What’s Holding the Arab World Back?

anti-semitismPublished on Jan 30, 2017 by PragerU

What’s holding the Arab world back? Why, by nearly every measure, are Muslim nations so far behind the West economically, culturally and scientifically? Bret Stephens, Global View columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explains.

15 thoughts on “What’s Holding the Arab World Back?

  1. their” 7th century ” upbringing and pure hatred of everything good . ( that should get you started )

  2. spartacus, you are absolutely right. Just think how far advanced they would be if they had put as much time, money and energy into improving their lot in life as they have put into hating every thing, especially Israel.

  3. The Western world and academics have reason to believe conservative politicians wanting to have everything and everybody in control are the cause of the sliding back of the once so creative and presenting so many scientists Muslim nations.

    It is not so much the anti-Semitism but more the appetence or lust for power and suppressing the own ordinary population that has brought the ones so multicultural societies throwing out other believers. The growing nationalism is now also the danger we can find in several Christian countries where the ones in power (or nearly in power) are doing every effort to have others out of the country, thinking they themselves can make their nation great again, forgetting that many of those who came from Arab and other foreign countries where the once who brought in the know how for it and new technical developments. Those extreme right wing politicians are running after or behind the extremist Muslims and are creating a similar situations as we can find in the evolution of several Arabic countries since the beginning of the 21st century.

    • Vragensteller, first of all, your ignorant rant against President Trump is counterfactual! And by the way, President Trump is not “nearly in power,” he is in power… deal with it!

      History begs to differ with your taqiyya, very few Muslims have every been creative, or as you say “The Western world and academics have reason to believe conservative politicians wanting to have everything and everybody in control are the cause of the sliding back of the once so creative and presenting so many scientists Muslim nations.”

      You should know that the Qur’an forbids critical thought and individualism from a Muslim slave, and Islam has historically and wrongfully taken credit for the accomplishments of their educated dhimmis, especially during The Islamic Golden Age, a period in the history of Islam traditionally dated from the 8th century to the 13th century. What Islam can take legitimate credit is the pain, suffering, and death of over 270,000,000 kuffar worldwide in the last 1400 years, and almost another 30,000 just since 9/11. Quite an accomplishment! Muslim slaves must be very proud of their “religion of peace!”

      You went on to rant that “forgetting that many of those who came from Arab and other foreign countries where the once who brought in the know how for it and new technical developments.” Really? What “know how and new technical developments” did Arabs bring in? Enlighten me! Terrorism? Suicide vests? Anti-Semitism? Jihad? Please be specific!

      Despite the fact that you are apparently in denial, the truth is that Islam is a dangerous and violent predatory totalitarian ideology masquerading as a legitimate religion that is based on institutionalized jihad, hatred, racism, bigotry, anti-semitism, misogyny , pedophilia, slavery, torture, wife beating, child rape, female genital mutilation, honor killings, decapitation, stoning, amputation, immolation, genocide, domination, subjugation, and a 1400-year history of the annihilation of all native peoples and cultures against which “the foot-soldiers of Allah” wage jihad.

      We both know that there is no such thing as “radical Islam,” there is no such thing as “moderate Islam,” there is only Islam…and Islam by its very nature is violent and radical. Let’s get real, Muslim slaves are not in America to assimilate into our Judeo-Christian American way of life. Muslims are in American to dominate and will never, never assimilate. Islam considers American dar al-Harb (the House of War) and it is incumbent for all Muslims to wage jihad against America. Muslims want to replace our Constitution with sharia because they believe that the Constitution is complete man-made “ignorance.” Muslims believe only in Allah’s law…sharia.

