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Thursday, March 09, 2006
Not a Civilizational Clash
Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan, interviewed on Al Jazeera (via memri.org):

'The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality.
'It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights on the one hand, and the violation of these rights on the other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. ...
'We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind before they demand that humankind respect them.'

Check out the video.

Hat tip: Washington Times
The problem is that she doesn't really matter. She's an atheist. She's an Outsider. If she were a Muslim, telling other Muslims how they're going wrong and need to fix their own people, that'd be something. But people don't like listening to Outsiders.
Jews blew up the king david hotel in jerusalem in 1946 amongst other anti Brtish atrocities.Bhuddism is the main religion of Vietnam, and although not anti Christian the people of that region fought effective guerilla warfare against first the French then the US, two countries which in turn carried out their own atrocities. And lets face it, Christians, be they Arab or American can be as fundamentalist as any Muslim, so lets not narrow this down to "us" "them" generalities
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