Fisk is an idiot, but one of the concepts he raises is true: demanding change of backward Muslims just stirs the nasty little barbarians up.
Robert Fisk, the famousÂ verb, advises teaching and education andÂ caring as ways to improve the Middle East:
We always arrive with our tanks and our helicopters and our armoured personnel carriers and our soldiers instead of arriving with our teachers, our educators, our doctors and our social carers … we always come with soldiers, we always come to impose the society we believe these people should have.
(He forgot to add: “… and always for no particular reason or provocation.”/ed)
Fisk illustrates perfectly the screwed up, mangled and utterly perverted thought processes of the far-left commentariat.- Michael Moore, Phillip Adams, Noam Chomsky being others who engage in these bizarre mental acrobatics.
Observe, from 1.30:
But seven mere minutes later, during the same interview, Fisk tells teachy doctor-style carers to get the hell out:
We still feel that we are the superior people, that we must teach the other people how to live their lives. But, you see, if you have an NGO, for example, go into an Afghan village and announce that there must be equality of education between men and women, the men will see this as an attack on their society, their culture and their religion.
At the end of the day, they are the ones who are going to have to come to this decision. And, if the delay takes another century, we westerners have to put up with that.
Leaving aside Fisk’s rapid self-Fisking, consider the views expressed here by a leftist icon. For a start, it isn’t we in the west who have to put up with inequality of education. It’s women in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East, whom Fisk thinks should be condemnedÂ for at least the next one hundred years to live by decisions taken by male village elders.
One wonders if Fisk would take the same view of a household in London wherein a father forbade education to his daughters. And what of a culture (the United States) that resists the intrusion of someone attacking their society (Fisk) who believes that a former elected leader (George W. Bush) was rubbish and should have been thrown out? In the case of non-Middle Eastern countries, Fisk evidently feels himself a “superior person” who “must teach the other people how to live their lives”.
Incidentally, Bobby, if we capitalists want to maintain our freedom, you socialists have to put up with that.
- Check out the comments, most of Tim Blair’s readers “get it”…