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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Al-Jazeera Commentator Blasts Middle East Militants

Some pithy comments from an interview on Al-Jazeera TV that blasts some of the basic premises of the most militant Middle East extremists.

During the program, which was seen by millions of people in the region, psychologist Wafa Sultan debunked the myth that the current conflict with the U.S. is a clash of civilizations.

Instead, she said, "It is a clash between two opposites, two eras.

It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized world and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality."

Sultan also said the conflict is between "... democracy and dictatorship ... human rights on the one hand and the violation of these rights on the other hand ... and between those who treat women like beasts and those who treat them like human beings."

Sultan concluded, the militants "... must ask themselves what they can do for humankind before they demand that humankind respect them." Amen to that.

The complete transcript of the Wafa Sultan interview is available at http://www.investorsinsight.com/wwnk/transcript.htm.

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