Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Winning While Not Being A Loser

The Opinion Journal has a unique angle on news coming out of Iraq--some of it is good! Actually there is a lot of good news because the article is a very long read. I hope you enjoy it as much as the Iraqis do.

Seems the Iraqis are also
standing up for themselves. Always good to here. Truth be told I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me says, "Good for them." while a part of me wonders if they will revert to some form of dictatorship, only a better trained dictatorship. At the expense of sounding like a damn fool optimist I'm going to hazard a guess that this is a change for the better.

Some time ago I read an article entitled "
Why Arabs Lose Wars," by Norvell B. De Atkine. This very informative essay basically pins their incompetence on the cultural aspects of tribalism inherent in Arabic Islam. Secrecy, pride, envy and mistrust are the telltale symptoms of their cultural mindset, whereas Western cultures believe in the free exchange of ideas, introspection and constructive criticism. So the question in my mind is: With the Iraqis being trained under the same cultural worldview that makes the US so successful does that mean new cultural traits as well as military tactics are being imparted to the Iraqis? If so than worrying about them reverting to a cloistered tyranny may not be an issue because the secret of their success has become openness; they may have gotten a taste of freedom and have decided they like our values better than the ones they have been forced to endure for so long. If they do return to bad habits than their advanced training will simply degrade over time as it withers in an environment that stifles all productivity.

Keep the faith boys--you'll need it on the long road called Life.

QUESTION: If conservatives are supposed to be heartless warmongers waging global conflict in the name of a greater world empire at the expense of the downtrodden how come we take such delight in stories of the Iraqis and Afghans gaining independence and self-sufficiency?
NOTE: The piece from Opinion Journal comes from Chrenkoff.blogspot.com. While some factions of the MSM have only ill emotions for bloggers, others have embraced them. My guess is the difference is the same factor that has earned Fox News such animosity--the liberals’ hegemony on the dissemination of information has been challenged. The poor dears.

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