World's cultures are not created equal

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This will offend. I write with urgency because of our leaders forgetting or never understanding this war. It took me five years but now I understand.

Being a Democrat, I hold health care, education and the environment high on my list of priorities - normally. These are not normal times. We are at war not with an enemy but with an enemy of ideas - ideas intent on destroying our way of life. I'd rather leave my grandchildren with an indebted nation than no nation at all.

Empires are not conquered; they crumble. The Western world's foundation is crumbling because of the politically correct idea that all cultures are equal. This is a mistake. "The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold." So wrote Aristotle in the fourth century B.C. This mistake is larger than any presidential or CIA blunders.

All cultures are not equally right; ours is, theirs is not. Countries and people participating or struggling to participate in the 21st century do not cut people's heads off! I will respect your culture if you stop trying to kill me. Don't hijack planes your culture could never build and fly them into buildings it could never construct. This culture cannot even unite in its hatred of us.

Here is an Iraq exit strategy: stop killing each other for six months, and we will leave. It will never happen, and that is why we are building 14 permanent bases in Iraq. This war will continue to be waged regardless of our participation. It will move to Africa to recruit poorer and more desperate people. Enough individuals will die by sectarian violence or genocide that Bono will be asking for the bombs to fall, then maybe it will be too late.

Remember, these sixth-century fanatics mutilate women and, yes, cut peoples heads off! I, for one, will not respect that.

Todd Friedel, Midville

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/17/07 - 08:34 am
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I just don't see how United

I just don't see how United States with 300 million people can manage an "empire" if you will that this letter writer implies must dominate an "inferior" culture of 1.5 billion Muslims. By invading and occupying Iraq, a predominantly Arab and overwhelmingly Muslim nation at the heart of the Arab and Muslim world WHICH NEVER ATTACKED OR THREATENED US, Bush has played into the extremists hands and helped win recruits to their cause. Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush are flip sides of the same coin. The USA has every right to go after those responsible for the attacks on 9/11/01 but we do not have the right to occupy Afghanistan for more than 5 years and Iraq for nearly 4 years. OBL and Ayman al-Zawahri love seeing us bogged down in Iraq. Sending damn near the entire available U.S. military to Iraq is mismanaging their mission in any war against terror. Tying our forces down in permanent bases forever does not give us leverage in the region (other than airpower to bomb). Any war on terrorism is by definition an intelligence and a police operation. The overwhelming majority of Iraqis want us out of their country. Staying there does not lead those opposing us to adopt moderate views.

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patriciathomas 02/17/07 - 08:44 am
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You've figured it out Mr.

You've figured it out Mr. Friedel. The offer to stop the killing if the radicals would contain their insanity enough to not attatck Americans anywhere has always been on the table. The islamofaciasts only understand brute strength. This is an extreme and brutal religion which has spread all over the world. Total annihilation is the only cure. Unfortunately, in our society of spoiled citizens, too many feel all we need do is "take our ball and go home" to solve all problems. It will be a long hard struggle to deal with the radical moslems, especially with the left backstabbing and tripping us every step of the way. Spoiled Americans have no sense of history or country. During this time of trial, we have a dangerous enemy at home too.

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mgroothand 02/17/07 - 09:18 am
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Mr.Cain: Here we go

Mr.Cain: Here we go again....Yes, the predominantly Arab/Muslim world's culture is indeed inferior to the Western world's culture. Define culture. Other than their oil, taken out of their desert by Westerners, they are an irrelevant people. Suffice it to say that a country such as Finland with only 5.2 million people has a higher GDP that all of the Arab world combined.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/17/07 - 09:25 am
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Another baseless tyrade, Ms

Another baseless tyrade, Ms Thomas, filled with anger & angst but not fact or reason. Fascism has to have an industrialized state as a base. What is the industrial base of "Islamofascism"? That term was "manufactured" by someone like Michael Savage. You are clearly suspectable to rightwing propaganda. We invaded a nation that never attacked or threatened us under proven false pretenses, and YOU want to resort to "brute strength" as the solution to this already long failed war. What kind of rational sense does that make? Do you even understand the implications of "soft power" as advocated by folks like Joseph Nye? When throwing around terms like "fascists" you should look at the leaders of the Republic War Party and at yourself. There is no perfect foreign policy. There is no perfect nation. But we are failing our founding principles and ourselves when we wage "preventive" war (which is totally unjustified as opposed to "pre-emptive" war which may be justified). Your anti-intellectualism and hard-heartedness is astounding. You would turn on those patriotic Americans who can actually think their way out of a maze instead of trying to blindly beat down walls with brute force.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 02/17/07 - 09:27 am
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No people are "irrelevant"

No people are "irrelevant" mgroothand. You gave your hand away right there and forfeited the argument.

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critter 02/17/07 - 09:34 am
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Actually, I believe the UAE

Actually, I believe the UAE (United Arab Emirates) has the highest GDP on the planet. Could be wrong, but they were either 1 or 2 just a few years ago.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 02/17/07 - 11:17 am
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The relevancy I spoke of Mr.

The relevancy I spoke of Mr. Cain is world economy (then you knew that) Other than oil, what Arab/Muslim product have you ever purchased? What is available? Dates?
The most populated Islamic country is Indonesia, I once lived in Jakarta and came to respect the industrious people there. At the time Indonesia was mostly self sustaining. They were not Arabic and quite relevant in the world. They did not kill each other over their common religion.

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LaTwon 02/18/07 - 06:41 pm
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the highest gdp is far and

the highest gdp is far and away the u.s. economy. iraq did threaten us. they threatened to start trading oil in euro's. iran has also. it is a real economic threat if the dollar is no longer the reserve currency of the world. our has of cards debt wise will quickly collapse. i believe this would make them "relevant".
the socialist side of our economy is totally dependent on our capitalist side which must back its currency with might.

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toddfr 02/19/07 - 01:46 pm
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I am glad to see that my

I am glad to see that my letter has spurred such debate about cultural relevance. It was my intent to show that while Arab nations have “squatter’s rights” on the most precious natural resource since water, they have not used that blessing to better their culture or people. There are exceptions like Jordan and United Arab Emirate, but as a whole they have squandered and misused the wealth this resource has provided. Our culture educates their brightest, our culture provides the means to extract their wealth, and our culture provides the necessities for their participation in the 21st century. If others would rather live differently than we do, not profit from the advances of science, medicine, communication, fine but do it peacefully. I have no problems with people living by a different standard like Amish communities but stop trying to kill me. As far as religion, I draw comparisons to the Protestant reformation. If I, as a Catholic lived under an evil tyrant of a dictator for fifty years and was suddenly allowed freedoms as his government was toppled, I wouldn’t go and start killing Lutherans for their role in changing Christianity.

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