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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!
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called the government. They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville