Friday, March 27, 2015
President Barack Lubitz at the controls
Israeli official brands emerging Iran deal as ‘incomprehensibly’ bad, reads one report. Israeli TV: Iran deal, leaving 6,100 centrifuges spinning, to be signed by Tuesday, says another
Germanwings will change the cockpit rules i.e. they will include a requirement that, when one of the pilots exits the cockpit for any reason, another qualified crew member must lock the door and remain on the flight deck until the pilot returns to his or her station.
But the American political system of checks and balances is already in place, and yet
this is still happening. How come?
Matthew Kroenig,in his book At Time to Attack,writes:
"As Iran's nuclear capabilities grow over time, it is even possible that nuclear war with Iran could threaten the very existence of the United States. While the risk of nuclear war on every given day is low, it is not zero. And that risk needs to be aggregated day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade as the countries go through various political conflicts of interest, crises and possibly even wars. Given enough time, there is a real risk that something could go terribly wrong.".
How is it that so many people, not only Americans, but the other 5 negotiators are complacent, unaware of the danger unfolding before our eyes? After all, as Kroenig writes, a nuclear Iran would be an existential threat for the US as well as for Europe.
The answer, I think, is just ignorance. Profound ignorance of how Muslims think and what they believe in. Although I have read extensively on Islam, Chapter 4 of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book Heretic was educational –
Those who love death - Islam’s Fatal Focus on the Afterlife.
“Americans are raised to believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Muslims such as the Chicago Three, by contrast, are educated to venerate death over life – to value the promise of eternal life more highly than actual life here on earth. They see their primary purpose in this life as preparing for death: in the words of the Chicago teenager, “what we did to prepare for our death is what will matter”. Death is the goal, the event that matters because it leads to the prize of eternal life”
Many Muslims believe this with a fervor that is hard for modernized Westerners to comprehend.
And all this without the Shi’a Twelver eschatology which adds an additional layer of ignorance to our already clueless Islam ignoramuses of the P5 + 1
We are in serious trouble. I am quite sure that
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 2:01 PM