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There is no doubt the West has the advantage of being much more organised than Muslim communities or Islamic countries.

Our (Islamic) countries can really be a mess in some areas. The West can improve the peace between the two communities by: 1) Strengthening the moderate peaceful Muslim scholars, spreading their word and message, especially their reasoning for their fatwas

2) Show and leave no doubt as to their sincere goodwill towards the Muslim community

3) Realise that wars do no good in stopping violence, governmental cooperation would do much better.
Amir Husain, Malaysia

I've just read three messages, all from people in the US, who seem to think that they are not radical in their ideas.

These "so-called" terrorists have witnessed what they believe to be barbaric acts by the West and are convinced there is no other way to combat it than by terrorism.

The fact that there might be, is not included in their thoughts. Indeed, the actions of the US in Iraq alone, is enough to consolidate their thoughts.

If the West stops ill-treating the people in the Middle-East, then that is the real answer
L Caldwell, England
I believe dialogue with the West is necessary, but if the West stops ill-treating the people in the Middle-East, then that is the real answer to the problem.

Otherwise, the West is just like the guy who continually kicks and beat his dog, claiming it is vicious.

When the dog finally snapped and bit the man, he claimed that he had been right all the time, and had the dog put down. He insisted that all other dogs be put down too, as a deterrent.

It's time for the West to start behaving properly towards the people of the Middle-East, before we are all at risk of attack.
L Caldwell, England

Tony Blair must not trust the Yemen or this so-called judge of Yemen. We lock terrorists up, the judge lets them out. They recruit young or simple minded people with no aim in life and make them feel that it is the government's fault why they are in the mess.

I am of mixed race so I am not a racist, just concerned for the people of peace all over the globe.
Kevin, England

I find it odd that the BBC uses the term "terror" and "terrorist" in the headline and repeatedly in the body of an article about Yemen-based "militants" being "re-educated" by a Yemeni judge.

One of these "militants", who is referred to in the article as a terrorist, even admits that his views have not changed.

He only told the judge what he wanted to hear, and the article also states that some of these terrorists have even gone back to Iraq to fight coalition forces.

Is the blood of Shia civilians in Iraq and Jewish people in Israel cheaper than that of Britons in England and Yemeni civilians in Yemen?
Gary, US
That fact is given as proof that they have not renounced their terrorist leanings.

But wait! The BBC routinely refuses to refer to the suicide bombers in Iraq as terrorist! In fact, the BBC routinely refuses to refer to the people who blow up civilians in pizza parlours and hotels in Israel as "terrorists".

Why the casual and very visible use of the word in this article then?

Is it possible the blood of Shia civilians in Iraq and Jewish people in Israel is cheaper than that of Britons in England and Yemeni civilians in Yemen?
Gary, US

More intelligent techniques to fight Islamic extremism or "Islamic frustration" should be devised.

For example, movies or newspapers showing examples of how Islam can rise again as an intellectual and modern force, the way it was 500 years ago.

Islam can shine again if small terrorist tactics are dropped and a global Islamic strategy is put in place
John, US
Despite the hatred for the West, Islam is fighting with weapons invented and made by the West.

Islam should start to invent its own weapons, should engage in advanced research and create new technologies and art.

Islam can shine again if small terrorist tactics are dropped and a global Islamic strategy is put in place.

The main goal is to attract the young population to modern and scientific education.
John, US

Many terrorists see themselves fighting for a cause. And many believe that war and violence will not stop extremism. That's true, since violence only causes more violence.

Never in history has dialogue been successful
Mike, US
However, dialogue and understanding will not change extremist views either. Much of this struggle (for the extremists) has religious underpinnings.

Never in history has dialogue been successful at turning people against their cherished religious views.

So, as long as their intolerant views and violent methods are influenced and backed by their interpretations of religion, the West must fight back.
Mike, US

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