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Profundity or hubris?

Reader comment on item: The Middle East's Tribal Affliction

Submitted by Marci (United States), Jan 24, 2008 at 11:16

... Whatever faults Arab culture may have, to infer that it is somehow bereft of a more enlightened weltanshaung supposedly realized in Western culture ignores the horrendous failures of Western culture, most notably the slaughter of tens of millions at the hands of Western societies in the first half of the recent past century, culminated by the incineration of tens of thousands of women and children beneath two atomic bombs.

Surely, our unenlightened Arab neighbors have a long way to go before they can match the modern barbarity and brutality that Western society so flagrantly demonstrated to the rest of the world. One may reasonably ask if there is something inherently inferior about Western politics and culture that such horror erupts from its societies.


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