So, over Memorial Day weekend, John McCain jetted over to Syria to meet with the folks trying to oust Bashar Assad. I suppose overthrowing a government requires guns and ammo.
I have a lot of misgivings about it all around. It looks to me like they’re trying to replace Assad’s government, with a hard core Islamic state, and I have more than just a little apprehension about Islam formalized in governments. In fact I think it’s something to be avoided. Turns out there’s some 7 Muslim Brotherhood advisors or something working on Obama’s administration. Totally bad idea, in my opinion. Islam needs to be kept out of government. Period.
So, let me back up a second. When the Boston Bombings happened, and it turned out to be radicalised jihadi Muslims, people warned of the dangers of backlash. We want to avoid what we did to the Japanese living in America during World War II, rounding ’em up and putting them in internment camps. I wasn’t suggesting that, but I took the point: We shouldn’t mistreat entire minority groups. I get that. But I also think maybe we need to limit the number of Muslim-influenced people from immigrating here in the first place. Sounds racist, I know. But look at the kinds of problems that can be traced directly back to followers of Islam worldwide. There is a lot of material to build case studies from. That’s just a fact we can’t afford to ignore.
Back to the discrimination part of it. You know, there’s something I understand and like about both Christianity and Islam. If it wasn’t enough that I was a muslimophobe in the last paragraph, let me go ahead and be a sexist in this one. Devout religious women are generally virtuous. In a way, I think the purpose of religion in the first place is to provide guidelines and a somewhat organised social structure. I think that’s important. Proper roles of men and women. But, again, while this is a social structure that is probably at the heart of most modern societies, I think it largely needs to stay out of government and law. Yes, we should act this way or that way, but any religion that imposes a physical penalty on a spiritual “sin”, is no good in my book. Religion needs to be optional, not compulsory. And that is the danger of Islamic societies, from my viewpoint.
Anyway, it looks like we’re having another arms race, this time in Syria. I don’t like it one bit because of the company we’re forced to keep, but good luck with it, jihad John McCain. I might move to Arizona just to vote you out.