Can they coexist?

Muslim world must decide if it can live peacefully with the rest of the planet

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A clever bumper sticker you may have seen spells out the word "Coexist" in the symbols of the world's religions.

Now would be a really, really good time for that.

It appears many in the Muslim world didn't get the memo.

With uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and elsewhere destabilizing the Mideast and threatening the entire world's way of life, the planet may be at its most dangerous tipping point since World War II: If radical Muslims gain sway over yet more governments, particularly Egypt's, the world may lurch toward World War III.

It would be the first global conflagration fought completely within the context of the nuclear age.

The months to come could tell the tale. It's time the Muslim world decides: Will it coexist?

Recent history, of course, is not promising on that point. Since the terror attacks at the 1972 Olympics, the Achille Lauro in 1985 and, of course, the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the decades have been a succession of bloody assaults in an unceasing war against the West by radical Muslims.

Their ideology has spread like a pandemic: Nonbelievers must convert or be wiped off the map, leaving a worldwide Islamic "caliphate" in the wake of the rest of the world's religions and beliefs.

Whether that naked evil will be contained may be decided in the events now unfolding.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which has toiled for decades in the shadows on several continents to radicalize their brethren, has already said it wants to end Egypt's 30-year peace agreement with Israel and prepare for war. A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told an interviewer last week, "We are against Zionism" -- essentially the right of Israel to exist.

Unsaid in that exchange, of course, is that the same ideology opposes the very existence of the United States and the West, and of all religions other than Islam.

Coexist? Tell them !

World governments must unite as never before to prevent such tyranny from spreading and taking hold of more whole peoples, most especially in Egypt.

It would help if the world's religions joined in -- and if the peace-loving majority of Muslims would lead the way.

The world's people have never needed to come together more. Now is the time to wage peace.

That our Muslim friends in Egypt want to live in freedom and out of poverty is something we can certainly understand and get behind in America. But the pressure is now on them to prove they can self-govern -- out from under the grinding thumb of coercion -- without lashing out in xenophobic bloodlust.

Can they coexist?

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draksig
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draksig 02/06/11 - 06:58 am
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If this starts another war,

If this starts another war, it will not be WWIII, it will be the 10th Crusade.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 02/06/11 - 07:26 am
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A disappointing editorial. 1.

A disappointing editorial. 1. Most of the world's Muslims live in relatively stable countries like Indonesia (the world's largest Muslim country) and Turkey. The US has long-standing good relationships with both countries; in fact, Turkey is a strong ally. They are coexisting just fine. 2. The key word is "radical." Yes, radical Islam is dangerous. Radicals of all sorts are a threat to social stability. Islam per se is not. Radical Muslims are a threat to which the world is reacting as assertively as it can. The KKK, the American Nazi Party, and our other home grown radical groups are also dangerous. Anarchists are dangerous. Christian abortion center bombers are dangerous (I, personally, think that abortion on demand is wrong, but think it should be opposed by legal means). And so forth. Worry about radicals, please, and do not engage in religious bigotry.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/11 - 07:43 am
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Rhetor....you left out a few

Rhetor....you left out a few groups, didn't you? I see you covered the whites radicals though!!
You know the ones with baseball bats at the voting centers.

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Riverman1 02/06/11 - 08:58 am
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First off, our monetary

First off, our monetary policy from Obama and Bernanke has precipitated the riots in the mideast in a misguided attempt to get our economy moving. Food prices are rising. It doesn't hurt us that much in the U.S., but the poor in that area spend most of their income on food. Increase the cost greatly and they go hungry.

Mubarack was our ally and our best bet to maintain peace. Whoever is running things now in Egypt agreed today to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood for the first time in decades. See how that goes.

Some misguided are gleeful, thinking some type of democratic movement is taking hold as evidenced by past Chronicle editorials. When the Brotherhood takes over our embassy and blindfolds Americans they capture, remember your glee.

chascush
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chascush 02/06/11 - 09:05 am
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Rhetor, ‘Radicals of all

Rhetor, ‘Radicals of all sorts are a threat to social stability.’
You forgot to mention the radical Tea Party.

Sideshow Bob
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Sideshow Bob 02/06/11 - 09:15 am
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chascush........ Got examples

chascush........ Got examples of Tea Party members being violent?

copperhead
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copperhead 02/06/11 - 09:29 am
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DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 02/06/11 - 09:50 am
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That part of the world has

That part of the world has been subject to the same division you read about today since the time of Genesis. Read the history of Israel (Old Testament). The only difference is that it is your turn to deal with it. Nothing else has changed. And if you ever start believing that it will, then it is because you do not understand the problem.

aladienfadel
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aladienfadel 02/06/11 - 10:08 am
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Muslims, Christians, and Jews

Muslims, Christians, and Jews co-existed in Egypt since Muslims entered in Egypt peacefully more than 1400 years ago. As of today Christian prayer services were held in Tahrir Square followed by muslims doing own prayer on the souls of martyrs

chascush
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chascush 02/06/11 - 10:28 am
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Sideshow Bob,

Sideshow Bob, ‘chascush........ Got examples of Tea Party members being violent?’
Bob, I was being sarcastic I consider my a member of the Tea Party.

deportem
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deportem 02/06/11 - 11:07 am
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High unemployment, low wages

High unemployment, low wages and rising food prices are the driving forces in poor countries.
If a million people demonstrating in the streets can cause the Egyptian President to resign, how many Americans would it take to get rid of the bums in DC??

aladienfadel
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aladienfadel 02/06/11 - 12:02 pm
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Egypt economy was growing at

Egypt economy was growing at a healthy pace. Government corruption and police brutalty against opposition lead to few of the population taking all the benefits leaving nothing to ordinary citizens.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/06/11 - 12:27 pm
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copperhead-what an eyeopener

copperhead-what an eyeopener this link is. I always knew the USA was not the biggest trader. Maybe all that want so called pay should read this. They probably wouldn't believe it anyway.

