All of your posts whether trading related or politically minded, come from a place of intelligence and good research. I disagree with you politically, but I try to learn from your posts, even if I do disagree.
My reference to Facebook was literal, and I was referring to several friends I grew up with, who post meme's I find disturbing and really sad to be honest. I saw your post, I do disagree with you, but it was really several factors that made me want to post. I can disagree with you and respect you at the same time.
I have not read the Quran, but have read excerpts from it. I can see how people might take issue with aspects of Islam, but I also think that a majority of Muslims practice it peacefully. I think they find beauty in the concept of total submission to what they believe is g*d's will and I believe most of them are peaceful. I've read the five pillars of Islam, and they are loosely similar to concepts in Christianity and Judaism.
I think people do bad things and are often mislead into doing bad things in the name of religion. I do recognize there are Muslims who are turning to violent extremism, but I think there are people in Iraq who were not terrorists, who lost loved ones as a result of George W Bush making a decision that seems in my view, to have made the world much less safe. I think radicalization occurs in different forms and I think there are similarities in how this happens and who this happens to.
I can't convey in a way that anyone would take seriously on a currency trading forum how much 9/11 has affected my life, and I was incredibly lucky that morning. I was across the street getting ready to walk towards the north tower and cut through the under ground mall when the first plane hit. The south tower ripped a hole in my building when it collapsed, but after the second plane hit, I decided to walk up to mid-town as it was apparent something evil was taking place. For many of the years that followed I worked in lower Manhattan, and every time the subway would come to a stop and they announced that something was being cleared off the tracks, you could see fear in peoples (of all religions) faces. In 2003, the power grid failed in the northeast, and I again had to walk up to mid-town feeling certain at the time that something terror related was taking place.
I will always read the things I see you post on this forum, and while I am proud of my political beliefs, there is no shortage of respect or appreciation for your posts. I know I didn't answer everything you raised (or that I raised), but I'm trying to get a testing project done so I can refine my trading. I am not against any religion at it's core, where it is about tolerance. I am against the distortion (as I see it) of religion to justify violent acts, and to motivate people who are lost to commit horrible acts.
I did read the article you posted. There is a lot of anti-Semitism in the Muslim world. I think it relates to a few different things. Very often, people draw a distinction between Judaism and Zionism. I'm not justifying any hate, but to some people, the issue they have is not the practice of the Jewish religion, but the political / geographic aspect relating to Israel. Obviously, I don't support their views, but I do make a point of trying to understand the thought process of those I disagree with.