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Letter From the West Bank

ken5213 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:44 PM
Cliff, if you started your story with the premise that Islam wants Israel permanently planted about 10 miles west of its present location, then your story would be closer to truth. Islam, with Israel dumped in the Mediteranean could then focus on the somewhat less hated other non-muslims of the world. Surely you do not think that Israel has Islam all riled up and but for that Islam would be benign? Islam has been a murderous entity for some 1400 years and Israel is just one thorn in their side.
American_in_Europe Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:17 AM
To single out only one of the three major monotheistic religions for the title "murderous entity" is not useful.
Bondman60 Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 3:06 PM
Ummm, actually, American_in_Europe, it is very useful. In theological terms, not historical terms, ONLY ISLAM demands war against non-believers until the entire world and everyone in it submits to Islamic law. Christianity has had its tyrants, but none of them were supported by church doctrine. And Judaism requires that the Jews live on their ancestral homeland in Israel. There are no territorial ambitions beyond this rather tiny spot of land. Islam is unique as a manifesto for world conquest, by violence if necessary. It is unique in that apostates are executed. Islam is not like any other religion. And secular tyrants have shed far more blood, historically, than religious warriors. Religion isn't the problem; Islam is the problem

Ramallah, West Bank — It’s difficult not to like Salam Fayyad. The prime minister of the Palestinian Authority has an avuncular demeanor and old-fashioned professorial charm. He boasts a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and remains loyal to the Longhorns. He speaks in charmingly accented, rapid-fire English. In a spacious conference room in the palatial government complex where he maintains his offices, he is generous with his time, answering questions from me and other members of a delegation of American national-security professionals on a wide range of issues.

One need not agree with everything Fayyad says...