Clash Of Civilizations Greatly Exaggerated?

7 05 2009

Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have exploded on the scene in the Western world over the past several years and enhanced our lives by exponentially increasing connectivity and resourcefulness.  Similarly, mobile phones have evolved into hand-sized computers which can be used to instantaneously transmit messages of all types.

Simply put, we’re so immersed in the Information Age, we take it completely for granted.

So, when I heard that Facebook was growing in popularity in the Muslim world and that they were using text messaging for something other than detonating explosives, I had to admit I was filled with hope. 

Maybe we’re not that different after all. 

Here are some interesting ways the East and West are integrating these new technologies into their worlds.

Western Civilization:

Worker fired for Facebook status.

Hungover worker caught by Facebook updates.

Muslim “Civilization”:

Saudi man divorces wife by text message.

Malaysian Sharia law allows divorce on Facebook.

Background:

According to a controversial practice called the talaq or “triple-talaq,”  a husband may say to his wife at anytime she is not menstruating, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you,” and this effectively throws her out on the street.

Crazy!

Isn’t that sorta how you get Beetlejuice and The Candyman to suddenly appear in your house?

Related:

Saudi 8 year old, gets divorced from her 47 year old rapist hubby.

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That Old Lovable “Jews Are Apes And Pigs” Canard

4 01 2009

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The USA refuses to utilize propaganda nowadays.  In the past, it was used to dehumanize Japanese and Germans and make the USA seem more appealing to Russians.  But now, other than Obama campaign slogans and posters, we view it all as evil.

I blame Bush.  And wtf, liberalism too.

The Muslim world is riddled with conspiracy theories and mysticism. Images of Jews as apes, fortified by Koranic verses that say the exact same, are extremely powerful in dehumanizing Jews and rallying destitute Muslims, who would usually just be killing each other, mutilating women, eradicating homosexuality, and sitting around smoking tobacco.

So when you look at the above picture, and imagine the pulse of the crowd, remember it’s not a joke that the Jew is represented by an ape.  Consider another lost generation of Muslim children who will forever hate Jews because of terrifying images like this…well, and because of the Quran.

By the way, the lovely picture was taken in Obama’s Jakarta.  And they hate Jews there because?

The Quran.

UPDATE: Atlas has pictures of the Muslims that have taken over Europe chanting “Jews to the gas.”

I need two CCs of Leftism telling me that, “Christianity is just as threatening and all religions have extremists” STAT!





Thomas Friedman Flips His Flat World Upside Down

3 12 2008

Someday we might look back at the weeks directly after the election and marvel at how Obama won the war in Iraq so quickly.  Thank goodness the blogs announced VI-Day.

Friedman bemoans the length of America’s occupation while disregarding Iraq’s own wishes to be occupied until 2011.  Denying this mitigating factor signals his blatant partisanship and forecasts his delusional whopper that; Obama will play tough-guy with the Iraqis better than Bush; and that if we stay longer, but not too long, Obama’s given genius will help a moderate Iraq take root and give Democrats credibility on national security.  And liberals think conservatives take enormous leaps of logic and faith!

Obama is inheriting an Iraq where we have to begin drawing down our troops — because the occupation has gone on too long and because we have now committed to do so by treaty — but it is also an Iraq that has the potential to eventually tilt the Arab-Muslim world in a different direction.

I’m sure that Obama, whatever he said during the campaign, will play this smart. He has to avoid giving Iraqi leaders the feeling that Bush did — that he’ll wait forever for them to sort out their politics — while also not suggesting that he is leaving tomorrow, so they all start stockpiling weapons.

If he can pull this off, and help that decent Iraq take root, Obama and the Democrats could not only end the Iraq war but salvage something positive from it. Nothing would do more to enhance the Democratic Party’s national security credentials than that.

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What else should we expect from a newspaper that’s done more to undermine the War in Iraq America than any other, outside of al-jazeera?  Even still, very disappointing stuff from such an esteemed fellow like Thomas Friedman.

Here’s a “reporter’ for NYT at his best, in field.