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LETTER: Entitled to opinions

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Of course, Michael Irvine is entitled to his own opinions about Professor Henry Srebrnik's article on "No-Go" areas in European cities. And though I disagree with his analysis I would never try to silence him.

But his accusations of "Islamophobia," itself a silly word, are designed precisely to do that to Professor Srebrnik. Professor Srebrnik's article deals with a real situation that derives from specific policies that have unfolded over the last few decades. Why is his treatment of the topic somehow illegitimate? Irvine's words are particularly ironic given the events in Berlin on Dec. 19. Irvine is free to blame current tensions in Europe on the "intolerance" of non-Muslim Europeans, but his own "intolerance" toward opposing viewpoints is the most unfortunate and glaring aspect of this debate.

Ian Dowbiggin,

Cornwall    

But his accusations of "Islamophobia," itself a silly word, are designed precisely to do that to Professor Srebrnik. Professor Srebrnik's article deals with a real situation that derives from specific policies that have unfolded over the last few decades. Why is his treatment of the topic somehow illegitimate? Irvine's words are particularly ironic given the events in Berlin on Dec. 19. Irvine is free to blame current tensions in Europe on the "intolerance" of non-Muslim Europeans, but his own "intolerance" toward opposing viewpoints is the most unfortunate and glaring aspect of this debate.

Ian Dowbiggin,

Cornwall    

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