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I was talking about what happened before WW2

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Submitted by Right of Center Filipino (Philippines), Nov 4, 2007 at 21:48

The Japanese were technically still in the middle ages during the time when the majority of the world were heading towards what we know as "enlightenment". That all changed though with the ouster of the Shogunate and the re-installation of the Imperial Governement who dragged the entire country, kicking and screaming, into the 20th century. And it worked.

Ok, people could argue that modernity turned Japan into a rampaging war machine which resulted into the aforementioned nuclear bombing raid and all that entailed. But my point is that the Japanese knew how to persevere, solve major societal problems and flourish even under the most demending circumstances.

Imagine, a feudal society was able to transform itself into a major modern world power within a few generations! And after they were bombed they didn't wallow in self pity but made it a point to see where they went wrong, fixed their mistakes and became a stronger country in the end. It didn't matter that some foreigner wrote their new constitution. They progressed on their OWN terms and everyone on this planet benefited. They didn't just make lemons into lemonade, they built up a lemonade franchise, expanded the product line and taught other people how to make that lemonade.

No muslim country can ever lay claim to that sort of success and renewal. Their history is always a cycle of pillage and looting followed by a prosperity fed by parasitism ending with a spectacular collapse. They cannot survive and eveolve when the situation warrants it.

Even the more affluent "moderate" countries of the gulf depend heavily on foreign workers and experts because they think actual work is "beneath" them. Believe me if the need for oil disappears so will the use of the muslim creature disappear. Unfortuantely their response to this sort world changing event won't be quiet introspection. It will be a petulant whining, a return to "allah" and the global massacre of innocent people. We have a world problem people and it must be dealt with immediately.

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