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Similarities/Differences with Dr. Martin Kramer's Thesis?

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Submitted by Alex (United States), Jan 24, 2008 at 16:59

I don't mean to incite fitna within the Giuliani campaign at this critical juncture, but I would be curious to know what Dr. Pipes thinks about the argument by Dr. Martin Kramer that US policy in the Middle East should focus less on fostering the liberal value of individual responsibility and instead learn from the governing methods of the empires of old, not interfering with local customs, and allowing "not so much freedom of speech as the freedom to speak the language of one's people."

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I don't disagree with Kramer. You'll notice in my conclusion ("fundamental change may take decades or even centuries to accomplish. But Salzman's deep analysis makes it possible to understand the region's strange affliction and to identify its solution") I make no mention of U.S. foreign policy. This is up the Middle Easterners themselves, not we on the outside.

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