„Islam is the best, but we Muslims are not the best. The West is neither corrupted nor degenerate. It is strong, well-educated, and organized. Their schools are better than ours. Their cities are cleaner than ours. The level of respect for human rights in the West is higher, and the care for the poor and less capable is better organized. Westerners are usually responsible and accurate in their words. Instead of hating the West, let us proclaim cooperation instead of confrontation.“

— Alija Izetbegović, Quoted in "The Two Faces of Islam" by Stephen Schwartz.
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Alija Izetbegović
1925 - 2003

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