Luxenberg and the Quran

Via ParaPundit, I found a sympathetic but scholarly review of Luxenberg’s book. A much better reading than the mumbo jumbo of the Newsweek article.

Al-Muhajabah tackles the allegation that Muslims don’t engage in textual or critical analysis of the Quran and Brian Ulrich compares the media approach to the world to Civilization III.

Going Home

I am going to drive to Jersey tomorrow (thursday) for the break. I’ll be there for 2 weeks. If any readers in the NY/NJ area are interested in meeting for drinks or something, please let me know.

I am Speechless

Via Unqualified Offerings, here is an excerpt from the Washington Post.

Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: “If you want your family released, turn yourself in.” [Emphasis mine] Such tactics are justified, he said, because, “It’s an intelligence operation with detainees, and these people have info.” They would have been released in due course, he added later.

The tactic worked. On Friday, Hogg said, the lieutenant general appeared at the front gate of the U.S. base and surrendered.

No comment.

UPDATE: CalPundit, Atrios, Mark Kleiman, Intel Dump, Matt Yglesias, To the Barricades, The Talent Show, and Fables of the Reconstruction have posted on the topic as well.

UPDATE II: I posted the following in Tacitus’ comments (who thinks that the general’s family were “never hostages” and “no moral or legal oppobrium attaches”).

Tacitus is right; this tactic does seem to work in Iraq. I know that it also works in criminal cases in a number of countries. And we all know what kind of scumbags some criminals can be. So we should go ahead and promote this policy against criminals here in the US. If a criminal has disappeared and cannot be found by law enforcement, we take his family into custody until he gives himself up. If the scumbag then doesn’t confess, we threaten him about his family.

I can assure you that this will have a chilling effect on crime.

Also, read Aziz Poonawalla’s post.

Grading Today

I will be busy grading final projects today. I hope to finish in one day today rather than the two it usually takes. Grading can be such a pain.

UPDATE (7/29 6:25pm): Finally it’s finished.

Far and Wide

It seems like visitors to this weblog come from far and wide. Here are the countries represented:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Zimbabwe.

That is 62 countries.

UPDATE: Abdullah tells me that I forgot Syria.

Movies I Watched

I watched Seabiscuit and Bad Boys II this weekend.

Frankly, I could have done without Bad Boys II. It is full of action and like a lot of the action movies it has no plot at all. Plus there is nothing great about the action either. It also uses formulaic humor to get a few laughs.

Seabiscuit was more interesting. The use of a narrator to link the depression and Seabiscuit worked to an extent. As the Talking Dog says

[it] is an unsurprisingly entertaining ‘feel good’ affair—- perhaps “Rocky” for racehorses?

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