Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Local Planet Retards

George Jonas at the National Post has a great slant on why the Arabs are the worlds plague, or at least Arabs/Muslims are at the root of just about every global problem except global warming. He just uses more politically correct language (but I forgive him).

"The 22 member countries of the Arab league, from Mauritania to the Gulf States, have a total population of 300 million," said Professor Harari in a speech in April, "larger than the U.S. and almost as large as the EU before its expansion. They have a land area larger than either the United States or all of Europe. These 22 countries, with all their oil and natural resources, have a combined GDP smaller than that of Netherlands plus Belgium."
There was a time when Arab/Muslim contributions to culture in science, medicine, architecture and even statecraft were second to none. Those days have vanished in the mists of history. When the Benelux region's population of fewer than 30 million people, with almost no natural resources, generates more wealth than the Arab League's 300 million people with ample natural resources, there's a systemic problem, or indeed a civilizational problem, that needs to be addressed. Until the civilization involved addresses it -- for no one else can -- Arab/Muslim regions in the 21st century won't contribute much to the world except suicide bombers.
Read it here


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