Much of the Muslim world is royally screwed. It is backward, reactionary, and hopelessly anti-intellectual. The only people of this civilization who have their act together were educated in the West. Their own cultural ethos has essentially nothing to offer them. This is especially true for those born female. And this must be clearly understood: it is their problem and nobody else's. Outsiders do not owe them a thing. Some 400-500 years ago their ancestors soundly rejected the modern project. We of the West did nothing to them.
Ataturk refused to lie to himself. Around a 100 years ago, this great leader of Turkey embraced the West. He knew there was no other choice. Men and women began wearing western clothing and even abandoned the Arabic alphabet. Women obtained a secular education and served as judges and other top governmental positions. Take a look at this website.
There is no hope for peace with the Islamic militants unless they cease feeling sorry for themselves and scapegoating the West. Nothing less will suffice.
---Should radical Muslims even join some sort of 12 step program? And no, I’m not joking. These folks have serious troubles. In many respects, they have a lot in common with drug addicts and alcoholics.
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