Watching the debt-limit debate in
"Compromise is a dirty word in Arabic," he matter-of-factly explained. "I call it the all-or-nothing phenomenon. For Iraqis everything is a statement of principle."
Or, as Sheik Ghazi Ajil al-Yawar, a former interim Iraqi president, put it: "People here speak from the heart. And when you speak from your heart, you have a hard time hearing anyone else." Doesn't that sound like Tea Party Republicans and their allies?
Because of their cultural inability to compromise, Iraqis took almost a year to form a coalition government after elections in
The distressing thing for me, in the
The final agreement in
In short, the unending surly debate will continue sending ugly ripples around the world. But just like those Iraqi leaders, ours can't seem to see anything behind their own obdurate ideological blinders.
The ever-stubborn stalemate in
But if you want to see where
Finally, in March, the
"Those who are calling for a minimum age for marriage should fear God and not violate his laws," he wrote. "Scholars have agreed that it is permissible for fathers to marry off their young daughters, even if they are in the cradle. But it isn't permissible for their husbands to have sex with them unless they are capable of being placed beneath and bearing the weight of the men."
How utterly disgusting. But the sheik explains: The prophet Mohammed married a 6-year-old but waited until she was 9 to have sex. Don't you feel much better? If that happened, it was 1,400 years ago. Has the world progressed not at all since then?
Can you imagine this miscreant sheik knowingly subjecting his own 9-year-old daughter to this despicable edict? And that's the point.
Have you no empathy, none at all?
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