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* 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.
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“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?”
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?”