Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright is one of those gifts that just keeps giving. At a recent meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Albright offered up some juicy points. These points are allegedly in line with Barack Obama’s press for better relations with the Islamic world.
The first one that moved my bowels was this one:
Albright laid out the project’s strategies for combating Islamic extremism: First, elevate diplomacy as the primary tool for resolving key conflicts involving Muslim countries. Then promote broad-based economic development in those nations, foster mutual respect and understanding between Americans and Muslims, and support efforts to improve governance and promote civic participation in predominantly Muslim societies.
I honestly don’t see any difference in this thinking from that which was at the core of the Bush administrations policy set. It sounds nice which is really about the best one can say about diplomat-ese any how. Putting it into practice is next to impossible and is immediately in the toilet when RealPolitik smashes into it head on.
Seriously folks, a primary mover and shaker, or at least facilitator in the ME diplomacy game is Egypts Mubarek. Hello !!!!! Which do you want more. Help with Gaza or unfettered elections in Cairo that unleashes the Muslim Brotherhood into the UN etc. ? Egypt is a great example of the points in Mad Albrights statement that just doesn’t fly.
Albright is allegedly an intelligent and worldly person, yet she offers up something like this:
“There is no doubt in my mind that Muslim countries can be democracies,” Albright says. “Turkey is a perfect example of that. It is very evident, and, actually, in my study of religions, in many ways Islam is maybe the most democratic religion because there is nobody between you and God. So I do not think that is something that can be used as reason not to have Muslim democracies.” bold mine
The stuff I left in normal type is ok in my book. I like Turkey and I think there are other “Muslim” nations that have democracy in accordance with the word and their population. Sovereignty Matters is the rule here at In2thefray.
It’s the bold parts I find so shockingly ignorant. Nobody between you and God ? I am blown away by that. Islam explicitly has a problem with the Christian thinking that you can be in relationship with God. I won’t even go down the imam and ayatollah road. I don’t know maybe Maddies a Catholic and views that as some type of hindrance. I just don’t know. I do know this though. Albright is quite dim.
quotes from VOA