Shrinkwrapped As Cartographer
August 16, 2006
Shrinkwrapped is a must read blogger that has a must-read post, The First Day Of School. The piece ends with this observation and question:
Many individual Muslims, I am certain, were horrified by Beslan and are horrified by terrorism, especially terror directed at other children and using Muslim children. Yet, if “my tribe right or wrong” precludes criticism of those acting in the name of Islam, that determines the default position of the Muslim World to be support of the worst excesses of Islamic terrorists. This sets them against everything that civilization stands for.
If Beslan did not snap Islam out of its fantasy based ecstatic terror, what will?
Shrinkwrapped’s post looks at- and mourns- a culture that is disintegrating, eaten from within by a distorted sense of identity. He points to a painful truth:
It is clear that the use of children as weapons against their enemies is acceptable to a large portion of the Muslim World. At the very least, the use of children as weapons is less objectionable to the Muslim World than publicly renouncing other Muslims for using the weapon.
SW takes no pleasure in pointing this out- in fact, he appears to point out to the obvious, reluctantly.
His post is a must read, if for no other reason than he takes us into uncharted waters. We can only hope those waters are shallow. If those waters are deep, we may very well founder.