There are all sorts of suggestions flying around the world presently. “Empower and educate women in the Middle East and other islamic regions, and they will influence their men to embrace peace.” This could be true. Some people believe change will encourage the war mongers and the religious fanatics to desist in killing innocent women and children. But it will take many more thousands of years for any drastic changes to take place; change has always been painfully slow in Arab countries. For one, religion might have to take second place in schools, and I can’t see that happening any time soon. (It was the best thing that ever happened in western countries.) Look what has just taken place in Pakistan, for instance. A politician speaks out against blasphemy laws: a woman can be stoned to death for using the name Mohammed in the wrong context. This is blasphemy? Then this liberal politician was shot at close range by his body-guard and it seems the whole of Pakistan is rejoicing. Hundreds of thousands of uneducated, brain washed (or brain-dead) rabble waving placards and praising the bodyguard as a hero. How frightening this must be for minority Christians and the women awaiting death in brutal prison cells. It is obvious the Pakistani Judiciary will not be able to punish the guard because that will just inspire more killings. Where were the thousands of protestors when women accused of murdering their brutal husbands, were stoned to death by men in the street? None of it makes any sense. But that’s religion for you.
I agree with Seif; there is no doubt that the Arab World needs to CHANGE. But when?