Obama’s Unrealizable Middle East Perestroika

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President Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East on Thursday shows, if anything, that he is still a leftist who has yet to be mugged by Middle Eastern reality.

While Obama accurately listed the symptoms of the ailment crippling Middle Eastern development, such as bribery, tribalism, religious sectarianism, lack of basic economic and political rights, and citizens simply not having enough to eat, his analysis did not touch on the sickness itself, namely, Arab religious and cultural backwardness. As a result, the cures Obama put forward to assist the Arab countries’ transformation to rights-respecting, democratic states, without addressing the roots of the societal illnesses, are doomed to failure.

“We will continue to make good on the commitments I made in Cairo – to build networks of entrepreneurs and expand changes in education; to foster cooperation in science and technology; and combat disease,” Obama confidently remarked. “Across the region, we intend to provide assistance to civil society, including those that may not be officially sanctioned, and who speak uncomfortable truths. And we will use technology to connect with – and listen to – the voices of the people.”

But Arab misery does not lie in a lack of entrepreneurs, science and technology cooperation or medical facilities, but rather in the inability of a crippled culture to meet the demands of the modern world. And since Arab countries cannot meet these demands, they are destined to experience, except possibly for the few oil-rich states, more political instability, poverty and hunger.

Egypt, the heart of the Arab world and one of two countries Obama cited in his speech (the other being Tunisia), where the American effort “to promote reform across the region and to support transitions to democracy” will begin, is dangerously unstable. To begin with, it is estimated that 35 percent of all Egyptians and 45 percent of women are illiterate among a population of 80 million, the Arab world’s most populous state.

The inequality of women, the abolition of which is a precondition to any society’s progress, is deeply embedded in Egypt’s culture. An indicator of this strong, cultural backwardness regarding women’s status is that ninety-six percent of married Egyptian women have been subjected to female genital mutilation. And Egyptian mothers believe they are being progressive when they have a doctor perform the painful, dehumanizing procedure on their daughters rather than an untrained local. The columnist Spengler (a literary pseudonym) questions the doctors who carry out a shocking 75 percent of all FGM acts in the Nile nation:

“What does this say about the character of the country’s middle class?” writes Spengler, who also criticized Western news outlets for not reporting on this during Egypt’s recent political troubles.

Economically, the Arab countries’ problems are almost insurmountable. Obama’s speech pointed out 400 million Arabs export goods equal in value to those of one European country, Switzerland. Even more troubling, Arab countries do not have the corporations that can provide their numerous unemployed young people with jobs, leaving them to act as an unstable and dangerous force.

“The private sector in the Muslim countries has… languished and lags behind others in the emerging markets,” writes Ali A. Alawi in his book The Crisis Of Islamic Civilization. “Very few Muslim companies in the Muslim world have the weight to compete seriously or to bring innovations into the global markets. Of the twenty largest corporations in the Muslim world, seventeen are oil and gas companies, in most cases state-owned.”

Alawi goes even further when he states that Islamic civilization is a dying civilization, which has not created much of importance in centuries. And Alawi states there is no returning to greatness, since Muslims have distanced themselves so much from their great past’s Islamic roots. Overall, Alawi maintains, “The Muslim innovative capacity has degraded in a fundamental sense.”

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  • fleedo

    Obamas "vision" is very selective. There can be a Palestinian state but the question is where? Jordan is 70% Palestinian. A Palestinian state that does not cover parts of Jordan is a lie. lts time to place all the options on the table instead of beating up on just the Israelis.
    lf Israel is to make sacrifices then others should also make sacrifices. lf Jordan wont also sit at the table there can be no Palestinian state. This is not negotiable

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    In Israel the Arab population, including Moslems, Christians and Druze are afforded identical education opportunities as those provided to Jews. The same applies to industrial development opportunities. Regretfully there seems to be some yet to be explained reason that causes them not to able to manage complex systems.
    We live very near several large Arab townships in Northern Israel and only one will find garages, woodworking and ceramics cookware makinf small operations as well as basic arc welding and two plastic bottles manufacturing facilities amongst them.

