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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-23-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 21,047
Posted By chainlink
Re: Values Added: The Whirligig of Time (Glenn Loury & Walter Russell Mead)

Great to see Mead on bloggingheads. I'm a regular reader of his blog, and don't know anyone who does connect-the-dots, big-picture kind of stuff, foreign and domestic, as well as he. Insightful and...
Forum: Diavlog comments 09-17-2011, 05:04 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,861
Posted By chainlink
Re: Lessons Learned: The Creation of Terrorists (Robert Wright & Scott Atran)

Wright's "Above all, don't do anything" strategy against Islamic terrorism seems to have been cribbed from Pakistan's military and intelligence community--or has he, perhaps, served them as some sort...
Forum: Diavlog comments 08-31-2011, 05:13 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 28,077
Posted By chainlink
Re: Lessons Learned: The Islamophobia Network (Wajahat Ali & Tim Murphy)

The idea that their critics can only be motivated by a corrupting flow of cash from some dark interests is widely shared by Islam and the Left. I'm not sure why that should be, exactly, but it is...
Forum: Diavlog comments 07-22-2011, 04:10 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 28,498
Posted By chainlink
Re: Lessons Learned: Anti-Muslim Bias Goes Mainstream (Farhana Khera & Aziz Huq)

I can understand why Muslims want to frame criticism of Islam as a civil rights violation. Blasphemy laws are common in Muslim countries, and these same countries--there are 56 of them in the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-20-2011, 02:51 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 17,783
Posted By chainlink
Re: Tricorder Edition (Mark Schmitt & James Pinkerton)

I think Jim is right--he's pointing out the difference between health care (doctors, drugs, machines of various sorts, techniques and cures) and "right to health care" or "access to health care, "...
Forum: Diavlog comments 04-13-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,596
Posted By chainlink
Re: Values Added: Burning Issues (Abdullah Antepli & Mollie Ziegler Hemingwa)

Wow--unusually good questions and follow-ups by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway. (Is this still Bloggingheads?) To me, Abdullah Antepli sounded mushmouthed most of the time.
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-09-2011, 03:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,689
Posted By chainlink
Re: Values Added: A Crowded God Field (Peter Laarman & Sarah Posner)

The comments on the non-scariness of Islam and the corresponding paranoia of "Islamophobes" seem strangely out of sync with current events. I, for one, have read accounts in just the last week or so...
Forum: Diavlog comments 10-11-2010, 03:44 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,153
Posted By chainlink
Re: The Challenge of Islam (Robert Wright & Akbar Ahmed)

If you understand "sharia" as a fully developed system of Islamic law that is supposed to be at the point of being imposed upon us, it doesn't make a lot of sense as a threat.

But even 2% of the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-22-2009, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,507
Posted By chainlink
Re: Two Years in Pakistan

Schmidle says that
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