SNEWS® Live: "Three Cups of Tea" prescribed as solution to crisis in Middle East
Journalist David Oliver Relin shares with SNEWS® Live the story behind his best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea."
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SNEWS® Live: The best-selling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” offers a unique plan to address the causes of terrorism in the Middle East. Author David Oliver Relin chronicles the efforts of Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute. Working with the mountain people of Pakistan, Mortenson aims to curb violence in the region by building schools and providing children, especially girls, with an education. By putting an end to ignorance, he hopes to circumvent the social conditions that brought about the rise of the Taliban.
As the war on terror continues, Relin’s book provides an alternative solution that stands in direct contrast to those who believe our enemies abroad can only be vanquished by violence and military action. He suggests, instead, that peace can be achieved through an open dialogue and an intimate understanding of cultural circumstances that turn otherwise rational people into terrorists.
At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Relin spoke to SNEWS® Live about his book and the story behind it.