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Christian Crusades were response to 400 years of aggression

To The Daily Sun,

Happy New Year, and another Muslim terrorist kills dozens. Not sure what the death toll is up to yet severely injured are still dying. Once again the "religion of peace" belies the claim.

Turkish police are looking for the shooter and eight others but so far no arrests. Even though Muslim-against-Muslim, it clearly shows the ruthless disregard for innocent lives shared by all the various tribes, sects and political forces within the religion. I may have mentioned that this has been going on for fourteen hundred years and after all this time nothing has changed with these people.

Mohammad hated Jews because he couldn't get them to join in his blood-thirsty wars of conquest and ever since has required Muslims to hate and murder Jews. Muslims say they hate Christians because of the Crusades, but leave all context out of those events and I don't think most Americans know much more about them than they have seen in movies.

So just a little thumbnail on the history Muslims conveniently leave out:

— 460 years before the first Crusade the first Christian city was overrun.

— 457 years before the first Crusade Jerusalem (then Christian) was conquered.

— 453 years before the first Crusade Christian Egypt was taken.

— 443 years before the first Crusade Italy was plundered.

— 427 years before the first Crusade Constantinople was besieged for the first time.

— 380 years before the first Crusade Spain was conquered.

— 363 years before the first Crusade, France was invaded.

— 249 years before the first Crusade Rome was sacked, all by Muslim armies.

Now there is more but readers get the idea. After some 400 years of aggression, invasions, terror and murder finally the Euro Christians responded in kind to the utter outrage of Islam for after all it is only they who have the right to conduct bloody wars it seems and they are still doing it today so how can anyone believe they are a religion of peace, it's absurd.

Once again I call on the so-called liberal progressives to defend themselves against my accusation of gross hyprocraicy and explain to readers exactly what moral values they believe they share with Islam which I claim is exactly opposite to their avowed beliefs? If they can not or will not then I say they are phonies and frauds. So come on liberals, prove me wrong if you dare.

Steve Earle

Gilford

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Israel’s settlements are built in violation of international law

To The Daily Sun,

I am responding to the outcry that the recent U.N. resolution regarding settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is unfair and one-sided. There are many Americans who really don't understand what settlements are.

The settlements are built on confiscated Palestinian land where there were homes, schools and farms. Palestinians have lived there for a few thousand years. Palestinians were among the first Christians. People are not compensated for land that is taken for cities where only non-Arab Israelis are allowed to live. They are accessed by roads on which no Palestinians are allowed to drive. These roads are also built on land confiscated from Palestinians with no compensation. How would we feel if we were forced out of Laconia and Gilford? How would we feel if everything was bulldozed and a city of concrete apartment buildings, stores, museums, swimming pools and restaurants was built on the ruins?

The settlements are built in violation of international law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, which was actually signed by Israel. This agreement states that it is illegal to build on and move into land that has been conquered. How can the Israeli government say they want to negotiate borders while continuing to confiscate land?

Since I was last in Israel and the Occupied West Bank, Israel has continued to displace even more Palestinians from their land, and the U.S. still pretends we can help bring about peace while arming Israel.

However, I also see hope because the discourse around Palestine in the U.S. is changing. The movement for Palestinian rights is again seen as part of other struggles for justice. People of conscience worldwide are taking action in solidarity with the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

I am hopeful that many more people will join with organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights to stand for justice for the people of Palestine.

Janet Simmon
Laconia

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