Friday, December 29, 2006
Yesterday, I wrote a post, saying there is a war right now of civilization v. barbarism. I want to clarify my position on people in the Middle East. This is copied and pasted off a reply I wrote on DKos. Read the Qu'ran. That's all I can say. The problem is religion itself. While Christianity has its problems, bibical literalism is generally a minority in the world, and we are long since past the days of stoning for adultery and killing for blasphemy. The Islamic world is not. The sooner people realize that, the better. Where are these moderate Muslims? They are very few and far between. They certainly are irrelevant in the Islamic world - please name a single democratic Islamic nation that is ruled by these Moderate Muslims. There is not a single one in existence. A true moderate Muslim knows that his/her main threat is from fellow co-religionists (more Muslims are killed by Muslims than by anyone else), and anything we do is not going to suddenly tip said person into Jihadi camp. [Make no mistake about it - I am not saying there are not 'moderate Muslims' out there - I am simply disputing the traditional definition of them!] The truth is that the vast majority of the Islamic world is NOT moderate. For example, in Iraq, when given the chance to elect a leader, they elected a parliament that said there is no higher law than Sharia law, and made it a crime to criticize the government. There were riots in Saudi Arabia when the king tried to pass a law allowing women to drive. There are riots in Pakistan concerning the passage of a law that says women do not need four witnesses to declare rape. There were widespread celebrations on the Arab street on 9/11. This all should tell you something about the "tiny minority of extremists." There's a tiny minority who are so insane that they are literally willing to blow themselves up. There is, however, a vast majority that supports THAT tiny minority ideologically and with money. The question then goes - what do we do to prevent people from becoming suicide bombers? However, someone who ever would become a suicide bomber would not have been a true "moderate" to begin with. This is stunningly obvious and yet regularly ignored. The only real solution is to forego any dreams of democracy in the Middle East. The only solution is to install a benevolent, King Hussein of Jordan-type dictator. Give these people democracy, and they will choose an Iran-style government. It's happening in Iraq, and will happen anywhere else we attempt this. It is certainly not politically correct to say all this, and yet it is also blindingly obvious, sadly.