Middle East Madness

The culture of the Middle East is strange to say the least. It makes me wonder if we can ever understand, much less coexist with these wild and crazy guys. Some loony in Florida burns a Qur’an and the offended form a mob to riot, burn and kill their own people. Some stupid cartoonist makes fun of the Prophet and gets on a hit list for his trouble. A daughter dares to step out of line and her own father commits an “honor killing.” How do you solve a problem like Sharia?

Then there are the constant videos of men riding 36 to a small pickup (“ute” in Australia) firing their weapons into the air in defiance of the law of gravity, namely: what goes up must come down. James Foley, a war correspondent and New Hampshire native who was captured in Libya wrote in one dispatch, “On several occasions, young fighters have killed their own and injured others while firing into the air in celebration, overwhelming an already overwhelmed central hospital in Benghazi.”  Perhaps you’ve seen the news report interviewing a young man with a head wound from those pesky bullets that keep returning from whence they came.

How many Middle Easterners have been killed by their own bombs and bullets as opposed to outside forces?  We hate Jews and Westerners so what can we do?  I know, let’s blow up a mosque, market, café or whatever! Excuse me, but among the many senseless acts of mankind, does that make any sense at all?

I don’t think so either.

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6 responses to “Middle East Madness

  1. It seems that you are very well uninformed and biased. First of all, the “wild and crazy guys” view the west in the exact same manner: “The crazy wild-wild west..”

    Secondly, you base your argument on the actions of less than 1% of the Middle Eastern population? Then I shouldn’t be offended if some “crazy” Middle Easterner accused the U.S. of being a “nation of terror” based on the acts of McVeigh, Nichols and Loughner just to name a few!

    I would also like to know what Sharia law is and what it means? You seem to repeat the “phrase of the year” without even defining it. Really, what is Sharia law? Can you provide any sources?

    ATW

  2. dwhitsett

    ATW, I had a look at your blog…you call ME biased?
    Tell you what, you tell me what Sharia law is and you will find many Muslims who disagree with you. That’s the problem isn’t it…no one is really able to give a definitive answer. What I, and other observers, have witnessed is the public expression of Sharia and it isn’t pretty. Maybe you can educate me. What are your sources?
    I will not defend “craziness” no matter where it comes from but I don’t recall saying anything about a “nation of terror.”

  3. Spanish Inquisitor

    How do you solve a problem like Sharia?

    Sorry, that made me laugh. Of course, you had to grow up in the 60s to get the reference. Don’t forget, it was sung by a nun.

    As for what ATW said, he has a point. When a religion is based on revelation, as contained in some holy book, and said book seems to be subject to constant interpretation, you’re going to have a problem defining the law emanating from that book. What you say could be said just as equally and validly about Christianity. Do we hate gays, or love them? Do we have slaves, or not? Do we keep women subservient, or equal to men?
    Is Terry Jones crazy, or simply following his interpretation of the Bible to its logical conclusion?

    So, how do you solve a problem like revelatory religion?

  4. dwhitsett

    S.I.,
    Point made. If people would wise up and let me interpret the Bible for them we wouldn’t have a problem. Of course we apparently have a problem interpreting non-revelatory law too. Hence, the Supreme Court and numerous other justices telling us what the law really means.
    By the way, thanks for getting the reference to the Sound of Music.

  5. Spanish Inquisitor

    For now on, you’re my official Bible Interpreter-in-Chief. When I need a deep theological explanation, I’ll be back. (That was a Schwarzenegger reference) . 8)

  6. You’re asking me to define Sharia? What a laugh. You just confirmed that you repeat what you hear without the slightest clue as to what you’re referring to…

    ATW

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