[Paleopsych] islamic radicalism

Christian Rauh christian.rauh at uconn.edu
Fri Mar 11 15:54:54 UTC 2005


The role of pointing out the foreign perspective has fallen upon me on
the list without conscious action on my part. It is not surprising that
that has happened though. Many times, however, I try to refrain from
such comment not to be labeled the grumpy outsider. :-)


Ross Buck wrote:
> Christian:  
> Right on!  You have a refreshing point of view that needs to be better
> appreciated in the U.S. if we are ever to understand why we are the object
> of so much bitterness and resentment in the world.  
> Ross
> Ross Buck, Ph. D.
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> 	and Psychology
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org
> [mailto:paleopsych-bounces at paleopsych.org] On Behalf Of Christian Rauh
> Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 2:44 PM
> To: G. Reinhart-Waller; Lista Paleopsych
> Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] islamic radicalism
> Gerry,
> I am a Brazilian citizen and I was forced to learn english because
> without knowing it I would not be able to get a decent job in this world.
> My point was to show the irony of people fearing having to learn arabic
> or going to mosques when other people are having to learn english. What
> they fear is to be influenced to do things they otherwise would not.
> The US exerts pressure in other countries. In other places, people have
> to learn English. One can argue that it is not a deliberate and
> conscious pressure, however, to the person learning the language, the
> prospect of not having a decent job is as coercive as troops on the
> street. That's economic pressure.
> And to the counter-argument that you always have the individual choice
> of *not* learning english, goes the answer that you always have the
> individual choice of *not* learning arab or going to mosques. But you
> will have to face the individual consequences.
> As a final comment, I don't think that, in general, American citizens
> are aware of the amount of influence and pressure that the US exerts in
> the world. That is the reason why I believe that, in general, most
> Americans can't understand the cynicism that foreigners have towards
> "spreading freedom".
> G. Reinhart-Waller wrote:
>>Christian Rauh writes:
>>>I have been forced to learn English.
>>When?  By whom?  Why?  Which country would do such a heinous thing? 
>>France?  Germany?  Sweden?  You aren't buzzin' about being an American
>>citizen and having to speak English, are you?
>>Gerry Reinhart-Waller
>>Independent Scholar


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