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Tribal ethics

Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East
in response to reader comment: CHALLEGE 6W: Answering Lisa and more

Submitted by Vijay (United Kingdom), Apr 7, 2006 at 07:15

>Submitted by Taj Ashaheed, Apr 6, 2006 at 03:11

>1) i never even referred to the term or idea of "tribal ethics"

This is what you said on Apr 3, 2006 "at any rate, the wisdom is in that the punishment (i.e. mass murder of Jewish captives) was meted out in the fashion that the tribe themselves would have meted - and by someone who they considered an advocate ", the advocate being Mohammed, the Prophet

>2) who asserted that "tribal ethics", especially in general, somehow needed to be "risen above"

That is your choice of what needs to be risen above. Usually enlightened philosophies/ religions/ ideologies ask their votaries to rise above their group emotions and prejudices and be kind to the people of non-group. Obviously Islam is not one.

>2b) ethics of what tribe? (there were many in arabia in the 6th/7th century)

whatever tribes Mohammed was leading

>2c) what particular ethics, if specifically?

In popular understanding 'tribal ethics' means extreme cruellty towards those who belong to other tribes , like mass execution of Jewish captives of war or enslavement of women and children, etc.

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