Thursday, January 1, 2009


When I think about the character of China I struggle. This surely is not only because I do not know the language. I sense that it is a different world, not just a different part of the world. Despite the obvious, profound differences between Islam and the West; despite, moreover, the increased personal freedoms here in China - with respect to personal matters such as alcohol and relationships – I do feel that China is more exotic and strange to me than was Kuwait.

Beyond Opposition

The situation in the Fertile Crescent polarizes opinion. People are pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli. Being pro-both seems unconvincing.

Who was it who said that the test of a position is that it convince? Someone did, I’m sure. Was he right?


The ability to control one’s own mind is peace.

I hope your new years are happy.