"Apart from this political, economic and linguistic subjugation, there was a concerted effort to destroy Islam amongst the conquered Soviet Muslims. Before the Communist Revolution of 1917, there were 24,000 mosques. A count around 1980 showed that there were less than 300 in the entire USSR. Some of these mosques were used as museums, clubs, and bars."
"Gunboat diplomacy is not going to bring a long-term stability in the region. The Iraq study group, wise men and women and an overwhelming majority of Americans want Bush to make a real drastic change in his strategy and bring our troops home in six months."