Not ready for justice 3

Yesterday we quoted Bernard Lewis on the Arab rebellions and what it is that the Arab people want. (See the post below, Not ready for democracy.) We believe him that they want justice, not democracy or freedom as we understand those two concepts. But we wonder if they want justice as we understand it. He doesn’t say “social justice” – which means the actual injustice of forced redistribution of wealth – but suggests that a return to traditional tribal consultation and arbitration would satisfy them better than the rule of law. We suppose that the sheikhs would be guided by sharia, which is not remotely just, and is extremely cruel. It keeps  women subservient, and while Bernard Lewis deplores the condition of women in most Arab and Islamic countries, he  does not say how a return to the old tribal system would help their emancipation.

They – the Arab masses – want what we have. Sure, they want the products of our civilization, but are not ready for the freedom that makes the invention of those things possible, for the rule of law that makes freedom possible, for the impartial justice that applies the rule of law. Perhaps in time they’ll come to understand this. But to change their ways to our ways, they would have to renounce sharia, throw off the intellectual chains of Islam, and embrace secularism. There are no signs that they will.

  • Well, you are probably right. But even so, we cannot sit on our hands while a thug like Gaddafi murders people who are begging for American help. I think it’s time for a little fire from the sky.

    • Fan of Heather Mac Donald

      How about if we act only to save those who would not, if given the chance, happily slaughter Jewish toddlers? So that leaves out the Muslims among them, how many remain to deserve our compassion?

    • George

      You’re right consvltvs but having the PC wimp Obama in the President’s seat , it’s not gonna happen. If we had a pres with guts and convictions it would have occurred already. Unfortunately the fact that we have Barrack Hussein Osama ( err, I meaat Obama ) in the white house , I won’t be holding my breath.