Sunday, February 19, 2006

I Agree with Francis

From After Neoconservatism by Francis Fukuyama in today's NY Times Magazine:

Radical Islamism is a byproduct of modernization itself, arising from the loss of identity that accompanies the transition to a modern, pluralist society. It is no accident that so many recent terrorists, from Sept. 11's Mohamed Atta to the murderer of the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to the London subway bombers, were radicalized in democratic Europe and intimately familiar with all of democracy's blessings. More democracy will mean more alienation, radicalization and — yes, unfortunately — terrorism.
Loss of identity makes a person dangerous.

4 comments:

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Then why didn't that happen in the United States?

Ari said...

Savta Dotty - I'm trying to raise some awareness regarding the topic of my last blog posting. Here's the link: http://arimiller.blogspot.com/2006/02/jew-is-mightier-than-sword-or-i-eat-my.html#comments

If you could post this on your blog and pass this along that would be great.

Ari

Savtadotty said...

Hoss - It did, starting in 1492. Only the available technology was different.

Ari - A few weeks ago I decided to not sign petitions or take a position until I'd seen the film myself.

samirah said...

I'm taking this class called Religion and Politics and our textbook ('Terror In The Mind Of G-d' by Mark Jeurgensmeyer) talks specifically about how a loss of identity forces people to become radicals and they end up feeling like terrorism is the only way to get their ideals heard. It's a really good book.