Tiny Ticking Time Bombs

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    A message that should be on everyone's reading list world-wide.

    The Tiny Ticking Time Bombs in the Middle East
    By Suzanne Fields, Real Clear Politics
    April 7, 2008

    "Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined." -- Alexander Pope

    Parents, teachers, preachers and politicians have always understood the wisdom Alexander Pope boiled down to aphorism in the 18th century. What and how you teach determines the child's character and curiosity as a man or woman. Like plants, children require nourishment and demand care, and by depriving them of the oxygen of countervailing ideas, their growth is stunted and their minds warped.

    Alexander Pope is not on many reading lists in the Middle East, but there's abundant evidence -- played out in Iraq, Iran and Palestine every day -- that the Islamists have engraved these two lines of Pope's poetry on their culture. The result is in the textbooks of their schools, perverting knowledge and turning children into what one Middle Eastern scholar calls "tiny ticking time bombs."

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