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« on: October 26, 2010, 04:33:33 pm »

i thought this was timely, given some of our other conversations.  this is written by Joel Rosenberg who is a Jewish Christian.  he's also studied Islam and has spent a good bit of time in the middle east.  you might be familiar with some of his fiction, but this is one of his non-fiction writings.  

i am 1/2 way through the audio book which is quite long!  it's very detailed and has interviews, writings, and a lot of history about Islam, Arab and Persian countries and culture/conflict.  he has so far spent a lot of time going over the factions of Islam, the various governments, the beliefs of the radicals and how they are different from the beliefs of every day Muslims, etc.  how modern day radical Islam and the west collided.  what they think of us and why.  what they think of Israel and why.  what they think of moderate Muslim countries/governments.

now i will have to get the book so that i can follow up some of the references.  he's like Bodansky in that way,  but a much easier read!
« Last Edit: October 26, 2010, 11:25:16 pm by kathyp »
They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
Alexis de Tocqueville