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A reader by the name of “Concerned” comments: I’m not sure what these anti-McCain and Palin missives have to do with the stated mission of your website which is to discuss issues surrounding Muslims and Islam I think it’s a fair enough question. Part of the answer lies in the origins of this blog, which is part of the post-9/11 narrative in this country and coincided with the rise of Gulf War II rhetoric. Inevitably, the discussions on this blog focused on US foreign policy, which is inherently tied to politics. The pattern was set. Second, the US is part…

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Bernard Lewis answers 7 Questions

I have to say, it has been quite some time since I agreed with Bernard Lewis. However, I find myself nodding along with 6 of his 7 answers. Answer to Question 6 is a standard neocon answer and really ignores the broad scope of history that he seems to arguing from everywhere else. For Ottomanist – he’s not an Arabist nor an Islamicist – I’m surprised he doesn’t mention modern Turkey as a democratic state. Bernard Lewis

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