Mixed Messages on the Newsweek

Mixed Messages on the Newsweek site is an entertaining piece by an Iranian-American visiting Tehran. He gives an account of the anti-American museum housed in the former US embassy, including games such as a “carnival strength meter where you pound Uncle Sam on the head to score points and hear feedback like, ‘Wow, you pack quite a wallop.'”

Salman Rushdie writes Yes, This

Salman Rushdie writes Yes, This Is About Islam in the NY Times. He says, “The restoration of religion to the sphere of the personal, its depoliticization, is the nettle that all Muslim societies must grasp in order to become modern.” This brief essay and a piece by Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek (“The Politics of Rage: Why Do They Hate Us?” which you have to pay to see online) have sharpened my own views on the topic. I also found “What Terrorists Want” by Nicholas Lemann in the New Yorker to be good reading. The essential question is this: are they crazy or rational? If they are rational, what do they want?