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The study of Middle East issues is highly politicized and often, unfortunately, is burdened by distortion and bias, as demonstrated by these recently published books.
"If we were in that objective frame of mind, we would easily see that a freedom culture requires separation of the spiritual from the secular."
Men are forced to grow beards. Women can't leave home without a male relative. Music, movies and watching sports on TV are banned. Limbs are chopped off as punishment, and executions by stoning have become a public spectacle.
The Ground Zero Mosque project already has failed in its intended outreach mission, and its backers now seem to be committed to alienating as many Americans as possible.
As President Obama weighed in to support the Ground Zero mosque during a White House dinner celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Friday, one can only imagine what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, must be saying at Guantanamo.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is happy with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann for criticizing the use of the phrase "ground-zero mosque" in the press and elsewhere, deeming the term a "misnomer" and saying that the project is neither a "training ground for terrorists" nor an insult to Sept. 11 families.
Progress in Afghanistan only began this spring and needs time to take root, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said in comments broadcast Sunday that were aimed at shoring up American support for the war.
With the American public growing more pessimistic about Afghanistan, war proponents are renewing their case in the face of new estimates that say no more than 100 al Qaeda operatives remain in the country.
Federal regulators have taken a first step toward eliminating the use of credit ratings in rules for banks, under a mandate of the new financial- overhaul law.