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Submitted by E. J. Blumberg (United States), Apr 13, 2003 at 01:04

I respectfully disagree with Mr. Fuller. Most Moslems are at least sympathetic to the means and goals of the radical Islamists. With only one exception in the entire Moslem world, there has never been any acknowledgement of guilt nor apology for the events of 9/11. Nothing the U.S. could do or fail to do will alter their basic hostility. Failure to support existing Arab governments may lead to even more radical regimes. Helping to de-stabilize them may lead to the same result. The only ray of hope in this situation is the creation of a genuinely democratic government in Iraq, an almost impossible task, but if successful might be a signal for restive Arab communities to attempt some type of governmental reform. But totalitarian regimes do not relinquish power voluntarily and only a major power shift not of our making could accomplish such a result. With a slavish faith in their Religious and Political leaders there is little chance that this will happen. EJB

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