Sunday, August 28, 2005

Hope Springs Eternal

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From the Telegraph we get a nice report taking to task the slanted and negative coverage of the Iraq situation by the BBC. Some people just don't want to recognize this historic chance for true reform in the corrupt and poison Middle East.

[[ Iraq, a country with no tradition of democratic values and institutions, is emerging from decades of totalitarianism under Saddam. The murderous violence that has blighted the country since coalition forces freed Iraq from his tyranny is almost wholly the consequence of the activities of imported fanatics, whose blind and bitter dedication to the massacre of innocent people is equalled only by the nihilistic futility of their cause. Iraq's native, democratic politicians are in fact making significant progress towards agreeing a document that will provide a framework for a peaceful and democratic future. ]]

(LINK to story)

It is good to look at all sides... but focusing only on the negative is a tactic better left to our friends on the liberal side of life. Cautious optimism for me any day!

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Tsar Lazar said...

"the activities of imported fanatics, whose blind and bitter dedication to the massacre of innocent people is equalled only by the nihilistic futility of their cause"

The problem with this statement is, their fury is far from "nihilistic." Webster's defines nihilism as "the rejection of customary beliefs, religious or cultural." These "freedom fighters" (as per The Banshee of Crawford) are instilled with a driving purpose that is BASED upon religious beliefs, not their rejection. They are mujahadeen, or holy fighters for Islam.

So this statement reveals the usual lack of understanding about religious issues in the MSM, and their conscious attempt to draw attention away from the fact that these "militants" are driven by Islamic beliefs.

I like the glass graphic, by the way. Contrary to popular belief, I am rather idealistic; but when it comes to the main enemy of the West, the darkest observations usually prove accurate. Maybe democracy will prevail in Iraq; I hope so. But I'm not sure it would be a triumph in the cultural or religious sense.

Pomoze Bog.
Tsar Lazar

28/8/05 22:13  
Anonymous Tsar Lazar said...

Besides, I am optimistic about the value of cynicism.

Pomoze Bog.
Tsar Lazar

28/8/05 22:31  
Blogger husker_met said...

MSM is making a big deal about the Sunnis being against the constitution.

Two things occur to me...

First, when in the history of Iraq, was there a constitution that people actually got to vote on. If you answered "Never before now", you'd be well on your way to seeing the glass as half full. Maybe more.

Second, a minority party chooses to bitch and complain about everything the majority does, and the majority patiently puts up with it and doesn't just start cutting heads.

Sounds vaguely like the United States right now.

Isn't democracy beautiful?

28/8/05 22:50  
Blogger husker_met said...

Tsar:

"the activities of imported fanatics, whose blind and bitter dedication to the massacre of innocent people is equalled only by the nihilistic futility of their cause"


I've wondered many times exactly how religiously fanatic the A-Q/insurgent leadership.

I mean, you don't hear about any of Osama's sons being suicide bombers ("Why doesn't Osama send his little party animals off to die?"). You hear a lot about suicide bombers killing people in Iraq, but it's mostly the Iraqi citizenry (Muslims) and it would appear that a fair amount of these suicide bombers are doing it under duress.

Perhaps for the leadership, the "cause" trumps religion. Or perhaps their continued leadership of the "cause" trumps religion. It would seem so.

I won't say that some aren't religiously motivated. But the restoration of the caliphate, I suspect, wouldn't be so much of an imperative if the members of the current leadership didn't see themselves as the emergent caliph.

Just as "lebensraum", payback for the Treaty of Versailles, and the elimination of the financial tyranny (so-called) of European Jews gave Hitler an easy excuse and fed into the dark passions of average Germans, could religion be being used in the same way here?

The one common denominator of fascism (I count communism as a close cousin BTW) is its ability to amplify, then tap, negative cultural ideosyncracies for the promotion of central government and repression of dissent. Basically, use people's ignorance and prejudices to get them to willingly enslave themselves.

Ultimately a small core of leaders emerges to whom the rules set down for others don't apply.

Islamo-fascism appears, at least superficially, to be no different.

28/8/05 23:10  
Blogger kmg said...

-"Perhaps for the leadership, the "cause" trumps religion. Or perhaps their continued leadership of the "cause" trumps religion. It would seem so."

It is no different, Husker. Their "cause" is merely a convenient vessel in which to carry the same, tired, old fascist message. As you said, they use the people's own insecurities against them... and, in the ME, there are LOTS of insecurities to use. That, in my opinion, is how islam got started in the first place. Typical cult beginnings and continuations...

29/8/05 06:13  
Blogger husker_met said...

Sometime Google "Al-Qaeda" + "Nazi".

In the results you will find several articles tracing the lineage of A-Q back to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the MB back to an effort by the Nazis to bring Arabs into the fold. Basically, Muslim Brotherhood was the Arab chapter of the SS.

You will also find that, lo and behold, Ba'athism spawned from Nazi sympathisers as well.

So what's old is new again.

29/8/05 07:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, there are only so many ways to hate Jews.

29/8/05 08:21  

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