Monthly Archives: August 2003
"It has become axiomatic in the West to associate Islam with violent political movements whose principal expression is the act of a suicide bomber. What is often ignored by westerners, however, is that a struggle is being waged in the Muslim world over the role Islam is to play in politics and that the Muslim world is far from monolithic on this issue."
"The moral visions that are at the heart of the Abrahamic religions appear overwhelmingly and ironically tarnished, especially when looking through a Middle Eastern perspective. Religions seem to be more a vehicle of exclusion, isolation, hostility and violence than what they claim to be--paths to justice, peace and reconciliation."
"....One of Author's best satires, first published in February 2002 - might be timely in view of a fair amount of talk about the next American election..."
"In a recent article for the International Herald Tribune, Jonathan Cook, a freelance journalist living in Israel, describes a humorous e-mail circulating on the Internet that explains the "law of diminishing territorial returns" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
"It seems that the Road Map was DOA, dead on arrival, because Israel all along had no intention of removing itself from the Palestinian lands. During all this period Israel has continued to bomb and kill Palestinian children and women and old men. Naturally, the Palestinians are going after the Israelis in mini-retaliation; the war never stopped and there is no hope to convince the Israelis that they should move back, taking back their forces and settlements with them. The solution of the problem is in the hands of Muslim Americans. Muslim Americans have a duty to educate the American people, reaching out to every home and educating them about Islam, Muslims and Palestine and bring them closer to Muslims. When the American people are educated, they will put pressure on politicians to resolve the problem equitably or at least stop supporting Israel with money and armaments."