You trivialized my experiences for the sake of some silly debate, you judged (see your quotes on the bottom). I took it personally. Simple. Don't matter if we were. You came on the with the post as if you knew what I've been through, that Muslims today have it much tougher than I did -- forget about knowing what I went through but you made the comparison based on your friends' experience in 1980 - 1988 (1984 and on it was different anyway, ask Ed Koch). Here's your quote: <i>You're forgetting I was a New Yorker before you, and I know the score, if anyone paid attention to you at all, it was sympathetic attention, friendly attention, welcoming you to America.</i> Just because you were here before me means didly squat, the mere fact of how you evaluated my experience, hence trivialized it by minimizing it, nay, that it was cheery and rosy is another affront. Here's more sanctimonious statements: <i>What you suffered, you suffered in the Soviet Union. Or did you encounter the same kind of prejudice here, that Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Jamaican or Pakistani immigrants have endured and continue to endure, no matter how much they try to blend? <b>If so, then please enlighten me.</b></i> Sarcasm bolded above for you to see once again why this was a bit personal. As if you know what I went through, again, based on your friends' experience. It was not italicizing per se, it was your emphasis. Of course, you knew that. BTW, I was calm when I wrote that. I never want anyone here or in real life trivialize what I have been through. Just because I never speak of it doesn't mean it was peaches and cream. Perhaps it was for you as an Israeli Jew coming to the city of Jews, it was not so for a Soviet Jew... Somehow someone somewhere forgot the Jew part and left me as a Soviet. But I don't cry about it. I scratch it off as ignorance in America and I moved on. I love this country and would die for it. When the majority of Muslims in US feel the same way, then we can talk. IF they feel the same way, I'd like them to be more vocal about it. Not for my sake but for theirs. I've spent many years picking apart the Soviet ideology, even made some friends because of it.