Does Ibrahim Hooper, reacting indignantly to Donald Rumsfeld’s remark about Muslim aversion to work resulting from oil wealth, think that the world has failed to notice what goes on in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and every else where the Arabs, through an accident of geology, have acquired great, continuing, and completely undeserved wealth? Does he think the world doesn’t know about the millions of wage-slaves, working away in Saudi Arabia, some of them at the bottom hideously mistreated — from the house slaves who include girls from southeast Asia whose duties encompass all kinds of activities, to the street-sweeping Pakistanis and Indians, to the South Korean building contractors, to the engineers and doctors and other professionals from Europe and America at what might appear to be the top, save for the contumely with which they are treated?
Everyone in the world knows that the Saudis do not work, have not worked, and will not work. A few go to the office for a few hours. Officially the work day for Saudis is about three hours, where they chatter and check on their investments and busily order non-Saudis about. And the same goes for the Emirates and Kuwait and the rest of these places. Every single expatriate who has endured, for the dough, these awful — morally awful, socially awful — places knows this, and comes away merely counting the banknotes as the only consolation.
The Administration should be figuring out every possible way to diminish the oil wealth of the rich Arab and Muslim states. In so doing, it will necessarily have to tax oil and, especially, gasoline. It ought to have done so long ago, in 1973, in order then to recapture oligopolistic rents that otherwise were going to OPEC oil producers. The gasoline tax should have been imposed with great fanfare, and the government should have committed to a steady rise in that tax, ensuring to car manufacturers, and to those in charge of mass transit programs, that the price would never go down. A powerful Saudi lobby, consisting of all those who were sure, or at least pretended to be sure, that Saudi Arabia was our “ally” and would ensure “price moderation” (whatever that meant), helped prevent such an energy policy. The Western hirelings of Saudi Arabia have not only helped them to continue to fund, without being stopped, mosques and madrasas and campaigns of Da’wa all over the West, but have helped them to prevent an energy policy that might have headed off the environmental disasters, including the loss of 90% of the world’s species, that are now almost certain to occur.
Though Saudi Arabia and the other undeservedly rich Arab and Muslim oil states have been the recipients of the largest transfer of wealth in human history, some ten trillion dollars since 1973 alone (and there was plenty in the decades before that), without having lifted a finger to deserve it, they have failed everywhere to create modern economies. Now they talk grandly of “economic cities” they will build. But what Saudis have learned, or will learn, how to work? The Muslim Arab tradition honors not work but rather wealth gathered through raiding parties, or from the Jizyah received from non-Muslims, or from trading. Nothing is made by the Saudis or other Arab oil sheikdoms and countries. Nothing is offered by way of services. They are rentier states. And what is still more maddening, they have somehow been allowed to get the Western world to pay for, to offer up a disguised Jizyah to, all of the oil-poor Arabs and Muslims. It is not Saudi Arabia that spent tens of billions on aid to Iraq, not Saudi Arabia that has given Egypt more than $60 billion in the last few decades, or close to $30 billion (Selig Harrison’s calculation) to Pakistan since the 9/11/2001 attacks. It is not Saudi Arabia but the West that keeps piling money into the pockets of the corrupt “Palestinian” Authority, billions of which disappeared when Arafat died (where did it go? does anyone care?), and that continues to go to Arafat’s cronies, now performing their routine as mild-mannered and sober and eminently trustworthy accountants.
And within the Western world, the rates of criminality, and of living off of the dole, of taking maximum advantage of everything the welfare state of the Infidels offers — of Muslim immigrants, as compared to any other group — is sky-high. It’s not surprising. Infidels owe Muslims the Jizyah. And as Muslim clerics have noted, in those cases where the Jizyah cannot yet be demanded, it is the right of local Muslims to help themselves.
Hooper would like us not to notice all of this. He would like us not to notice how the Saudis, and the assorted sheiks of Araby in the Emirates and Kuwait and elsewhere, do nothing, save for that gaudy island of vulgarity, Dubai, which in fact is mostly the product not of Arabs but of Iranian money, and which, architecturally, and economically, represents nothing but a glossy collection of the most unappealing luxury apartments in a place that is only superficially modern. As the family of a fifteen-year-old French boy, M. Robert, raped by several local men, found out, underneath the glittering surface, the supposed modernity, the primitive and vicious nature of the regime and the people — what one may call the real Dubai — still remains.
“Money can buy everything, except civilization.” It is our duty to limit the sums available to the rich Arabs, to threaten — or more than threaten — to seize their assets in the West. What can they do in return? Stop selling oil? We should also insist that they stop spending money in our countries to spread Islam in every way possible. We have ways. We just don’t use them, because we have wrongly believed, without any analysis, that it is we who need them. Not at all. And finally, a full stop to all further transfers of Infidel wealth, beyond that required to pay for oil and gas — no more disguised Jizyah to Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, the “Palestinians” or any other Muslims. Let them go to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and ask for some handouts from their fellow Muslims, fellow members of the umma. Whether their requests are granted, or granted fully, hardly matters. The very sense, among the poor Arabs and Muslims, that the rich ones are not sharing, will cause all kinds of disruption, disgruntlement, and strife within the Camp of Islam.
And that internal weakening of the Camp of Islam and hence of Jihad is, or should be, the main goal of the Infidels from here on out. No boots on the ground necessary. Just preventing (from the air) any further acquisitions of major weaponry, and a steady steely determination to reverse the Muslim presence and therefore Muslim menace in the West, and an equally relentless determination to exploit whatever pre-existing fissures exist within the Camp of Islam. It will all be much less expensive, and much less wearying, and much more effective, than what, so far, has been the incoherent response of the American and other Western governments.