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Jürgen Todenhöfer says on his website that he has drafted 10 theses to be printed in 3 parts. The first 2 parts, containing the first 5 theses, were printed on two full pages of today's New York Times, pages 6 and 7, and in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Al-Quds Al-Arabi. The third part is to be printed on Sunday. These hugely expensive ads refer readers to this website: www.why-do-you-kill-zaid.com

Todenhofer describes himself in the ad as:

Dr. Jürgen Todenhöfer (67) has been an executive at a major European media group for over 20 years. Before that he was a member of the German parliament for 18 years and spokesman for the CDU/CSU on development and arms control. He has written two bestseller about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With the proceeds he established a children‘s home in Afghanistan and is building a children‘s clinic in Congo. With the royalties from Why Do You Kill, Zaid? Todenhöfer will finance medical aid for heavily injured Iraqi refugee children (IOM) and an Israeli-Palestinian reconciliationproject in the Middle East (MEET).

Todenhofer, according to Wikipedia,

"studied law at the universities of Munich, Paris, Bonn and Freiburg. He became a member of German political party Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1970 and was a member of the German parliament from December 13, 1972 to December 20, 1990 (five election periods). He also acted as party spokesman for development policy. In 1980 he visited soviet occupied Afghanistan and started to raise money for the country. Todenhöfer is one of the most prominent German critics of the US-led wars against Afghanistan and Iraq starting in the years 2001 and 2003, respectively. He is member of the exectuive board at German media comapany Hubert Burda Media."

The first five theses are:

The West is much more violent than the Muslim world. Millions of Arab civilians have been killed since colonialism began.

Faced with the warmongering of the West, it is really not surprising that support for Muslim extremists continues to grow.

Terrorists in Islamic disguise are murderers. The same holds true for the ringleaders disguised as Christians who wage wars of aggression in contravention of international law.

Muslims were and are at least as tolerant as Jews and Christians. They have made a major contribution to Western civilization.

Love of God and love of one‘s neighbor are the central commandments not only in the Bible but also in the Qur‘an.

Here is part 1: PDF.

Here is part 2: PDF.

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