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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. A re-negotiated peace with Israel seems to be in order considering the current 'treacherous' peace we now have. First and foremost of the Egyptian demands should be a one-state solution where Palestinian rights are recognized and guaranteed. Another demand needs to be Palestinian appeasement and a negotiated settlement regarding the crimes of the past. Egypt needs to say to Israel "No peace with us until you make peace with Palestine." Egyptian demands will be much more appealing and potent if Turkey and Iran are involved in the negotiations along with Hamas, Hizbollah and Syria. Instead of relying on the US to be a fair and honest "mediator,", let the US government be completely on the side of Israel. This would free the US from the need to speak out of both sides of its mouth. The negotiating table will have the US, the EU, and Israel on one side, and Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizbollah, and what is salvageable of the PLO (if anything is salvageable) on the other side. The goal needs to be a Middle East Peace Treaty that will last through the centuries. Any agreement would be international in character and, if these states and groups are involved, the peace will be seen as a legitimate peace in the Muslim world and in the Western world as well.
  2. Congratulations to the Egyptians. How quickly things change, subhanallah. how uninformed our political discussions from a short 3 weeks ago must now seem. Allahu Akbar!
  3. the only thing missing for Iran is internal security. If Iran didn't have to fend off so many intelligence agencies,it would be freer to have a more open political process. As it is now, fears of foreign sabotage are well-founded necessitating tighter control over the political process.
  4. I agree. National self-determination is the important thing.
  5. Democracy means power to the people. as the saying goes, democracy is the least worst way to end oppression.
  6. chill out dude. the egyptians themselves are calling this a pro-democracy movement. what i was trying to illustrate by linking to the girl was the future of Egypt is now in the hands of the Egyptian youth. I consider this to be a much better scenario than a future for Egypt in the hands of the US or Israel. Egypt is rising to lead the Arabs. As Muslims, we should all be very happy about this. the age of imperialism in the Middle East is coming to an end.
  7. This program brought up many interesting strategy considerations. I agree with Professor Khalidi when he expresses optimism for the Middle East as a direct result of what is going on in Egypt right now.
  8. It shows heart and soul. It also shows a technical savvy that will let the peoples' voices be restrained no more. In the age of the Internet 2.o, democracy is quickly becoming the only option. death to the dictators.
  9. Judging by the clarity of purpose of this Egyptian Hijabi, the Egyptians are very much prepared to answer the questions for Egypt on their own.
  10. I think you are mistaking a little bit of Arab identity chauvinism for imperialist plots. Is it that shocking that an Arab news channel takes the Arab side in a bout of Arab/Persian rivalry?
  11. This is within the rules of public criticism as well--criticizing the criticizers.
  12. The strawman argument in this case means you are taking some of the characteristics of some of the critics of the President, and go on to wax (dis)eloquently about how messed up those characteristics are, like for instance the characteristic of some of these people being traitors. Once you get us all to agree about how messed up those traitors are, you then use that strawman to argue in favor of silencing criticism altogether. You are using a strawman to scare us into thinking all critics of President Ahmadinejad are traitors when this simply isn't true.
  13. According to you (jackson), President Ahmadinejad stands up well to criticism. Presenting an argument illustrating the President's integrity is the way to address that criticism. Trying to silence the criticism makes it look like government officials have criminal behavior to obscure or hide altogether. Criminal behavior within governments is the same thing as corruption. Corruption flourishes in the absence of transparency. Therefore, transparency is an important and necessary tool in the fight against corruption. Criticism and public scrutiny produce transparency, therefore public criticism is a necessary precondition to bring about the end of corruption and the establishment of the rule of law.
  14. Baradar_jackson, you are building a strawman. Are we supposed to pretend we do not see him? Any politician who wishes to be a politician opens him or herself up to criticism. There is no other way.
  15. The current quandary the US presently finds itself in with regards to Egypt is a good example of where nationalism is preventing a nation from choosing the correct moral option. President Obama has a sworn responsibility to protect the national interests of the United States and so continues to prop up the dictator. However, given the criminal nature of the Mubarak regime and given that this social revolution does genuinely appear to represent the will of the people, the proper moral choice would be to openly and unequivocally stand in solidarity with the demonstrators and to denounce the Mubarak regime. If the US government was more concerned with the human interest instead of the national interest, the President would see how his current position of supporting both Mubarak and the People amounts to nothing more than an obstruction of justice. However, I do believe the revolution in Egypt is a delicate matter where non-nationals have only a limited and indirect role to play. Would Islam advocate for all Muslims to fly to Cairo and join in the demonstrations? I don't know that the demonstrators themselves would want that. How to understand this without recognizing the Egyptian national identity as something separate from an Islamic identity? Citizenship is important because it ascribes political power to individual people. If the definition of the 'citizen' is determined by race or religion, discrimination and intolerance is sure to follow. Pluralistic societies will suffer from such a rigid definition. However, if the definition of 'citizen' is determined by less immutable qualities--like say for instance citizenship based off loyalty to a state and/or culture--then this citizenry becomes much more inclusive and capable of harmoniously meeting the needs of a pluralistic society. So I guess my question is how do these two ideas resolve themselves together? In the first instance, nationalism is obstructing justice internationally. In the second instance, nationalism is helping to organize a peaceful society domestically. Cannot a person have a religious identity to which he is loyal and at the same time have a national identity to which he is loyal?
  16. methinks there is unspeakable punishment ahead if they back out now. i wouldn't go so far as to say now or never for democracy in Egypt, but if not now, then when?
  17. i knew an iranian woman who was thin as a stick but ridiculously strong. i thought it was just her.
  18. I have been caught up with the events in Egypt. Baradar_jackson, if you are referring to the revised 4 chapters a week schedule i don't think we are following the weekly schedule i typed up. the way i understand it, the current schedule is two chapters a week (as opposed to four). i am interested in a weekly schedule because i thought that would be easier to keep track of than a four-day rolling schedule. what does everyone else think about a weekly schedule at two chapters a week? that is roughly the same pace as the 1 chapter every 4-days schedule. apart from that, is everyone still interested in group reading this book at the present time? i am willing to go either way. the events in egypt have taken my time over the last week
  19. storm the compound. as long as he is in the country he will be in charge.
  20. can you quote specifically where Khomeni speaks of nationalism? these quotes above speak to national independence, but do not speak about nationalism itself.
  21. If Muslims are so much against capitalism, then why are so many of you here participating in its benefits?
  22. The anti-capitalist mentality is nothing more than a combination of being on the wrong side of colonialism mixed with a little bit of Marxist accretionism. Incentive-based economies are entirely in line with Islam. Resisting the entire capitalist order is a recipe for extreme warfare. Baradar_Jackson, is your distaste for capitalism so extreme that you would be willing to fight a world war over it? I agree that extreme nationalism is shirk, but with the proper moderation, a rational nationalism does not have to contradict Islam. The 'nation-state' method of organization has proved practical for humanity and so to keep bringing false arguments against it in the name of Islam is unnecessary and probably futile anyway.
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