Bits and Pieces

Monday, February 23, 2004

What a Great Idea

This is one of the best ideas I have seen in recent years, and a fantastic way to improve relations between the US and the people of the Middle East.

I have... decided to begin a project to translate important books by great Americans and about America into Arabic, and to subsidize their publication so that they can be bought inexpensively. I hope also to subsidize their distribution.

The idea that the US Constitution, an admittedly great and noble piece of work, is to be translated to Arabic and distributed to people whose only knowledge of America is that which has been forced down their throats by dictator bad guys can only be a good thing - as long as it is handled properly.

Everyone deserves freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the right to the pursuit of happiness, but let's hope that the Global Americana Institute can resist the temptation to turn these publications into pro-US indoctrination. I for one would be more than happy to donate to the Institute, especially since the founder is hoping to register as a charity (making donations tax-deductable).
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