In a time of increasing international rivalries and economic uncertainties emanating from China, historic allies of the Western World have much to gain by becoming closer, even if only by considering their own versions of each others' policies.
We are all loitering in our classroom one lunchtime. Barry Sutton suddenly asks me a question: ''Hey, Imran! Are your parents going to arrange your marriage?'' Everyone's attention is suddenly upon me.
Where Maher should be expressing solidarity with progressive Muslims who would stand with him in opposition to violent extremism, he instead alienates them by making a fictitious cultural simplification.