Re: Re: What is America's greatest challenge?

While suicide bombing is a major obstacle that must be overcome, I would argue that Mr. Dershowitz misses the point by equating fundamentalism with and being happy with their lives. Look where the suicides are taking place. Just because the Islamic world does not have a new SUV and an i-Phone does not mean they are not happy. Money does not equate happiness. If this were the case, the majority of the world would be experiencing severe depression. The problem is not fundamentalism born of out of poverty; it is fundamentalism of last resort. Look to Carter’s Peace Not Apartheid. \nFundamentalism is a major challenge. Poverty is not the cause. Happiness is not the cause. Dogma is the culprit.

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We are constantly trying to force the world to look like us — we need to move on.

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  • American exceptionalism has sought to create a world order that's really a mirror image of ourselves — a liberal world order founded on the DNA of American thinking. To many abroad this looks like ethnic chauvinism.
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Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.

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French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.

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  • French newspapers report that the trial hasn't lived up to expectations.
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