I enjoy posting on Front Page forum in articles that Stephen Schwartz writes. He is a talented articulate author and I sometimes agree with him. I may disagree with him but at all times I respect his intellect and dedication to his craft,people and religion. Schwartz is a Muslim who wants to have his faith purged of the Nihlistic death cult called Wahabism. The highest praise is the respect of your opponent and as an opponent I respect Schwartz.I often agree with him on a variety of issues. The greatest threat is a needless war of Civilizations. Needless death suits no human with a soul.
I depart from Schwartz on Islamic history and the legacy of that history. Any ill of Western Civ has an equal or greater Islamic corrolary. This renders the Zinn styled indict a civilization game effective in debating this topic. Schwartz is an intellectual and would likely remark that we can do this with any culture. The Recidivist is too illucid to notice the point. We can not attack the West with charges of Colonialism,Slavery, Ethocide and genocide without an equal look at Islamic history. If my attacks on Islamic culture are bigoted than his attacks on Western Civ are bigoted.
I want to be honest with my views on the Balkans. I called a family friend in the Jewish community of Sarajevo. I was prepared to level Schwartz with a full scale refutation. The simple problem is that the Jews of Sarajevo agreed with Schwartz. I had the choice of telling the truth or silence. In good faith there was no choice because so many people lined up to wrongly attack Scwartz.
The most fervent of these attackers is a man called Michael Averko. I am a natural ally and he did the impossible pushed me into the other camp. His comparison of Israeli tactics in Jenin and Russian tactics in Grozny are illucid. This is not a critque of Russia. Unfortunately, this is what the world does when presented with this type of problem.The fact is the Israelis use less force than in similar situations world wide . This is not enough for the Israel bashers who hold Israel to absurdly high standards. I have not seen a single post on Chechnya , Assyrians , Copts or Tibetians in the Recidivists blog. I have seen mindless post on Zionism and he deems all those who disagree with him bigots.
Averko would have done himself a favor by sticking with History.Serbs are indigenous to the region and Albanians are not. The province has always been a part of Serbia and should be administered as such. He could have stated the numbers were overstated and stuck with Trifkovic. He is on solid ground when he describes Bosnian and Croation collaberation with the Nazis. Any advantage he had he lost while calling a 70 year old family friend a moron.
I have my differences with Schwartz especially on Assyria and the Copts. I support their right to independence as indigenous people . His position on the Armenian - Assyrian genocide is disturbing. Toynbee is a reliable historian and should be taken into perspective.
Still the message of the post is that some opponents deserve respect like Schwartz who is articulate . Other opponents like the lazy bigoted Recidivist deserve contempt. Some allies like Red Beard and Warren deserve respect on thoughtful contributions. Other allies like Averko need to do their homework and should be kept at an arms length.
I hope each and every day Schwartz is right. For if he is fighting windmills mankind will inherit death.