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Perhaps one of the biggest problems facing us is the systematic miseducation of our people. We're taught to believe in something called "progress", usually defined in terms of liberal or socialist ideals and values. Ataturk beat up on Sufis, abolished the veil, and talked about being "modern", ergo he was a great guy. But perhaps "modern" doesn't always mean good things for people. The quintessentially "moern" 20th century was also just about the most bloody-minded and vicious one there was--and not counting the things that happen in the fog of war at that.
Further, the absolute worst in Republican Turkey's record happened when the supposed "secularist" Ataturk was busy cleansing the land of as many ethnic Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians as his forces could find (and the criterion was religion: note that Muslim Armenians or Khemshin and Muslim Pontic Greek-speakers remain in northeastern Turkey).
That seems like a pretty big difference to me.
Then again, my strong suspicion is that the present-day secular Leftist leaders of the Western world won't speak out about persecution of Christians in Egypt and Pakistan because, in their hearts of hearts, they reproach themselves for not having the guts to act on their convictions like their fellow post-Christians of northern Africa and southwestern Asia. And in America, they may fear that if they did act on their convictions, firearms in the hands of Evangelicals would suddenly become dangerous to living things other than deer and ducks in season.
While I believe that there is such a thing as a just war, I would urge you to consider the following:
We, in our natural, sinful state are just as much haters of God and His truth as those Nigerian murderers. However, God in His infinitely rich mercy has chosen to call us out of the Kingdom of Darkness into that of the Son whom He loves (Colossians 1:13).
Now, it may be that God has so reprobated a lot of the world that it will require an intercivilizational war to destroy the proud Western apostasy and Islam alike. Yet it is my prayer that God will not see such a need in my days, but rather pour out a spirit of grace and repentence on both East and West that we may be healed.
And, I strongly suspect, that one reason why the Muslim states of Nigeria are on such a boil is because Muslims are seeing the light and turning to Christ.
As for his having Zoroastrian ancestors forcibly converted to Islam, I have some European ancestors forcibly converted to Christianity (and, I assure you, civilization has rested more easily because of it!). I remember as well just a wee bit of subtle bullying of traditionally devout and/or politically conservative students by public school teachers, too (an application of Rousseau's call to compel people to happily conform to the General Will?). While this is nothing compared to the choice Islam left many of its conquered subjects, it goes to show that the temptation to force and persecute is present with us all--including those who loudly claim to be champions of the "free" mind.
My guess is that Dr. Ajami is pining for the lost, multi-confessional Lebanon of his youth and the missed opportunity to make it the general rule over the whole Middle East.