David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Question: How should the U.S. and the World deal with Islamic Fundamentalism?
David Maine: I have a very strong opinion. It all revolves—that’s an overstatement--90% of it revolves around Israel and Palestine. You have to understand that Palestinians also bleed and that they also have a legitimate grievance. Israelis may also, but Palestinians, in a nutshell, are being punished for something they did not to do, which is commit the Holocaust. Until Palestinians are recognized as having a grievance just as much as Israelis do, and until that grievance is addressed and addressed fairly, not with walls and with little bits of settlements scattered across the West Bank, but until it is equitably and fairly finalized, you will not have peace.