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I Will be Dipped ...

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Fred Reed long ago turned me off so thoroughgoingly I determined I'd never voluntarily dip into the cesspool he writes again. But then somebody sent me this:

Foreign policy—just about everybody’s—springs from spinal reflexes, I tell you. The human race has no business being in charge of its affairs. I’m trying to think of a better idea.

Proving once more that even a blind hog finds an acorn once in awhile.
It's the tail end of a shockingly un-Fred-Reed-like (that is to say, thoughtful, pithy, and reason-provoking) recent column.

Or something redemptive, anyway. The whole thing is called "The Ganglia of Four," and it's pretty good reading.

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Submitted by lambert on

Consider the presidential wars. I get combative email informing me that Moslems are savage, barbaric, crafty, and patient, biding their time through the centuries to spit in apple pie, put Mom in a seraglio, and sodomize Boy Scouts—that they have spread by the sword, live by the sword, and lust to convert us all to Islam and sell us prayer rugs. The Gates of Vienna, 1453, all that.

Perhaps. There follows a list of Christian countries I can think of that have been conquered by Moslems since the Industrial Revolution:

On the other hand, to the best of my admittedly weak historical understanding, the following Islamic countries have been conquered by Christians: Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Chad, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Libya, Indonesia, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan, Somalia, Sudan, and Uzbekistan, to name a few. On various occasions Christians have tried to conquer Afghanistan, but with no better luck than they deserved.

Since 1500, Christians also conquered all of North, South, and Central America, most of Southeast Asia, India, Australia, Nepal, Africa, China for practical purposes, and so on. I am not sure the record is altogether on the side of Christians in terms of inherent pacifism.

No authoritarians were tortured in the writing of this post.