Sarah Palin, You’re Not Helping

“Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists”
This is probably a popular video on Al Jazeera

One way to describe the conflict between Islam and the West is through the lens of Samuel P. Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations (Wikipedia, original Foreign Affairs article). Being mindful of the fact that we all share just one planet, it seems those with even a limited sense of diplomacy would try to avoid pouring gasoline on an open fire.

Then there’s Sarah Palin. She throws red meat to American religious conservatives and incites ancient tribal hatreds. If she wants to criticize and dehumanize some of the world’s 1.6 million Muslims because a tiny few promote violence in the name of religion, I think she should…eh…stop promoting violence in the name of her own religion.

First we get Army General William G. Boykin saying of a Muslim, “I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.”, and now we have Sarah Palin threatening forced religious conversion by torture. You want to make Muslims so mad they want to kill Americans? That’s how you do it.

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Sarah Palin, meet intelligent nuanced discourse.

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