…this view of women is not confined to Islam — it typifies all backwards, heavily tribalized societies from Africa to Central Asia.
But it is a particular problem in the Muslim world because the religion’s foundational text, the Koran, is essentially a crystallization of the tribal practices and myths of militarily successful 7th-century Bedouin Arab tribes.
How unfortunate for all these girls and women that their deaths didn’t come at the hands of Jews — in which case, they’d probably have streets named after them, just like al-Dura.
The Bible is the story of a people’s journey out of barbarism.
The Koran is the story of a people’s embrace of it.
Speaking of Bedouin Arabs: who watched The March of Time series on TCM last weekend? Especially amusing was the short about “Palestine”, shot just after WW2 but before independence.
For ten minutes, you see footage of lush farmland and new hospitals, with the narrator describing all the agricultural, medical, scientific and educational breakthroughs the Jewish refugees had already achieved in their new home.
Then the last minute showed a bunch of Arabs squatting in the dirt, puffing on pipes, doing sweet **** all, then another bunch of Arabs in military uniforms getting ready to kill their new neighbors, who’d just finished vaccinating their kids.