Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Oppressor and the Oppressed

America supports freedom for all except...

Except what?

Except we know that "freedom" is a word not universally understood.

During the Cold War we supported dictators and despots if they opposed the USSR and/or China. We knew the dictators and despots of the USSR and China wanted to spread dictatorships and despotism over all the world, so the enemy of our enemy was our friend.

After the inevitable collapse of the fraud Communism, we continued to support some dictators and despots to protect the world against the next -ism, whatever it might turn out to be.

However, we had a pretty good idea what it would be, and we were right.


Islam. "Submission to God."

Who can argue with that?

How do we know what God wants us to do?

God told us. In the Koran.

Well God told Mohammad, and Mohammad told others to write it down, and thus the Koran.

Since all that happens is God's will, the Koran and before and since was and will be as God desires.

Insha'Allah. God willing.

So finally God wills the faithful to be free.

Free to do what?

Follow God's will.

But they have always done that.

All that has been and will be is as God willed.

Just like the Koran says.

So if each just follows the Koran, all is in accord with God's plan, right?

Not quite.

A lot has happened since Mohammad dictated the Koran.

In fact, most murdered Muslims were and are killed by other Muslims because of religious disagreements.

I know that's impossible.

God's will, you know.

However, as Mohammad criticized Judaism and Christianity because leaders and priests following Moses and Christ allowed error and corruption to befoul their teachings, so have the teachings of Mohammad, the Prophet of God, been befouled.

Islam is interpreted by religious leaders to guide the faithful, and they are as eager to direct the actions of their followers as ancient Judeo-Christian theologians were to debate how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. (As illustration, watch Egyptian Cleric Sa'd Arafat explain the do's and don't's of beating your wife - click here)

The oppressed of the Muslim world - such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - don't want to end all oppression. They just want to be on the side of the oppressors.

Look to Iran.

Out with the Shah, in with the Ayatollah.

The Iranian man-in-the-street was more free under the Shah than under the Ayatollahs.

Especially if the man-in-the-street was a woman.

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