Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rights Cultures vs Honor Cultures

Regarding all of the back and forth on Charlie Hebdo and Islam: when Petreaus launched the surge he told the troops Americans valued Rights while the Middle East placed a higher value on Honor. Knowing that helps understand while many Muslims can abhor the violence but still recoil at Hebdo's slurs and seem more sympathetic to the terrorists than we in the west would like.  In fact Honor's probably a value in decline among us creating a chasm harder to bridge.

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