    Their leadership should carefully go over the facts before embarking on modern warfare as that requires capable leaders with specialized technological savvy.
    They would be far better of if they stop being suicidal and with good will join us and develop into feasible states.
    As of now, they are noisy, ill ntended and retrograde mobs. Regretful.

  • fleedo

    You can ponder their cultural and other identifiers however islam is a soull desgtroying religion and has a lot to answer for. In the meantime the noose is tightening around Israel. Israel must be loud and proactive. Shift the focus to Jordan. Let the spotlight also shine on others.

  • Steve Chavez

    And yet, a vast majority of American Jews are Democrats WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA DESPITE ALL THE WARNING SIGNS and all the Israeli-hate groups on Obama's and Congressional Democrats side whose ranks are filled with FAKE JEWS and FAKE SUPPORTERS OF JEWS only to gain their vote!!!

    OBAMA, during his CAIRO SPEECH, around the five minute mark, warned against extremists were the biggest threat but that was a secret signal to them that extremism could take over these countries and he'd aid in that goal since the icing on the cake, IS ISRAEL!!! Watch the speech on youtube and look at his face before the "extremist" part. Then when he gets to it, look at his face again, his body movements, everything and you will see what I saw!!! His warning to instead telling them this was the way!!!

    • Jim_C

      "vast majority of American Jews who voted for Obama"–Steve, all that means is that there are a lot more intelligent Jews than lunkheaded Jews in America–thank God!

  • Steve Chavez

    AMAZING OBAMA SILENCE ON SYRIA DON'T YOU THINK? He took action against Egypt and threw an ally, and an Israeli ally, under the bus! In Libya, he approved military action. SYRIA IS WILLINGLY KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE, not like the Civil War in Libya, BUT INNOCENTS! NO ACTION BY OBAMA?

    Remember the photo-ops of Assad and PELOSI? HILLARY said recently that Assad is a reformer?

    WHAT'S FUNNY, IS OBAMA sits across the table from Netanyahu? WHAT A JOKE!!!

    • Jim_C

      Let's see: Obama told Assad to lead his country toward democracy or, I quote, "get out of the way."

      Obama accused Syrian govt of "pursuing the path of murder."

      Tell me more about this "silence."

      • Jim_C

        I have a few "thumbs down" because some people are allergic to facts.

        • elixelx

          Not facts: just idiots with counter-factual opinions who quote themselves and call it fact! What you deserve is a thumb in the eye, or a middle finger!
          Barry told Ghaddafi that he "had to go"! He told Mubarak he should leave for the good of his people! He urged Musharraf to leave! He suggested that Saleh be gone!
          And to the biggest murderer of them all (none of the above has killed as many as Assad!) he suggests; not insists, not threatens, not gives an ultimatum..just a suggestion!
          Those are MY faccts sonny! Your facts are just attempts at apologetics for the spineless yellow-belly who daily dishonours the office he was elected to!

  • StephenD

    Netanyahu has it all over Obama. I wish he were our president. I would love to have him call out Obama on his speech point by point. How he doesn't impose a precondition on the Palestinians to simply recognize Israel but has the gall to tell Israel to give up defensive borders. As if it is his call to make in the first place! No, Netanyahu should not go quietly from this. Let the world know for certain that though they may, Israel will NEVER recognize Obama as the President of the World.

    • Jim_C

      If they're not going to thank us profusely and frequently for guaranteeing their existence this last half century, do you think they'll at least stop taking our aid and return our helicopters then, please?

      • elixelx

        Yup, and I'm sure you make your partner kiss your butt every time you hand him/her a pittance!

  • tanstaafl

    The Obamahdi has revealed himself!

  • thomasjackson99
  • BLJ

    Obama is no friend of Israel or the United States for that matter. This guy is a puppet of his master George Soros. Soros wants a one-world goverment with himself at the helm.

    Israel should tell Obama to stick it where the sun don't shine. The Palestinians were given a chance to make something positive out of Gaza and they decided to use it as a missile launching pad. Screw them and their Iranian backers.

    • Jim_C

      And what has Bibi done for the United States? Tell me that.

