Thursday, August 03, 2006

Today’s must read – Victor Davis Hanson on the Muslim dystopia in “It’s not just about the land.” Too good to excerpt, but here’s one passage that hits home:

For about the last half-century, globalization has passed most of the recalcitrant Middle East by -- economically, socially and politically. The result is that there are now few inventions and little science emanating from the Islamic world -- but a great deal of poverty, tyranny and violence. And rather than make the necessary structural changes that might end cultural impediments to progress and modernity -- such as tribalism, patriarchy, gender apartheid, polygamy, autocracy, statism and fundamentalism -- too many Middle Easterners have preferred to embrace the reactionary past and the cult of victimization.
In other words, get out of the 12th century.

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