- 03 Nov 2020 14:51
All religions are the same especially Buddhism.
All religions are different especially Islam.
No one in the West has wanted to treat Islam with any respect. Not the likes of Reagan or Bush senior, who imagined that militant Muslims could be recruited as useful idiots in their geo political struggles. Not the Hitler lovers who thought they could be useful idiots in their war against the Jews. Not the Neo Cons who thought that their conservative social mores could be used to create a new expanded Judaeo-Christian-Islamic social conservative electoral coalition that would put the tax cutting Zionists into power. Not the hard core so called "white Supremacist"s who were obsessed with morphological difference and had little real interest in getting embroiled in divisive religious conflicts. And not the Liberals or the Left, that always treat Muslims as innocent children devoid of any real agency as Muslims, as Islamic believers.
In the late nineties, later than a few of the most perceptive social commentators, but before 9/11, I came to the conclusion that Islam was a player. It was not going to just quietly die. it was not just going to quietly degenerate like Christianity into a form of newagy, politically correct quasi Buddhism. Islam's great weakness and its greatest strength is that it actually says something. With Islam, we are blessed or cursed, depending on your perspective to live in interesting times.
While I support the impeachment of Salvador Allende, no executive Presidencies, proportional representation and short fixed term parliaments would have been preferable.