      • elixelx

        For the US, everything.
        Tech, Alliance, Fruit and Veg and Flowers. Mobile phones.
        For the son of a beach in the Black House, BUPKISS; which is one more KISS than the BARRY-BUTTKISSER merits!
        Bibi and his people (me among them!) completely LOVE the United States and its people! However, we absolutely and unanimously abhor your misbegotten-muslime leader!
        Perhaps you, Jim, can learn to reciprocate. Learn to love the Jews: try to love Israel! How you feel about Bibi is up to you…
        Hope you convert soon and publicly. I have a stiffened thumb just waiting…

  • nabi18
  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama is putting everyone in mortal danger, everyone………………William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    While Obama said he will work to see “that all faiths are respected and that bridges are built among them” and Coptic Christians “have the right to worship freely in Cairo,” he pathetically failed to call for religious equality and to insist on an end to state-regulated anti-Christian religious discrimination.

    Hmm…I hate to rain on your parade again, but it is not just Christians that are violently oppressed and systematically persecuted when not outright slaughtered altogether in every Muhammadan majority country where they exist without exception, but it is also all unbelievers, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Bahais, Druze, Zoroastrians, Ahmadis, etc., etc., etc.

    Furthermore, Obama can call for religious equality all he wants, but nevertheless he will just be wasting his breath, as he is also needlessly wasting America’s resources, as mainstream orthodox Islam, not radical Islam, divides the world between believers and unbelievers and then applies one set of rules and ethics for believers and a completely different set of rules and ethics for unbelievers.

    Extremists like the Brotherhood feel a need to Islamicize everything and believe the Koran contains all the answers

    Maybe the Muslim Brotherhood consist of extremists in your mind, but in Islamic society, on the other hand, what they are advocating, Sharia, is supported by 95 percent of Egyptians, which makes the support of Sharia mainstream and not extreme or radical within Islamic society.

    Furthermore, Sharia is not a product of a radical or extreme interpretation of Islam; it is instead the product of orthodox mainstream Islam. Not only that but Western political correct notions of radical and extreme interpretations of Islam are utterly absurd, as the texts and tenets of Islam are immutable and anyone attempting to deviate in the slightest from those texts and tenets would instantly be charged with blasphemy, which is a capital offense in Islam. Hence, the notion of a radical Islam as opposed to a moderate Islam is utterly absurd because it is impossible. There is only one Islam and that is mainstream orthodox Islam.

    In addition, because Islam requires full and complete submission to the will of Allah, in stark contrast to faith-based religions, the prospect of moderate Muhammadans is utterly absurd, let alone the notion that the overwhelming majority of Muhammadans in the world are moderate Muhammadans. The reality is a Muhammadan is either the devout slave of Allah or otherwise that Muhammadan is not, and if that Muhammadan is the latter that doesn’t make that Muhammadan a proverbial moderate Muhammadan, instead it makes that Muhammadan a blasphemous apostate that must be executed per the dictates of Allah’s will.

    Indeed, for a Muhammadan to be a moderate as for as non-Muhammadan unbelievers are concerned, that Muhammadan would have to necessarily reject Sharia. However, as we have seen, 95 percent of Egyptians believe in Sharia, and the percentage of Muhammadans is even higher since approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population consists of Christian Copts.

    In addition, the notion that Muhammadans migrate to the West to escape having to live under the draconian rule Sharia is also utterly absurd, because the vast overwhelming majority of Muhammadan immigrants living in the West have flat out refused to assimilate and integrate and have formed Muhammadan no-go zones ruled by Sharia as parallel societies within societies and in direct contravention of the laws of the states in which they reside. In fact, the very act of assimilation and integration would be blasphemous for all mainstream orthodox Muhammadans, which is a capital offense under Islam.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Just the same as cancer in the body, lots of denial but the end is assured
      unless there is one hell of a fight……………………………….William

  • desertkeeper

    This is just what the founding fathers were afraid of, that is why we are supposed to have only a natural born citizen as president. Anyone else would have ties to other countries. Since Obama's most informative years were spent in Indonesia, and his following years were spent in Marxist theology, how could he believe in anything different. He has been deceived with evil and we will pay the price.

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