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Reader comment on item: The Clash to End All Clashes?
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Submitted by Nick (United States), Apr 19, 2006 at 10:16

It is odd that when ever Islamists or Muslims try and attack the West they must go back to the Medieval period. For one, the Crusades were not an aggressive war fought against Islam, they were defensive wars provoked by Islam's 400 year long imperialist aggression against the West. Let us remember that the only place Islam can historically lay claim to is the Arabian Peninsula, all else is land stolen from others. As I pointed out before, Palestine, Syria, Anatolia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain were Christian lands. The Crusades, brutal as they were, only tried to stem the tide of Islamic conquest and take back what rightfully belonged to Christianity.

As far as the wonderful toleration in Andalusia, check your history. It was quite short lived in the scheme of things. As far as scientific advances, Islam produced and produces little of value. Like locusts they rape and pillage whatever culture is unfortunate enough to fall under their sway, use what they find and give nothing in return. Even the numbers we in the West call Arabic numerals were not invented by the Arabs, only carried from India to Europe by them. I would wager that any one European nation has done more for the world than the whole of the Islamic world.

You speak of massacres in Bosnia, forgetting the Muslims living there were trying to do that exact thing to their Orthodox and Catholic neighbors. Let us not forget that most if not all of the problems in the Balkans today can be traced back to the baleful influence of the Ottoman Empire on the area. If Constantinople could have held and Europe kept the barbaric Turks out, perhaps the Balkans would be a much more happy place today.

I am unimpressed by your crying about what the West has done to the Islamic world. The horrors visited on the West by Imperialist Islam far outstrip anything Europeans have done in their short experiment with Imperialism. And let's be honest about it, Islam was, is and continues to be Imperialistic in its never-ending war with the world.

I majored in history and have continued to study throughout life. I am sorry, but having read about the life of your prophet and the philosophy expressed in the koran I can not respect either. What is odd to me is that so many people still follow something so transparently false and so completely devoid of true spirituality. A victory for Islam would be the death knell of civilization on this planet and return us all to a dark age that might never end.

It would be wonderful if the Islamic lands were opened and people allowed to experience different faiths without being killed for it. I wonder if Islam might not wither and die in an envirnment free of intimidation. As I said, I have read the Koran and there is very little there in the way of spirituality. That in and of itself isn't so bad, but the book also exhorts its followers to wage unceasing war on others simply for their beliefs...

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