Al Jizzeera: “From Tangier to Jakarta, all you see is poverty, totalitarianism and decay…”

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Street scene in Tangiers 

* An interesting debate yet again on Al Jizz. Looks like not every Musulman is totally brainwashed, Nidhal Na’isa speaks truth to power. His opponent is the creepy cleric Ibrahim Al-Khoulib who went into a total meltdown with Wafa Sultan, who became an overnight sensation after her first Al Jizz interview a couple of years ago.

Al-Jazeera TV Debate on Secularism, Islamism in Arab World Deteriorates Into Exchange of Insults
The following are excerpts from a debate on secularism and Islamism in the Middle East with Syrian author Nidhal Na’isa and Egyptian cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Khouli. The debate aired on Al-Jazeera TV on October 30, 2007.

To view this clip visit: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1600.htm

Excerpt:

“Despite the Western, Economic, Political, Cultural, Media, and Social Invasion of the Region, the Arab Individual’s Hatred of the Foreign Platforms Only Grows, and His Adherence to the Islamic Platform Increases”

Interviewer:What is better for the Arab world – the modern Western platform or the Islamic platform? Only 10.4% voted for the modern Western platform, while 89.6% voted for the Islamic platform. Nidhal Na’isa, let me begin with you.

Despite the Western, economic, political, cultural, media, and social invasion of the region, the Arab individual’s hatred of the foreign platforms only grows, and his adherence to the Islamic platform increases. You have the results before you: About 90 percent of the voters reject the modernizing, secular, Western platforms – call them what you will. How do you respond to this?”

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Nidhal Na’isa: “As you know, these voters are a bunch of people misled and numbed by the proselytizing, generalized, deceptive, romanticized discourse, which promises them black-eyed virgins and boys in Paradise, and such things. This discourse merely postpones the resolution of their problems – instead of resolving them today, let’s resolve them in a billion years. This is escapism into the future. That’s one thing. If those voters had managed to get a job and a visa to America, none of them would have voted, and nobody would have watched your show. You would be fired from Al-Jazeera and would be left jobless.

“Secondly, these votes reflect disgust for the totalitarian regimes. Like the hijab and all this Islamization, we are talking about disgust with the totalitarian regimes that have denied these people the good life. They are not voting this way out of love for these platforms… ”

Interviewer: “They’re not voting this way out of love for the Islamic platforms?”

* It gets interesting, read it all. Transcript here

7 thoughts on “Al Jizzeera: “From Tangier to Jakarta, all you see is poverty, totalitarianism and decay…””

  1. “About 90 percent of the voters reject the modernizing, secular, Western platforms”

    In a nutshell this is the problem. Moe’slums would rather live in the f*cking stone age then the 21st century.

  2. “Looks like not every Musulman is totally brainwashed, Nidhal Na’isa speaks truth to power. ”

    Well, I certainly hope that is true. That leaves 10% according to those figures. I feel there may be more than that. I have to be optimistic for my own sanity.

  3. Hopefully this is a natural progression, Fifty years ago Nidhal Na’isa would have been killed…

  4. Nidhal Na’isa is a brave man. Pity there aren’t more like him, a voice of reason in the midst of insanity. Let’s hope he lives long enough to bring others to his point of view.

  5. Nice to hear from an insider what the common denominator is in the ummah’s universal misery-the Koran.

    Actually, the ummah does have a precedent to go by if it wants to get out from under that misery while not drowning in a sea of Western influence- look at Japan and South Korea. Neither is a Western nation and while both have Western influences they both manage to keep their ancient cultures more or less intact. They’ve prospered for quite some time now and both are Koran free.

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