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Iraq: a previously secular country that will either disintegrate into anarchy or, if it has a government, will have a government that is to a greater or lesser extent, theocratic.
Religious militias continue to grow in strength and influence. With Arafat gone, the last vestiges of the secular heritage of the PLO will disappear and it will emerge as a purely Islamicist movement.
M/E generally: religious fundamentalism continues to gain in credibility and strength - in significant part due directly to the actions and statements of the U. The secular regimes that we support (which are largely dictatorships, by the way) continue to be challenged by Islamic fundamentalism, driven, in part, by the implications of western support for those regimes. So: add it up - is the number of people whose lives are unwillingly influenced by theocrats growing or shrinking?
If we had designed a strategy to polarize the world into two warring religious camps, it seems to me that it would look pretty much like the one we have adopted.
The same will be said today, one nation embraces freedom and democracy, one faction of a religion embraces death, submission, and opression. Gibs, Was the Soviet Union on the good side or the evil side of World War II?
Seems simple at first, but think about it for a second.
the next 3000 victims aren't going to take solace in Iraqi Elections).
However, that doesn't in any way, mean that I support the Islamic theocrats, it means I question our leaders decisions, in the way they chose to stand against the Islamic theocrats. The "left" has many different factions, as does the "right." I wish we could throw those useless labels away, but we're stuck with them.
Hitchens' article is specious nonsense, designed purely to accomplish the self serving and self-evidently impossible task of reconciling his previous beliefs with those he currently professes (because he is constitutionally incapable of renouncing any position he has previously held). S.: now more firmly in the control of people who believe that they have the right to impose their religious beliefs on others.
The demolition of the Taliban, the huge damage inflicted on the al-Qaida network, and the confrontation with theocratic saboteurs in Iraq represent huge advances for the non-fundamentalist forces in many countries.