Tuesday, September 11, 2018

More Thoughts on 9/11


Perhaps it's because I'm fighting off a nasty cold and a toothache at the same time, or perhaps it's because two of my kittens just died of scorpion-stings, or perhaps  it's because I'm tired to death of hearing CNN/MSNBC railing constantly about Trump -- I swear, if those pundits stepped in dog-sh!t they'd claim that Trump put it there -- but I am royally PO'ed about the leftists' current wail over the Fed-govt. cutting all aid to the UNWRA -- and then closing down the last PLO "embassy" in Washington.  Today, of all days!  Tell me why, as we're officially mourning the deaths of nearly 3000 innocent people killed by Muslin/Arab/Palestinian thugs, we should pity-pity those same global thugs and give them millions of our tax-dollars to keep on waging war with us!  Frankly, I think that cutting off the money to our enemies is the smartest thing that Trump has ever done.  Let the jolly jihadists go whining for money to their rich buddies in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey for their pay-offs every time they kill an American, or an Israeli, or any other non-Muslim in the world.

Having studied these thugs for awhile now, I have lost all sympathy with them.  If I had a choice as to how to spend our tax-dollars, I'd send a few million rounds of ammunition to Israel in gratitude for the valuable service that country is doing for the rest of the world. 

It's becoming increasingly obvious that World War Three will be fought not between the US and Russia, or the US and China, or any combination of the three;  it will be fought between the Jihadists and the rest of the world  -- and anyone who reduces the numbers of the Jihadists is a friend to all of us. 

And all those leftist idiots telling us that concern with the Jihadist threat is "racism" have their heads so far up their @sses that they're coming around for the second time.

First, let it be understood that "Arab" is not a race – no matter what clever propagandists may tell you.  Along with the usual Semitic/Mediterranen types, there are also tribes of Arabs who have creamy-pale skins, red or blond hair, and blue or green or hazel eyes.  There are also tribes of Arabs who are distinctly Black.

"Arab" is not a religion, either.  There are (or were until recently) Christian Arabs in Lebanon, Pagan Arabs in the Kurd provinces, And even Jewish Arabs near what used to be Babylon. 

"Arab" is not even a language, or language family.  Folk in the middle-east speak more than Arabic;  there's Urdu and Pashti, for example, not to mention the north African languages.

What "Arab" really means is a particular culture.  This culture spreads throughout the middle-east, westward across north Africa, and eastward as far as Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Though it shares various features with its neighboring societies, it's readily recognizable and distinct from them. 

Chief among its distinct characteristics are its constant attitude of self-righteous victimhood, its eager religious fanaticism, its related disbelief in objective reality, and its particularly vicious sexism.  Most scholars blame these on Islam, but in fact they existed long before Islam was invented;  the culture shaped the religion more than the religion shaped the culture.  Note particularly how cultural icons like veiling women's heads, female circumcision, and execution of women for mere suspicion of "adultery", are not commanded anywhere in the Koran. 

So where did this peculiar cultural pattern come from? 

The answer stretches back over 4000 years, which explains the common assumption that Arabs have "always been like this".  It goes back before the beginnings of literacy itself, which is why the evidence has been dug up by the archeologists more than historians.  The earliest writings, though, include accounts of earlier myths -- which contain tantalizing hints of an earlier culture which was far different.

What we have managed to learn in the last century is that the first civilizations were matriarchal.  Before about 4000 years ago, humans didn't realize that it was sex that caused pregnancy;  people thought that women made babies by themselves, by magic.  Therefore, the only bloodline was the mother's;  all inheritance of property or rank went through the mother's line.  From a "great mother" ancestor of a tribe, to a divine Great Mother of all humanity, to a Great Mother Goddess of all life were easy steps.  Artistic images of Great Mother Goddesses have been found all the way from Britain to Mongolia, Scandinavia to Africa, dating as far back as 25,000 years. 

Between 4000 and 5000 years ago, it changed.  Humans learned, most likely from observing domesticated animals, that sex is necessary for breeding – therefore, males had a share in the next generation too.    

How people reacted to this knowledge varied widely.  Some cultures moved smoothly toward ambiarchy, steadily giving men – and male gods – more social standing.  Others insisted on turning their societies upside down, elevating males above females and reversing the previous moralities;  where the matriarchies had been largely peaceful, increasing their wealth and influence with trade, the new patriarchies became fiercely warlike and imperialistic.  Over the course of nearly 2000 years, the warlike patriarchies conquered their neighbors and enforced their New World Order on most of Europe, Asia and north Africa.  The history of this conquest was brilliantly revealed and detailed in Merlin Stone's classic book, "When God Was A Woman".

