Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald explores the strange eagerness of dhimmi Western governments to pour money into Muslim countries:
I noted in a recent news item that “Afghan and US forces arrested 20 suspected Taleban rebels who were planting bombs at a hydroelectric dam in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, hours before key elections, a defence ministry spokesman said.”
And had the dam been blown up, had roads been blown up, had hospitals been blown up, once more into the various breaches created would have been the helpless, long-suffering Infidel taxpayers. Their resources are being squandered by their timid governments, which refuse to analyze the problem and see that it has no end, and that the right approach is to allow the squabbling, the in-fighting, the warlords, the ethnic and sectarian battles, to take place, with some overall control so that those whose aims coincide with those of dividing and demoralizing Islam (i.e., the Kurds in Iraq), or limiting Islam’s power. That calls for support of the diminishing band of true secularists left in Turkey, which support is especially important now that even officers and men in the army, once the guarantor of Kemalist constraints on Islam, have been subject to anti-American propaganda in the form of best-selling anti-Infidel conspiracy novels, which helps them to see the world — as Erdogan and Erbakan before them did — as divided between Muslims and the Infidels. And the latter are further divided between the enemies of Muslim Turkey and those Infidels who recognize that their proper role is to placate, at every step, Muslim Turkey (because “Turkey” is the Great Muslim Hope, we are supposed to believe, of Infidels wishing to head off that “clash of civilizations.”)
Here is the proper goal to be pursued by Infidel governments in regard to Islamic countries, and polities:
Infidel governments should devote themselves, to the extent possible, to the creation of those conditions that will force Muslims themselves by slow degrees to recognize that the lords of misrule they endure are not accidental but related to Islam. They are related to its inculcation of the habit of submission to the Ruler as long as he is a Muslim. Infidel governments should do all they can to bring Muslims to recognize that their economic stagnation is a result of the inshallah-fatalism that Islam itself teaches. They should draw attention to the centuries-long Islamic reliance upon economic exploitation of the non-Muslim populations under Muslim rule, and upon warfare, the razzia, and the raids both of corsairs and slaving-parties wherever they could go: up and down the coasts of Western Europe, deep within Slavic lands and into black Africa (all for slaves), and to Circassia and Georgia for women to supply the harems. Those harems, by the way, were not limited (as Westerners seem to think) to sheikhs and shahs and padishahin. And if, with $10 trillion in unearned and unmerited oil wealth, the Arabs and Muslim states have failed to create modern economies, and rely almost entirely, from top to bottom, on foreign wage-slaves, surely that should be the subject of constant discussion in the Infidel world — discussions that center on how Islam itself limits economic development.
And the poorer Arab and Muslim states continue to rely on handouts — but exclusively from Infidel countries. And no matter how those recipients behave — consider Egypt’s official and unofficial anti-Americanism and the $60 billion received from the United States in aid, or the billions that “disappeared” without explanation when Arafat died in Infidel-supplied funds — the money keeps coming, because the Infidel governments have trained themselves to accept the rightness of such transfers, ignoring the vast sums that the rich Arab and Muslim states could and should be called upon to supply. But they aren’t. Why not? That would not be right, for Muslims are owed by non-Muslims, not by Muslims. That would be something like — jizyah.
As for the social failures of Islam, simply look at the treatment of women. Look at how everywhere in Muslim countries, whether in the Middle East, or in Pakistan, the numbers of non-Muslims declines, leaving societies less interesting, less lively, less fruitful, than before.
As for the intellectual failures of Islam — well, even if you accept the Received Muslim Version of the Glories of Islamic Civilization, there is not much there there. And the last major contributions to intellectual life seem to be claimed for — round about 1400.
About 1400? Why? Are Muslims genetically inferior? Or is that Islam itself, the habit of mental submission, the fear of free and skeptical inquiry, that starts with free and skeptical inquiry into Mr. Big Himself (ie., Islam) and then affects all other areas of life, explains this singular lack of development?
Instead of praising, in the Jack-Straw manner, the supposed achievements of Islam, we should keep asking them, louder and louder:
But What Have You Done For Me Lately?
This is the task of non-Muslims, the Infidel Man’s Burden that consists not in Doing Something, but in Refraining From Doing Something. Refraining from Appeasement. Refraining from Conducting International Relations as an Exercise in Muslim Self-Esteem Studies. Insisting that non-Muslim governments educate their own populations truthfully about the theory and practice of Islam, in oblique and direct ways. Insisting that they not act to interfere with the creation of those conditions, within dar al-Islam, that will force Muslims themselves to start understanding that the political, economic, social and intellectual failures of Muslim countries and peoples are attributable to Islam, to its teachings, to its attitudes, to its atmospherics.