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January 15, 2008

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Fantastic post. US would have gained much if people like you were in power.

I wonder why people with such spirit are out of power everywhere- whereas they have a more coherent vision to offer than the bigots we have.

India is no better. Look at these:
http://communalism.blogspot.com/2008/01/orissas-turn-emboldened-sangh-is-set.html
http://indianmuslims.in/orissa-violences-against-christians/

Well said! Brava.

All very depressingly true. Unfortunately, this viewpoint seems to have been bullied to the back of the information mainstream by leaders and citizens who are unable to exist outside a philosophy of black and white, us versus them. These people revel in their ignorance and hide it by dressing it up as some sort of inside knowledge. There is no hope of rational, reasonable discussion about the two separate subjects of Islam as a religion and terrorism as a weapon of war. It will be over-rided by fear-mongering and suggestions of naivity.

Scott Atran is an anthropologist and expert on terrorism whose research has uncovered a more nuanced understanding of how terrorism works. Namit has digested some of Atran's findings and provided links in his recent article, How Terrorism Works.

It's like you penned down my own thoughts, word by word :-)
But that is not a coincidence, because each one of us if looks inside can see the truth!

One article does not an expert make. US and Western stereotypes have been joked and played on for years. It's no big deal because we are the big bad west.

Funny how those who have escaped the tyrrany of radical islam just don't see things in the moral relatively hunky dory way overly cultural relativists do.

Tell all those who were subjected to the genocide in Sudan how nonunderstanding they were to those devils on horseback who came to rape, muder and enslave anyone non-arabic and non-muslim. See any other group doing that?

Hard to have dialogue when your head is being sawed off alive and you're being blamed for every ill under the planet.

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