He can see the writing on the wall. He knows his ‘Arab peoples’ have never achieved or produced anything of value, but he would never blame Islam, because Islam is ‘perfect’. Or is it?
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This Algerian Journo is not the only one who sees the failure and the complete bankruptcy of the “Islamic model:”
Here we have aÂ a Paki nuclear physicist Â who gives a lucid account of the state of Islam in the 21st century. Notice that the interviewer is actually more Islam-friendly than his Muslim interlocutor.
Paki Â nuclear physicist: “Islamic Societies Have Collectively Failed”
There is a growing unrest in Islamic lands, and religious forces are gaining ground after the Arab revolution. The Pakistani nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy sees a “collective failure” of Muslim societies. He clarified his thesis during an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. Â (The Gates of Vienna has the whole thing translated in English)
Then we have this Arab here who is delusional in his delusions:
Violence, Anarchy And Hunger Stalk Arab Lands
(The) Golden Age has turned to dust in countries that used to make-up an Arab World that no longer exists â€” except in our memories and our hearts. The day when the Arab League headquarters becomes a museum is fast approaching.
We can no longer bury our heads in the sand. Unless we face the truth unfolding daily before us the downward spiral will continue. Denial will bring us nothing except self-delusion. Within a region wracked by conflict, instability, chaos and poverty, Arabian Gulf States are the last bastion of reason and enlightenment but even here invisible forces via fifth-columnists are attempting to sow disharmony, which is why we must remain alert and fiercely guard all that we’ve achieved.—More “Arab reason & enlightenment” here.
Algerian Journalist Khaled Omar Ben Guiga: Arab Peoples Are Heading Toward “Defeat, Decline, and Even Suicide”
Following are excerpts from a TV show featuring Algerian journalist Khaled Omar Ben Guiga, which aired on the Al-Jazeera network on January 21, 2013:
Moderator: Are our societies heading toward an historical change, because of the change of regimes?
Khaled Omar Ben Guiga: Indeed we are – but a change for the worse. We cannot confine the will of the peoples to the issue of changing the rulers. In other words, we cannot say that a people will change for the better merely because it has changed its ruler. Change is dependent upon the awareness of the peoples, and their awareness is shaped by the elites. The elites remain the same. The political, cultural, and economic elites remain the same, so it is only natural that this is happening. Therefore, in a nutshell – the Arab peoples are heading toward more defeat, decline, and even suicide.
Moderator: Things are that bad?
Khaled Omar Ben Guiga: Yes.
Moderator: Why are you so pessimistic after all these revolutions and the Arab Spring?
Khaled Omar Ben Guiga: Take a look at all the places where a revolution is taking place – from Syria to the Arab Maghreb.
After the revolution in Egypt or in Tunisia – does the butcher now give me fresh meat, instead of just bones? Does the customs officer no longer take bribes? What has changed in these peoples in these past two or three years?
We must not expect any change for the next decade, at least, because these rulers emerged from sick societies. This has become evident. Take Syria, for example. Does it make sense to destroy a country, and to become a refugee in Jordan, Turkey, or elsewhere? Does it make sense to destroy my home in order to topple a dictator? Does it make sense to rebel, make sacrifices, have my schools closed, get my children killed, and destroy my entire country, just in order to topple a ruler? Take a look at Egypt! The Muslim Brotherhood have been educating the people for 80 years. Have the values of Egyptian society changed? Has the rate of sexual abuse and crime not risen in the past two years? Has the society not lost its security? What is left? At some point, we must be honest with ourselves.