Tag: Civilizations

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Ancient Israel gave the world the idea of hope. We are here because God created us in love, and through love we discover the meaning and purpose of life. Tragic cultures eventually disintegrate and die. Lacking any sense of ultimate meaning, they lose the moral beliefs and habits on which continuity depends. They sacrifice happiness […]

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ISIS Shoots Self In Foot Again

 

Since 9/11, much has been made of how the very values the West holds dear — specifically, our “small-l” liberality — make it supremely vulnerable to attacks by barbarians such as al Qaeda and ISIS. It’s not only a reasonable fear, but a very real concern: whenever there have been attacks, they almost always exploit these weaknesses.

Much less, however, has been made of our enemies’ parallel strengths and weaknesses; specifically, that the atavistic, fanatical, violent, and narrow-minded values that animate them (and make them dangerous) severely handicap them economically, scientifically, militarily, and culturally. I argued along these lines a few weeks ago, when I pointed out that ISIS’ ability to build things — including weapons and the economy necessary to purchase them — pales in comparison to their ability to destroy. And if a news item from al-Arabyia is to be believed, ISIS seems intent on doubling down on the problem:

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Unlike so many liberal leaders and reporters who love to lambaste straw men, I try to judge ideological groups by their best arguments and most representative members. When considering Islam, one fair measure seems to be the character and leadership of its founding prophet, Mohammed. Not only does the whole belief system depend on his […]

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