      I would urge the Trump Administration to stop the entry of all Muslims into America, for any reason, especially the Trojan horse “refugees” being seeded at taxpayer expense into unwitting communities all around America by the UN/US Refugee Resettlement Program. All Muslims should be subject to extreme vetting and immediate deportation unless they formally denounce Islam (not only in words, but in deeds) and become apostates to Islam. Those Muslims who willingly and formally leave Islam should be placed and listed into an Apostate Registry and monitored closely by federal agents of the FBI to ensure that they are not just using Islamic taqiyya as a pretext to remain in America to continue waging civilizational jihad. All Muslims who refuse to leave Islam and become apostates should be declared as enemies of the state and in the interest of national security be forcefully deported from America at their own expense to some godforsaken shithole of a Third World failed state such as Somalia where they can immerse themselves and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of sharia and the joys of living in an Islamic state again.

      Since mosques and Islamic centers will no longer be allowed to serve as military outposts that answer only to Islam, our government should expropriate for public use all privately owned property nationwide that is currently giving sanctuary to a mosque or Islamic center…without payment of compensation. On these properties, the government should convert them to Community Reeducation Centers (replete with all Islamic propaganda/brainwashing teaching materials such as the Qur’an, Hadith, et al.) intending to begin the education of all America citizens to the cold hard truth about Islam…and most importantly… as a daily reminder to present and future American generations of the existential threat posed by Islam to our Constitution and American way of life.
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      • I did not say Trump was nearly in power, knowing that though not the majority voted for him he was made president of the U.S.A.. The ones nearly in power I was talking over are Wilders and Le Pen.

        Concerning history you do not seem to know much of the creative forces in the 15th and 16th century and other periods.

        You also seem to forget how many Christians, non-Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists where killed by the Catholic crusaders.

        It seems you have totally a wrong idea about Islam so you better start learning about it. Perhaps you better come to follow my site or some sites of my brothers and sisters. Clearly you are taking the extreme Islamic fundamentalist jihad fighters as representative for Muslim Faith, which is totally mistaken and would be the same as if I would take all Christians to be the Catholic crusaders and people of the inquisition.

        For all people generalisation is a bad choice and a very dangerous choice.

        You also seem to forget the contribution of the many Muslim and foreign workers of Apple, Microsoft and Google brought to the world and contributed to the American economy.

        May I also invite you to come to read my article on the seeds and weeds at From Guestwriters, where you also can find some fragments of our Holy Scriptures which should make you think about your attitude, the attitude of Muslims, Christians and Jews against the attitude of those jihad fighters who do lots of damage to the Name of God and to the Islamic faith: https://fromguestwriters.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/seeds-and-weeds-for-being-the-greatest-nation/:

      • You speak about “Islamic propaganda/brainwashing teaching materials such as the Qur’an, Hadith, et al.” but did you ever thought you perhaps also may be a victim of some other propaganda?

        I have the impression you became a victim of the far right wing in America and some American evangelist groups which worship a three-headed god and do not live according to the Laws of Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples.

      • Why would a religion which has the word shalaam or peace in it be a threat to the American constitution which is of freedom for all people, freedom of thought and freedom of religion, which your present president wants to finish …. so he is more a threat to that constitution than the many Muslims who try to live according the word of God and do know that they have to respect all creatures of the Divine Eternal Maker, be them believers or non-believers in the Only One True God, Who is One.

  4. Note: My responses to your are in brackets [ ] inserted into your comments.

    Vragensteller – Inquirer
    on February 6, 2017 at 5:31 am said:
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    I did not say Trump was nearly in power, knowing that though not the majority voted for him he was made president of the U.S.A..
    [Concerning the 2016 U.S. presidential election, evidence suggests President Trump lost the popular vote due to fraud. President Trump is right about voter fraud. What you failed to grasp is that it really doesn’t matter who wins the popular vote in American presidential elections, the only vote that matters is the final Electoral College tally, which Trump won! Without the millions who voted illegally for Clinton, Trump would have won the popular vote in a landslide. Appears that you have not taken into consideration the vast amount of voter fraud perpetuated by the Clinton Democrats: How many millions of illegal aliens voted for Clinton in states like California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, for instance? How about all the states combined, either because of court orders or through legislation, that stopped requiring proper identification for casting a ballot? How about all the encouragement that was given to illegal voters to go to the polls and demand their “right” to vote – even though voting is the right of only citizens? Also, there was a concerted effort by the Democrats to ensure illegal votes were cast…the only reason for their movement to strike down photo ID laws or identification that would demonstrate the citizenship status of those who go to the polls. How many Democrats voted more than once? How many dead Democrats voted? So, getting back to your failed grasp of the importance of the popular vote vs the electoral vote, without the illegal vote tally Trump would have won the popular vote in a landslide!]

