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Posted: 17 September 2012 02:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 91 ]
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damoncasale - 17 September 2012 12:18 PM

Found this on Yahoo.  It seems to be a fairly balanced analysis of what’s going on.  Thoughts?

http://news.yahoo.com/multiple-personalities-muslim-rage-194454551.html

Damon

That was an interesting article. Thanks for sharing it.

Take care,

Derek

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Posted: 17 September 2012 03:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 92 ]
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George - 17 September 2012 08:30 AM
TimB - 17 September 2012 07:42 AM

Actions should be directed at making religious extremism noneffective.  The question is: What actions will make religious extremism less effective rather than more effective?

FWIW, HERE are some recommendations from Scott Atran:

Recommendations for a change in course in dealing with foreign forms of political and religious extremism that take violent aim at our society should be geared to a policy of “less is more,” that is, less costly and more effective:

• CUT short-term and long-term costs of U.S. military and foreign aid.

• LIMIT U.S. military and ideological involvement to a minimum, consistent with support for—rather than management or direction of—local, national, and regional democratic aspirations and initiatives.

• SHIFT from top-heavy government-to-government planning and programs to establishing relationships with local actors and groups, including relationships involving America’s most influential, efficient, and productive nongovernmental national resources: U.S. universities, entertainment media, small-business groups, and faith-based organizations.

• INCREASE America’s moral standing, influence, and leadership.

That sounds reasonable. Although the political/military/industrial complex won’t go for the 1st two points. And the last point seems rather vague.

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