When we import oil from Saudi Arabia, we fund the building and operation of extremist Wahhabi madrassas that are Saudi-financed around the world. Thos...moreWhen we import oil from Saudi Arabia, we fund the building and operation of extremist Wahhabi madrassas that are Saudi-financed around the world. Those madrassas teach warfare and instill hatred of all things western. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, those madrassas are to blame for the rise of the Taliban.
In comparison to the big Saudi money, the efforts of Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute are seemingly minuscule, but are nevertheless so vitally important. I believe that little things can make a big difference and the efforts of Greg Mortenson and his associates are making a big difference. I am amazed by the things that Greg Mortenson has accomplished. I found this book to be fascinating and educational. It's an important book to read.
I especially appreciated the insights into the variations in the practice of Islam. I do not know very much about Pakistan and this book gave me a better understanding and improved compassion for the people of Pakistan. (less)