Sunday, June 20, 2004

A View From the Eye of the Storm 

Here is a damn good piece on many of the reasons the Middle East is such a mess right now, what makes this current conflict unique from major conflicts of the past, and some suggested solutions how to bring the War on Terror to a close. A few highlights:

...A few more years may pass before everybody acknowledges that it is a World War, but we are already well into it....

...What is behind the suicide murders? Money, power and cold-blooded murderous incitement, nothing else. It has nothing to do with true fanatic religious beliefs. No Moslem preacher has ever blown himself up. No son of an Arab politician or religious leader has ever blown himself.

No relative of anyone influential has done it. Wouldn't you expect some of the religious leaders to do it themselves, or to talk their sons into doing it, if this is truly a supreme act of religious fervor? Aren't they interested in the benefits of going to Heaven? Instead, they send outcast women, naive children, retarded people and young incited hotheads. They promise them the delights, mostly sexual, of the next world, and pay their families handsomely after the supreme act is performed and enough innocent people are dead...

The article lists the speaker as Haim Harari, an Israeli professor. USS Clueless, which hosts the article, tried to verify that Harari was the author. Whoever wrote it aside, if you have any interest in the current wider conflict of radial Islam vs Western Civilizationion, go read the whole thing.

Hat Tip: Accidental Verbosity

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