Originally posted by deadboi
We should provide knowledge and guidance instead of guns and bombs.
Ok. Now we're talking. I had to go back and check other posts and I think this is the first real suggestion of another way to do this. I know you
mentioned letting them work through this themselves and providing an example, but both of those options did not seem like "active" options, and as
for serving as an example, exposure to other cultures not their own is often very limited, even if they have relocated to more developed nations.
How do you suggest actively providing guidance. It seems as though there are activists working on such a thing, evidenced by web links that you and I
have both posted. Provide them with aid? The first thing I think I would do is appeal to Bush to pressure the Afghanis to not re-instate the Virtue
Police. Here is a link to a thread I started, with another link to the NPR story covering the Virtue Police. What good that was able to be done for
the Afghanis could be undone very quickly if a Taliban-like rule of law was able to re-emerge.
If you were in a country where that is illegal then you would have to be tried accordingly.
But I think we can agree that human dignity demands that it be illegal everywhere.
Again I will say that I find it deplorable and that acts such as this should not take place. But I am not going to go in guns blazing. The people
living within the culture have to make the change for themselves. Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish so to speak. Beat a man into submission,
teach him the error of his ways is another way of looking at it.
Fair enough. I just want the world to get busy doing something
, and as a big player in the world, the US should take the lead. So if we need
to pressure govts, sneak in literature, whatever it takes to bring that society up to speed, let's get started. However, this too, is altering their
culture, and I don't think anyone should offer apologies.
Again, action must be taken, but not by us.
I think we have to take the lead.
This is something that is so deeply a part of there culture and they truly believe they are doing the right thing.
If they were able to step back from their training and influence, and look at everything around them with an unvarnished eye, do you think they would
approve of what they are doing to themsleves? I don't know, because I haven't decided whether humanity is basically good, bad, or indifferent. But
I do know they need outside help. Why else do we have battered womens' shelters? And its not like they aren't asking. All of those links, all of
the reports from human rights watch, they are all calls for help by the very people suffering. You just can't change it on your own, when livestock
have more value in society than you do.