Monday, April 05, 2004

VDH Breaks the Mold
This essay is so good, it needs to be preserved on dead trees too. Obviously, I am not going to post the whole thing, but I am going to print it and reread it. This is quite a catalogue of the "achievements" of that festering boil known as the Middle East. And in the end he says that blaming all of the problems on Western interference or on a few corrupt leaders cannot explain the level of depravity. Instead, it has soaked through.

The enemy of the Middle East is not the West so much as modernism itself and the humiliation that accrues when millions themselves are nursed by fantasies, hypocrisies, and conspiracies to explain their own failures. Quite simply, any society in which citizens owe their allegiance to the tribe rather than the nation, do not believe in democracy enough to institute it, shun female intellectual contributions, allow polygamy, insist on patriarchy, institutionalize religious persecution, ignore family planning, expect endemic corruption, tolerate honor killings, see no need to vote, and define knowledge as mastery of the Koran is deeply pathological
If we are to try to bring some good to the Middle East, then we must first have the intellectual courage to confess that for the most part the pathologies embedded there are not merely the work of corrupt leaders but often the very people who put them in place and allowed them to continue their ruin.

What I have snipped is just the tip of the iceberg. Read it! Save it!

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