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Debanjan does not have intellectual gravitas for critical examination of issues.

Reader comment on item: Is Turkey Leaving the West?
in response to reader comment: Dear Mr. Ahmet

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Feb 15, 2013 at 16:46

Dear Dr Pipes:

I hope every one of your readers looks at Debanjan Banerjee's posting above. I will quote Debanjan. Talking about the west, Debanjan Banerjee says, "...Look at their men. Instead of doing work they doze on government subsidies and look at their women. Instead of being comfortable to giving birth to her offspring she is busy doing all the rest of the things like fighting and dying in the battle field. Western society is crumbling ...".

To refute Banerjee point by point will glorify him so I will not refute him item by item but I will just say that I have been an observer of the west, the east, and the islamic middle. The kind of objective criticism of issues that is available in the west, is not available in the east (India, China, and Indo-China). And, Islamic middle is a very very very distant third. No Islamic country in the recent times has produced anything of substance for humanity.

The total contribution of tiny Israel to humanity in the last 7 decades, far exceeds the contribution of the entire Islamic world. While Debanjan writes the obituary of the West, the next scientific discovery that he will be using to malign it will most likely come from the West. Debanjan has alluded to "western women fighting and dying in the battle field".

Debanjan should try to reason why it is not fair for a society to glorify men's participation in violence but object to women's participation in the same violence. Which one among us has the moral authority to ask women to not fight and die in a battle field when we glorify men to do the same thing? Too impressed by his Turkish friends, Banerjee has no intellectual gravitas left to examine things critically.


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