January 10, 2006
On Reform Of Islam - 'When even the pope has to whisper'Topics: Faith
Spengler's article, "When even the pope has to whisper," is a must read that addresses the difficulty, indeed the improbability, of Islam reforming:
Islam is the unexploded bomb of global politics. US foreign policy - the only foreign policy there is, for the United States is the only superpower - proceeds from the hope that a modern and democratic Islam will emerge from the ruins of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Through democratic institutions, Washington believes, the long-marginalized Shi'ites will adapt to religious pluralism. Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's Islam, fixed in amber since the High Middle Ages, will metamorphose into something like American mainline Protestantism.Pope Benedict XVI has let it be known that he does not believe Islam can reform, and he has clearly explained the reasons for saying so.
Alas, the available facts suggest that the opposite result will ensue: more freedom equals more fundamentalism.
The piece is required reading to all in the West that are interested in knowing where we really stand in this battle of civilizations that we find ourselves in.
Posted by Richard at January 10, 2006 8:02 AM
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