Irsad Manji is a brilliant articulate and witty author. The problem is that when you write one brilliant section the reader is spoiled. She peaks at a brilliant chapter 5 but oh what a peak. Her solutions and words are close to some we have offered here. She basicaly calls the far left ( not you B ) full of hot air. The hypercritique of Israel juxtaposed with a plethora of human rights violations under Islam is a form of racism. Are Muslims not capable of the same standards of behavior as everyone else.
In an earlier post Esther talks about the key being education. The truth is it is something I have long espoused. The best example is India which was an ecconomic basket case. Yet India and China value and promote education and understand that ultimately Human capital triumphs over Industrial Capital and Natural resources. Ask any economist with a full deck would they prefer thge future of India or Saudi Arabia and you will get the same response.
Manji talks of the same malady that Stephen Schwartz talks of but she is more witty
and Schwartz is more practical. Manji calls the rash of puritanical violent Islam foundamentalism and describes it as a form of colonialism.
The truth is that we and the Europeans subsidize this malady with our humanitarian aid. Do you want to stop the violence then cut all Aid now to the entire Midle East except Israel and Iraq. Let the Saudis pay for the food and upkeep of their bretheren. The reality is the foriegn aid makes everything worse. Here is a handout so poor Abdul can feed himself. Now that that responsabilty is finished the Saudis and others have more money to fund extreemists and the cycle continues.
Sadly the real solution is to let the situation deteriorate and eventualy there would be an uprising against the corruption , human rights abuses and economic disasters caused by the cycle of violence and mismanagement. At a certain point the people would blame the muslim radicals for their predicament. Sharon may have had this in mind when he pulled out of Gaza . Without the Israeli boogeyman who will the population turn to for jobs and a decent way of life including human rights.
Ultimately all radicals fail beacause throwing bombs much easier then developing an economy with such mundane tasks as Sanitation and basic health services.