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Things you will never hear Muslim leaders say...

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Submitted by tato (United States), Mar 15, 2007 at 12:28

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Your comments are reasonable and are no doubt shared by the vast majority of Muslims around the world.

However, your point seems to mimic that of many Islamic leaders (the ones followed by millions, and that get on the news every day) who seem to follow a script that goes something like:

"If the west was more understanding of the true nature of Islam we'd all get along better. These people that commit terrorist acts do so because they are marginalized and trapped by the actions of western society"

(ie, it's OUR fault that some Muslims are fanatical terrorists:

What you NEVER hear Muslim leaders say is something along the lines of:

"Islam has a real problem. For some reason we have millions of adherents who either support or are ready to commit violent acts in the name of our religion. We need to do some SERIOUS self-inspection and find out how to contain and reduce such beliefs."

There is NEVER constructive self-criticism. It always is finger pointing at the outside world who 'just can't seem to understand'. The Danish cartoons were the perfect example. All the Muslim leaders took the party line that if the Danish paper had been more 'understanding', none of the riots would have occurred. No on bothered to ask 'why in the world do we have millions of Muslims rioting in the streets over something that happened in Denmark?"

-Tato

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