Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Future of the Arab People

In response to a blogger's internal debate on whether to cast a vote for Bush or Kerry, Will Allen commented something profound. He doesn't believe terrorism to be an existential threat to the western world, but ultimately it is an existential threat to the Arab people.


I agree with you that the Islamic world does not pose an existential threat to the U.S.. However, if the Islamic world does not rapidly change, we pose an existential threat to them, and although being among a few hundred million slaughtered is about as bad as things get, being among those who do the slaughtering of a few hundred million is pretty damned awful as well, and it is worth taking great, great, risks to avoid such action.

In fact, this prospect is so grim, and in my view, so likely, absent rapid revolutionary change in the Persian Gulf , I see no way that Kerry, who is essentially a reactionary, can be worthy of a vote. A politically, militarily, and economically, and technologically backward people who sit atop of the natural resource greatly desired by far more militarily, economically, and economically powerful people, are going to meet an extraordinarily violent end if they exhibit any proficiency for hostile action against the more powerful people. Obtaining and using the technology of the more powerful people for hostile action merely seals their doom. Neither Bush or Kerry is likely to be the 21st century Andrew Jackson or Phil Sheridan, but he will be found in short order absent the people of the Persian Gulf modernizing rapidly.


The 'war on terror' isn't just about saving a few million Westerners from a WMD attack. Rather, it's about saving the hundreds of millions of Arabs that might suffer from a response to such an attack.

It offends certain Muslims that Westerners dare tread on the land of Muhammad? That Western armed forces are deployed to protect vital economic interests? Well, the harsh reality is that Western civilization is not going to roll over and allow radicals to hold such sway over our economy.

It's not going to happen.

Does this make this ultimately a war for oil? Perhaps it does.


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