To: dennisw; veronica; Alouette
Dysfunctional culture ping
amazing post ... an almost poetic description of the lunacy seizing Islam
we have become a nation dwelling at the foothills of heaps of remnants of the past, taking pride in its ability to ignore its flaws and deceive itself about its crises
posted on 06/26/2002 7:17:18 PM PDT
Very good reading. It is unfortunate that the Arabs won't heed it.............
posted on 06/26/2002 7:19:41 PM PDT
Excellent find. Thanks for posting it.
posted on 06/26/2002 7:27:06 PM PDT
A nation that does not expose its flaws to itself, as those who progress do, will never be able to deal with its ills. Hiding failures and presenting them as achievements, [and] denying defeats and presenting them as victories, will only lead us to more hardship and disaster.
This is a problem for Theocracies headed by dictators.
Excellent post! I'm amazed that there actually is an Arab who is not only moderate, but also shares the same reality as the rest of the world. Until now, I was certain that all of them had gone completely mad.
posted on 06/26/2002 7:46:36 PM PDT
Jesus! Knock me over with a feather! Rational, eloquent.
Libya has big aspirations, they want to be the top dog in Africa (sub Saharan as well). If they have a lot of people who think like this guy running the show, they might just accomplish this.
The author's words serve as worthwhile advice for anyone and everyone to consider. The first step to dealing with a problem is to recognize/admit that the problem exists.
posted on 06/26/2002 7:55:18 PM PDT
Good insight, but scary implications suggested at the end.
Princton's Bernard Lewis What Went Wrong?
attempted to explain why Islam's "Golden Age" fell into decline. Despite his interesting expository sense however, he never actually seemed to answer his own question.
I would submit to him that this is where he should have found himself. Though Islam - and particularly, Islamism - have never been, in their rigidity, and sense of imposition, well suited to this approach.
It was the west's discovery and development of democratization and secular audit - which Bush would now attempt to thrust into sharia - that fueled Judeo-Christian civilization's assent, and Islam's decline.
Frankly, I doubt that the Islamic world is up to genuine revolution within it.
posted on 06/26/2002 8:11:00 PM PDT
I'm surprised this thread hasn't been deleted.
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