All Rights Reserved © 2006 Thomas W. Day
The recent stupid chain of events in Europe and the Mideast have illustrated how incompatible Islam (and, probably, religion in general) is with democracy. Islam has a long, primitive, painful history as a repeat theocratic offender. The best government all of the Islamic nations has managed is a collection of corrupt kingdoms and a much larger collection of dictatorships. The worst they have managed is the trampling of the free speech rights of most of the world's democracies. The recent rampage of ignorant fools raging across Europe over the "abuses" of the free press is all the evidence I need to know that it's time to send Islam's children a message. Like Christian conservatives, Islamic conservatives are afraid of their own shadows and freedom is a concept that they view as subversive and heretical.
I can not, for the life of me, imagine a good reason for why we have allowed ourselves to become so degraded that we care about the opinions and superstitions of a pack of retrograde desert hillbillies who haven't managed a moment of technological success or a single cultural achievement since long before the time this country separated itself from England. I lie, I know why we do it. We do it for the oil.
I wrote, way back in 2001, that the best way to get revenge against the people and cultures that attacked this nation on September 11, 2001 was to wipe out their primitive economies. I still say that's the best tactic. After the complete failure of Bush's primitive fight-fire-with-fire tactics, I'm more convinced that I was right five years ago. It's not like they have anything other than oil to sell. They don't have intellectual properties. They don't have an education system of their own among the entire lot of Islamic nations. To learn even the most basic modern skills, they must send their children and the children of their slaves to the universities of the nations that they hate. We are among those nations.
Do we really have so little respect for our culture, our history, our science, our democracy, our nation that we would sell it for a few drops of oil?
However, I'd like to propose something different. I'd like to suggest that we all, every single western culture, stop wasting cash on trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's asshole and turn our attention to divesting ourselves of Arab oil. Brain-dead Bush has blown almost a half-trillion dollars trying to convince Iraqis to consider becoming a civilization. The current "plan" is to burn up at least another one-and-one-half trillion dollars before we give up and go home with a religious dictatorship left behind. It ain't gonna happen. After centuries of illiteracy and corruption and superstition, Iraq and the rest of North Africa is not going to flip directions and become enlightened. And, honestly, I don't know why we should worry about it.
Sooner or later, we have to consider our own self-interest. Closing the boarders to students from terrorist states and religions is a start. Shutting off commerce with those countries is at the heart of closing down the terrorist states. Once we have completely wreaked their economy, we can expect considerably more cooperation in hunting down bin Laden and any other fruitcake we want to talk to. But my advice is that we take as little of their help as possible. They want ten times the value of everything they offer, so we need to wean ourselves from them to get their price down to what it's worth.
As a collection of cultures, they have demonstrated that they are intolerant of every freedom held dear to a free society. Their violent reaction to the horrible threat of . . . cartoons proves that they can't be trusted with sharp objects of intellectual stimulation. Let the "guys sitting around" continue to sit around until they starve to death. The reason there seems to be no shortage of idiots willing to strap on a bomb and walk into a crowd is that these fools have no other options; nothing to lose. We need to lock them down and lock them out so that the discover they have quite a lot to lose. Once the oil money dries up, we ban their ruling freaks from civil society, eliminating their ability to be playboys and perverse freaks outside of the constraints of their own countries. Make all the whackos live together, with no avenue for escape from each other, and they will implode. The few intellectuals their cultures generate will be driven to do something to fix their countries, because they'll go nuts having to live with the fools who make up the majority of those places. Until they are valuable contributors to the world community, the world's majority economies will be encouraged to boycott these places and their citizens, and refugees. They will be forced to suffer the consequences of their fantasies and corruption and they will become another example of "the destructive meme."
In the meantime, we've focused all of our energy on fighting terrorism by ripping the funding from the terrorists. We've also freed ourselves from the tyranny of oil and oil money. We might save the world from the side effects of world-wide oil use, if it isn't too late for that. We could punish three perfectly evil groups at the same time; Islamic terrorists and American oil executives and the politicians they own. Seems like all the motivation a country could need.
We will be creating a peaceful world for our children to enjoy, instead of a never-ending war that will only get worse. We will free ourselves from this Orwellian future that the conservatives seem to want to create. They want it so badly that they are willing to sacrifice everything good about humanity, about our way of life, about life itself.
We can't continue to fight ignorance with ignorance. We have to use the tools of science. Tools that democracy invents faster than any system in history.