Daniel Greenfield at Rightside News wonders whether the real problem in the Middle East might just be the people that live there:
A people who do not believe in the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will not be free no matter how many times they go to the polls. You can place voting booths outside every home and run elections every week, and it will still do no good. Freedom may be the birthright of every man, woman and child on earth– but it cannot be theirs until they claim it. As long as they believe in the right of the majority to oppress the minority, in the value of order over liberty, and the supremacy of the mosque over any and all civil and legal rights– then they will never be free. Never. Their elections will either give rise to chaos or tyranny. That is how it is in the Middle East. That is how it will always be until they claim their birthright by closing the Koran and opening their minds.
Who knows? There’s apparently a gene (DRD4) that makes liberals the naturally goofy critters they are, and a variant which can turn people into sex-crazed clones of Charlie Sheen. Maybe there’s another that predisposes a large number of the Islamic devout in West Asia into regularly committing barbarities that would shame a Hun. Baltazar Gracian, the 17th century Jesuit guru, a guy who knew as much about worldly wisdom as anybody–he even penned a book about it–said,
“There are men of evil mind , who would make of everything a crime, and not because of passion, but just naturally. They condemn everybody, some for what they have done, and others for what they may do. It is the sign of a narrow mind, as cruel as it is vile, for they charge so immoderately, that of motes they fashion beams with which to put out the eyes.”
And in no place are minds as narrow as in the Middle East, where statements like these are regurgitated daily:
“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury.”–Mamoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran
“When I see a Jew before me, I kill him. If every Arab did this, it would be the end of the Jews.”–Mustafa Tlas, Syrian Minister of Defense
“Thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Although we do have a complaint against him for his revenge on them was not enough.”–Ahmad Ragab, columnist for the Egyptian newspaper Al-Akhbar
In the end, a people decides its own destiny. The best for which we can hope is that they choose well.