I had a conversation yesterday with a fellow intelligence analyst, concerning the effects of Islam on the people’s of Afghanistan and Arab nations. It went something like this:
Me: Yes, Afghanistan is a problem. Islam is holding its people back.
Her: Islam is not the problem.
Me: What is?
Me: Well, that’s what the Taliban represents. Virtually any nation we would classify as Muslim is far behind the West in almost every area. They hate us but want to live here.
Her: They don’t know any better.
Me: So? Why do I have to appreciate their improper interpretation of reality? When their religion–or some interpretations of it–stops telling them to doing horrible things in order to satisfy a myth, then they’ll succeed. Keep doing things to piss off the entire world, and watch the world beat your ass. Like the Aztecs. They deserved to go away.
Her: (Incredulous) What!?
Me: Yes. I’m against human sacrifice to satisfy a myth.
Her: But there’s nothing saying that’s wrong.
Me: Yes, you say it’s wrong–when it’s you on the sacrificial altar. Watch Apocalypto. I’m against me being sacrificed. The Aztecs pissed off all the wrong people and paid the price. The Romans on the other hand did most things right. They were generous to their enemies in defeat, but strong in war. They were not ashamed of their own strength, but were reasonable.
Her: Rome fell.
Me: Yes. When they started doing the wrong things.
Mind you–smart lady with a bachelor’s degree. But I just don’t see the depth of critical thinking here.