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Monday, September 22, 2003

"Why do other people love life, while we love death and violence, slaughter and suicide?"

Tunisian intellectual examines the "Arab Identity Crisis"
From MEMRI:
"Why is it that our countries are among the wealthiest in natural resources... and the poorest in human resources? Why does the world's human knowledge double every three years... while with us, what multiplies several times over is illiteracy, ideological fear, and mental paralysis? Why do expressions of tolerance, moderation, rationalism, compromise, and negotiation horrify us, but [when we hear] fervent cries for vengeance, we all dance the war dance? Why have the people of the world managed to mourn their pasts and move on, while we have established, hard and fast, our gloomy bereavement over a past that does not pass? Why do other people love life, while we love death and violence, slaughter and suicide, and [even] call it heroism and martyrdom...?"
Read more excerpts from Tunisian Intellectual Al-Afif-Al-Akhdar - "On the Arab Identity Crisis and Education in the Arab World," translated and provided by MEMRI.