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Re: Islamic art links (for those interested)


Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 05:11:01 PDT

This is a great site. The patterns are quite beautiful in Islamic Art. I
could think of some great projects for the kids!
You are so right about the content of your teaching. Not all Arabs are
terrorists, of course. We Americans have to get over that mindset somehow.
We don't learn their language or culture, yet we want them to learn English.
We don't take the time to learn about their religion at all. We have no
patience for that. The Arab-Americans are o.k., (because they're Americans),
but we hate the Arabs from other countries--they're the terrorists! This
just isn't American, in my opinion.
Bush's explanation as to why they hate us was correct. I would even add that
they don't hate us because of our "modern ways" --it stems back to the Gulf
War. It was almost sinful to them that we went into their land and bombed
the heck out of it. They have a grudge against us because of that war. The
conflict in Israel doesn't help either. The Arabs feel alienated because
always take the Israeli's position., right or wrong. I know Bush was trying
to be neutral with the Palestinians & Israelis, but it didn't work for
obvious reasons.
I'm praying that this war will be over fast, but I believe this will take
years and possibly last until the next administration.