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.
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: