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Regarding the Feb. 2 article by George P. Fletcher, “Declining tolerance of dangerous words“: I began the article with an open mind, but it is still unclear from what angle Fletcher was writing his piece, although this may in itself have been its angle. What I take issue with are his comments about a clash between the “Muslim world” and the “West” (Does this include Baghdad?).

Immediately after mentioning the conflict between Turkey and Armenia, Fletcher writes: “So words are now clearly a battlefield in the cultural conflict between Islam and the West.” The Turkish-Armenian conflict has nothing to do with Islam as such. Turkey is in fact a fiercely secular country, and it is the secular government that enforces the silence around Armenia.

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