Control Freaks in Paradise
Stephen Schwartz has an article posted at TCS, Why American Muslims Stay Silent (pointed out by Instapundit), which discusses the peculiar radicalization of Islam in America. Just as illegal immigrants find that the stresses of living here are much greater than imagined, Muslim immigrants, expecting some sort of moderate places to worship are corralled into a system run by Wahabis. This is largely due to the huge influence of the Saudis here -- in other words, oil politics.
In some places, from Bosnia-Hercegovina to Indonesia and from Morocco to Mozambique, the moderates are winning. Yet the Islamic communities of the U.S. (dominated by the Saudis) and Britain (run by radical Pakistanis) suffer under a totalitarian regime of thought-control.
In particular, Schwartz discusses an anti-press initiative reminiscent of the Danish cartoon battles, which I have discussed here, among other places.
12/22/2005 3:40 PM