January 19, 2011


While the West prattles on about democratizing Tunisia, it appears to be in willful denial the toppling of Ben Ali opens a door for the Islamists. The revolution apparently didn’t start from these folks, but absent any progress (and there won’t be any) in terms of solving Tunisia’s unemployment problem, the Islamist offering may appear attractive.

After all had it not been for the Battle of Tours in 732 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tours and the Battle of Vienna in 1683 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vienna Europe may already have been Islamized. Here’s their chance to correct this historical wrong (from their perspective).

I see a lot of parallels with the Islamist rise and that of Germany in the 30’s. The ideology is quite similar. The inherent superiority of themselves; The systematic elimination of unwanted people from their populations (Christians are being slowly squeezed out of Muslim nations) and the Koran itself has guidelines for how to treat Jews and Christians (pagans can just be killed outright “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them.”

Yes, I know there are all sorts of interpretations possible from this book. What matters is the interpretation our adversaries are taking. We consistently underestimate the power of the ideology and collective will (acknowledgement to Nietzsche-yet another parallel). The Islamists have their own version of brown shirts to intimidate the population, and they are succeeding in this in a number of places.

I do not believe the majority of people in Germany were evil. But so long as Hitler was winning, drawing on their nationalist impulses, they were quite content to go along. This is about what we should expect from the moderate elements of Islamic society unless we give them a reason to think otherwise.




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