All The More Reason


My secularism knows no bounds
February 20, 2007, 7:56 pm
Filed under: Iraq, Religion

Another cracker by Christopher Hitchens at Slate. My only main quibble is his paragraph on the apathy of those not caring about a war within Islam.

Religious warfare is the worst thing that can happen to any society, and it now has the potential to spread to societies that are not directly involved…We cannot flirt, either morally or politically, with divide and rule.

I don’t necessarily disagree with him. I just think that such a meaty topic isn’t easily dealt with in one paragraph writing assertions as points. Is religious warfare really worse than epidemics, for example? In what way has it the potential to spread to societies not directly involved? Are we talking Algeria, Saudi Arabia, where? How could we flirt with the idea of divide and rule? Perhaps some of these questions have answers elsewhere, or could be fleshed out here in the future.

J.S.

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