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    Strenger discusses the tendency to bend truth from a very general point of view. This is useful, but a quicker improvement will be achieved if one considers the extreme cases of such a phenomenon. Ahmadinejad is certainly in the extreme end of the spectrum of conspiratorial minds. For a head of state to deny proven facts such as the Holocaust and responsibility for 9/11 (which Osama bin Laden admitted), and do that in front of a disgusted world is truly extreme. The fact that he has a doctorate in Engineering just strengthens the point. Interestingly, the Arabs are known as very inclined towards conspiracy theories (see the book by anthropologist Raphael Patai: "The Arab Mind"; Patai likes Arabs). Now we discover an Iranian who can beat the Arabs in their favorite game. An explanation could be: Islamic culture tends to develop such flawed minds. Indeed, even the observation that Arab masses tend to believe conspiracy theories is strange, since the Arabs inhabit a vast area, so a common behavior has to be explained by something common in the culture, and Islam may be the responsible common feature. Perhaps, as Patai points out, the repressed position of Islamic women is responsible for much of the failures of Islamic civilization. The women tend to be less educated, but they are the one who raise the kids. The kids grows up believing in ignorant ideas and fairy-tales and such early influence impedes their intellectual development in later life. Improve the world by letting women have a good education.

    from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Ahmadinejad’s lesson for the Free World
    First published 15:25 24.09.10 | Last updated 15:25 24.09.10
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