Way back in the day when ABC did not yet stand for Avid Barack Cheerleaders, its newsies still knew how to research and write. While weeding out my “things printed out to be used immediately” file, I came across an interesting 09/11/2006 Stephen Pressfield article called Why We Will Never See Democracy in the Middle East.
The problem, Pressfield argues, is the tribal nature of Middle Eastern society on which Islam is but the latest overlay.
What exactly is the tribal mind-set? It derives from that most ancient of social organizations, whose virtues are obedience, fidelity, warrior pride, respect for ancestors, hostility to outsiders and willingness to lay down one’s life for the cause/faith/group. The tribe’s ideal leader is closer to Tony Soprano than to FDR and its social mores are more like those of Geronimo’s Apaches than the city council of Scarsdale or Shepherd’s Bush.
Tribalism is inherently hostile to any kind of difference or dissent. As such, it is implacably opposed to anything approaching democracy. Adds Pressfield:
The tribesman isn’t “wrong” or “evil.” He just doesn’t want what we’re selling. We will not convert him with free elections or with SAW machine guns. To him, 9/11 is only the most recent act of badal in a clash that has been raging for more than two thousand years. We will not find the way to contest him, let alone defeat him, until we see the struggle against him within the greater context of this millenia-old, unaltering, East-West war.
This was a timely find, on my part, in a file that I practically never use, given that the Führobama had just broken cover with his (tribal) anti-Semitic attitude and got a well-deserved spanking from Bibi Netanyahu today.
I wonder if ABC will ever find the cojones to forward the Pressfield piece to the Führobama. Most likely not. I’m also surprised that ABC hasn’t purged it from their files – yet.