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Saturday, September 30, 2006

It's Islam's Problem. Not Ours.

Don't rise to the bait. The principal problem for Moslems is internal. Their religion cannot compete easily with the modern world. Their young people are as attracted to American soap operas and movies as any other youth in the world. The Imams cannot compete. Change is sweeping through Moslem lands as fast or faster than it is through the West. The unease within Islam has spawned terrorism but that is not the core issue. It is all a case of how long it takes Islam to adjust to the mdoern world, and move on.

The threat of violence against the West is real enough but that is only a manifestation of Islamic unease and inability to cope with change. If they can externalise the situation, and accuse others of being the 'problem' that lifts the responsibility to achieve change from their shoulders. Every time we show a willingness to fight back in an argument we have little interest in, we fuel the fire, and supply oxygen to the extremists.

3 comments:

John East said...

I think you are probably correct. If so, it's reassuring that we just have to sit back and wait, although I still worry that it might be a very long wait.

Serf said...

Thats the good scenario. It can only work though if we refuse to compromise on certain issues, like free speech and equal rights for women.

Some of the comments made by conservative muslims about our society are true as well. We have lost our way in many respects. For this reason, the ideological battle is not an easy one.

tapestry said...

It will be a long wait, that's for sure but better to patiently sit it out than stoke it up.

Freedom of speech and equal rights for women are sacrosanct. I agree.