Sometimes a single statistic can well and truly capture the epic scale of Islam’s failure. The startling statistic? Seven out of ten Arab youths, according to an Arab League official, want to migrate and escape the virtual disaster zone that is otherwise known as the Arab world, despite trillions in oil revenue taken in and spent (or squandered) over the past several decades.
Of course, the Arab League’s discussion of this issue will carefully skirt any mention of the real causes of this massive wave of migrants — namely the massive and comprehensive failure of Islam as a political and social system to provide for their well being. For even though Sharia has not been fully implemented in most Arab states, it still remains a formidable societal and cultural presence — as well as an increasingly political one.
It is also well to remember that these Muslim migrants, when they come westward, legally or otherwise, will almost certainly bring with them nonnegotiable demands for Sharia, and the same dysfunctional Islamic system that rendered their homelands as virtually unlivable in the first place.
From “Arab League seeks solutions as 70 per cent of Arab youth want to emigrate,” by Habib Toumi, Gulfnews.com, 15 November 2011 (hat tip infidelsarecool):
Around three quarters of Arab youth want to migrate to countries out of
their region due to rising unemployment in Arab states, an Arab League official said.
Manama: Around three quarters of Arab youth want to migrate to countries out of their region due to rising unemployment in Arab states, an Arab League official said.
“Due to their poor participation in society and politics and to rising joblessness, 70 per cent of the Arab youth want to migrate out of the region,” Khalid Al Wahishi, director of Population Policy and Immigration at Arab League, said.
Empower the youth
“We at Arab League have been warning member states at all our meetings to empower the youth. Unemployment, alarmingly high at 26 per cent, poor participation of youth and illiteracy are major hindrances to population policy development and implementation,” Al Wahishi told delegates at a gathering of population experts from member-countries in Qatar.
The ratio of youth in the population of Arab countries is very high and requires efforts to empower them and raise their participation in politics, he said.
“The changes taking place in some Arab countries clearly show that it is the youth of these states who have played a leading role in the reforms movement,” he said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula on Tuesday.
According to the official, the Arab League has been arguing for several years that there was an urgent need to tackle the problems of unemployment in member-states and to empower the youth and raise their participation in society and politics.
The 13th meeting of the heads of national councils and committees of the population in Arab countries in Doha, opened on Monday, is bringing together delegates from Arab League and global agencies concerned with population to review the outcome of political and social developments, population and youth issues in Arab states.
The delegates will also discuss the demographic situation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and review the activities of national population councils and committees in 2010.