by Nejmi HuHammad
AS Is well-known the first half of life is about the animal tasks of schooling, work, and getting married and “having a tribe of kids” as my friend si‘ Smit, er, Smeeth out of Eagle Lake, MN, would put it. In general the business of the first half of life is just monkey business and about fitting into society. It is all about garnering ones own personal share of success and guilt, failure and resentment. Also as is well-known the matter of what sort of education and influences the young receive is all-important. Now, (if you have Windows Mediaplayer or Realplayer) click on the following link:
AS You listen to these young North African musicians and singers from Morocco and other “muslim” countries, think about what you are hearing and what it means. This is an excellent example of the Sufi contention that even persons with a small amount of exposure to Sufi ideas can and do begin to correlate information in new ways. You will first of all notice that I put muslim in quote-marks — and, no thank you, I am NOT going to translate the lyrics, many of which are about “having a good time” as they say.
Just on the strength of the sounds you are hearing, though, you should be able to get it through your heads, that so-called islamic countries are, well, rather diverse.
Also perhaps you will be able to perceive something too of the underlying fear-motive which prompts many muslim fundamentalists (many of these “holy men” are about the same age as G W Bush and W J Clinton!) to try to draw so many of the young into their ambit as suicide-bombers and so on. I give you my word that the lyrics you are listening to in some cases at least are no-end of intimidating, not least morally.
So you should be able to begin to perceive that the islamic older generation is not-unreasonably worried about these young people of theirs and what they are going to get up to. And that fundamentalist cranks especially will stop at nothing to try to take advantage of the wonderful naive passion for justice which many young people have….
In short all I am saying is that now that you have heard for yourselves the music of muslim (more-or-less) young people (their demographic is far younger than America’s and Europe’s by the way!), it should be perfectly clear that the so-called Terror War is by definition a waste of time and lives as well as wrong-headed. For it is a plain fact to anyone who knows how to correlate information:
THESE Young people of the Middle East are going to grow up all in good time and do to their folks about their religion — especially “that old time religion” — what you who were young in the 60’s did to your parents. Even now you can hear jokes about it on the Mr. Garrison Keillor Radio Show. All that we need to do — or anyway had ought to have done — is to keep a safe distance and instead of monkeying around in places where we haven’t got enough understanding, to deal with any police problems (stolen airplanes, bombs, killings etc) that may arise here as just that. The real problem, though, is that keeping calm and thinking things out more carefully isn’t, well, very much fun or really exciting….
[Emmett R Smith
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[31 July 2006]