Wednesday, August 09, 2006

What Muslims Want: Further Reading

If you saw my post yesterday about 'What Muslims Want', Jon Snow's Dispatches program and want to read more discussion there are some interesting posts at Pickled Politics, Under Progress, aNaRcHo AkBaR and Rolled-up Trousers.

Special note of Picked Politics coining of the word 'Chavlims' with reference to two exceptionally inarticulate chaps featured on Dispatches.

Further note that George Bush is not believed to be an antelope AFAIK. Most commonly he's believed to be a giant lizard. Honestly, you couldn't make it up... hang on, he did... But maybe Bush was both a giant lizard and an antelope all at once, but they got pushed for space and the lizard ate the antelope. The official explanation for the scrap was, of course, that Bush choked on a pretzel (loony conspiracy theories - a game the whole family can play).


  • At 10:38 pm , Blogger Ted said...

    Muslims want to be left alone by imperiolistic Western nations and be allowed to rule thier homelands the way they want to.

    The problem comes into conflict of what to do with imigrant muslims in France and German, who wish to maintai their cultural identity but at times that cultural identity comes into conflict with the adopted country.

  • At 1:27 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Muslims want to be left alone by imperiolistic Western nations and be allowed to rule thier homelands the way they want to."

    Western economics is heavily based around oil which means those impowered by the democratic process to look after the welfare of their citizens are obliged to take a strong interest in the affairs in the middle east. Simply put; it is not in our interests to have insular occidentophobes in power in countries which have a considerable effect on the oil market. Furthermore, when such individuals commit multiple and grievous human rights violations and are actively engaged in the subjugation of women, the supression of dissent and genocide it is fair to say there may be a moral responsibility to try and stop them.

    The question becomes one of whether rolling in with canons blazing or a rather more stick-and-carrot approach (supporting dissidents, appealing to dictators through a combination of diplomacy and economics pressure) is the best way to go, but the simple fact is that certain things are not tolerable and empty headed appeals to a postmodernist conception of pluralism doesn't make it okay to condone the gassing of Kurds or take away the obligation upon western leaders to endorse a foreign policy which will protect their constituents interests.

  • At 1:28 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Alas the 'canons blazing' remark isn't a pun on american theocracy - alas, I'm not that witty - rather a brain hiccup.


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