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Submitted by Steve T (United Kingdom), Feb 21, 2003 at 10:40

The history of Islam is one of unrelenting war on it's neighbours. This didn't stop until it's neighbours were strong enough to stop them.

Anyway a few points people may what to consider.

Slavery was alive and florishing in the muslim world, both before, during and after the west was involved in this awful trade. It is estimated that more slaves went into the muslin world than were sent across the ocean. Mohammed was a slave owner, and the ancient Islamic traditons note that he often traded in slaves. Note that it was normal practice to castrate male slaves in the muslim world. The slave market in zanzibar didn't close down until 1888, and that was done by Christians, not muslims.
It should also be noted that slavery is coming back in in places like Sudan and Mauratenia.

The celebrated muslim state in spain was failry short lived, due to unique individuals, and absolutely hated by the rest of the Islamic world, which frequently invaded it, and eventually weakened it beyond repair.

The first great genocide in the 20th century was of the armenian Christians by the Muslim ottomans. 1.5 million killed. Hitler is reputed to have commented when asked how he expected to get away with the holocast, 'who remembers the armenians now'. Lets face it, who does?

The nazis were not Christians they were neo pagans, and fully intended to eliminate Chrsitianity within their borders once the war was over, this is very well documented. It should be noted that the nazis had close relations with various muslims, including the grand mufti from Jerusalem, who visited Berlin. There was a muslim division in the SS.

On the note of how well Christains were treated under muslim rule, consider the one following example from history. Under muslim rule in the ottoman empire the christians were taxed in children, and I do mean children. For over 350 years a tax in children was impossed on the christians in this empire, the form of this tax varied, from general sweeps to organised quotas.

Look at the world today, where ever Islam is there is conflict, for example around the edges

Nigeria v Christians.
Sudan v Christians and Animists
Israel v Jews
Kashmire v Hindus
China v Athesits
Indonesia v Christians.

In the middle (killing other muslims seems to be not a problem)
Algeria, and to a lower intensity every other muslim state.

As they grow in numbers in the west they will bring discord into the west as well.
Mohammed was very clear on this, while weak obey the law, once strong take control, and impose Islam.

I doubt the figures that muslims claim about conversions. ...
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