Fareed Zakaria: a guide to nothing and nowhere

Hugh Fitzgerald

But it’s not Christian Arabs — that is, the real Christians, such as Maronites in Lebanon and Copts in Eghypt — who truly hate the West, that is non-Muslims, even if some “islamochristians,” especially the few “Palestinian” Christians, have had to convince themselves not only to parrot, but to internalize, anti-Israel and then anti-Amerian and anti-Western feeling, without being able to quite recognize how they have come to accept and support the Jihad.

Furthermore, Fareed Zakaria apparently thinks this “Arab problem” is to be found in despotic government. But there are many non-Muslim despots in the world who do not hate the West. And he says not a word about the obvious non-Arab despotism, or quasi-despotism, of Pakistan. But most suspect is his seeming inability to grasp that in Islam submission to authority, and to the Ruler, is encouraged, as long as that Ruler is a Muslim. It’s not his despotism that matters, but whether or not he is true to Islam.

The analysis, by the skull-beneath-the-skin Zakaria (a Muslim by identification, who though cleary not much more, still is unable to bring himself to analyze the power of Islam on its adheents, and all the ways that Islam explains the many failures, political, economic, social, intellectual, and moral,  of Muslim polities and peoples. It is true that the Arabs are the least likely to overcome the despotism of Islam itself, its hold over their minds, because ‘Uruba, Arabness, reinforces rather than dilutes the hold of Islam. But Zakaria can’t see that either, or perhaps he dimly does, and then draws back. That makes him, this child of his network, this careerist-plagiarist who has done so well, virtually worthless whenever, in matter of policy domestic and foreign, Islam comes up. And since it comes up all the time, Zakaria is a guide to nothing and nowhere. But there, in the studio, he sits, and cannot easily be dislodged.