Sunday, September 22, 2013
At my offensive best....
After reading the "world news" section of the paper this morning (every morning, actually) I once again have to ask myself, what good thing does Islam bring to the world table? "Militant Islamists attack a mall in Kenya, blow up a church in Pakistan....Iraq, Afghanistan (all the little 'stans' actually), Syria, Libya, Somalia, Mali, kill, kill, kill..." If they have a dominant Muslim population (with a few possible exceptions such as secular Turkey), they're up to no good. No? Show me otherwise.
"Oh, but those are just the militants. Most aren't like that at all." Really? Polls I've seen taken in virtually all Muslim countries show the general population, while not actually taking up arms against the Infidels, expresses overwhelming sympathy for the militants. Face it. They simply don't like us. Round peg, square hole. Not gonna work.
As I remember from my studies as a child there was a time centuries ago when Muslim countries were leaders in math, science, philosophy, culture, etc. So what happened? They don't seem to be leaders in much of anything these days except Jihad. Why do we have to have relations with them? For oil? Sure, I get that. But we can do business with them without having to otherwise interact with them, can't we?
Seems to me they need our (the civilized world's) cash as much as we need their oil. "Fill up the tanker, here's your money....see 'ya." "We want to send our students to your country." No. "We want some of your foreign aid to build..." No. Any American travels there of his own free will and finds himself threatened with headlessness....too bad.
We constantly hear that isolation is bad. How so? If we want to live peacefully and prosperously by ourselves here (in the West), and they choose to live in ignorant squalor there, how is that bad? Wouldn't we both be getting what we want?
I can see the desirability of globalisation when it comes to interacting with others of similar values. But it doesn't seem to me we share many values with the Muslim world. Lets all sacrifice some, put our heads together and find an alternative to their oil stranglehold, and then split the sheets and move forward. And they can move backwards. And if a phone rings here from their area code, don't answer it.
Live and let live, I say.
OK, skewer me.