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Burning the Myths about Islam

This article appeared in the online version of Al Jazeera English

The recent violent protests in Afghanistan - a reaction to the burning of the Quran by a small church in the United States last month - recalled an inescapable reality.

 

Extremists on all sides - whether in free, democratic America, or in corrupt, occupied Afghanistan - create havoc and chaos, demonstrating the danger brought about by a deadly cocktail of ignorance and idiocy. Ultimately, they cause the deaths of innocent people.


Conversations in the Arab street are much more bold, brazen and uncaring about who might be eavesdropping. It's simply a matter of time, but change is certainly now a matter of 'when' rather than 'if'.

Once free, the Arab and Muslim nations will not resort to violence, extremism and isolationist practises, as some would like the world to think.

 

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Anas Altikriti

11 April 2011