The International Herald Tribune/New York Times is making the wrong statement and asking the wrong question, Re: In the Arab World, It’s the Past vs. the Future, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, November 26, 2011

No its not…its not the past as such versus the future in the Arab world, its Islam versus freedom, democracy, prosperity, secularism and pluralism.

Put another way, Islam has to be rejected if the future of the Arab world is to be free, democratic, prosperous, secular and pluralistic because freedom, democracy, prosperity, secularism and pluralism cannot possibly exist under it. They never have and they never will. Islam by definition does not allow them to and cannot allow them to and history and reality tell us precisely that. If the future of the Arab world is to be free, democratic, prosperous, secular and pluralistic Islam has to go. The Arab world will be forever regimented, repressive and imprisoned, authoritarian, poverty-stricken, tied down by Islam’s religious, spiritual and cultural imperatives and homogeneous until it does. The Arab world will be forever bound and held back by Islam until it does.

It will also be a bane on free people and free societies everywhere.

If the Arab world truly wants to be free, democratic, prosperous, secular and pluralistic the first thing it has to do is reject Islam. Until it does past, present and future “Arab springs” are meaningless and nothing more than cosmetic. Until it does real change is impossible.

The article in the International Herald Tribune/New York Times asks the following question: “Will the past bury the future in the Arab world or will the future bury the past?” That’s the wrong question. The real question should be “Will Islam bury nascent yearnings for freedom, democracy, prosperity, secularism and pluralism in the Arab world or will the Arab world rise above it and become free, democratic, prosperous, secular and pluralistic?”

The International Herald Tribune/New York Times should know that and should ask the right question. It should also stop acting as an apologist for Islam and giving it a free ride like the rest of the mainstream media in the United States does. Until it manages to do those things it will have no credibility when it reports on matters Islamic and its believability quotient will be zero.

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