Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Bonnie, Mar 12, 2006.
By Alan Caruba
Ah, yes, but while we're plumbing the minds of Arabs, why not Jews, too? If we're going to understand the crazies who try killing us, shouldn't we also understand the crazies who cause it all behind the scenes?
The West and Arabs are not squarely at odds. It's a triangle, and Jews are the unmentioned angle.
I can't resist ....."Why?"
Very interesting, Bonnie.
This is one of the biggest problems we face. Guys like Bush and Blair continue to proceed as though the Muslims are rational human beings who will be reasonable and act in their own best interest. They are not.
Im inclined to agree however, with freedom, education, and prosperity usually comes some sense of rationality or intelligence. To keep Muslims in the stone age as Hussein the Taliban, and others were and are doing does the rest of the world no good either.
Muslims were of course civilized and advanced culturally when Europeans were living in huts. They had running water, beautiful architecture, poetry, blah blah blah. But now they have fallen into a primitive mindset which is dangerous to themselves (which is OK) and the rest of the world (not OK).
They blame a lot of their problems on poverty, which they see as being caused by the West. Sorry Abdul, anybody who has three wives, each of whom have eight kids, is going to be poor. Their rampant breeding is unbalancing the world population in a dangerous way at the same time as it is dooming the Arabs and Muslims to poverty and ignorance.
Unfortunately this trend is unlikely to reverse itself before it destroys the planet.
I have some Arab and Muslim friends and they are good people. But they better get a handle on the ugly side of their lifestyle before it's too late.
Okay assuming your right, what do we do about it??
Honestly, I don't think it can be controlled from the outside. The only hope is that they figure it out for themselves, kind of like how the Germans and Japanese figured it out for themselves.
Before anyone says, "Yeah that's because we kicked the Krauts and Japs asses, and we need to do that to the Moslems." Bad analogy because the Muslim threat is not emanating from one or two particular countries. It's many countries and cancerous minorities within plenty of other non-Muslim countries. It's going to be difficult or probably impossible to kick the asses of the Muslim world. They have the numbers.
The only thing we can really control is our border. Obviously a really lousy job is being done there, just look at how easily the 9/11 highjackers operated.
I think we need to stop the threat at home before fantasizing that we are going to convince 1.3 billion lunatics to convert to peace, justice and the American way. It ain't gonna happen.
And of course we have to get off our economic reliance upon that region. Which does not mean drilling the hell out of Alaska. It means real leadership from our President and the government in the field of new and alternative forms of energy.
Good points but you have to admit that the Germans and the Japanese had some 'motivation' and just a teensy bit of help figuring it out for themselves. Having a few gunboats in Tokyo Harbor just might have influenced the Japanese in some small way. Crushing the German war machine and firebombing a few of their cities just might have altered German thinking in a small way.
Perhaps if Mecca was a glowing, radioactive fireball the Muslims might just get a hint about rethinking their views of the world. Doesn't matter if there are 3 or 3 billion, something like that is bound to have an impact.
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