Well if Sheikh Tantawi (Senior Muslims scholar) accepts a debate with the Pope, then he should tell the world and Muslims that suicide bombing in Israeli markets and school buses, suicide bombings in Iraqi markets and civilian zones is Haram. That is why he does not want to debate with the Pope.
Joseph Kadarigama, Sri Lanka
How can the US debate with Hamas? Their goal is to destroy one of our allies. What conversation can we have with them?
Arabs who want to destroy Israel should not expect help from us. The Palestinian people have made their choice. If the Germans elected a government that wanted to destroy England you would see us cut contacts with them too.
Very simple from our point of view.
It is western interests vs. eastern interests, with Iran and Iraq caught in the middle, everything else is propaganda.
Some valid points have been made by the author, but how can one legitimately debate with someone who denies the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in WWII?
Are not we tired of quoting the pope out of context yet? I read the whole speech, not just the editorialized versions, and found that indeed he was talking about a dialogue that really does need to happen before the wars consume us all. Reactions to the speech were a little beyond the pale.
I think that Muslims and Christians should come together and avoid wars and vengeance, and also be just.
Fernando Martinez, US
"Is it true that Muslims are too quick to choose violence over debate? Did not Saddam Hussein, on many occasions, challenge Bush to a debate over his alleged WMD programme before the 2003 invasion of Iraq?"
What a democratic leader Saddam, is he your best example?