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huckleberry Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 07:04 PM
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Turning Points (Robin Wright, Sunday WP)
Turning Points
Will the Modern Era Come Untethered in Iraq?
By Robin Wright
Sunday, May 16, 2004; Page B01

On a warm spring day in 1983, I stood across from what had been the seven-story U.S. embassy in Beirut and watched as rescuers picked through tons of mangled steel, torn concrete and glass shards -- the rubble left by the first Muslim suicide bomber to strike an American target. Tenderly, rescuers put bits of bodies -- more than 60 were killed in the lunchtime bombing -- in small blue plastic bags.

Over the past quarter-century, I've covered the rage of the Islamic world, witnessing much of it up close, losing friends who became victims to its extremist wings and watching its furies swell. But I've never been scared until now.


The occupation of Iraq has affirmed the worst fears of the Islamic world, reinforcing distaste for America and what it represents, and spawning wild conspiracy theories about the motives of the West. Many Muslims now see the American intervention as a devastating betrayal, starkly reflected by the Red Cross's recent conclusion that 70 to 90 percent of all Iraqis who were "deprived of their liberty" -- by the world champion of democracy -- "were arrested by mistake." Others in the region react with fury to the symbolism of a naked Arab male on a concrete floor tethered to a female American soldier looking down with disinterested arrogance on her prisoner at Abu Ghraib.

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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 07:09 PM
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1. Many Americans don't understand
that a lot of people in the rest of the world feel very exploited by the West and Western ways. Freepers especially have no clue that there are many people in the world who think that Western culture is not what they want to emulate. This intentional shaming of Muslims has freaked out many, and has only added to the propaganda from Osama and his ilk.

I predict that we have not seen the end of the repercussions from the prison photographs, and won't for years to come.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 07:28 PM
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2. I agree
it get tired of this nonsense "THEY WANT TO BE LIKE US" crap. Maybe because America was not the only country I grew up with I became very aware that a world outside of America EXISTS.
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Catt03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 07:46 PM
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3. Maybe some one should start reading and studying history
and be aware of different cultures and beliefs.

Maybe we need a different curriculum in schools that applies critical and creative thinking about the world. For that matter, the United States. I think that would be a better preparatory route for the next generation than pushing fundamentalist religion.
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