This is from a comment by "Traveler" on a Dianna West article concerning the winding down of the Iraqi war and what the future holds. It's conclusions aren't pretty but then we aren't dealing with "pretty." They are also politically incorrect but actually correct.
Seeing where you come from and from which viewpoint you are speaking I can only agree with you.
But allow me a few remarks.
The Islamic culture as such doesn't exist, it's the Arabic or Persian culture which you are confronting.
Now when we say Arabic culture we are stretching the meaning of the word, but for lack of a better one we shall use it here.
The Arabic culture has never been able to grow out of the tribal and "main family" system. In that context the tribal chief or the chief of the extended family is the absolute boss.
Going to an Arab country with the declared aim of installing democracy is ridiculous, they don't even understand the concept.
Further, since communication is mainly verbal for the illiterate population, a foreign power is totally dependant on the local verbal translators.
This is an impossible situation.
Let's go back to the original aims of this war: overthrowing a dictator and installing a safe democracy where there is no place for terrorism.
You have overthrown the dictator and his state structure. This left a vacuum in which terrorism installed itself.
You created an embryo of a sort of democratic structure in which the tribal and big family chiefs immediately installed themselves, thus coming
back to the tribal system.
As in the good old days those tribes and families continue to murder their opponents while the terrorists slip in between the mazes and create havoc with everybody, using just those tribal feuds and inflaming them.
The Americans meanwhile are trying to fight terrorists in a "humane way", according to international conventions. This is not working of course because the terrorists have no fear of "humane" methods.
Further the terrorists have a free hand with the local tribes and families since they put themselves under the banner of Islam.
The only way to fight these terrorists is with the help of the local tribes and families.
Any Iraqui member of a terrorist group is responsible for the total expropriation of all property from his family, the family is responsible for their familymembers. Any Iraqui harboring terrorists is responsible with his whole family and the whole family loses its property and pays for the damage and bloodmoney of any victims.
Any tribal chief is responsible for terrorist attacks on his territory.
Inhumane? Sure for Western societies who don't allow terrorists and don't harbor terrorists in their houses, for an Arabic society the joint responsability of a family is normal and applies througout their history.
The fear to lose the whole family property should be bigger than the fear of the terrorists.
Further, any suicide bomber should be identified and published with photographs and the adresses of his family members so that his family could undergo the revenge of the bloodfeud by the families of the victims of the terrorist attack.
Suicide bombers families are supported with money and pensions after the death of the suicide bomber. When they know that their family will be killed because of bloodfeud after their terrorist attack they will be less interested in the 70 virgins.
This fight is now and has to be won, do it in their own way with their own weapons.
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