Thursday, April 06, 2006
This One's For You, Oberon
*After April, the post will probably be found at in Simmons' message archive.
So, what I am saying and what I have never wanted to say is that if nothing any American does will change attitudes in the Muslim world...what choice do we have?
Make no mistake, I am not beginnign to condone invading Iraq or any other half-baked neo-con idea. I am saying that if terrorism attacks continue, we have little to lose calling for a Holy War. To be succingt, if it's a Holy War they want...
I have to think that this line of thinking is a popular meme in Europe. That Muslims are not integrating into European culture and in fact are violently opposing European culture in Europe...not something that will happen in American any time soon. It is really ticking off Europeans though...they're all like "Hey, we thought when we opened our borders, we go all melting pot like the USA". So, I think that is the origin of the Dan Simmon's story more fear than denial. On the other hand, Bruce Sterling's story looks at how the USA may self destruct and limits the Caliphate to persia, which seems more likely. Muslims will will in the west via demographic changes, not via any type of invasion.