Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bush Fails to affect textbooks and school teaching

Discussing Iraq, President Bush said during an appearance with the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert on Tuesday, May 23, "Trying to stop suiciders — which we're doing a pretty good job of on occasion — is difficult to do."

Wouldn’t you like to see some statistics to back up that claim ? Everyday in Iraq there are killings – some are the result of suicide bombers including on an attack on a market this past Sunday. Afghanistan has seen increased instances of suicide bombers.

Have you heard Tom Friedman compare the Wal*Mart procurement practices to suicide bombers? According to Friedman, “Wal-Mart has designed a global supply chain down to the last atom of efficiency, so if you take an item off the shelf in Brooklyn, another is immediately made in Shenzhen, China. Al Qaeda is nothing more than a mutant supply chain. Al Qaeda is an open source religious political movement that works off the global supply chain. You take one bomber and deploy him in Baghdad, and another is manufactured in Riyadh the next day.” Friedman’s concern is that the war in Iraq has been an enormous boon to the international Jihadi movement, encouraging angry youths from all over the world to join it to fight.

The 9/11 hijackers were suicide bombers primarily from Saudi Arabia. So what makes someone become a suicide bomber ? The 9/11 Commission decried the teaching of Wahhabism in madras schools in Saudi Arabia. The government of Saudi Arabia said they were going to change what was taught in schools.

According to an Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post, these changes are entirely insufficient. Here is a sample of what is being taught in the First and Twelfth Grades Saudi Arabian schools :
"Every religion other than Islam is false"
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words (Islam, hellfire): Every religion other than ______________ is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters ____________.
Jihad in the path of God -- which consists of battling against unbelief, oppression, injustice, and those who perpetrate it -- is the summit of Islam. This religion arose through jihad and through jihad was its banner raised high. It is one of the noblest acts, which brings one closer to God, and one of the most magnificent acts of obedience to God."

The Bush Administration, which claims that Saudi Arabia is such a good friend, must denounce these “improved” textbooks. If these are our friends, you can only imagine what our enemies are teaching the next generation.

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