November 21, 2006


Jihadis and whores (Spengler, 11/20/06, Asia Times)

Wars are won by destroying the enemy's will to fight. A nation is never really beaten until it sells its women.

The French sold their women to the German occupiers in 1940, and the Germans and Japanese sold their women to the Americans after World War II. The women of the former Soviet Union are still selling themselves in huge numbers. Hundreds of thousands of female Ukrainian "tourists" entered Germany after the then-foreign minister Joschka Fischer loosened visa standards in 1999. That helps explain why Ukraine has the world's fastest rate of population decline. On a smaller scale, trafficking in Iranian women explains Iran's predicament.

To understand Iranian politics, cherchez les femmes: the fate of Iranian women sheds light on the eccentricity of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. [...]

What is it that persuades women to employ their bodies as an instrument of commerce, rather than as a way of achieving motherhood? It is not just poverty, for poor women bear children everywhere. In the case of Iran, deracination and cultural despair impel millions of individual women to eschew motherhood. Prostitution is a form of psychic suicide; writ large, it is a manifestation of the national death-wish, the hideous recognition that the world no longer requires Ukrainians or Moldovans.

Iranians already behave like a defeated people. That is why they are so unstable, and so dangerous.

The existential question is whether we and the Iranian people themselves can get rid of Khomeinism in time or whether they've already passed the tipping point, as secular Europe did last century.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2006 4:50 PM

Dear Mr. Ahmadinejad,

Choose your enemy wisely, for it is he whom you will most come to resemble.
-- Chinese Proverb

But I see you've already found that out for yourself.

Posted by: ras at November 21, 2006 5:11 PM

The timing of such 'deracination' is important. Europe went into the 20th century with fervor, but an empty soul. And once WWI dragged past October 1914, they were doomed. That was 92 years ago.

Iran was oppressed in 1978, but it became terrorized in 1979. It has been 25 years. The Cultural Revolution only lasted about 3 years, and it gutted a generation of Chinese.

There are plenty of prostitutes in the US (and India, for that matter), so their existence in large numbers isn't proof positive of imminent collapse, but Iran doesn't have any way to reconcile itself to their presence. Sex is a club in Iran (as in most Islamic nations), and combined with the overall sadness of the society, it probably is a bellwether of coming decline.

That has certainly been the case in Russia, with 4.5 abortions per adult woman.

Nice proverb, ic.

Posted by: ratbert at November 21, 2006 6:10 PM

Until the Bahais and Zoroasterians threaten to outnumber the Muslims, there ain't no "tipping point" in sight. (unless you are a Realist, of course).

(Note that it's not the number of prostitutes, but the number being "exported".)

Posted by: Raoul Orrega at November 21, 2006 8:04 PM

Many of the Ba'Hais were killed over a hundred years ago.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 21, 2006 10:05 PM