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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, July 23, 2007

Two items misinforming the American debate

For some reason, both of these stuck out to my ear.

1) Yes, Turkey's Islamist party won their election, but calling them Islamist within the current context is deceptive. They are about as (or probably less) religiously active than the current US Republican party.

They aren't trying to legislate that god hates gays or abortion. They aren't trying to force the ten commandments or prayer into public spaces. They aren't denying evolution. They don't pick judges based on their religious beliefs......

Yes, they are the Islamist party of Turkey, but to call them Islamist echoes Iran's mullahs, Sharia law, and Saudi Arabia's culture police. (It does however represent a population shifting away from the US and the West.)

2) Regarding Pakistan, in all the "debate" over whether the US should conduct "targeted" attacks in Pakistan, no one seems to mention the fact that such attacks have already taken place several times.

Here's a few from a quick search: Oct 2006, January 2007, and June 2007.

How can that not get mentioned?


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