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"A Christian man is weak compared to a Muslim man."
Violence and war between Christians, Muslims, and Jews is a long-standing fact of life. Even St. Francis joining the Fifth Crusade as a peacemaker, would not change the course of history. "He was repulsed by the sacrilegious brutality of the Crusaders."
Stories of personal persecution
abound. However, there are also some small glimmers
that don't get much notice. Although such efforts are just specks in a sandstorm, maybe they are a start.
Chaos in Iraq is breeding support for terrorists.
This is a refreshingly lucid piece by Jessica Stern on the situation in Iraq. Stern has also written recently on al Qaeda's protean nature
. She is the author of Terror in the Name of God
, and apparently she was the inspiration for Nicole Kidman's character in The Peacemaker