Saturday, July 23, 2005

Why we hate each other...

We are appalled at the terrorism, such as what happened in Egypt last night.


They are appalled at the internment and abuse of children in places like Abu Ghraib.

"I saw a camp for children there. Boys, under the age of puberty. There were certainly hundreds of children in this camp. Some have been released, others are certainly still there."

From his single cell in the adults' section, Suhaib heard a perhaps 12-year-old girl crying. Suhaib learned that her brother was being held on the second floor of the prison. Suhaib says he saw her there himself once or twice.

In the night, they had been in her cell. The girl had shouted to the other prisoners and called out her brother's name.

An artist has drawn the scene for the British TV station ITN.

Original soundtrack, Suhaib Badr-Addin Al-Baz, TV reporter:

"She was beaten. I heard her call out: They have undressed me. They have poured water over me."

Both cultures must change, but since we have more power to change ourselves, and doing so, more authority to encourage change elsewhere, it is incumbent on us to place greater attention there first.

Over there, we have to radically change the culture, from the ground up. We've got to basically educate everyone about the consequences of this behavior and belief system. But we have to do it in a way that is different from our culture- because we too, have large pockets of exclusvist religious fanaticism and extremism.

And we can't change them without changing ourselves.

HT: This Modern World.

Both of these stories are out all over the world at the same time. If Americans don't learn the lesson from both of these stories, there simply will be more of both of these kinds of stories.

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