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Submitted by raheel khokhar (United Kingdom), Sep 26, 2006 at 15:59

Looking at the intimidations, as you did, from a satellite view, as it were, you correctly identified the growing, indeed alarming tendency that certain muslims have of responding to "agitations" with violence. As a muslim, i find this behaviour extremely worrying indeed.

I have percieved a marked difference between american muslims and those from the UK. I believe this is due to the difference in mentalities. Muslims in the US seem to have intergrated much better than their counterparts in the UK. In the end it all comes down to education. I have seen that american muslims are overwhelmingly professional in education and jobs, while in the UK they are manually- skilled in the majority.

Subtleties of speech and in the media are ignored not just by muslims but the majority of people. Looking into something in depth seems to occur after the fact.

It is true that islamist agitators pick up stories and events and magnify them, whipping up a storm in the process. I believe this is because muslims are taught not to think for themselves, not to question anything pertaining to Islam.

But enough is enough. This is one muslim who will not stand for this any more.

I read the Satanic Verses on publication and found nothing to offend me. The gunning down of female teachers in Afghanistan by the Taliban offends me.

Cartoons cannot offend me. The wahabbist saudi govt. offends me.

Perhaps it is time for someone else to take the place of the Saudis as the Keepers of the Holy Place?


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