Monday, October 15, 2007

"Hitchens' idiosyncratic ideas and positions preclude easy classification" -wikipedia

"Perplexed conservatives can stop wondering what Hitchens really wants. He wants to live — and presumably wants all of us to live — in a society resembling Moorish-occupied Spain...

...Hitchens grants that Moorish Spain is a long way from the 'secular state' he proposes in the same article. He nonetheless goes on to suggest that life under the firm yet benevolent rule of enlightened Muslim emirs may be the closest thing to a perfect society that we benighted humans can expect to achieve, given our biological limitations — specifically, given the unhappy circumstance that 'the religious impulse itself seems to be partly innate at our present stage of evolution,' as Hitchens puts it."

If this article is true, Hitchen seems to believe that genocide is the path to that "enlightened Islamic society"

"Or, at least, wholesale execution of the population of the Moslem world until they are sufficiently cowed and frightened and depleted that they are unable to resist us in any way, ever again."

A more viable solution which I wholeheartedly endorse is:

"A clash of whole civilizations is a war of ideas. The way we can 'conquer' is on the cultural and economic level: the West should not invade and destroy, but should instead set an example, lead with strength, and be the civilization that every rational citizen of the other side wants to emulate. Yes, there will be wars and skirmishes, because not everyone on either side is rational, but the bloodshed isn't the purpose. Hitchens would make it the raison d'etre of the whole Western effort."

Of course, I would argue that a Catholic society is simply more attractive than a secular one.


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