Reasonably Ascertainable Reality

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Encouraging News

This is an encouraging story.

Now, Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish is striking back, saying fanatics have no right to deprive Palestinians of beauty in their lives. "There are Taliban-type elements in our society, and this is a very dangerous sign," Darwish told a gathering of artists and intellectuals this week.

Concluding with this quote:

Hassan Khader, a cultural affairs commentator for Al Ayyam, said Hamas is powerful enough now to impose its beliefs, but that he believes such attempts will eventually backfire at the polling booth. "If Hamas wants to be a political power, it can't force people to adopt its ideology," he said.

Perhaps the cultural community will be the first ones on the front lines in the battle of ideas and of ideology. If they stay strong, their voice will continue to be heard by more and more people.


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