Huge bullet holes are seen across the wall of a classroom in the school in Peshawar. It took nine hours of fighting to kill the fanatics
To rise and shine, to bring out their best, to respect their parents and elders – above all, to be good human beings. These are the stated goals of the several hundred pupils at the Army Public School (Junior) in Peshawar, Pakistan, many of whom are the children of serving soldiers.
Today, scores of them are dead, victims of murderous fanatics for whom being a good human being was never a priority.
Why would people be so morally despicable as to massacre schoolchildren?
…[T]he latest atrocity, one of hundreds carried out by this group, was an act of revenge against the Pakistani army, which since the summer has been valiantly and vigorously attempting to suppress the Pakistani Taliban (and affiliated groups) in the wild heights of north Waziristan, part of the almost ungovernable Federally Administered Tribal Areas abutting Afghanistan…
Like most Europeans, the writers have completely forgotten that Europe was once organized by tribes too. In that era, it was the Rule of the Clan: if someone kills a member of your clan or tribe, and negotiations are unsuccessful, then you are obligated to kill in revenge. There is a logic to it: deterrence.
Thus did mankind live for hundreds of thousands of years. Europe is the outlier here — not Pakistan. (Although it is true that urbanization, especially in Far East Asia, has eaten away at the old family structures too.)
But there is no mystery here and no soul-searching need be done. The world of Islam has remained extremely tribal because Mohammed saw it as normal.
As I written before, it was Christian clerics who decided to break up the tribes for forbidding their basic building block: cousin marriage. The thinking was this would produce a more ‘Christian’ society than one where people cared only about their relatives. The process got underway over 1,000 years ago.
HBD Chick has a new post on how cousin marriage was forbidden in medieval Norway. The tribes and the Rule of the Clan faded away. From there you can access her many other articles on the topic.
This is a good one, as it talks about the Middle East and how democracy can never work while the tribes exist. It also makes one ponder the wisdom of inviting millions of people who still live by the Rule of the Clan to live with us.
The task is much larger than reforming Islam (even if that were possible): the tribe and clans must go too. But no one even wants to discuss the topic of cousin marriage: it is politically incorrect.