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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Monday, December 31, 2001
Rachel's top ten best books of all time:
-The Chronicles of Narnia (I know it's actually seven but it's sold as a boxed set and I can count it as one if I want)
-Ender's Game
-The Lord of the Rings trilogy
-God Stalk
-Dark of the Moon
-Seekers Mask
-The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
-The Stand
-Interesting Times
-Small Gods

Hmm these are all fiction. Ok I'll post another later of the top ten best non-fiction books of all time.

posted by Rachel 12/31/2001
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So it looks as though India and Pakistan are edging closer and closer to nuclear war. Gee, missile defense sure sounds like a terrible idea right now doesn't it?

I'm sorry but my opinion of Islam is going down the tubes. I've yet to see it practiced by any individual or state in such a way that I can feel any respect for it. Not that India is a such a paragon of tolerance. But really does EVERY Islamic state sponsor terrorism? There's Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Jordan (which at least attempts to reign in the wackos,) Algeria, Sudan (which to my knowledge has not yet exported their terrorists but is doing a job on their own folks,) Yemen, The U.A.E., Indonesia (where the fanatics are burning churches and beheading American hostages,) China (where they send help to Afganistan)...
I mean really! I'm an anthropology major. I'm all about multiculturalism and cultural relitivism, but... When I see trends like this I'm forced to pass a negative judgement. In anthropology there's this thing called real culture versus ideal culture. Islam has a pretty admirable ideal culture as expressed in the Koran (although there is some stuff about women being worth less than men, forced conversion under threat of death, etc. You find much the same in the Bible.) The real culture as expressed in every Islamic state I'm familiar with is reprehensible. It has nothing to do with race. It has much to do with the fact that most muslims are unwilling to outright condemn outrageous behavior by other muslims when it's done in the name of Islam.

Islam is the youngest of the major world religions. (the big 5 anyway) It has yet to learn tolerance. It has yet to learn to distance itself effectively from wackos. No one in the "christian street" cheers when some nut bombs an abortion clinic. Here zealots are feared, pitied, and marginalized. In Saudi Arabia they're subsidized.

posted by Rachel 12/31/2001
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