The meeting started with reading passages from Aziz Abu Sarah Chapter Fighting Fear where he talks about his trip to Afghanistan where he met an ex-warlord called Rabani, Rabani was trying to make peace but unfortunately he died in a suicide bomb attack. Basit talked strongly about how Afghans have suffered from the war, and how the Americans have invaded Afghanistan.
Sid, Barret and Kelly used the famous term “After 9/11….”, meaning the view of many Americans was shaped by the event of 9/11 which lead many people to think negatively about Afghanistan. The meeting happened in a time where Mike Pompeo is trying to negotiate peace with Taliban. Unfortunately, the negotiations were not very successful.
Feras stayed silent as he believes many of wars that was led by the united states sometimes were not ethical wars, in the sense that they were not a war as result of self-defense even if there arguments against that, he believes that the Unites States as a super power has many incentives to start wars and many of these incentives cannot be described as ethical according to the Abrahamic religion.
In his third chapter Kelly discuss the desire to be great and how some Muslims think their religion is the best religion in the world and how some American think their nation is the best nation in the world. Kelly emphasis that people should not dehumanize others or diminish their contribution.
Feras responded that we have to be careful on what kind of values we transfer and educate our children, we should not stop our children from pursuing progress and feeling confident but we should always remind them that they should pursue progress and feel proud of themselves. It is a tradeoff that not one should be allowed to go to the extreme.
In her 3rd Chapter Nancy talked about Ground Zero Mosque and how some Jews stood with Muslims on this issue, Kelly responded that the right wing won on this one, meaning people with extreme views have managed to beat the thoughts of compassionate people. The story of ground zero mosque that Muslims proposed building a community center downtown Manhattan. This proposal has found a great resistance from the right wing. The discussion was a great one and we might consider the following guidelines.
Recommendations and Guidelines for a compassionate global identity
- A compassionate human being will never be a supportive of war except in case of self-defense, even if this war is described as part of an anticipatory strike/war.
- People should not be viewing their religion or nationalities as greater than others in a sense that diminish others efforts and contribution. People should be compassionate with others, however they should not stop pursuing progress.
- Compassionate humans stand with others in solidarity in times of crisis. Regardless of their religious affiliation.