sow the seeds of

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BEIRUT: Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah and Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt on Wednesday stressed on the need to face US-Israeli schemes that aim to "weaken Lebanon's domestic front and sow the seeds of inter-Muslim strife.
We instantly lose credibility with our fellow citizens, and it distracts us from the main problem: Not that a few corrupt individuals are taking the country over a cliff, but that a system of militarism and corporatism distorts our values, inverts our priorities, and helps to sow the seeds of hatred overseas.
Ironically, their success and growing prominence have helped sow the seeds of the current debate.
Affordable access to IT tools help sow the seeds of America's continued strength and prosperity.