Are The Muslims 10 Feet Tall?
I don't know about you, but I've noticed a disturbing trend among some of my fellow citizens. It reminds me a great deal of the way some people viewed the Soviets back before their collapse. To judge by what was in the popular media back then we were doomed. Our only real option was to put off the inevitable as long as possible. The inevitable being swallowed up by the vastly more moral, if not superior Communist/Socialist juggernaut.
Back during the 1980s I came across a rather refreshing article titled something like "Are The Russians Ten Feet Tall?". The article argued that far from being the invincible supermen that Americans feared (or in some cases adored). The Soviets were in serious trouble. Sadly, I don't remember many particulars of the story. Mostly I just remember feeling relief at some sign that I might not wind up working on a collective farm somewhere after all.
Now I hear from time to time the same sort of thing being said about the Muslims: They can't be contained or defeated. There are too many of them. They are too fanatical. They are more dedicated and so forth. While we Westerners are too fat, lazy, stupid, ignorant, agnostic, ambivilant, etc. to preserve ourselves. I've even heard a co-worker once state that we deserved to be conquered and oppressed as punishment for what we have "done" to the rest of the world. I don't know about you, but I'm sure that the statute of limitations has run out on colonialism, Indian wars, slavery, etc.
Like most of you I'm sure, I've been continually researching Islam and the Muslim world and I find a lot of chinks in their armor that could be exploited, if only we lived in a society that exploit its advantages. One of these is Muslim (or at least Arab) disdain for physical labor. It's my understanding that starting at the bottom and working your way up is an unfathomable concept to most. I've read that its not uncommon for an otherwise able-bodied man to sit around unemployed for 10 years, smoking and quaffing coffee at the local coffee shop while waiting for "suitable" employment (e.g. management).
Another I've heard and read about is their penchant for physical cowardice. Naturally, some will raise the specter of suicide attacks as proof that they are very brave indeed. I believe that is false on a numbers of counts: first, although there are obviously far too many people willing to be suicide bombers, the numbers pales in comparison to the number of Muslims available take the job (plus I consider suicide bombing to be evolution in progress); second, we must bear in mind that the numb nut actually believes he is on his way to have exclusive sexual access with 72 women for all eternity, I suspect that instead of brave he may simply be horny; third, if you'll recall the first Gulf War, you'll remember the droves of enemy soldiers scratching and clawing at each other in order to be first to surrender, sometimes to unmanned reconnaisance drones. The Gulf War presented an opportunity for every supply clerk and mess cook to be a Sergeant York.
There is another area that could be exploited, though I'm sure it will be denounced as cynical and mercenary. That is playing on the fault lines that run through the Muslim world. Sunnis and Shiites despise each other almost as much as they hate us. It seems like the only thing they can agree on is Kurdish genocide. The Wahabbis are nutier than squirrel excrement and the world tends to forget that the Iranians are not Arabs, but rather Persians and have long considered the Arabs to be little more than hairless monkeys. We could play on that. I know it probably makes me a "bad" person, but I'm not so sure that civil war in Iraq is such a bad thing. Muslims killing Muslims is the epitome of the win-win situation.