September 10, 2011

THE IRONY BEING THAT THE LEADER OF THE COUNTERJIHAD...:

Welcome to the Counter-Jihad: ROCK THE CASBAH: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World By Robin Wright (MOHAMAD BAZZI, 9/11/11, NY Times Book Review)

The Arab world is poised for an era of political and cultural renewal. In dramatic succession, popular uprisings have toppled long-reigning dictators even as others cling to power. Amid these momentous events, scholars, journalists and politicians are scrambling to explain how these revolutions came about after years of political stagnation and dashed attempts at reform.

Robin Wright's "Rock the Casbah," though it was mainly reported before this year's convulsions, tackles these questions directly. Wright, a veteran foreign correspondent, argues that the Arab world's younger generation is at the vanguard of a sweeping and seductive cultural revolution. Setting out to challenge the lazy trope that Islam is incompatible with modernity and democracy, she traveled across the Middle East -- with forays into the wider Muslim world -- to profile hip-hop artists, poets, playwrights, feminists, human rights activists, TV imams, comic book creators and comedians. Wright contends that these reformers are working toward a "counter-jihad" to reclaim Islam from militants who crave perpetual holy war. "For the majority of Muslims today, the central issue is not a clash with other civilizations. It is instead a struggle within the faith itself to rescue Islam's central values from a small but virulent minority," she writes. "The new confrontation is effectively a jihad against the Jihad."


...was an American Evangelical whom scholars, journalists and politicians believe intellectually lazy. While they all insisted that Islam--indeed, Orientalism generally--was incompatible with liberalism, it was W who insisted that the moment of liberation and liberalization was at hand.

It reminds one of the great (though, revealingly, parenthetical) line from Robert D. Kaplan's profile of Kissinger:

(In perceiving the Soviet Union as permanent, orderly, and legitimate, Kissinger shared a failure of analysis with the rest of the foreign-policy elite -- notably excepting the scholar and former head of the State Department's policy-planning staff George Kennan, the Harvard historian Richard Pipes, the British scholar and journalist Bernard Levin, and the Eureka College graduate Ronald Reagan.)

How lucky we were to have a Stupid president in place on 9-11. No wonder he believes in Special Providence.


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