A day cannot pass in which we are not bombarded with Left and Right commentary on how to achieve peace in the Middle East/South Asia region.
Newsflash: Nobody cares.
The entire discussion will become important – only – when it switches from how to achieve peace in the region, to how to ensure radical islam stops attacking the modern world.
No one really cares about the region, nor should they. It has no manufactures anyone needs, no produce to drive trade, no education to speak of, no indigenous culture that continues to spread globally (music, writing, philosophy, dance, art, theatre, etc.), and it lacks these – and more – through choice.
What do they have? Oil. Something fracking, exploration, nuclear and solar can allow us to do without. (They have a lot of sun in the Middle East — too bad they don’t decide to quit fighting and harvest the energy to drive development…)
This region has contributed nothing positive to the world since algebra – centuries ago.
As Lewis wrote in “What Went Wrong,” the radical religious fundamentalist fringe took over the government and population and it’s been all downhill since, something of which the Huckabees and Santorums might want to take note.
When you get right down to it, if an American parent – any American parent – had to choose between keeping his/her own kids safe and raising them in a safe environment to become educated, responsible, successful adults – OR – sending those kids to throw away their lives in a vain try for peace between factions of pre-modern people that have been at war for over a thousand years, people who put killing each other above literacy and progress, who voluntarily mutilate their daughters generation after generation, who value stale words in the ancient collection of a violent and misogynistic slave-owning pedophile, over progress and human rights, that parent would chose safety, education and progress.
See? WE DON’T CARE.
It really doesn’t matter to the world at large how many muslims kill how many other muslims; it’s their culture and the West is all about multiculturalism. So – let them kill each other all they want. Who are we to tell them how to behave? Imperialists?
Just ensure they are kept THERE to do their killing THERE of the people THERE — and everyone in the civilized world will be fine.
Women & children might die? Women and children are blowing each other up now. One of the heights of ironic folly is for Western “multiculturalists” to demand that we treat their women and children differently than they do.
It is NOT my business to tell them how to live. Nor is it YOURS.
It is OUR government’s business to keep us safe. The best way to do that is to ensure the medieval death cult of islam, masquerading as a “religion,” is kept bottled-up in their own lands until it achieves an Enlightenment, learning that reason, not mythology, is the way forward and stops killing everyone in disagreement with it. Since this will require literacy and an enlightened population – it ain’t happening any time soon.
The WORST way for our government to keep us safe in a world of radical islamist terrorists is to go over there and tell them they have to behave as we do. You might have noticed – that pisses them off.
In the islamic calendar it is the 15th Century. They are behaving pretty much as was the West in the 15th Century: the Inquisition was also about killing everyone in disagreement with the dominant religion.
Maybe there is more to time than we understand.
Regardless, we reached literacy, education and modernity without outside help. They will, too. They just need the same conditions we had: No one from more civilized & modern countries coming in to screw things up.
So quit worrying about pre-modern peoples killing pre-modern peoples. Pre-modern and modern cannot and must not co-exist anyway (for lots of reasons), so just keep them there and it’ll all be fine with the rest of us.
I don’t see any big riots in the West demanding our politicians stop the internecine violence of islam – do you? Correct.
We don’t care.
… and it is way less expensive in lives and treasure to let them kill each other, than for us to go over there and kill them ourselves in a vain and historically ignorant attempt to make peace breakout in a “religion” that values only war and death.