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Where are voices for the environment or for our health? Is it a "conflict of interest" to save our planet?
I do believe the Himalaya encompass the Karakoram, just as the Rocky Mountains comprise the Teton, the San Juan and whatever peak you presume to condescend from. YOU don't see a bigger picture, therefore I "obviously know very little about Greg's work?"
Greg Mortenson did indeed try to distance himself from his original subtitle, both in his book and at his appearance, but at the same time, he kept using the phrases "promote peace" and "fight terrorism" together. I couldn't tell if he thought he needed to translate "promote peace" for us yokels or because he meant it. Worse, he often used "terrorists" to describe jihadists or Muslim males interchangeably. He clarified that jihad meant "quest" but kept referring to the students of a madrasah as terrorists. Constantly.
Did you note Mortenson near his conclusion, said "I don't mean to say it's us versus them, it's us versus ignorance and hatred."
Really? Them = ignorance + hatred? Could it just as easily be us = ignorance + hatred? I think it's them = wary of west + good reason.
I know nothing about your motives in promoting Greg, but I can certainly disparage the apparatus behind him. Whether he intends it or not, the State Department, the Department of Defense, and UCCS's own Center for Homeland Security are crazy about Greg. Why? Because his education ideal is an oversimplification of what it will take to achieve peace. He offers a shallow hope to Americans desperate for hope. While our market-driven globalized exploitation continues to plunder and destroy, the public can hope to bypass its errant government with pennies for peace.
Mortenson is selling a fix so easy it requires no introspection. Nothing to fix here, its the Muslims who need learnin.
I applaud Greg Mortenson's efforts to improve the living standards of the people of the Himalaya, but I fear the motives of his promoters have more to do with the original subtitle of his book: [One Man's Mission] to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations. It's the Neocon agenda.
With the US as current occupier of Islamic lands and threatening another, now might not be the time to condescend with our tone of being morally or socially more evolved. Can we really say that our secular capitalism has led us to lives of superior quality than those steeped in tradition and spirituality?
I'm not even sure outreach missions such as Mortenson's do not invite further Islamic anger. In effect, he and CAI aim to abscond with the young women of Islamic societies. According to his own strategy Mortenson admits less interest in educating the boys. I can imagine some very frustrated devout young men who will find themselves without spouses. You may applaud such a development, I find it arrogant and ethnocentric.
How would fundamentalist Americans react if a foreign entity came into their community under the guise of better access to health care and an improved standard of living, advocating ways which conflicted with their core beliefs? In particular teaching their girls that theirs was not necessarily the one true God, but one of many, and in fact not the God who'd favored their benefactor with superior technology, health and wealth?
Imagine if Cuba sent emissaries to teach us about the advantages of socialized medicine, about principles of social justice, and about a common brotherhood of man, jubilantly godless. We'd have a cow.
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