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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    The best way to defeat Al Qaeda is to let them meet Allah.
    Yes, the macho answer is always the coolest, but rarely the most realistic. Certainly we must be vigilant and use force when and where it's the solution fo choice, but we will not defeat militant Islam or Al Qaeda by force alone. Militant Islamist groups like Al Qaeda must be strangled from within, their breeding grounds must be salted. The best way to do that is to address the factors that push at risk Muslims into their sphere of influence. Moderate and modernist Islam influence must be allowed to flourish, we must work to counter the vilification that is so easily propagated by radical Clerics. We do that be strengthening our relationship with Muslim nations and do it in such a way that we can minimize the appearance that we are trying to Westernize them.
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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

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    Spirit of cooperation with Israel?

    So allowing Hamas to dig tunnels into Egypt for the purpose of smuggling weapons and rockets into Gaza, then standing idly by while said smuggling goes on, is cooperating with Israel?
    I must also disagree with this. Egypt has taken strong measures to discover and destroy smuggling tunnels. The Egyptian controls at the Ramallah Crossing are very stringent (moreso than the EU inspectors) and they honor Israeli requests to deny passage to known extremists. Egypt has also stepped up patrols in the Sinai significantly and has arrested dozens of Hamas smugglers and infiltrators. The Egyptian Security Service cooperates with the Mossad and Shin Bet quite extensively.

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    Egypt is one of the more moderate states in the Middle East, that much is absolutely true. Still, they do not "cooperate" with Israel; they have learned to tolerate Israel's existence. They prefer the Jewish state of Israel to anything the Palestinians have to offer--but all else being equal, they would, like the rest of the Middle East, prefer Israel did not exist as a Jewish state.
    The Egyptian government is pragmatic and realizes that Israel is here to stay. The two nations cooperate on many levels. Egypt does everything possible to encourage Israeli tourists and has removed all entrance controls for Israelis visiting Egypt's Zone 7. Israelis can enter Egypt at Taba with no passport or visa required. Many Egyptians visit Israel's Red Sea resort city of Eilat and are always awestruck by its architecture, modernity, and beauty.

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    Re: Obama to address Muslims in Egypt in June

    I agree that the next place of venue after Egypt for Obama should be Jordan. A much more moderate Islamic royal family (even though there is no such thing as royalty in Islam), than say the Saud royal family.

    The British should have only sided with the Hashemite family. They could have expelled ibn Rashid's forces much more effectively.

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