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Hopefully clearer than mud

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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Feb 7, 2007 at 23:54

Given the agitating tactics of purported Muslims, especially at the U of C at Irvine, it helps to establish a timeline. Lets use the conquering of Constantinople as the beginning of the timeline. What has the world identified with the crescent moon (the aforementioned Muslims) accomplished since then?

Then, lets compare it to European culture that was exported to the Americas, Australia, and elsewhere. As long as those who are convinced that Muhammed alone pointed to how life ought to be lived - they will be playing catch up to those who disagree. For, there is more to life than praying, and the West has learned this. There is writing to correct injustice (J'accuse by Emile Zola, and the Magna Carta come to mind).

There is effort to expand what we know, hence the drive to put a man in orbit, then on the moon, then probes launched into outer space. Not to mention other examples of human endeavour that bear the unmistakable mark of the West. So, as long as the West is spending time in various ways to raise the quality of life; and the Muslim world sees that knowledge as forbidden, then they limit what their future can bring. For, if they see that money can be made in such a pursuit, then they will demand what they think is their share.

However, when ambition is influenced by greed - the result is little different than if we were only dealing with jealousy. In other words, demanding too large a share of what others worked on - that collapses all avenues to the future that past knowledge could have travelled. For, lets keep this in mind. When the raiders from the Arabian peninsula conquered lands, they inherited cultures and civilizations that had acquired knowledge. So, we ended up with a situation of the conquered hurled back into the past and ended up living to send tribute to the new masters.

Because the tribute was so exacting, there simply wasn't enough left to maintain the pursuit of knowledge - thereby halting the Muslim world in its tracks to improve in the fields of intellect and technology. In conclusion, as long as those identified with the crescent moon think that they are to be the masters of this world, and that lands are only to be colonies - then those lands that they hold will not know life as it is meant to be. Indeed, life as it could be, and ought to be will only live as a hope.

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