Friday, January 09, 2004

Daily Times/Pakistan Op-ed:
Postmodernism and Islam: After 9/11? —Professor Akbar S Ahmed

The challenge to postmodernism did not come from the expected quarters. It came from George W Bush and Osama bin Laden...

"...postmodernism is, if nothing else, is resilient. Ideas of universal acceptance, compassion and understanding are difficult to erase. While Islam is being demonised by many in America as a religion of terrorists and extremists, books on Islam are doing brisk business at the bookstores.
Maulana Rumi, a Muslim mystic born centuries ago in what is now Afghanistan, is one of America’s favourite poets. Rumi’s example in itself is evidence the spirit of postmodernism still survives the Grand Narrative.
Indeed, it is desperately needed in the violent and anarchic world that September 11 has engendered. The predicament of living in the early part of the21st century will be assuaged by the promise and practice of universal compassion and understanding that lie at the heart of both postmodernism and Islam."

YES! Harkin Endorses Dean!

"He's the Harry Truman of our generation"
-Iowa Senator Tom Harkin on Howard Dean

Harkin blogs on after endorsing Dean in IA - Credit: photo by Ryan Witt/
NostradamIddy Predicts-
October 31, 2004

These are especially the times I realize we need new leadership

"Iran is ready to negotiate with all countries, and America is no exception," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on state television. "If it adopts a new approach to Iran and is ready to interact with us based on mutual respect and the principle of equality, the atmosphere will change remarkably."

This is a great opportunity. I am hearing great messages of hope from leaders of Iran, Syria, Libya (although I have nothing but disgust for the appeased terrorist Osama Bin Laden Mu'ammar Gadhafi).

On one hand, we have Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and their track record of reliance upon (and involvement with) the NeoCon "no diplomacy" gang. They are a stubborn, mean lot. They refuse to play well with others. They would have failed Kindergarten...and I'm not joking about that.

On the other hand, we have hope. We we know now that will entail new U.S. leadership.