It's been amazing to hear all of the pundits tip toe on this all week. "We want democracy for the people of Egypt, so long as they do what we want them to do." We fear the muslim world because they represent the biggest threat to our empire. Religion is the number one thing that any nation needs to be able to sell an imperialist agenda. There are many people today that think that god wants them to conquer the world and it's our god given right to kill and or convert those that aren't judeo christian. The same could be said for muslims as well. It boils down to a culture war and oil interests.
I think our number one goal as a country should be to get off of oil. Think of how much better our country would be if all of our foreign policy wasn't focused on securing our oil interests.
Once again though, this is of our own making. If we didn't have a prohibitionist stance on recreational drug use, the cartels in Mexico wouldn't be making millions if not billions of dollars ever year.
I hope you are safe wherever you deploy. Warfare isn't about how manly you can be. It's about killing as many of the enemy as possible and staying alive to see your goals met. I absolutely see why the insurgents use the tactics they do. They are outnumbered and severely outgunned. It's the same situation we used when we fought the British for our independence. They used to line up and shoot. We said to hell with that, let's hide behind some trees and shoot at those fools lining up.
If I were 30 years old and had the same bush-friendly head of whatever...
do the math. Imagine if McCain Palin won in the U.S.A.. Theocracy, or at least too much money wasted on pushing xtian tradition or control mechanisms on the masses.
I'm in love w/a couple of Egyptian women that I see on TV speaking their minds.
Some people are saying this is a good thing that's hapening because it's the dawn of an Egyptian democracy but I'm not so optimistic. I mean, these people have allowed themselves to be governed by only this one man for three decades: clearly they don't have much of democratic values and especially in a society plagued by religious superstition, it would take a lot for democratic values to take root and become strong. But who knows ...
I'm very proud of the Tunisians though: they have 20 % of their politicians are women, they banned poligamy and are one of the most secularized Islamic societies and they are the ones that treat the women the best in all of the Arabic world. But it took a dictator with a strong arm. NOW it remains to be seen whether they can keep up their progressive culture without one ...
Poligamy, particularly as practiced by traditional Moslems and Mormons, generally illustrates the Marxist critique of marriage (not to mention some of the telltale symptoms exhibited by dangerous cult): it was invented as a way to cement men's ownership of women as property. In many cases, many of the women are married against their will to men much older than they are, sometimes when they're still little girls, sometimes even before they hit puberty.
Muhammad himself married Aisha when she was six and consumated the marriage when she was nine and he was in his sixties. Joseph Smith, the guy who invented Mormonism, had about 30 wives, they're all buried alongside him in Utah, two of them had been 14 when they were married off to him.
There is also a pattern of abuse, not just sexual but also physical, and of silence since these girls and women are discouraged from disobeying their husbands and other figures of authority.