Monday, May 15, 2006


See also:
wild pigeon a previous Grenada piece on a Chinese Muslim poet meeting with repression from the Chinese government. And on a more positive note, fighting terrorism with islam deals with how in Yemen, militancy and extremism is being effectively countered through dialogue.
What I find really compelling is that in each of these examples, the force of ideas and words is at least as impressive or threatening to the Powers that Be, as the force of weapons or other conventional political tools. The pen (or the tongue) really is more powerful than the sword.


al-Zabaniya said...

I don't think the article clearly shows that persuading people through poetry is convincing people from taking up arms. Rather, it seems a good idea for the government at a time in which they have lost support with the US. This program is years old, and has had little impact.

Abdul-Halim V. said...

Compared to the status which poetry is typically given in the US, if the program had ANY impact it would be pretty amazing