What the readers say
Here is another selection of readersí comments.
Congratulations on your website. As often happens, I found it by pure chance (typing ďThe bookseller of KabulĒ, in the Belgian pages of Google). What a good surprise.
I enjoy your writing very much.
ĎNevertheless, strangers do sometimes give Katleen pitying looks when they see us together, as if to say: ďPoor woman, bet you didnít realise what you were getting yourself into!Ēí Ė Excerpted from A War on Error, Diabolic Digest XXVII
Ironically, this is exactly the type of look I give to men who are lured into marrying strong Flemish women.
I just wanted to write and let you know, though I express it altogether too infrequently, I consider myself fortunate to still be on the (very exclusive) Diabolic Digest mailing list. Though I inevitably have to turn to other sources to slake my thirst for sensational stories about heiresses drunkenly ramming their convertibles into Hollywood nightclubs or bears mauling troops of camping boy scouts, the Digest includes insightful commentary I just canít get from my local Rupert Murdoch-owned media outlet.
San Francisco, USA
Up close and personal
Iím enjoying your [Without a road map] posts, by the way. I love reading personal accounts like this, and this is really enlightening.
Pen, mightier than the sword
Iíve been reading your site. You wield a mighty pen. Everything Iíve read so far has been most excellent.
More ammo for the War on Error
So they give you looks when you are strolling through Ghent, with or without a glass in your hand? Ahh, never mind. As a white female taking Arabic evening classes, I get the same sort of looks and comments... This rigid narrow-mindedness, it is so tiring to fight.
Some extra arguments to beef your myth errors:
For error 1 on terrorists: in the 1970s, Islam was ever so popular among hippies in the West. And Jimi Hendrix loved to jam with locals in the Arab world; we all know about the conversion of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali, and so on.
For error 2: if Iím not mistaken, Istanbul was the first place in our hemisphere where women got electoral rights.
For error 3 and in relation to error 1: in the 1970s, places like Morocco were flooded with artists, partly also because of the water pipes, marijuana that could be purchased and smoked freely up there, just as you can buy and drink any liquor you like in the West. Spirits or weed, both make you high, whatís the difference? Neither qualifies for the asceticís life they depict Islam to be.
Dr Kukuís dastardly designs
That villain Dr Kuku, quietly stroking an Egyptian man while calmly explaining how sheíll take over the Earth and use it for a litter box...Thanks for the update.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Just read your [War on Error] article. Well done!
View of an American Jew
I just became aware of your blog. I wanted to comment on your journal of your trip to Israel. My sister has dual citizenship, Israeli and American. I also have relatives in Netanya that came from Europe to Israel after surviving the Holocaust.
I support a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders and I think the settlements should be dismantled.
There are a few major disagreements that I have with you. You completely ignore the antisemitism that permeates every corner of the Arab world, including moderates and secularists. I donít just mean anti-Zionism or even hatred of Israel, I mean classical Western antisemitism in its most virulent form.
Hamas has not almost accepted Israelís existence. It hasnít even accepted my existence. Hamas is an organisation with a Nazi-like hatred of ALL Jews everywhere.
A bi-national state would be a Ďnaqbaí for Jews. I donít buy the explanations that suggest otherwise. They are delusional or lying.
Israel has nuclear weapons for defensive purposes. The Arab world has to be convinced that it cannot destroy Israel for it to make peace with Israel. Ahamadinjad wants to destroy Israel. Israel does not want to destroy Iran.
I can live in America because Israel exists. If Israel did not exist, I would have to go there and help create a Jewish state. German Jews were the most assimilated Jews in Europe and look what happened to them. It has been said that German Jews had an unrequited love for all things German. American Jews are lucky. There isnít a single country that I would feel as comfortable as a Jew living in besides America, including in the UK or Belgium, but you never know. UK Jews are wearing baseball caps, because it is too dangerous to be marked visibly as a Jew in the UK.
I have to wonder how a member of a Palestinian human rights group can ignore the daily denial of human rights by the Palestinian government or that being a homosexual is a death sentence in the West Bank and Gaza. Gay Palestinians are trying to get asylum in Israel.
Those fringes are called tsitsit. Even non-Orthodox Jews wear tallit, prayer shawls with fringes called tsitsit, during services at a synagogue. The fringes have a total of 613 knots in them to correspond to the 613 commandments. That funny minerís light is part of a tefillin.
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