[lit-ideas] Re: Ideology vs Experience

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 16:13:53 -0700



You forget that this all stated with Judy quibbling over my reference to
Sayyid Qutb's ideology being the root cause of modern Militant Islam.  What
on earth did I mean by "root cause," etc., etc.  Well, I explained that.
But, said someone who hadn't read Qutb, what about what the West did to the
Middle East in modern times?  Well, said someone who had read Qutb, Qutb
deals with that in some detail.  So this quibble seemed to dwindle into
whether there was something the West had done to the Middle East that Qutb
hadn't covered, but you, who had not read Qutb persevered in asserting that
there was much, much, much that Qutb hadn't covered that the west had done
to the Middle East that had caused the Islamists to behave as they do.




And then when I introduce something real, something not the vague
speculation you have hitherto engaged in, something going on right now in
Germany, you sniff, "sorry, but I'm not playing hypotheticals . . ."  Gosh,
Simon, what do you think you have been playing?  Not fact because you
haven't read Qutb and haven't all this time known what you were talking






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Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Ideology vs Experience


Sliding out of it again Lawrence? Wouldn't expect anything else, but then I
suppose I did give you the opportunity. More fool me.


Sorry, but I'm not playing hypotheticals and also reject you're accusation
of wishful thinking. Do you really think I'd be pleased to note that the
Iraq War has served to turn so many moderates into fundamentalists. I can
imagine how that might please you, but not me I assure you.



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