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MORTENSON: Scandal aside, his ideas are right

Letter by Sharon L. Hodgins, Lake Tapps on April 25, 2011 at 11:03 am with 2 Comments »
April 25, 2011 12:44 pm

Re: “Inquiry launched into ‘Three Cups’ charity” (TNT, 4-20).

Having read “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and having taught a semester-long class on the Middle East-Africa, I was dismayed to read of Mortenson’s alleged fraudulent use of funds and untrue parts of this book.

Nevertheless, the ideas behind Mortenson’s book are valid. Mothers are the most influential people in a child’s early years, and if women are educated through about the fifth-grade level, they will educate their children and will want their children to be educated.

Mortenson is right: We do need to understand the general culture of the people we are fighting, but it is complicated – as complicated as each individual human being is.

Certainly we are not making friends by bombing them. By “drinking tea” with the people, we have the possibility of building positive relationships. Unfortunately, all human relationships boil down to power. You only have to read the daily news to see this truth.

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  1. Sharon, the problem is our social structure is patriarchial. Drinking tea is considered way to feminine for the American male.

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