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Sunday, April 11, 2004  

Judah Redux

Iraq's new army doesn't want to fight ot maintain order (along with its police force). When sent to perform benign duties in support of US Marines in Fallujah, a battalion mutinied after being fired upon by "citizens" and returned to base.

Cowardice has long been an Arab trait along with a basic lack of discipline, but you have to wonder about creating any kind of non-tyrannical future for Iraq under these circumstances.

Some are saying that the Kurds disprove the rule about Arabs, Muslims, and Middle Eastern despotism since they have established a functioning state in the north of Iraq. No doubt, we need to give Iraq a few more years to asses the possibility of establishing a positive State, but unfortunately most of what we see of the Arab character is a psychologically infantile, and stunted culture.

Some cultures are so thoroughly dysfunctional that it is better that they be destroyed entirely. Culture and character determine destiny in this world.

Yet, one cannot point to Western culture as some sort of paradigm of excellence and morality, either. Not when we in the US champion the murder of 1.5 million unborn children every year.

So I guess the question comes down to -- who wants to live more? Us or them?

At this point, the answer may be a toss up.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 12:08 AM |