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Well this incident should show the world how much Muslims want peace with Israel. For Israeli's and Palestinians to live side by side peacefully is a pipe dream. The Qur'an has taught for centuries not to be friends with Christians and Jews. In fact this so-called holy book teaches to "kill Christians, Jews and all disbelievers wherever you find them." I imagine that is the reason that there are Muslim terrorist bombings in Hindu countries like India and Pakistan, besides western Democratic societies. But I'm sure the savior Obama will overcome this hurdle to save the world!
Inarguably, the worst antisemitism has come from self-identified Christian countries. Hitler viewed himself as a Christian.
The problems in the middle east stem largely from a political and geographic issue; simply put, massive European immigration and ethnic cleansing of Palestine has not helped bring peace.
As early as 1918, Ben-Gurion said, "there is no solution to this problem, no solution..." He saw "nothing immoral in forced transfer and expulsion..." his words, of a majority population for the needs of a minority population. "They have an appetite, we are starving..." he said.
"Partition now, does not mean we abandon are larger goal" of all of historic Israel.
Understanding this problem requires a basic honesty about history. Israel is the only state in the region that has entered the 21st century let alone the 20th century. It has civil liberties, free press, women's rights, modern technology and is in every way a desirable modern state.
In no way, however, does this excuse its excesses, i.e., the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, "deliberately targeting civilians" according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch... a few months ago a mother and four of her children under five were killed in Beit Hanoun and its continued oppression of the Palestinians.
Finding a solution requires a little honesty. Adherence to international law would be a start.
....For having the courage to do what he feels is right, even in defiance of his government. If Iraq is to have any chance of becoming a stable, democratic state, it will need people like him.
For President of Iraq - get him on the ballot ASAP. that is if they don't kill him first.
Now here is a true maverick, not like the so called GOP ones running for US president/ vp. Republicans could learn something from Alusi. True change comes when you follow your principles, take risk and dare to become allies with those who may not always think the same, in order to bring security and justice. It is not about doing things the same old way and voting with party lines 91% of the time.
Mithal Alusi can possibly face felony charges by going to Israel ? Is this a joke ? What kind of people are that blinded by hate ?
We invade Iraq, depose its President, occupy it for five years, essentially control the government, and we can't get Iraq to change this law?!
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