[extropy-chat] even if Arab poverty were terminated

Al Brooks kerry_prez at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 10 19:47:14 UTC 2005

If poverty were to be terminated in Arab nations, Arabs would still go to war. The koran was written in the 7th century, so for over 1,300 years Arabs have beem reading advice such as to lie in wait for infidels & jews to ambush them at every opportunity. To attack the enemies of Islam is an unambiguous part of the radical Arab heritage, and though radical Arab nationalists constitute only a small fraction of Arabs, sympathy for radicals is not inconsiderable.
Of course ending poverty wouldn't hurt at all, but you can see in Western nations that fundamentalist xians and orthodox jews becoming wealthy does not substantially alter their extreme religious views.

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