Tuesday, June 01, 2004

delusion

It is sad that, as well-intentioned as is Pervez Musharraf's plea for Enlightened Moderation, it is so nonsensical:
Muslims are probably the poorest, most uneducated, most powerless and most disunited people in the world.
With a little effort, I could probably come up with some people who are a bit worse off. I bet you can too! (Of course, to make the argument, you would have to grant the assertion that Muslims constitute a "people," which is self-evidently false.) It is disturbing that a man as intelligent as Musharraf so completely buys into this mass persecution complex. I am not saying that it is totally unwarranted, just that the grandiose scale of the paranoia is a product of a variety of diseases within the Muslim world, for which Israel and the CIA can only be held partially responsible.

Anyway, his solution is to try to revitalize the Organization of Islamic Conferences. Sounds like a good idea, but I wonder how he settled on that as opposed to, say, a military coup, or selling nuclear weapons to North Korea.

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