I am not sure what to say about the Scholars. Bashar brought up the USA visit. In many way all the boys in Mosul want to do is to have freedom to go to the USA. That does not mean they want to be good people. I told them of sister city after they wanted to do exchange. I know they will never get out the country as just normal people. But to me the emphasis was on reciprocity. I do not know my American friend. I am not happy with the way they look at the world. It is sort of like asking a guy from the Klu Klux Klan over to your house for dinner. Would you do this? Welcome them and try to make the feel safe and warm. I am not sure. The inherent desire to keep women and Jewish people in the name of God is against my abilty to accept.
I would not invite or welcome in any world the Klu Klux Clan and this poses the same dilemna.