"The first step toward a smarter policy in the region is to recognize that the United States is part of the problem. In Afghanistan, the United States still could do what it should have done after 9/11; withdrawing its forces would extinguish the fire of the Taliban resurgence. In Pakistan, Musharraf is likely to fall, but such a close U.S. hug for him makes it more likely that Islamists could eventually win power. So the U.S. should use Musharraf’s declaration of martial law as a reason to terminate all aid to his regime. The United States is so unpopular in the region that supporting a governing alliance between Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto would probably delegitimize even the middle ground in Pakistan. For moderate forces to have the best chance in that nuclear-armed nation, the United States, paradoxically, should refrain from supporting them, and stay out of Pakistani politics."
"Minority organizing must begin at the grass root level where a unity of all minority groups is established to prepare the path for a future of majority rule. This is a critical step. All past divisions and quarrels must cease for the greater good of this nation. Priorities must be established on community outreach, education on this historic opportunity, forming community strategies to prepare and develop local minority communities that will focus on supporting families and children as they journey forward."
MAKE IT MODERN
"America has been a land of immigrants. It is its religious tolerance that allowed many Jews and others to find a safe refuge here. There is no better symbol of America’s tolerance than a Muslim center near the Ground Zero. Denying such rights to Muslims who now are perhaps the second largest religious community will be a slap to that very American model, and would only strengthen the messengers of hatred and intolerance, something that no great nation can allow."
"Iqbal advocated a healthy interdependence between the individual and his or her society, maintaining that active membership in a community is what confers a sense of purpose and lends significance to people's lives. He rejected materialistic or mechanistic explanations of the universe and instead affirmed the spiritual nature of Ultimate Reality. According to Iqbal, any civilization that elevates materialism over spirituality is doomed to destruction."
"The talks are cleverly organised to allow for positive press and a photo opportunity before the mid-term elections; the necessary arm-twisting will be completed long before the beginning of the presidential reelection season....If as a result of Israeli obstructionism the talks fail, Palestinians will have no choice but to declare their state unilaterally and hope that the world will recognise it."
"If the United States does not undergo substantive foreign policy change, one-day we may find ourselves answering for our crimes against humanity before an international court of law, and in that case, it will be hard for us to explain how and why we felt that it was either moral, or legal to accept the implantation of a foreign entity onto the sovereign land of another people."