[lit-ideas] Re: Moderate Muslims
- From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2006 17:14:01 -0500
Eric: It's not meant as an argument; it's an attempt to
present a topic for discussion. The topic is whether there is ... "every
reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world's Muslims now view
all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with
Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter
how sociopathic their behavior."
I'll go along with that if you'll go along with the proposition that a
terrifying number of the West's intelligentsia now think like Southern
rednecks and that this leads them to postulate wildly bizarre prejudicial
claims against Muslims.
Canadian author Irshad Manji has noticed this trend and written _The
Trouble with Islam Today_ to address it. The problem as she sees it is
"only in Islam is literalism mainstream.
She's never been to the South or Midwest and observed mainstream
Protestantism there, has she?
Kamal Nawash writes that "Fundamentalist Islamic terror represents one of
the most lethal threats to the stability of the civilized world . . . ."
Except for the Bush-Cheney doctrine of pre-emptive war and the
Neo-Conservatives' call for American imperialism and except for the fact
that the United States has been at war somewhere in the world continuously
for the last 92 years and possesses enough nuclear weapons to wipe out all
life on earth many times over and that morons are put in charge of those
weapons again and again and again -- as if tempting fate -- other than that,
yes, you're right, Fundamentalist Islamic terror is one of the most lethal
threats --- no, no, no -- that's absurd! -- try this: Fundamentalist
Islamic terror is a very serious concern for the stability of Western
capitalism -- OK, I'll go along with that, yes.
There is a problem, Eric, I'll grant you. And that problem is that most of
the world hates, not America or Americans, but American foreign policy.
Your answer is give 'em more of that good ol' foreign policy, that'll
convert 'em. Dear, dear, when will they ever learn? John Wayne may be
dead, but his spirit still lives in American boys of all ages.
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