It cannot be ignored that the Middle East is a broiling mess in large degree because the West made it so, not because of Islam.
The West found and exploited oil in the region. The West carved up the
territory in ways that made sense only to the colonizers. Outright
colonization ended only with installation of Western-friendly,
oil-pumping despots who enriched themselves while feeding their people
religion as a substitute for agency. Western Jews emigrated to escape
Western brutality and the West granted their desire for an ancient
homeland there. It is indeed rich to hear Westerners decry Islam as the proximate cause of dysfunction in the area while absolving ourselves of any role.
11 October, 2014
Dissents Of The Day � The Dish
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