One bit of good judgement on Daniel’s site has been his ongoing support of the iMuslim blog, which I had noted back in November 2006. I had meant to add her to the blogroll earlier, but forgot. She writes with warmth and compassion from her viewpoint as a committed and religious Muslim woman in the UK, and is certainly worth reading. Clearly too, while I respect what she says and really applaud her tone, I would not agree with everything she says. But you may make those judgements for yourselves. I did think it right after yesterday’s post here to refer you to her. [LATER: iMuslim’s blog also leads to many other interesting things. One site is especially valuable: All history as reconstruction of the past is of course myth. Those wanting to understand Islam empathically and in any depth, which we do need to do, should visit such sites.]
She also published a very thoughtful comment about blogging on Seeking Utopia the other day. That comment is still there, and I hope still will be when you look. (The signs are, I think, that it will be, and I welcome that.) I pretty much agree with what she says there.
Also worth reading among the countless commentaries on the new Bush strategy in Iraq is The Architect of Mr. Bush’s Plan by Jason Leopold, from TruthOut. You’d think GWB would be somewhat disillusioned with neocon thinktankers, wouldn’t you? Apparently not.
There is not much ambivalence in Evangelical Christian Jim Wallis about the Bush Plan: see Jim Wallis: A Criminal Escalation of An Unjust War.
…The war in Iraq was unjust; to continue it now is criminal. There is no winning in Iraq. This was a war that should have never been fought – or won. It can’t be won, and the truth is that there are no good solutions now – that’s how unjust wars often turn out. The president says that “failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States.” But we have already failed in Iraq and it has already become a disaster for Americans, Iraqis, the Middle East, and even for the larger campaign against terrorism. The mistaken war in Iraq can only be mercifully ended, in ways that cause the least damage to everyone involved: the Americans and the Iraqis, the volatile surrounding region, and a world longing for security. It will likely take new international leadership to help fix the mess of Iraq, because U.S. leadership has brought one calamity after another. Unjust wars cause massive human suffering. When will we ever learn?
Really really silly footnote about a really silly side note — Because it is so silly and spoils the tenor of this entry, I have transferred it to Sincere compliment (6 January) where to preserve chronology I have reposted it as a comment.