A Tale of Muslim Divergence
"Reaching independence is easier than building a nation. While we can blame time bombs left by the colonists, we cannot [and should not] blame them forever." Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad spoke these words last week to an enthused collection of policymakers, researchers, and businessmen at the Dubai School of Government. He continued in his remarks castigating Muslims for "falling back" since the 15th century, and ignoring science and mathematics in education programs. When asked by a student (via webcam) from the American University in Cairo why he as a popular leader stepped down, he mentioned that it was only natural - obviously not for the audience he was speaking to - and that his mother had taught him "never overstay your welcome."
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