Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Israel: the Hope of the Muslim World

The state of Israel embodies the last, best chance for the Islamic world to come to terms with the modern world. Received wisdom in the foreign ministries of the West holds that relations with Muslims would be ever so much easier without the annoying presence of the Jewish state, which humiliates the Muslim world. Just the opposite is true. The Israeli presence in the territory of the ancient Jewish commonwealth, on land that once belonged to the Dar al’Islam, offers the single, slender hope for the future of the Muslim world, precisely because it constitutes a humiliation.

The premise of Western policy is to tread lightly upon Muslim sensibilities. That is an error of first magnitude, for Muslim sensibilities are what prevents the Islamic world from creating modern states. Islam cannot produce the preconditions for democracy in the Western sense out of its own resources.

Free elections in Muslim lands tend to hand power to fanatical despots. Why should that be true? The first premise of Western democracy, that the rights of the weakest and most despised citizens are sacred, stems from the Judeo-Christian notion of divine humility.

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3 Comments:

At 11:51 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Absolutely brilliant Joe!..except that the land belong to the Israelites before the Mussssssslims even existed!,,ha

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Bar Kochba said...

Great post! And think about all of the technological and economic benefits that the Arabs would receive if they just accepted Israel and made peace.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

Thanks Angel & BK, you guys are spot on!

 

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