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Ah, The Killer Question...

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Submitted by Soloview (Canada), May 13, 2013 at 11:05

How do we defeat the Islamist scourge ? Occupy the oil-producing gulf states and transform them into a modern western democracies a la McArthurian Japan 1945-1948. This is what the US should have done immediately after 9/11. As a matter of fact, the Islamist nonsense would have been prevented if the US would have sent King Faisal to exile or his 'Mahomet heaven' when he humiliated the West with the oil embargo of 1973. Islamism, I believe, is the fascist ideology whose success is born of the Western dependency on overpriced oil. Islam (via the Ottomans) lost its hegemony because of the Western technological genius coupled with rational political organization. It was that which eventually defeated the monarchical autocracies in Europe and their retrograde ideological successors, fascism and communism.

I don't believe that Islamism would be a problem at all if the rational order was restored. As it stands, the imbalance between rising value of primary resources over manufacturing productivity, favours idle possession of land where oil is plentiful over technical smarts and industry. Oil money now can buy everything in the West, including English soccer clubs and American presidents.

What about Iran then ? Again, this is not a question that would arise in the heads of people who know what they stand for and believe in the genius that God gave them.

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You are implicitly agreeing with me. By taking the steps you advocate, the West would be replacing Islamism with a more decent form of Islam.

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