posted on Oct, 8 2010 @ 07:07 PM
Well, I'm known as a Western basher, or more specifically US/Israel basher, or what ever you want to label me as, that label as in itself will help
me with this thread, showing the West's most unique characteristic.
Read the book "Defending the West", authored by ibn Warraq.
Ibn Warraq is an anti-Islamist, nothing wrong with it, just gives Muslims something to do when refuting claims of such people, anyways, this man puts
it beautifully in his work, "Defending the West", where he claims the most unique aspect of the West has been its self criticism.
ATS is an example of that self criticism.
We can't forget that self criticism, and I should be taken as a criticizer of the West, rather than a Western basher.
I never refuse to accept the good things the West has offered for the world, but their is a huge room for improvement. Just like a teacher criticizing
a student to improve, I criticize the West to do the same, to improve.
So to leave a form of discussion here, I will leave you with policies which has pushed the West away from self criticism.
The mainstream Media
The hate/terror laws
The National Security stamp on all information which could be used to criticize the West
The one I'm most concerned about is the National Security Stamp. It has stopped vital information, at critical time, which could be used to help the
West, to improve, and get better, but the Western Government has the belief that only a tiny governmental employees should have the privilege to
explore these informations.
How can government employees criticize the government through these informations, which could force the government to change for the better?
After all, isn't the soul reason for criticism is to improve?
What are your thoughts on this?