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Strongly disagree !

Reader comment on item: After Saddam? Remaking the Mideast

Submitted by R.Isak (United States), Feb 11, 2003 at 11:48

The idea that a successful U.S. military campaign in Iraq will lead to the establishment of democracy there and could be followed by similar results in other Arab countries is utterly wrong !

You must know that the most influential factor in the way Moslems in general think, is their religion; Islam. Islam is their way of life. Islam decides for them what to eat, how to dress, how to treat each other, and, generally, how to live, to the most small details. As we know, Islam is totally antidemocratic, and completely against the freedom of the individual. How on earth can moslems embrace Democracy, when, as good moslems, they are supposed to follow their koran which tells them to discriminate against non moslems (even to kill them for no reason other than being non moslems), treat their women as second or third class citizens ( women under Taliban is a prime example) and forbids the free exchange of opinions or any criticism, positive or not ?

The mistake that many people make is to think that the Taliban system was something invented by the Mullahs and their vicious Arab helpers. This is not true. The Taliban system IS simply applying Islam as it meant to be, and clearly, there is no way a system like that will opt for Democracy in any way, shape, or form.

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