“One of the points that Fareed Zakaria is seeking to make in his defense of the Cordoba project (and with which I agree) is that it will ultimately save lives:
Ever since 9/11, liberals and conservatives have agreed that the lasting solution to the problem of Islamic terror is to prevail in the battle of ideas and to discredit radical Islam, the ideology that motivates young men to kill and be killed. Victory in the war on terror will be won when a moderate, mainstream version of Islam—one that is compatible with modernity—fully triumphs over the world view of Osama bin Laden.
So based on how the last commenter framed his argument, if you believe that the wall in the West Bank is justified on the grounds that it saves lives even while causing the Palestinians great pain, then you would have to support this project on the same grounds that it should exist to save lives even if it causes pain to some people. People, that I have to add, would be caused pain only because they have the erroneous believe that Islam is responsible for the deaths of their loved ones rather than a bunch of evil terrorists.”
“This piece brilliantly puts the disparate actions of many Arab nations into context. Here we get insight into the multiple motivations and contradictions surrounding nuclear plans in the Middle East, and the US and west's responses to them. If we are going to successfully address nuclear energy, its drawbacks and the weapons potential, we need this kind of information on the multifaceted factors impacting these countries' mindsets and decisions.”
“This piece does a great job of illustrating that in the Middle East, as is the case in the U.S. and elsewhere, the policies and actions of a government don't necessarily reflect the views of that country's people. Of equal importance is that it serves to remind us that the Middle East is comprised of many countries, each with its own government, culture, and agenda. Thus in discussions of, and interactions with, the Middle East, we must learn to steer clear of oversimplifications and broad generalizations.”
Changeizgood on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:46:48
“Oh sorry it still hurts. He was only seven, and Sri Lankan orphan. Now he's gone and nobody by my family cares that this is stopped?
Watch my dust in progressive moves.”
Changeizgood on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:44:52
“My adopted son, was killed by bombing in the early 90's.
“If Israel is justified in what it is doing, why keep out the press? Shouldn't the truth speak for itself. And likewise, if Al Jazeera is nothing more than a propaganda machine, why shouldn't I see it - surely the message of such virulent propaganda would be self evident?
That the Israeil's are keeping out the press suggests that they have something to hide - that maybe the offensive vs. defensive question isn't so clear cut - that the force involved might actually be disproportionate to the situation.
And that the U.S. cable companies/government won't allow Al Jaz to run on cable TV here suggests that they fear something. Is it that we might come to understand that there are millions of people with a different world view - and that they may have some valid points?”
“On the face of it, a campaign to forge a national, cohesive identity with forward thinking plans that deemphasize a painful past seems both reasonable and feasible. But the rising inflation combined with the deeply held sense of Palestinian identity (for so many) may well undermine the goal even as the people are mandated to go play along.
It is important for Americans to be exposed to this nuanced level of information from the region as we too often make our political decisions based on the broad, sweeping statements of good intentions issued by the various governments while unaware of the reality on the ground because people live in fear of speaking their minds.”