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02 October 2005

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RJJ

The UNIFIED world of the believers ...

How does it propose to accomplish that?

"Ta'ifa" is a bad word in Arabic.

With good reason. By our/their pejoratives ye shall know us/them.

From what little I have read they seem to be as contentious as the the Irish. Wind them up and they fall to squabbling. Leave them alone and they fall to squabbling.

It is squabbling wot makes and keeps them smart.

I wonder what two generations of surfeit and TEEVEE would accomplish.


Pat Lang

RJJ

They know they are anarchic. for that reason they idealize unity and have done so since the coming of Islam.

PL

Eric

Some old codger by the name of Odom writing about the deleterious effects of kool-aid addiction.

Must have got his SS check and opium supply in this morning, or something.


http://tinyurl.com/7af86

RJJ

Geography must make that a necessity - on a micro- and meso- scale at least.

From here it looks as if communities are like islands - or boats/ships.

When there is nothing between you and the next village but a hundred miles of hostile terrain, uppity and/or disruptive behavior = doom.

Local leaders must be as jealous of their power as any Navy Diva.

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