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Rewriting Kipling's poem for the 21st century:
Take up the Modern burden, Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your kids to exile, to serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, Muslim peoples, Half-devil and half-child.
Take up the Modern burden, In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror, And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple, A hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit, And work another's gain.
Take up the Modern burden, The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest, The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and Muslim Folly, Bring all your hopes to nought.
Take up the Modern burden, No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper, The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter, The roads ye shall not tread,
Go make them with your living, And mark them with your dead.
Take up the Modern burden, And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better, The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour, (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage, Our loved Islamic night?"
Take up the Modern burden, Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom, To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper, By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples, Shall weigh your gods and you.
Take up the Modern burden, Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel, The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood, through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom, The judgment of your peers!
I think they should... We should just all work on it
Yes, you are right. The muslim world should be brave enough to stand against the extremists.
Well if so many people disagreed with them, they would!
That, and if they were also armed.
I think most Muslims are against terrorism but they don't see it as their problem. Actually I understand it, they have their own lives to lead.
I don't feel responsible for extremists who happen to share some beliefs with me, why should they?
Many of them disagree with it and have voiced their opinions aloud. But that's all that can be done. The only people who can change things are those who are in the Middle East. American Muslims---who happen to be more tolerant and sensible in my experience--can do nothing but denounce the foolishness being done by extremists.
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