    The ones nearly in power I was talking over are Wilders and Le Pen.
    [Really, then why didn’t you say so?]

    Concerning history you do not seem to know much of the creative forces in the 15th and 16th century and other periods.
    [Since the 7th Century, not just the 15th and 16th Centuries (which is the end of the so-called Islamic Golden Age), Muslims have shown a strong propensity in proactively seeking out and assimilating the scientific knowledge of the civilizations that they have conquered over the last 1400-years, in other words Muslims have either outright stolen it or have taken credit for the advancements of dhimmis! The next thing you are going to tell me is that the classic works of Dante Alighieri, or Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, or Bach were “creative forces” of Islam? Where are your examples of your claimed Islamic “creative forces?” Why don’t you enlighten me about the “creative forces”…name some of the major accomplishments that Muslims did not steal outright by theft or plagiarism!]

    You also seem to forget how many Christians, non-Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists where killed by the Catholic crusaders.
    [Again, you are making accusations without any facts or examples!! You are either actually ignorant or you can’t handle the truth. Probably both. The Crusades were a series of seven campaigns by troops from Western Europe against Muslims in the Holy Land. The Crusades were not acts of unprovoked aggression by Europe against the Islamic world, but were a delayed response to centuries of Muslim aggression, which grew fiercer than ever in the eleventh century. These were wars for the recapture of Christian lands and the defense of Christians, not religious imperialism. The Crusader massacre of Jews in Jerusalem in 1099 was a terrible atrocity, but it was nothing unusual according to the rules of warfare at the time. The primary difference between historical violence by Christians and historical violence by Muslims is that violence by Muslims (jihad) against the kuffar is institutionalized within the Islamic core doctrine… in perpetuity. Violence is not institutionalized as a core doctrine within Christianity, and historically only took place at a certain point in time (such as the Crusades), against a specific enemy, and for a specific period of time.]

    It seems you have totally a wrong idea about Islam so you better start learning about it.
    [Again, you accuse me without any examples! What did I get wrong? Give me some examples if you can…]

    Perhaps you better come to follow my site or some sites of my brothers and sisters.
    [Why would I want to waste my time with your taqiyya? I go to the source of Islamic knowledge…the Qur’an and the Sunna. I know a Muslim who has taught me all I need to know…his name is your Prophet Muhammad! What can you teach me that he can’t?]

    Clearly you are taking the extreme Islamic fundamentalist jihad fighters as representative for Muslim Faith, which is totally mistaken and would be the same as if I would take all Christians to be the Catholic crusaders and people of the inquisition.
    [Islam is not a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few “extreme Islamic fundamentalists jihad fighters” from within; rather, it is incumbent on all Muslims to wage jihad against the kuffar, wherever they may find them. We both know that the “extreme Islamic fundamentalist jihad fighters” are representative of Islam…I’m not mistaken. You are either ignorant about Islam or you are attempting to use taqiyya; either way, you should know that there is only one Islamic doctrine and the source of that doctrine is the Qur’an and the Sunna. Do you know what the Sunna is? Have you even studied them? To refresh your memory, the Sunna is comprised of two sacred texts: The first is the Sira, the life of Muhammad by Ishaq, Sirat Rasul Allah. The second is the Hadith, a collection of hadiths, a tradition or small story, about what Muhammad said and did. I can help you out to learn the truth about Islam…don’t be afraid to ask!!]

