The (broadly) civilized world and the Islamic World are at different stages of their social evolution. Trying to drag them up to our level is like trying to make your younger sibling the same age as you. They have to figure out why freedom, tolerance and pluralism are in their interest on their own because forcing it on them just doesn't work.
It is difficult to look upon a country at civil war, using WMD on its own citizens, repressing minorities, abusing women and gays, and not feel sad and / or angry, and want to fix it. But maybe we can't. Maybe really we have to accept that either they fix it themselves, or they fall by the wayside, and that's the way it has to be.
This is all made complicated by the fact that, by luck (mostly theirs), they have ended up sitting on natural resources that our countries require to function, so we trade with them and feel a bit dirty afterwards. The money we hand over goes to rich feudal warlords, and not to the average citizen, thus amplifying the divide.
Maybe then, it is time we steeled ourselves, and accepted that we are not going to civilize the savages by giving them our money, albeit with strings attached. Should we not be locking them in a bubble, and saying that if they want our money, first sort out their own houses, then we can talk? Implicitly, this means removing our troops from their lands. Implicitly, this might mean no immigration, not even asylum. Would this lead to a better world eventually, or a more divided one?
This person tries to defend the Muslim community from accusations of extremism by demonstrating that every normal Muslim, not just the extremist ones according to him, shares the same sexist, homophobic and murderous views. The whole room readily agrees with him.
A profoundly disturbing moment of sincerity.
#islam #extremism #humanrights #homophobia #sexism
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