Re: Letter to NPR re Duncan Moon's 9/18 piece on Islamic reaction to the 911 attacks

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Sep 19 2001 - 02:00:58 MDT

Damien Broderick <> writes:

> At 10:40 PM 9/18/01 -0700, samantha wrote:
> >I think it is more of a young and bloody culture wrenched into the 20th
> century
> >kind of problem.
> I keep seeing this attempted explanation. If it means that Islam itself is
> `young', feeling its oats, you have to wonder why even later ideological
> systems are not all frothing at the mouth with unchecked rage and
> missionary zeal. Some have, of course; some have been restrained.
> Islam is 1400 years old. Islam was already old long before anyone spoke
> English. Some 55 generations. This is *not* `young'.

It isn't about Islam. It is about many Arab countries developmental levels before
being wrenched into this century. Islam actually helped civilize them relative
to what they were before. Of course a fair argument can be made that the Turks
actually did more to add some of the nastier elements to Islam, especially the
subjugation of women. But that's another topic altogether.

- samantha

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