    For all people generalisation is a bad choice and a very dangerous choice.
    You also seem to forget the contribution of the many Muslim and foreign workers of Apple, Microsoft and Google brought to the world and contributed to the American economy.
    [Once again, I challenge you to give me some concrete facts and examples of the “contributions” by Muslims to Apple, Microsoft, and Google??? What are they?? Muslims are only here working for these aforementioned companies not because they are able to “contribute;” but rather, because they are willing to accept a lower salary than their American counterparts, saving these companies lots of money. These companies spend some of this savings windfall to lobby the corrupt politicians in Washington with “donations” for more H1B and L1B work visas to continue bringing in this cheap labor…at the expense of American workers!! How do Muslims benefit from this special visa arrangement? They get a much higher salary in America than they normally would receive back in their home country, the sponsor company petitions for their permanent resident status and they eventually get a green card, and after being a law abiding green card holder for 5 years they may apply for U.S. citizenship, and then they can petition to bring their entire family to America at a later date. For Muslims, it is all about getting into America, not “contributing!!” President Trump stated that he intends to shut down this H1B and L1B visa program which is bringing jihadis (Hijra) into America…I agree, the sooner the better.]

    May I also invite you to come to read my article on the seeds and weeds at From Guestwriters, where you also can find some fragments of our Holy Scriptures which should make you think about your attitude, the attitude of Muslims, Christians and Jews against the attitude of those jihad fighters who do lots of damage to the Name of God and to the Islamic faith: https://fromguestwriters.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/seeds-and-weeds-for-being-the-greatest-nation/:
    [Like I said before, those jihad fighters who you claim are doing lots of damage to the Name of God and to the Islamic faith, are following the Qur’an and Sunna exactly. …you are the one who is misinterpreting, what is it that you do not understand?]

    Vragensteller – Inquirer
    on February 6, 2017 at 5:34 am said:
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    You speak about “Islamic propaganda/brainwashing teaching materials such as the Qur’an, Hadith, et al.” but did you ever thought you perhaps also may be a victim of some other propaganda?
    I have the impression you became a victim of the far right wing in America and some American evangelist groups which worship a three-headed god and do not live according to the Laws of Allah, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesus and his disciples.
    [Islam is not an Abrahamic religion, and has absolutely nothing in common with Christianity. Your lies are based on disinformation and taqiyya on the part of Islam. An Abrahamic connection between Islam and Christanity does not exist. You are the victim, not me!]

    Vragensteller – Inquirer
    on February 6, 2017 at 5:38 am said:
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    Why would a religion which has the word shalaam or peace in it be a threat to the American constitution which is of freedom for all people, freedom of thought and freedom of religion, which your present president wants to finish …. so he is more a threat to that constitution than the many Muslims who try to live according the word of God and do know that they have to respect all creatures of the Divine Eternal Maker, be them believers or non-believers in the Only One True God, Who is One.
    [According to Islam, there will only be peace once the last kafir on earth has been subdued (The Kuffar are given three choices: Convert to Islam; submit as semi-slave under the brutal yoke of Islam as a dhimmi, and pay the jizya with willing submission; or be killed). You know as well as I do that sharia is a threat to our Constitution, assuming that you know what sharia is…do you? Sharia is Islamic law based upon the Qur’an, Sira and Hadith. In it all kuffar are second-class citizens, at best (and I’m being generous). As you should know, Islam has the stated goal of replacing our Constitution with sharia. Since you don’t seem to know much about sharia, and why it is a threat to our Constitution, let me do you a favor and refer you to Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri’s book Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. Which, by the way, has been warranted by the schools of Islamic juresprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali). The following two Islamic organizations have warranted the book as well, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and the prestigious Al-Azhar University, Islamic Research Academy, in Egypt.
    A quick anecdote about the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the creation of the word Islamophobia: Muslim Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, stated that “This loathsome term (Islamophobia) is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tank for the purpose of beating down critics. In an effort to silence critics of political Islam (jihad), advocates needed to come up with terminology that would enable them to portray themselves as victims. Muhammad said he was present when his allies, meeting at the offices of the International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s, coined the term “Islamophobia.” Personally, I think they misspelled it, should be Islamofauxbia…don’t you agree? As a final gesture of outreach and bridge-building to you, if there is anything else you would like me to teach you about Islam do not hesitate to ask…I’m here for you to help work though and better understand your “victimization.”]

