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Islam will have to face the real world

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 24, 2011 at 01:35

Dear Dr Pipes:

Your reader Sara correctly pointed out that the middle-eastern nations follow a different culture. But I do not agree with her assertion that this culture will always be different. I believe that in the modern world which is dominated by electronic media, fundamentalist Islam will collapse faster than how fast communism collapsed. Iranian revolution is the case in point. What is going on in most of the middle-east today happened in Iran three to four decades ago. In Iran, a west-loving dictator was replaced by an Islamic regime.

What recently happened in Tunisia and Egypt is no different from what happened in Iran three decades ago. And if presidents Bush could be patient for just few more years, the same would have happened in Iraq. And same will happen in every country that follows repressive cultures. People's desire to think and act freely is stronger than any other desire known to man kind. This desire fueled by communication and media will lead to collapse of all these dictatorships. And, one more thing will happen. The Islamic revolution in Iran has failed. Even with Iranian oil-wealth, the Islamic regime in Iran has not been able to make its citizens happy. The protests that took place and were quashed during the last Iranian election, will become more frequent. Iranian suppressive regime could last for three to four decade because mass person-to-person communication did not did not exist then. It exists now. Even if fundamentalists take control in the middle eastern countries where old regimes are being forced out, they will fail faster than ever before. That will happen because in the modern world, looting other countries, colonizing foreign lands, and stealing from other nations is not available so easity as a quick path to prosperity. And, hard work, freedom, and entrepreneurship are the only path left to prosperity (or survival). Regimes that block this path will find it difficult to survive.

We can accelerate this process by highlighting the hypocrisy of Islamic nations as often as possible. Many things that we take for granted now --such as that it is ok for Saudi Arabia to be 99% Islamic while Britain is obligated to be multi-cultural-- will need to be questioned. And they will need to be questioned every moment of every day.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
El mundo moderno no llega todavía a estos lugares [129 words]Angel OterosDec 25, 2011 18:34192025
Gender had nothing to do with it. [100 words]MikeyApr 27, 2011 03:18184600
Bouazizi's story [19 words]Cal RollinsApr 26, 2011 14:49184586
One step [26 words]John BApr 22, 2011 07:37184501
Bouazizi and Fadiya [69 words]Frank LukeApr 21, 2011 13:03184470
freedom in the Islamic world [51 words]concernedApr 21, 2011 09:11184465
2A good dream or a nightmare? [91 words]NuritGApr 21, 2011 02:06184461
Their own brothers prefer to die than live with them. [179 words]batya daganApr 20, 2011 19:47184457
The people may ignite the flame, but who carries the torch? [227 words]saraApr 20, 2011 17:58184453
1democrazy [56 words]JanApr 21, 2011 13:07184453
7Islamic hypocrisy big time [157 words]dhimmi no moreApr 26, 2011 08:26184453
how original [30 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 02:51184453
Islamic drivel [91 words]dhimmi no moreMay 1, 2011 05:58184453
4We are all Khaled Said (Sa3eed) [117 words]dhimmi no moreApr 20, 2011 17:24184451
Khalid said [47 words]janApr 21, 2011 13:12184451
2Islamic drivel [154 words]dhimmi no moreApr 26, 2011 08:18184451
2Underlying Reasons for Unrest Not Fully Evident in Original Incident [344 words]M. ToveyApr 20, 2011 12:31184449
2Arab cultural problems [38 words]Fabian PascalApr 20, 2011 23:36184449
2Exactly right Fabian [200 words]saraApr 21, 2011 17:13184449
Worse than that [23 words]Fabian PascalApr 21, 2011 18:13184449
4Islam will have to face the real world [383 words]PrashantApr 24, 2011 01:35184449
Are you being serious [59 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 03:03184449
Why do the Muslims hate Western Leaders and consider them Hypocrites... [54 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
abdulla alHarbiApr 20, 2011 11:07184446
Grief? [41 words]KerryApr 20, 2011 10:01184444
Have some sense, Luv [48 words]Amin RiazApr 30, 2011 03:05184444
3And have you counted how many Hindus were killed by Muslims? [81 words]dhimmi no moreMay 1, 2011 06:37184444
Being Held Accountable for Actions of One, Actions of All - Who Ultimately Pays [677 words]M. ToveyMay 2, 2011 17:26184444
fairy tales. [13 words]Amin RiazMay 2, 2011 22:07184444
90Women just as tyrannical as men in the Arab world ... [238 words]ShishirApr 20, 2011 09:22184442
The Muslim women are tyrranical like their counterparts [34 words]aktApr 16, 2012 01:02184442
2Mohammed Bouazizi no Jan Palach or Ryszard Siwiec [222 words]MariaApr 20, 2011 09:17184441
Problems where there is no problem! [133 words]PrashantApr 25, 2011 03:41184441

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