And we aren’t sure if hitting yourself with a hammer is bad for you

by Datechguy | February 1st, 2011

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And we aren't sure if hitting yourself with a hammer is bad for you

There is igno­rance and there is igno­rance:

More trou­bling ques­tions. Will Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ists, well orga­nized almost every­where, fill the power vac­uum, and is that good or bad?

That’s NBC’s Mar­tin Fletcher. Lisa Graas has this to say:

We can only spec­u­late about what “rea­son­ing “Fletcher might use to defend such a pre­pos­ter­ous claim that it is some­how an open ques­tion whether or not Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ism may be an accept­able form of gov­ern­ment. I do not want to think he is inten­tion­ally shoring up the notion in peo­ple that Islamist regimes can be good. Rather, in giv­ing him the ben­e­fit of the doubt, I should think this is a claim based in cow­ardice such as we find time and time again in his­tory. As evil advances in the world, cow­ards slide fur­ther and fur­ther down the slip­pery slope of denial

It’s like look­ing at this film.

and con­clud­ing that we aren’t quite sure if get­ting a wrench in the head will hurt you.

Update: Richard Cohen actu­ally sees what is in front of him:

Egypt’s prob­lems are immense. It has a pop­u­la­tion it can­not sup­port, a stan­dard of liv­ing that is stag­nant and a self-​image as leader of the (Sunni) Arab world that does not, really, cor­re­spond to real­ity. It also lacks the civic and polit­i­cal insti­tu­tions that are nec­es­sary for democ­racy. The next Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment — or the one after — might well be com­posed of Islamists. In that case, the peace with Israel will be abro­gated and the mob cur­rently in the streets will roar its approval.

His analy­sis is a sober­ing dose of reality.

There is ignorance and there is ignorance:

More troubling questions. Will Islamic fundamentalists, well organized almost everywhere, fill the power vacuum, and is that good or bad?

That’s NBC’s Martin Fletcher. Lisa Graas has this to say:

We can only speculate about what “reasoning “Fletcher might use to defend such a preposterous claim that it is somehow an open question whether or not Islamic fundamentalism may be an acceptable form of government. I do not want to think he is intentionally shoring up the notion in people that Islamist regimes can be good. Rather, in giving him the benefit of the doubt, I should think this is a claim based in cowardice such as we find time and time again in history. As evil advances in the world, cowards slide further and further down the slippery slope of denial

It’s like looking at this film.

and concluding that we aren’t quite sure if getting a wrench in the head will hurt you.

Update: Richard Cohen actually sees what is in front of him:

Egypt’s problems are immense. It has a population it cannot support, a standard of living that is stagnant and a self-image as leader of the (Sunni) Arab world that does not, really, correspond to reality. It also lacks the civic and political institutions that are necessary for democracy. The next Egyptian government – or the one after – might well be composed of Islamists. In that case, the peace with Israel will be abrogated and the mob currently in the streets will roar its approval.

His analysis is a sobering dose of reality.

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