NYT’s has an article today about efforts across the country to stop the construction of Mosques. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/us/08mosque.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=us
The paradox of all this, as I indicated in my article about Islamofacism and Global Jihadists a couple days ago, is it plays into the hands of the Terrorists. You can bet that Al-Qaeda is almost as happy about this as they were about Iraq. They have been talking about this Clash of Civilizations between the West and Islam for appx. two decades. Not many people listened. It’s hard to claim a country hates Islam, or wants to rid the world of Islam, when they have so many citizens practicing Islam in a more free manner than the countries in the Middle East.
The other paradox of this is that many of the most active people protesting against these mosques are from the Tea Party or are just far right wingers who claim that they loveeeeeee America. In fact, as a lady in the Time article says, she fears the Mosque because she thinks Muslims are trying to replace the Constitution with Sharia Law. Apparently, at the same time, she either hasn’t read the Constitution, or she is waging war on it. (Of course, as a side note, some on the right wing are also trying to amend the 14th amendment so that immigrants babies won’t be citizens) Anyways, as I also said in that other post, you must really have no faith in the Constitution or this country if you think it can’t withstand an attack by this small group of Radical Islamists, most of whom don’t live in this country.
Finally, the NYT’s article mentions research done at Duke that found that Mosques play a positive role in anti-Radicalization efforts. It didn’t provide a link or anything so I went and found it. It can be located here…http://www.sanford.duke.edu/centers/tcths/documents/Anti-TerrorLessonsfinal.pdf.
http://tiny.cc/qdo5d This link takes you to the RCW blog article about the new Brookings Report today, the latter of which is already creating a sort of buzz around the web today. The report looks at public opinion in six Middle East (ME) countries for two areas: views of the U.S. policy in the ME and views on Iran becoming a nuclear power. From the report via RCW blog:
Early in the Obama Administration, in April and May 2009, 51% of the respondents in the six countries expressed optimism about American policy in the Middle East. In the 2010 poll, only 16% were hopeful, while a majority – 63% – was discouraged.
On Iran’s potential nuclear weapons status, results show another dramatic shift in public opinion. While the results vary from country to country, the weighted average across the six countries is telling: in 2009, only 29% of those polled said that Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons would be “positive” for the Middle East; in 2010, 57% of those polled indicate that such an outcome would be “positive” for the Middle East.
My only two initial reactions are: 1) I can’t imagine what these numbers would be if the U.S. or Israeli does attack Iran (on this topic see my first post of the morning) and 2) I think Marc Lynch and Kristine M. Lord at CNAS understated the case in their recent report located here http://tiny.cc/ko1w1.
Speaking of Lynch (which I seem to keep doing today), he recently had a blog post disputing his fellow FP.com blogger’s, Harvard professor Steven Walt, assessment of Prez Obama’s FP so far. Walt then followed up on Lynch’s post the next day. This morning, their fellow blogger at FP.com, Fletcher Professor Dan Drezner, weighed in with his own assessment after returning from a trip to Israel. That post (which has links to Walt and Lynch’s posts) can be found here http://tiny.cc/c8gfp.
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