Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Advocating a practical methodology

Bill Ardolino is doing some thinking and sharing that thinking with us. An excellent read regarding his suggestion that we use all of the tools available to us in the GWoT. In fact, and I must agree here, Bill maintains that it is imperative that we use those tools in order to win this thing before the bad guys gain the technological expertise to hurt us really badly. Here is the major challenge facing us and interfering with the practical methodology as espoused by Bill.

Jordanian journalist Jihad Momani wrote:
"What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras, or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony?"
And Yemeni journalist Muhammad al-Assadi
"Muslims had an opportunity to educate the world about the merits of the Prophet Muhammad and the peacefulness of the religion he had come with. Muslims know how to lose, better than how to use, opportunities."
And where are Momani and al-Assadi, today? In jail. And the sum of all fears of "moderate Muslims":
"I keep hearing, 'Why are liberals silent?' " said Said al-Ashmawy, an Egyptian judge and author of books on political Islam. "How can we write? Who is going to protect me? Who is going to publish for me in the first place? With the Islamization of the society, the list of taboos has been increasing daily. You should not write about religion. You should not write about politics or women. Then what is left?"
Bill, if you can come up with a good answer to that one, you'll not only deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, they'll rename it after you (and, for my fellow nitwits out there, "baseball" is not a good enough answer).

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