is time to call a spade a spade. This also means enactment of stronger laws for immigrants and assylum seekers and thorough immigration checks to ensure that only the right people with the right intentions and genuine needs enter the country and settle down.
I will tell you what is happening right now. The islamic extremists go on blowing up themselves, killing people and quote verses the quran to justify their act while the so called moderates mumble some other verses from the quran and say that islam means peace and the terrorists are not muslims.

This has often confused the rest of the world, especially the west. Now some of us know better.The truth is hard core islam and democracy has never went together and even if it did, it had a seamy underside to it ( like in pakistan where it is on and off ). It is high time to accept that. Instead of that the world is trying unsuccessfully to mix oil and water. It is not just enough to have guns and tanks to fight extremism. It requires a very strong propaganda which can mobilise the public opinion and force governments decisions on fighting this terror. And people like you and me should do our BIT.
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