NASA’s new composite “Blue Marble” high definition image of the planet earth from outer space:
Quick, a test:
Was your first reaction, “What a beautiful planet we have!” ?
Or was it, eeew, that is that dangerous Middle East… ?
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires. Follow him at @jricole.
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