Sunday, February 21, 2010

Iran Proves the Theory

As religions go, Islam is no better or worse than any other. Among those that believe in the God that spoke to Abraham, it gets the major points across. However, Islam contains an element that is disruptive. A disruptive element that is tolerated, admired, and even praised as long as it is directed as Islam's enemies.

What only a few in Islam understand is that when there are no enemies of Islam, this disruptive element will turn on its host. It always has. It always will. It will destroy Islam itself.

Christianity contained these same disruptive elements, but they have been marginalized hopefully to extinction and history, although Fox News does keep serving up the Jim Jones' Kool-Aid. God forbid the self-righteous right should conceive of some sort of holiness in sending children to blow themselves and other innocent people up in the name of some Christian God.

The U.S. strategy should be leave Iraq and Afghanistan – but leave with ominous message. Give them an Arnold moment. We leave but we tell the war lords and tribal chiefs that if they allow those that would plot against the U.S. in their midst: "We'll be back." We tell Iran than any terrorist nuclear bomb explosion in the U.S. using nuclear material processed in Iran – and yes, we can tell where it came from – will be considered an attack from Iran, an act of war, requiring a full retaliatory response. Regime change would be the least of their worries.

And all this need not happen if we just leave Islam to itself. It will self destroy as readily as it sends its children to self destroy themselves. It's its own worse enemy. Islam cannot move into the twentieth century and here we are in the twenty-first.

What is going on in Iran proves the theory that Islam will destroy itself. What is going on in Iraq proves the theory that Islam cannot get along with its factions and that the coming great war in the Middle East will be between Sunnis and Shias.

The conflict between Jews and Arabs is relatively recent. For centuries, Jews were more accepted in the Sunni run states than Shias and could prosper in a way they never were allowed in Europe. The Sunnis treated the Shias worse than the Jews. So, the Israeli-Palestinian problem is solvable, but once that occurs, the clock starts ticking on the great Sunni-Shia war.

And the best thing America can do is get out of the way.
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