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To: Baynative

This is nothing new. All civilizations till recently waged aggressive war on their enemies and made war pay, at least for the victorious leaders. Captives were just another form of loot, often the most valuable one.

Julius Caesar personally sold something like 2M Gauls into slavery over the course of his 10 year conquest. Which made him far and away the wealthiest man in Rome.

This continued during the Middle Ages, when ransoms of wealthy captives, usually nobles, were traded like stocks. Since you could no longer sell a non-rich captive as a slave, they were generally just killed.

During the wars in the Med between Venice, Spain and the Turks, both sides sold captives as slaves or used them to row their galleys.

The odd thing about the guy here is not his explanation of history, which is quite accurate, it’s his apparent belief that this is still proper, or should be. Most of the rest of the world has moved beyond this, for all its other problems.

Of course if you believe sharia is the proper code of behavior, you’re pretty much stuck with this POV. Otherwise you’re forced to say Mo and the boys were wrong for all those centuries.


4 posted on 06/13/2011 2:21:48 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

I agree......the clerics explanation is quite accurate; indeed, selling POW’s was the norm, until quite recently (provided they were rich, mind you).

I see two problems here. You elucidated the first one, that the rest of the world has moved on from this practice. Culturally speaking, Islam is, shall we say, reticent to change.....it is inherently traditionalistic. While this can be an admirable trait, it depends on the issue at hand, i.e., the rights of women, allowance, or at least tolerance of, other faiths, etc., etc.

The other problem is, for this cleric at least, a more personal one. When you’ve something appallingly stupid, it’s a better course of action to not follow up with something worse.
I sincerely hope his wife, his daughter, or some random female whups him upside the head with a cast-iron frying pan, or the equivalent thereof.

Stupid should hurt.


10 posted on 06/13/2011 3:07:07 PM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad
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