[extropy-chat] War of Ideology

Bret Kulakovich bret at bonfireproductions.com
Mon Aug 2 18:47:39 UTC 2004

Not to beat a dead thread, but -

I had a room mate once, who was incredibly neat and well organized. 
Yes, some people would call him a "neat-freak" or even 
"super-anal-retentive" This wasn't an Odd Couple scenario, with me 
being a slob, but I wasn't as highly structured. From time to time we 
made each other crazy.

So my question is : Who was right?

I heard of an academic expert speaking on Isalm, of course talking the 
sense of it being a religion of peace and the like. The quote that 
stuck with me, was something along the lines of the "problem" is 
radical interpretations of Islamic law, and that most of history 
involving Islam revolves around a small minority.

I tend to keep with the old "Your right to throw a punch ends at my 
face" Heinleinian angle.

But if we have a group that wants to create "the perfect Islamic 
nation-state", and are constantly looking to increase their 
square-footage, are we not having an ideological conflict? I think that 
blaming partisan politics, soviet-era US backing, coddling Israel, and 
all other catch phrases, are failing to acknowledge the fact that this 
does seem to be an ideological problem...?

On Jul 28, 2004, at 12:55 PM, Adrian Tymes wrote:

> --- Samantha Atkins <sjatkins at gmail.com> wrote:
>> But to now posit an
>> ideological war as being largely the "why" of
>> terrorism and hardly
>> bothering to mention US polcies fueling anger
>> throughout the region
>> says that this Commission was a political puppet of
>> the current
>> adminstration with no credibility whatsoever.
> Oh, they mention the policies.  That's part of the
> source of the ideological war.  But whatever the
> cause, the result is still the result - and merely
> removing the cause won't necessarily fix everything
> (even if it would help a lot).
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