Sunday, November 02, 2008

Iraqis for McCain-Palin?

Nibras Kazimi, responding to a commenter about his support for McCain and Palin, writes:
Yes. I do support Sarah Palin. And I support her more every time someone badmouths her.

She has the fighting spirit that would get your country, and the rest of the world, through hardships.

The caricature that the media has created of her is not convincing. I watched the VP debate, and I was sold on her intellect, strength and potential for leadership.

An American leader doesn't need to recollect the names of villages in the vicinity of Baquba to gain my confidence, all I want from said leaders is the ability to tell right from wrong. To use common sense when the old ways of doing things consistently fail.

If you feel intellectualy superior to her, then I advize you to run for the governorship of a state, any state, and let's see how far you get.

And she's made me appreciate another America out there that doesn't seem to have much of voice among the decision makers and trend setters. And you know what, I kinda like the values of that other America. Simple, wholesome values that a place like DC, a place that's lost its bearings, sorely needs.

Can't say the same about Obama.
Not to mention that both Obama and Biden were against the surge -- successful counter-insurgency run by Petraeus that will be studied for decades.

And you thought that only Bush and the Neocons can be labelled with "imperial hubris"? As Nibras points out in his latest blog entry, looking at the latest iteration of Obama T-shirts, a vote for Obama is a vote to CHANGE THE WORLD. Jeez, I guess Obama really does think the the White House controls the world today.

Abbas, on the other hand, doesn't like McCain because he's a "rich old white guy." He also believes that, in the end, it makes no difference who is president of the United States, Obama or McCain.


However, over at Abbas's, far more interesting to follow have been the responses to his entry on religion: How I Lost Faith In Allah : Christians, Sorry for bombing your infidel asses lol. In this entry, Abbas recounts the day on which he began to lose his faith:
This illogical adherence to one's specific religion is one of the reasons why I stopped believing in the beauty of God. When my three friends were killed, we had a prayer for them at the university mosques, and then we took their mock coffins and put them side by side at the entrance of the hall, each coffin had a small photo of the person who is supposed to be in it, and I took a long look at the faces, shifting my eyes from one to the other, I could detect no difference whatosever between any one of them, all were very pleasant, polite early-20s Iraqi guys who had been raised each according to his family's religion, yet according to all the three religions these people subscribed to (Sunni, Shia, Christian), only one of them will go to heaven, based of course on what religion will turn out to be the one God really favors. I did not realize it then, but that was the moment when I first started suspecting the idiocy of religion, those people had no hand in choosing their religion, they simply inherited it from their fathers, and they would have a hard time accepting any other faith than theirs, because all religions carry errors and mistakes that cannot be overruled by logic without any significant suspension of disbelief, and what sort of fair justice would be to send two of them to your hell just because they didn't get lucky to follow your chosen creed?
Is religion necessary to civilization? No, the Japanese and Chinese are not religious. In Europe the churches are mostly empty on Sundays and yet they seem to doing fine. Europeans, I imagine, have memories of the the religious wars that erupted not long after Luther put up his 95 Theses on that church door in Wittenberg in 1517 to the Peace of Westphalia in Westphalia in 1648 (where the principle of cuius regio, eius religio allowed the local prince to decide if the people would follow Catholicism, Lutheranism, or Calvinism). They barely survived those wars, just as they barely survived the twin ideologies of fascism and communism in the twentieth century that killed even more of its people than the religious wars did.

Well, on the other hand, does religion offer many people a sense of community and shared values? Yes, it does. I grew up in Dyersville, a small town in Iowa where the Roman Catholic faith is central to the town's identity. The residents are overwhelmingly Catholic, our ancestors being Catholics from the European countries of Luxembourg, Germany, and Ireland. Back in the nineteenth century they all helped build the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, a church that to this day is central to the town's activities and where the majority of the townspeople go for Sunday Mass, each family having their favorite sections of the church where they like to sit, and where all the town's baptisms, weddings, and funerals are conducted. For many in the Middle East, I imagine, following Islam is much like how the Roman Catholics in Dyersville follow their religion, with the faith and the mosque central to their community.

In Christianity, the religious wars appear to be far behind us. But can the same be said for Islam?

Any comments?


One of my favorite commentators in the blogosphere on Deutsch-Amerikanisch Freundshaft is Clarsonimus, the master satirist who runs the blog Observing Hermann. Today he posts a very funny video:




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