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W. Fankboner Movie Review: "East to West"
By William Fankboner
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:17:07 AM

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This is a handsomely mounted production, but it is an obviously ethnocentric one.

This series was produced by a Turkish university and the point of view is distinctly oriental. For example, the absurd praise of Timur, a butcher by any measure (it is estimated that his armies were responsible for the deaths of 17 million people, many of them Muslims). This would be tantamount to the West proclaiming Adolf Hitler a successful statesman. It's not as though Timur (or Tamerlane) managed to establish anything of lasting cultural or social value.

Then there are the historical elisions. The narrative states that Ottomans were 'stopped' at the gates of Vienna. That's putting it mildly: the Muslim army was completely routed. But the most annoying distortion is the comparison of Islamic science to European science. Muslim 'scientists' were mere dabblers compared to intellectual giants like Newton, Descartes and Leibniz. Muslims have every right to be proud of their culture and arts, but the Age of Reason seems to have passed them by. And the one science they still haven't mastered is the science of government.

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Why Liberals Lie
By Wm. B. Fankboner
November 6, 2013

Marshall McLuhan also said, "Nothing is inevitable so long as we are willing to contemplate what is happening." Thus conservative consternation with liberal-progressives should be less an occasion for moral indignation, than an investigation of the causes and effects of modern tribalism: its corrosive effect on our democratic values and its infantilizing effect on the American electorate. Now that Popper and Carothers have clarified the dynamics of tribalism, we need to provide the conceptual tools necessary to counteract its influence in the political forum. Moral indignation may be satisfying in the short term, but it is bad for digestion, and achieves little in the way of remediation.

Islam's Love-Hate Relationship with America and the West
Wm. B. Fankboner
August 30, 2013

Where did Islam go wrong? How could the society that created the Taj Mahal and Alhambra, and great cultural centers like Agra, Cordoba, and Granada, degenerate into a conflict-ridden cesspool of failed states? How did Arabic, the language that preserved so much of Greek Science and philosophy, become a medium for anti-intellectualism and obscurantism? In their obsession over not being seen as Islamophobic, in their purblind insistence that aggressive supremacism is not the nature of mainstream Islam, European elites assume that they know Islam better than did such Muslim giants as Ataturk and his contemporary, Hassan al-Banna -- the Muslim Brotherhood founder who notoriously wrote that "it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated" and that Islam sought "to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet."

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