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Middle aged heterosexual, WASP male. Semi retired, semi-sane and semi-serious. And endangered species and I'm not going quietly!!!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Here's a Little Ditty About Jack and Diane!

Two American kids, doing the best that they can!

I have said repeatedly on this blog that there are fundamental cultural differences between us and the Middle-East. (North Americans and Europeans, this includes Blacks, Hispanics, Orientals etc. We are talking Culture, not Race!)

Nowhere was this brought home to me more that a survey I read about public attitudes and opinions in Egypt, and by default most of the Mid-East. Pay special attention to the last part!!!

Western culture is very pervasive amongst Egyptian youth, but the values still aren't accepted, since Western societies are viewed as immoral. (You people with your sexual freedoms and the not committing of honor crimes!)

So.... If someone dis-honours you in the Middle East it is still required that you avenge yourself to regain your families Honour!
(Machismo and tribalism run wild!)

A far cry from the laws we have here, and something to remember when someone says all people are alike, or, are they really any different? And especially when someone suggests that we should have Sharia law over here - as happened recently in Ontario.

Yes, people are basically alike, but the culture they come from can be a world removed from us!

Your "W.A.S.P." Scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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