reply to post by JohhnyBGood
actual feet on the ground experience has taught me many things no westerner nor
islamic spokesperson could ever inform me of.
the spectrum of people i have spoken with varies from hill farmers
in the most fundamental areas to high ranking military and government officials in
cities and towns.
i have made friends for life across the divide and have been accepted into many
tribal areas most westerners visit in guarded excursion buses.
be under no illusion here, i am not an armchair tourist. the majority of my snooze
time has been spent on the ground.
20+ years experience of backpacking in n.africa and the middle east has i feel
given me enough perspective to understand the issues here.
regarding the islamic corpus of writings, yes i have read them. i have also read the old testament.
there are many things i disagree with and certain muslims have discussed these issues with me.
i do not intentionally travel to these countries to point out the unpalatable sections of their
belief/control systems, however i have met fundachristians who have and have nearly been torn
apart for pontificating on someone elses turf.
my enjoyment stems from music and the ability to play numerous instruments
including ones dusted off for me in said countries.
fundamental extremism has no place in the uk, whoever is holding the banner.
thankfully my sources do not include the saudi whahabist venom and it's iron
fist approach to justice.
any system that attacks the right to express through music has no place on this planet.
sufis have been murdered because of their love of music by groups who wish to impose
their version of how it should be.
i do appreciate your post as i thought you may ignore my reply/request. i also apologise regarding
the delay of response as a bereavement occured with a friend.