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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), May 2, 2006 at 07:42

Pardon me if there is something I am missing here, but I always wonder (I know I shouldn't) why in any discussion of "Islam and his enemies", the central question is always begged, so to speak.

I refer, of course, to (oh, horrors) the little matter of the propriety, legality, or legitimacy (take your choice) of this not so little enclave occupying someone else's land in Near, Middle and Far-East.

As I recall (hazily) between 624 and 632, essentially, this matter was hastily glossed over, and anyone brave (or foolish) enough to raise the question was, and still is, instantly vilified and accused of polytheism, infidelity, islamophoby, or much worse. Few were willing to risk it. And fewer survived it in Medina.

Now, far from being content with their ill-gotten gains, they keep forcing their borders outward, bombing the civilians and monuments of their unfortunate neighbors. The mainstream press, of course, refuses to talk about the root causes, the same now and then, causing the simple-minded American public to wonder, "why do they hate us so?"

Really! It would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

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