Aiken Pyles
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Aiken Pyles 02/06/11 - 12:40 pm
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As one of his first acts,

As one of his first acts, Obama cut funding to democratic groups in both Iran and Egypt to appease his overlords. He now has no skin in the game to influence a good result. Iran's "Green Party" was crushed, perhaps because Bush's freedom agenda had been gutted.

The real Arab problem is rampant population growth, fueled by polygamy, and inability to build the infrastructure to accommodate that growth due to corruption. They should start by promoting monogamy and smaller families, as did China and India, with stunning results.

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 02/06/11 - 12:42 pm
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ever wonder why the protest

ever wonder why the protest signs in Egypt are in english.....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/11 - 12:53 pm
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barstool...I did wonder about

barstool...I did wonder about that but I also wonder if Walmart pays people to dress in outlandish ways so their pics would end up on funny emails!

dani
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dani 02/06/11 - 12:53 pm
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Barstool..You think the Brits

Barstool..You think the Brits might have printed the signs?

dani
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dani 02/06/11 - 12:58 pm
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Off topic...Did anyone else

Off topic...Did anyone else hear the movie producer (West Wing, etc) on TV this morning questioning the intelligence of Sarah Palin, then announcing that he himself is a crack addict (dry right now)...
Now...don't that just beat all.

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seenitB4 02/06/11 - 01:02 pm
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Yep that's good dani...but

Yep that's good dani...but not as good as "We have to pass the bill to see what is in it."
:)

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follower 02/06/11 - 03:48 pm
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Rhetor, claiming alliance

Rhetor, claiming alliance with a religion doesn't make you a follower of that religion. Radical Islam is "true" Islam.

The KKK, American Nazi's, Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, and any other fringe idiot that claims Christianity is acting contrary to scripture, and they are condemned by the true followers of Christianity.

Your point would have more substance if the "peaceful" Muslims would condemn the actions of their "radical" bretheren.

chascush
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chascush 02/06/11 - 03:59 pm
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Rhetor, ‘A disappointing

Rhetor, ‘A disappointing editorial.’
I was watching the celebration of Reagan’s birthday and suddenly realized what we need is another Reagan in 2012 to save this country.

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omnomnom 02/06/11 - 06:00 pm
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chascush. i think cloning is

chascush. i think cloning is the only way that will happen. however, given the predelection for religious zealots that humans not meddle in the work of God, dream on.

dani
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dani 02/06/11 - 06:26 pm
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chascush..You have one,

chascush..You have one, Obama...just ask the Dems. :-)

salantoni
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salantoni 02/06/11 - 07:02 pm
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When exactly did our

When exactly did our supporting of a tyrant actually HELP the US? This cold-war way of doing business is so outdated. Spread of democracy is the only way for peace in the Middle East, just like it worked in Western Europe and Japan after WWII. The Muslim brotherhood are against Zionism, big deal, so what? So is Turkey! and the last time I've checked they were having joint military exercise together. It's democracy that gives people many ways to disagree than shooting at each other and even give the incentive for cooperation. Tyrants are a thing of the past and the world is outgrowing it. Besides, it's messy.

salantoni
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salantoni 02/06/11 - 07:06 pm
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And by the way, the Muslim

And by the way, the Muslim Brotherhood spokesman just said they will NOT be running for presidency or any government position. They're only interested in serving in the new Parliament. Also, Muslim Brotherhood have been almost controlling the Jordanian Parliament for years; again the last time I checked Jordan is a close ally of both Israel and the US.

dani
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dani 02/06/11 - 10:01 pm
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The citizens of Egypt should

The citizens of Egypt should have the final say and hopefully will. They are THERE and have actual knowledge of what is going on - not like us. We can only guess, assume, or trust what we read and hear..

alshabrawey
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alshabrawey 02/07/11 - 02:46 am
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The reality is that democracy

The reality is that democracy will stabilize the Mideast in particular Egypt, the heart of middle east. It is obvious that Muslims and christinan in Egypt are side by side and pray together in the same square against Moubarak. For years muslim brotherhood accepted by their communities as modest and open group, in my opinion it is time for them to be accepted politically nationally and internationally. I have a strong feeling that Muslim and christian friends in Egypt want to live in freedom and maintain self dignity according to their best interest and the final say is for them. No doubt they can self govern as used to be for thousands of years.

badboytoys
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badboytoys 02/07/11 - 08:47 am
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If things happen here and

If things happen here and they will, its because of the US Government stealing from the American tax payer.We the people can only take so much.Only way to straighten this out is to stop all the rich greed and send all the illegals out of our country. Our country can't take on all these illegals stealing our lives and jobs.Why can't Americans see this?

iLove
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iLove 02/07/11 - 09:42 am
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Don't let the media create
Unpublished

Don't let the media create your thoughts. Be the creator of your own thoughts and opinions. . . .post research.

@barstool - http://www.vimeo.com/19559138

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/07/11 - 09:49 am
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ilove....That is something I

ilove....That is something I agree with 100%......Don't let the media create your thoughts!

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