Thursday, August 18, 2005

Killing Trumps Culture

For all the talk of starting a cultural revolution within Islam to subdue its radical elements, that can only happen when the voice of opposition cannot be silenced, or killed. This is an old report, but it is likely still a strategy being pursued.
In a change of strategy, members of the Taliban are killing Muslim clerics who oppose the call for jihad or holy war against American and foreign troops in Afghanistan, a media report in New York said on Monday.

PTI. "Taliban changes strategy; targets clerics opposed to jihad: Report" August 04, 2003 18 Aug 2005. <>
You can't have a cultural revolution when your cultural revolutionary leaders are being killed off. Targeting fundamentalist clerics in kind seems to be the logical counter-strategy. These people don't respect anything but violence, so speaking their language is the best bet to get their attention.


Blogger wildiris said...

Krishna Kirti, Gates of Vienna had a post last month “Changing the Subject” where I made the following observations and which I think are worth re-stating.

…Dymphna, I agree with your observations, as far as they go, but I suspect that you have found in your quest for root causes[of Islam], the same thing that I have. That is, an endless loop of mutually re-enforcing social and cultural forces. In other words, the classic "which came first, the chicken or the egg" problem. The concept that I find most useful when thinking about Islam and its attendant culture is one that has appeared in these posts before; that of an ESS, an evolutionarily stable strategy. How ESS's get established and how in the end they find their termination is a subject that is probably worth its own blog site. But for our purposes, all ESS's have one thing in common. There must be social/cultural force(s) to conformity that meet or exceed the forces of social/cultural drift. (Start humming Carly Simon's song "you're so vain, you probably think this song is about you") One of the vanities of the political liberal left apologists for the Islamic terrorists and their attacks is that they think every bomb and attack is about them. Viewed from the perspective of an ESS, the strategy of Jihad is just as important in enforcing conformity in the Muslim communities, as they are attacks against Western Culture. If we in the West are waiting for the "moderate Muslims" to come to the forefront, then we have a long time to wait. Not until the Muslim communities themselves fell free from the threat of Jihad will this happen....

I got a chuckle out of seeing myself as a she instead of he. Until now I had never really though about what others might read into the name wildiris.

6:57 AM, August 18, 2005  

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