Reader comment on: Muslims Angry Over Spanish Citizenship for Jews
Submitted by Julian Tepper (United States), Dec 26, 2012 10:59
Getting a huge entity, such as a country, a people, or a religion to end a practice that harms (not merely offends) a particular group of human beings is tough enough. Efforts of those entities intended to rectify hurtful, serious, and important wrongs of the past by offering a measure of rectification or compensatory relief to the current-day progenies of a wronged people are a much, much more difficult enterprise.
I suspect that not all such efforts will lead the world (or the part of the world that is involved) to a more lastingly useful place.
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|Hypocrisy [56 words]||Doug||May 28, 2014 11:57|
|Spain will be sorry [9 words]||Phyllis||Feb 2, 2014 17:15|
|Jews were not conquerers and persecutors of Christians.. Muslims were [30 words]||Kbrt 111||Aug 15, 2013 03:55|
|Al Andalus [47 words]||lambsdorf||Jun 30, 2013 13:24|
|Original Documents [111 words]||Sara Freifeld||Dec 30, 2012 10:39|
|↔ Conversos [30 words]||Aall55||Dec 31, 2012 21:21|
|Suffering? [27 words]||Aall55||Dec 30, 2012 04:23|
|Moorish nerve! [178 words]||L.J. Gomez||Dec 27, 2012 20:12|
|↔ The Romans are at it again - or, How to get 500 years of Jewish money we missed. [358 words]||Filias Foggoivey||Mar 7, 2013 06:12|
|⇒ Rectification: Difficulty/Usefulness [100 words]||Julian Tepper||Dec 26, 2012 10:59|
|Reaping What is Sown [218 words]||John Whitbread||Dec 26, 2012 07:07|
|Offer of Spanish citizenship for Jews may require changes to achieve fairness [468 words]||Charles Stein||Dec 25, 2012 16:35|
|The Muslims want to invade us again [16 words]||Minerva||Dec 25, 2012 15:12|
|Another attempt at weakening our moral!... [69 words]||Jean-Paul Roufast||Dec 23, 2012 12:40|
|GIVE US A BREAK [64 words]||Ray Bossman||Dec 23, 2012 12:12|
|The Muslims were invaders; the Jews were not! [36 words]||Kowalski||Dec 22, 2012 10:28|
|They can start right away [35 words]||Yby||Dec 22, 2012 08:00|
|Sweet [146 words]||Zagreus||Dec 22, 2012 03:49|
|Islam was driven out of SPAIN in 1492 [94 words]||Kenneth V. TELLIS||Dec 21, 2012 16:52|
|Moriscos [47 words]||Aall55||Dec 21, 2012 16:52|
|They've got a point. [46 words]||Empress Trudy||Dec 21, 2012 13:30|
|Moslems are complaining? [182 words]||Michael||Dec 21, 2012 12:57|
|↔ Double standard one more time? [23 words]||Kravi||Dec 21, 2012 15:45|
|Spain and Jews [42 words]||Lynne T.||Dec 21, 2012 12:36|
|A Balance of Claims [204 words]||Gleaner1||Dec 21, 2012 11:46|
|Spain [41 words]||Andy Paul||Dec 21, 2012 07:42|
|↔ ... And don't forget [86 words]||A. M. Gardner||Dec 22, 2012 11:48|
|↔ Spain: mediocre and unworthy. [160 words]||Amàlia||Jan 16, 2013 20:13|
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