  5. Admin,
    Thank you sir! Get well soon! It would be great is you are you able to please delete my two posts that are before the most recent one? Thanks a lot and keep up the great website…it is one of the best resources that I go to several times each day! Again, get well soon!!!

  6. Admin,
    Thank you very much for pulling down my earlier duplicate postings!
    Hope you are feeling better!!

    • You’re welcome. I’m still feeling pretty bad. Don’t know how much posting I can manage today. Thanks for your well wishes.

  7. Why am I not surprised that Vragensteller has not returned to this thread to responded to my last comments in some fact-driven meaningful way? When faced with the facts, reality, and the cold hard truth about Islam…Muslims (and their apologies, useful idiots, and ignorants) cannot handle the truth! In any debate, the first thing they do is try to throw some taqiyya (sacred deceit “propaganda” ) at you to see if you are ignorant enough about Islam to believe it, such as “Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few ‘radicals’ from within.” (total bullshit) Or that “Islam has a lot common with Christianity and is one of the great Abrahamic religions.” (again, total bullshit) Or that “Muslims are immigrating to America to assimilate into our Christian-Judeo culture”…remember the COEXIST bumper sticker that you probably have seen on your liberal neighbor’s car? (again, bullshit). Or that “Islam is a great religion.” (bullshit again…it is a totalitarian ideology (85% political Islam) masquarading as a religion. I could go on, but you get my point…so once you have debunked all of their taqiyya propaganda, Muslims realize that they are up against a Kafir that probably knows more about Islam than they do, and this scares the holy goat shit out of them!!! When triggered their standard knee-jerk response to someone who stands up to them with facts is to begin the ad hominem attacks in order to avoid having to debate the the ugly reality of Islam (although in this particular case Vragensteller, to my surprise, did not employ the adhominem attack…at least not yet). The standard ad hominem attack begins by calling you an Islamophobic (should be spelled Islamofauxbic), racist, bigot!!! The Muslim default position is character assassination in lieu of openly debating the facts. They don’t like the truth about Islam getting out into the general population, they would prefer to keep all Kuffar ignorant about Islam…because it makes it so much easier for them to wage jihad against us. Islam is a lot like an onion, the further down into the layers you peel back, the uglier it gets!! All Muslims want you to see and learn about are the few outer layers that they have sugarcoated to sound so sweet and wonderful. So what did Vragensteller do when faced with me? He initially threw a bunch of taqiyya propaganda at me to see if it would stick, if I would buy into it! Bad luck for him that I had seen these old worn out propaganda lies many, many times before and hit him with the truth. At that point Vragensteller cut his losses, tucked his tail between his legs, and went looking for easier prey to bully. Muslims are outright cowards when it comes to a fair fight. That is correct, I said that all Muslims are inherently cowards! Muslims are tough only when they are beating their wives, raping other women and children (including little boys), outnumber their victims (by running in packs of 3 or more), and are in a position to intimidate, demean, browbeat, kill, rape, or bully the smaller or weaker Kuffar; otherwise, they are cowards who’s knees buckle the minute you stand up to them. Knowledge about Islam is power!! The knowledge about Islam will arm you in any debate with a Muslim or their apologists, useful idiots, and all the other ignorants out there supporting Islam even though they don’t have the slightest clue what it really is! So, having said all of that, Vragensteller any time you want to return to this thread feel free, I’ll be waiting here for you!

  8. I’m still waiting for you to teach me the truth about your cult…coward!!!

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