Saturday, March 25, 2006

In defense of...

Just my opinions on some recent news items which came up that caused a few emotions to burst up around the blogsphere:

In defense of....The Afghanistan Mission

Ever since the case of Abdul Rahman came up (the Afghani citizen who converted to Christianity and who now faces the death penalty) there's been some grumblings on this side of the Atlantic. I've even read some comments that went as far as calling for the withdrawal of troops as a means of punishing the new Afghan government's policies on religious freedom. Look...I understand the frustration, I too find the case of Abdul Rahman to be appalling, and I pray to god that he will walk out of all this in one piece, but let's just take a deep breather and examine the situation:

Let us remember that Afghanistan was trapped in decades and decades of religious fundamentalism, war, tribal clashes, poverty, foreign occupiers, etc. Therefore we really shouldn't expect any miracles to occur in terms of human rights and religious tolerance in a short time. We can't expect a country that was living in the what is considered to the equivalent of the dark ages 5 years ago to suddenly embrace 20th century form of social enlightenment in such a short while.

For enlightenment to start taking hold in Afghanistan (and the Muslim World for that matter) certain pre-requisites need to take hold such as Educational institutions, Proper Infrastructure, a developed economy, an appreciation for the arts, and then slowly society begins to progress.

Withdrawing troops now, would most definitely make all the progress so far collapse, resulting in the return of the religious Fundamentalists to take power. Taking the country is the opposite direction its going now...backwards.

In defense of...the Ralph Klein Budget:

I know a large increase in spending in the recent Alberta Budget might make a few Fiscal Conservatives wince at the sight, but truth is its to be expected, if not applauded. (Hear me out for a second!).

Wasn't the whole argument behind budgetary tax cuts (which Klein did in the 90's) was that it would result in higher government revenue in the future? (which it did). So as Alberta's population increases due to its economic boom, money must be spent to improve Alberta's social programs and infrastructure now that the money is available. That doesn't mean spending should be done uncontrollably, but only to say that an increase in spending is to be expected.

Which in a way justifies the whole concept of Reaganomics



In defense of...The Flat Tax

Vincent Geloso has good post regarding the Flat Tax and the countries that have adopted it as its tax system. And guess what? All of those economies grew impressively. Give it a read.

In defense of...Harper's original policy on Hamas.

When Harper hinted last month that he may not recognize the results of the Palestinian elections that saw Hamas sweep into power, the left in this country screamed bloody murder at such insult to their ideological brothers in Palestine. Well...earlier this week, the new cabinet Minster responsible for security stated that not only will Hamas refuse to recognize Israel, but actually assist its militants on the attacks in Israel.

Not that the left would give a dam about the "collateral damage" to Hamas' operations anyway, but the centrists out there have to believe that it was the right thing to do on Harper's part.

3 Comments:

At Saturday, 25 March, 2006, Blogger doug said...

I do not think we should be 'withdrawing' our troops at this point, BUT under no circumstances should we ever place ourselves in the position of supporting a fascist-lite Regime just so we don't get a fascist-heavy one in its place.

It Afghanistan executes,imprisons, or persecutes this guy we should be prepared to allow them to wallow in their own mess without our FINANCIAL and MILITARY support.

We simply cannot be placed in the position of supporting Islamic Insanity simply because it is there. That would be equivalent to the British in India having endorsed 'suttee' instead of campaigning against it.

We simply can't. And more importantly, all 'nuance' aside, the people will not stand for it. Neither those who don't want to be there, but also those who do. It's just not practical to argue that we should be spending our treasure and asking our idealistic troops to enshrine this type of Islamic Madness.

The 'dubious' geo-political goal of 'reforming' Islam, simply is not worth the moral degeneracy that would be involved. More and more people are in fact coming to the conclusion that 'reform' is in fact impossible.

This situation, and of course the infamous cartoons, are examples of why.

“If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

We must not spend our time gazing into that abyss, unless there is demonstable evidence that it might be closing, even if ever so slowly.

I expect that this guy will be declared to be 'insane'. He would have to be according to Islam to reject its PERFECT Wisdom. Otherwise as they say --- Off With His Head. Islam being the 'merciful,peaceful, understanding', cult that it is.

'Moderate' Afghans Speak Out.

 
At Monday, 27 March, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

"BUT under no circumstances should we ever place ourselves in the position of supporting a fascist-lite Regime just so we don't get a fascist-heavy one in its place."

We're not supporing the decision, we're supporting the security of the region and to lay the groundwork for future progressive thought.

"It Afghanistan executes,imprisons, or persecutes this guy we should be prepared to allow them to wallow in their own mess without our FINANCIAL and MILITARY support."

And you know what will happen next? The Taliban will take over again, so how does that advance the future possibility of religious tolerance and anti-terrorism, anti-fundamentalist vision of Afghanistan?

 
At Thursday, 15 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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