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  •  It's gonna take a lot of love (11+ / 0-)

    to get us back in synch with the Muslim world.

    One billion people are starting to wonder if we'd maybe like to wipe them all out.

    We're going to have to make an end-run around any government-type of program or "diplomacy".  Citizen to citizen.

    We might even have to have a unique blog-world like we have here, dedicated to healing the damage done.  Coordinating the projects and visits and sharing the writings from both communities.

     (Muslims all over the world -- hey, even other types of "little brown people" like Africans and Latinos, the kind our government specializes so well in butchering, use the Internet, exactly as we do.  It'd be a beginning, maybe.)

    It's gonna take a lot of love...

    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

    by HenryDavid on Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 06:01:26 AM PST

    •  Is there even such a thing as (4+ / 0-)

      "the muslim world"?  Or was there, before all the emphasis on fearing and hating.  How many muslims do I know personally?  Not many at present.  Not a single Arab.  One Uighur family, one Bosnian family, one Somali couple, one Bangladeshi family.  There's not much they have in common.  Such different cultures.

      It's gonna take a lot of love...

      The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

      by DSPS owl on Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 07:10:05 AM PST

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      •  I was just thinking the same, one Pakistani (7+ / 0-)

        family, true international idealists, who have taught me so much; one friend at work, from a mixed Hindu-Muslim heritage, and one conversation at a playground swing with a Saudi (prince?) whose child was being treated at nearby Children's hospital.  

        Oh yeah, and one wonderful week in Egypt, while we were still welcome and safe there.

        We are the people who are truly trapped in a black hole of narcissistic Americanism, and need to get out and re-join the entire world, that we have affected and influenced so much through our mostly-welcomed cultural exports.

        They admire us as people, and yes, many of us have some wonderful characteristics to share with them, but what we end up exporting mostly is militarism and oppression, and wild-assed CIA-Angleton-types (like the guys I heard at the bar last night, swapping Air America -- the other Air America -- stories yesterday).

        Most of us would be so, so ashamed to hear the callous, casual mayhem and slaughter these guys rattled off so nonchalantly...

        If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

        by HenryDavid on Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 07:37:48 AM PST

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      •  How many Muslims (1+ / 0-)
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        do you know personally? Perhaps more than you think. Not all are dark-skinned, you know. If you work in an office, shop in your community, or meet up with other folks who share interests in common with yours, then there's a good chance you know some Muslims; you just don't know that you know them.

        I think that's something worth knowing.

        I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth. RIP, Molly Ivins. And thanks.

        by Nowhere Man on Sat Mar 10, 2007 at 10:20:52 AM PST

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