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To: B.O. Plenty
It would take several powerful individuals within the tribe to force the issue, probably taking down the leader as well...otherwise they just get beheaded.

If you really think about this article, there is a lot of truth in it. Sure there are ME democracies, of which only one is remotely civilized, Israel. But the Sunnis are a sort of tribe, as are the Shia, the Kurds, the Turks, the Persians, the Afghan warlords, Somali warlords, Sudani militias etc. They really don't care about the welfare of others outside their groups. They kill and do what is best to put their group in power. The entire West is just the Others, merely pawns to obliterate and eventually take their land.

The Others will eventually have to come together as a supertribe. That will get their respect.

15 posted on 10/08/2006 7:43:16 AM PDT by Sender (Error 404: tagline not found)
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To: Sender

You hit upon a good point. To extend it: Much of the problem in the middle east is caused by the fact that "islamogovernments" seek to project their brand of rule across political boundaries. Until political boundaries are respected, the middle east democracies will not take hold and establish liberty, because they will be continually challenged from the outside. Leaders like the ayatollah in iran - can't remember his name - who is calling for separation of religion and state could go a long way toward making political boundaries real, which would protect the budding democracies.


51 posted on 10/08/2006 8:57:11 AM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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