No one wants to say it, (well, no one in a position of power, anyway) but much of the problem we are having with terrorism and war in the middle east stems from the culture of Arabs/Muslims. Unencumbered by the need to avoid offending at all costs for the sake of holding onto power, Thomas Sowell comes right out and says what no politician would say. And he nails it, dead on.
The endlessly futile efforts to bring peace to the Middle East with concessions fundamentally misconceive what forces are at work.
Hate and humiliation are key forces that cannot be bought off by "trading land for peace," by a "Palestinian homeland" or by other such concessions that might have worked in other times and places.
Humiliation and hate go together. Why humiliation? Because a once-proud, dynamic culture in the forefront of world civilizations, and still carrying a message of their own superiority to "infidels" today, is painfully visible to the whole world as a poverty-stricken and backward region, lagging far behind in virtually every field of human endeavor.
There is no way that they can catch up in a hundred years, even if the rest of the world stands still. And they are not going to wait a hundred years to vent their resentments and frustrations at the humiliating position in which they find themselves.
That is precisely why we need to vanquish our foes in the GWoT. These extremists are fanatics with a backwards-ass world view. Their delusions of superiority, coupled with a reality that gives lie to the delusions, has resulted in some sort of mass mental disorder. No one in his right mind would suggest trusting a maniac to deal in good faith. So why is it so popular amongst the "intelligentsia" to suggest we rely on diplomacy to protect us from several million maniacs?
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