Until about 30 years ago, archeologists assumed that the cultures which chose warlike patriarchy all came from the Aryan tribes along the northern tier of Europe and Asia;  Dr. Marja Gambata even traced the pernicious attitude to the Kurgan culture of eastern Russia.  Further diggings since then, however – including the famous Grave of the Amazon Queen found in western Mongolia – show that this wasn't the case.  The northern Aryan cultures were ambiarchal down into historical times.  The warlike patriarchies which swept down into Greece, Crete and Mycenae were "northern" only in relation to the Mediterranean, having come the long way around the Black Sea.  The warlike Aryans who swept into India around 1700 BCE were likewise "northern" only in relationship to India.  The Hyksos who conquered Egypt came primarily from the east.

It turns out that the real epicenter of warlike patriarchy was a place called Eridu, just east of the juncture of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in present-day Iran.  However subsequent capitals of empires shifted, the center of the warlike patriarchal culture was in the heart of the middle-east.  There it has remained to this day.

This explains much about Arab culture ever since.  First gods dethroned goddesses, then eliminated them altogether – culminating in the institution of a single all-ruling god who demanded his worshipers conquer/convert the world for him.  Women were progressively stripped of all social rights, ending as chattels – even regarded as soulless animals, who could be slaughtered at will.  War was valued higher than trade, to the point were trade came to be regarded as only a subtle form of warfare.  The need to justify the almost-frantic sexism in the face of facts led to the assumption that the laws of nature are not fixed – the foundation of science – but only the whim of the ruling god, who can change his mind if bribed with enough prayer, piety, and human sacrifices.  Likewise, when the world, and the facts, refuses to go one's way for all one's piety, it must be somebody else's fault – and thus the sense of outraged victimhood, which in turn justifies any action against that perceived somebody else.  Historically, all these elements where already present in Arab culture long before Mohammed was born;  the religion he invented only gave them all a unifying excuse.

For the sake of world peace, we must totally eradicate Arab culture itself.  If that means eradicating every last Jihadist in the world, then let's rev up the factories and start turning out the ammunition.  The bums deserve it.

--Leslie <;)))><

6 comments:

Paradoctor said...

The hijackers were Saudis, not Palestinians, and the Saudi embassy is still open. That's because the difference between a terrorist gang and a state is a matter of history, not principle. There is a continuum from crime through terrorism to statecraft, and the main crime of the terrorist is that, merely by existing, he reveals that continuity.

If you go back a few centuries, then you'll find Baghdad and Cairo thriving cities reinventing medicine and mathematics; and meanwhile Rome was a benighted village. Civilization is a fickle mistress.

BTW, speaking of patriarchal religions in trouble; what think you of the Catholic Church's latest eruption of scandal?

Paradoctor said...

I am glad that, this 9/11, there was no celebration disguised as mourning. War is the health of the state.

Leslie Fish said...

Hi, Nat. The best thing the Church can do for itself is to turn the Inquisition (which, yes, still exists) loose on the pedophiles -- and then put an end to "priestly celibacy". Allowing priests to have normal sex won't keep all the pedophiles out, but it should at least stop actively attracting them.

Paradoctor said...

My prescription for the RCC includes ending celibacy, but in exchange insisting on clerical sterility. Vasectomies and tubal ligations for all priests, nuns, and their spouses. This is to prevent the founding of priestly families. These would give rise to aristocracies, one of which would rise to the Papacy, then fall, dragging the Papacy down with it. It was precisely to prevent this that celibacy was instituted in the first place; clerical sterility has the same effect but at less psychological cost. It would also improve recruitment.

But not necessarily the naughty-priest problem. Married priests will commit the sins of married men.

At the top level, the RCC would do well to replace papal infallibility with papal corrigibility. Saying that the Pope never makes mistakes is a bluff, and the sin of pride; saying that the Pope can correct his mistakes is a confession, and the virtue of humility.

Not only the Pope would do well to replace infallibility with corrigibility. I'm thinking of CEOs and Presidents. (A certain orange one in particular. But this is advice that he never will take.)

I had thought that the RCC's middle-management would purge itself naturally, by promotions into dead ends. But you may be right; their cultural auto-immune reaction might very well bring on the literal Inquisition again. Their mission; a smaller but purer Church. The trouble with a smaller but purer Church is that you can't be sure that it's purer, but it certainly would be smaller.

Paradoctor said...

My condolences on the deaths of your two kittens.

Leslie Fish said...

Thanks, Nat.