Scandinavia and the World

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From the 700s to the 1200s, Baghdad was an Intellectual Cent 16 7, 8:20pm

@SnideOyster Every religion has its crazies. The Islamic extremists are getting more opportunity to indulge in high-profile craziness due to the instabilities of North Africa and the Middle East, but it's not the fault of the locals that their region has been used as a proxy battlefield by foreign powers for over a century.

(Don't get me wrong, I don't subscribe to the 'America is to blame for everything' line that's fashionable in some quarters. There are plenty of others that have been equally guilty, if not more so.)