Friday, July 15, 2005

Friedman Is Again On Target

While the Left bows and scrapes and prostrate themselves before the great Krugman and his latest anti-Bush screed, Thomas Friedman has slipped in another good Op-Ed on the motivations of Sunni Muslim suicide bombers. His conclusion:

Part of what seems to be going on with these young Muslim males is that they are, on the one hand, tempted by Western society, and ashamed of being tempted. On the other hand, they are humiliated by Western society because while Sunni Islamic civilization is supposed to be superior, its decision to ban the reform and reinterpretation of Islam since the 12th century has choked the spirit of innovation out of Muslim lands, and left the Islamic world less powerful, less economically developed, less technically advanced than God 2.0, 1.0 and 0.0.

"Some of these young Muslim men are tempted by a civilization they consider morally inferior, and they are humiliated by the fact that, while having been taught their faith is supreme, other civilizations seem to be doing much better," said Raymond Stock, the Cairo-based biographer and translator of Naguib Mahfouz. "When the inner conflict becomes too great, some are turned by recruiters to seek the sick prestige of 'martyrdom' by fighting the allegedly unjust occupation of Muslim lands and the 'decadence' in our own."

This is not about the poverty of money. This is about the poverty of dignity and the rage it can trigger.

Many would have us believe suicide bombers fall prey to extremism because of material poverty and a lack of options. I've never bought that; Friedman presents a much more plausible alternative. Highly recommended...

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