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Friday, June 23, 2006

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Yaman

There is no hope to protect the 40 year old woman from the dabbling of her parents. The best we can hope for at this point is to promote and implement a system whereby governmental institutions do not sanction, support, or encourage such interference. This requires a rewriting of most civilian codes pertaining to gender relations and family law.

Simultaneously, and this is the most meaningful bet, control of the education ministries and influence in the media by form of television dramas, etc, is necessary for inducing the "psychological" change. The new education should promote the positive ideals of classical liberalism, and the result will be generational. Artistic venues like movies and television series help introduce controversial social situations with their suggested remedies, and if not succeeding at changing people's minds at the very least introduces a degree of tolerance.

At the same time, violence must be vilified. The protection of our movement to win the above social and civil rights is impossible without the prerequisite security, and the best way (considering the circumstances from which we are exiting) is not to "force" the security for too long but to have the idea of private militias and armed groups very unpopular. Really I think the best way to take care of security is to promote a strong sense of nationalism.

Ammar Abdulhamid

Good ideas Yaman, the only problem lies in the fact that states in the region often attempt to walk a fine line here in order not incur popular ire. The regimes are already too dictatorial and they prefer to avoid championing any cause that can lead to a confrontation with the street through offending the usual norms. Moreover, state officials are often part of the problem, that is, their views regarding modernity and gender rights are not exactly liberal. Just read the various articles written by Syrian Minister of Expatriates Affairs, Bouthain Shaaban, published in al-Sharq al-Awsat and note her ceaseless assault on western values and defense of traditional Arab culture.

As such the fight for political rights becomes enmeshed in the fight for establishing civil society institutions, which is the essence of the problems faced by reformers in our region: they have to fight on all fronts simultaneously: they are fighting the government and society. Their security is often non-existing. For this reason, we do indeed need to take under consideration the serious for organizing ourselves as revolutionary cells. nationalism is not the answer, it is one manifestation of the enemy, which is ignorance. We need to adopt revolutionary tactics, while avoiding the usual pitfalls of revolutionary movements. And we need to remain committed to nonviolence all through.

M. Simon

Beautiful. Such clarity and poise.

This might be of interest. It discusses the same subject with respect to warfare:

What is wrong with the Arab way of War?

M. Simon

The number one failure of revolutionary movements is the belief that warfare can lead to victory. The Soviets tried that to various degrees (enmeshing Islam to a great degree) and failed.

The Chinese understand. Only by adopting the critical elements of the "enemy" program was success possible. Which is another way of saying accepting defeat.

Sadly it appears to me that Islam is not ready to accept defeat. Thus it has no possibilty of winning the real struggle to better the lives of its adherents.

Sad beyond belief.

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