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August 22, 2013

RONN MOTT: Know what you’re reading

I write rather plainly, pretty much how I speak. Someone wrote to the paper about my Aug. 4 piece where I talked about the lack of education in the Muslim world, unless it’s a study of the Quran. And my point was you cannot make jet mechanics out of students of the Quran.  There is a small percentage in the Muslim world of highly educated people, but the people we were referring to were the 18-35-year-olds who are mostly uneducated, untrained and unemployed. They are the ones being sucked into the orbit of terrorists’ thoughts and ideology. They do not make good soldiers because they have to be trained. Training comes easier if you can read and write, follow a manual, and tear down your weapon and put it back together. What they do make are excellent terrorists. Since they are not secularly trained, it is easy to be against the secular education of Israel and the western world.  

Syria is being torn apart by Muslims fighting Muslims. Egypt is teetering on the brink of a serious civil war … Muslims fighting Muslims. Afghanistan has been a tribal society for 700 or 800 years. When we, America and its western allies, pull out of Afghanistan it will be that again.

So, it really isn’t just the Arab world being illiterate, it is a clash of culture. Their Muslim leadership is steeped in religion, where religious leaders in the west can be advisors but they cannot rule the county, city, or country.

So the nice man who wrote and said I was incorrect is wrong. He named many of the leaders of terrorist organizations and the various degrees they hold.  It reminds me of what Gabby Hayes said in an old movie I saw years ago … ”You can educate him but you can’t make him smart.”

The smart men of the Muslim world better rein in the terrorists because the West will get full up with this insanity. Perhaps all the learned men named in the article should give that serious consideration.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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