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There is a process of cultural evolution which should keep us from being arrogant about what we perceive as the travesties of other cultures. The concept of civil rights did not exist before the Magna Carta in 1215 (date?). Civil rights were not widely respected in this country until the latter half of the 20th Century. Abuses of civil rights have often been a matter of public policy in America, even in the second half of the 20th Century. In the 19th Century the advantages of the rich and powerful were so great that the term "Robber Baron" has some respect from a historical viewpoint. Similar abuses exist today, and we forgive powerful abusers more readily that we forgive lesser crimes committed by people without priviledge or power. The value of a statement along these lines is that it might help us avoid arrogance when we are aghast at some practices in other cultures.
There must be some literature to provide insight into how one of the most scientific, artistic and commercially successful civilizations has become a billion people with such a high level of hatred for America. An example is the New York Times story on November 8, 2001 of the surprising consequences of inheritance practices in the Muslim religion.
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