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Tom Friedman on Saudi Arabia -- it all starts in the schools

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / June 2, 2004 10:23 PM PDT
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So much for prayer in school being a good thing.
by Dan McC / June 2, 2004 10:53 PM PDT

Just kidding!



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I'm not in favor of school prayer, but you do need to be careful
by Kiddpeat / June 3, 2004 4:10 AM PDT

who you're praying to and what you're praying for.

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Re:Tom Friedman on Saudi Arabia -- it all starts in the schools
by Paul C / June 2, 2004 11:04 PM PDT


I've long believed that what is needed is an "Islamic Martin Luther" - someone who points out that Islam desperately needs to be reformed and brought into the 21st century. However, I doubt that the Saudi clerics - who have the power to unleash that reform process - have the courage to do so. After all, they are the prime beneficiaries of the present system, as they derive their very real political power from the status quo. I fear that the change won't come until things get a lot worse - and maybe not then; if that's the case, then may God help all of us.

As for Mr. Friedman's comments on energy policy: Vice President Cheney is absolutely right when he states that we cannot conserve our way to energy independence. In the short run, we must explore and produce more oil right here in the U.S. while simultaneously seeking more feasible energy alternatives that don't involve the Middle East.

The problem as I see it is that such a course is anathema to your side of the political debate, beholden as it is to the environmental advocacy industry. Destroying the American economy in the name of "energy independence" is at best short sighted and at worse a prescription for the real motives of the most extreme of the enviros: government control of the economy. That won't work here any more than it's worked anywhere else it's been tried, Dave.

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Re:Re:Tom Friedman on Saudi Arabia -- it all starts in the schools

Hi, Paul.

We may not be able to conserve our way to indpendence, but it would sure help -- or have the laws of supply and demand been repealed for energy now, as they apparently have for patented drugs?

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