Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Newsweek Spreads the Tequila

Huh? What? Oh really? Ok, sorry.

Newsweek spreads the taqqiya.

(Thanks, Total)

Actually, this is pretty damned infuriating

The Price Of Instability
To understand Islamists' appeal, consider basic needs.
By Parag Khanna

There is still no better theory of human motivation than Abraham Maslow's "hierarchy of human needs." Maslow, an American psychologist writing in the 1940s and '50s, argued that man's primary or basic needs are physiological: food, water, sleep, shelter. Only with these needs satisfied could one move up the pyramid toward security and employment, friendship and family, toward self-actualization and morality. No matter what your religion, you are human first and faithful second.

Muslims, like any other people, are searching for order more than they are searching for Islamic order. Governments are supposed to provide the basic needs of justice, welfare and security. But when they don't—as in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and Swat Valley, or across the third world and much of the Muslim world—commanding loyalty and morality becomes anybody's game. Islamist groups like the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas or Hizbullah quickly move into the fray to provide stability, services and justice. Are the young boys from NWFP who are paid 1,000 rupees a day to leave their families and march with guns and sticks into Swat really radical Muslims, or just kids who need jobs?

When the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt gained a surprising share of the Parliament in the first round of Egypt's 2005 elections, it quickly needed to formulate a platform. Here's what they came up with: countering corruption, creating jobs, improving social services and getting President Hosni Mubarak, whose reign is coming up on three decades, to repeal his emergency laws. Where is Islam in that agenda? If you were a young Egyptian with no prospects under Mubarak's yoke, wouldn't you vote for the Brotherhood?

According to a new survey published by the Council on Foreign Relations, most Muslims not only want democracy, but believe it moderates Islamists' agendas. If the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is allowed to advance, you can bet they would rather hold on to power than to cede it to the clerics. But to stay in power they would have to stay democratic, or risk the Army pushing them aside. In other words, Egypt could become like Turkey—a huge step forward for the most populous Arab country. What we have to aim for in the Muslim world is not an idealized Western democracy but the next best thing that is attainable.

We must be careful to distinguish political groups that are inspired by Islam and those that are bent on propagating it worldwide. Radical Muslims are so few in number that they could simply be called terrorists, especially since they don't represent Islam any more than the Red Army Faction's anarchism represented socialism or the Shiv Sena's militant nativism in India represents Hinduism.

There is a corollary to this: even though many Muslim societies are troubled, that does not mean there is a common Islamic world. Bush's mistaken creation has unfortunately been carried forward by President Obama, who also addressed the "Muslim world" directly in his Inaugural Address. On any given day, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia don't coordinate their governance or foreign policies. We need to stop pretending—and speaking—as if they do. The only common policy toward Muslim countries should be diplomacy with all of them, including recognizing the Islamist parties within them such as Hizbullah and Hamas. We cannot wish them out of existence, and if and when they come to power—often democratically—they owe America nothing unless we engage them now.


WC said...

Same old bullshit. Hamas and Hezbollah do good works yada yada yada. Why can't these idiots understand that Hitler and Mussolini create jobs, made trains run on time, and created a stable social order.

In order to do that you need an inside or outside enemy to solidify the nation. Jews and infidels come in might handy for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Then ....The cost was personal freedom.

Open a history book you Newsweek weenies!

Abu Abdullah said...

The important question is, who is Parag Khanna?

Anonymous said...

Well Abu, here is an exerpt from his Wiki Bio:

Khanna attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Freie Universität Berlin, majoring in international affairs and then earning a Master of Arts in Security Studies. He is currently working on his PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics. He speaks several languages, including German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.[1]

He has worked as an analyst for the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum and the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he was a geopolitical advisor to the United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.[1] More recently, Khanna has provided expert advice and opinion to the Presidential campaign of presumptive Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama.

Oh, things make much more sense now. We are more fucked than I though.

midnight rider said...

No, Total, it's about as bad as I figured.

Thanks again for the link.

Epaminondas said...

I guess then that the Quran is useless as an organizing set of ideas.

Anonymous said...

No problem, MR. Thanks for credit.

Always On Watch said...


I shouldn't have turned on my computer today!

midnight rider said...

Dearest ARRGGHHHH!!!!

Feeling worn, tired, stressed, wigged out and generally pissed off at all the Islamic Idiots, Arabic arses and Naziesque nincompoops flooding you computer screen daily?

Why not try Dr. Midnight's patented cure?

Find that special someone, toss them to the couch, open a nice bottle of Sherry. turn the lights down and go here:

Take two and blog me in the morning.

Rebellious Kafir said..., there's no tequila? Darn :)
btw, I prefer to be laid gently, not tossed, if anyone cares.

midnight rider said...

Mary -- you don't really want this crew to respond to that, do you? ;>)

Rebellious Kafir said... that a trick question? :) LOL fire away, I can take it, besides I need the break from reading about the rest of the world going to hell in a really big stinky handbasket.

Abu Abdullah said...

OK, so he is another slave of Allah propagandist from India, just like Fareed Zakaria. There aren't enough lamp posts for hanging all these seditious bastards.