Is it time to admit Arab civilization is lost forever?

Is it possible that the Sykes-Picot Agreement has now completely failed and the attempt to bring the Middle East into some semblance of the modern world of nation-states is an impossible endeavor?. Could it be that based upon a 7th century barbaric ideology which is duplicative in nature and violent otherwise, what we know as the Middle East will never find its place in the global community of peaceful coexistence? I’m not a fan of nation-building especially when it seems unappreciated — or rather seen as an indicator of weakness. Can it be that the system once known as Mohammedism is not sustainable unless there is a complete and total reformation?

I’m not the only one asking these questions. Hisham Melhem — the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based satellite channel and also the correspondent for Annahar, the leading Lebanese daily — offers an incredible insight in an article written for Politico. Mr. Melhem postulates that Arab civilization has collapsed and will not recover in his lifetime — something with which I unfortunately concur. The immediate question is, then what can be done?

He writes, “Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism—the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition—than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed. The promise of political empowerment, the return of politics, the restoration of human dignity heralded by the season of Arab uprisings in their early heydays—all has given way to civil wars, ethnic, sectarian and regional divisions and the reassertion of absolutism, both in its military and atavistic forms. With the dubious exception of the antiquated monarchies and emirates of the Gulf—which for the moment are holding out against the tide of chaos—and possibly Tunisia, there is no recognizable legitimacy left in the Arab world.”

Indeed, if you take a gander across the Middle East, all we see is angst, violence, and jiahdism — or autocratic rule by despots or mystics. As you know, I have served in Islamic countries where I have seen some lights of possibility, but as a whole there is a specter of darkness that blots out any hope. What is most troubling is that we in the West who believe in liberty, freedom, and democracy are chided for supporting dictators, but then it is dictators who quell the Islamic jihadism which now seems to be prevailing. It was the lack of support to the Shah of Iran that gave rise to the Ayatollahs — all because the Shah was believed too corrupt.

It was our desire to fight by proxy against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan — I suppose some kind of payback for their supporting the Communist North of Korea and Vietnam. In doing so we blindly allowed the battle to become one of a religious nature — the Mujihadeen — which later morphed into what we now know as the Taliban and al-Qaida.

It was the removal of Saddam Hussein that has allowed Iraq to fall under the spell of greater sectarian violence and a resurgence of Sunni islamic jihadism. It was the removal of leaders such as Moammar Gaddifi and Hosni Mubarak which plunged those two countries, Libya and Egypt, into the hands of Islamo-fascists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood as well as various al-Qaida-associated terrorist militias. Our own lack of a long term strategic vision led to this abject disintegration and collapse — and has given rise to the cancer, the scourge which now endangers the world.

We have refused to fully develop the full spectrum of our own energy resources and have become slaves to the despots, dictators, theocrats, and autocrats who make up the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Therefore we send our hard-earned dollars, which in turn has fueled the exportation of not just oil but the vile ideology of Wahabbi Islam — theocratic, political, totalitarian, and imperialistic in nature. And it has been the warped sense of political correctness and multiculturalism that has allowed this vile and sick ideology to infiltrate our Western civilizations, enabled by our own cultural jihadist apologists who embrace the depraved sense of relativism that has resulted recently in a 54-year-old woman in Oklahoma being beheaded at work.

And yet, like stupid fools we rush to categorize evil as “workplace violence.”

I encourage you all to read the article by Mr. Melham because what is troubling about the apparent implosion of the Arab civilization and the Middle East is that it’s not regional — the end goal is to collapse our own civilization. And sadly, we have spurred on the problem in the Middle East in our refusal to acknowledge the violence and Islamo-fascist nature as it seeks to extend its destructive nature to our rule — bringing their darkness to snuff out our light, while using the beacons we have established of liberty and freedom by which they bring about our eventual decimation.

Melhem asks, “Is it any surprise that, like the vermin that take over a ruined city, the heirs to this self-destroyed civilization should be the nihilistic thugs of the Islamic State? And that there is no one else who can clean up the vast mess we Arabs have made of our world but the Americans and Western countries?”

But how can we clean up the mess if we have idiotic leadership such as we have now in America that cannot recognize the vermin and believes them to be cuddly little ferrets? Can the West truly confront this cancer when it refuses to combat it head on while decimating our military capacity as they grow stronger?

Melhem gives us a window into what once existed, “A byproduct of the depredation of the national security state and resurgent Islamism has been the slow death of the cosmopolitanism that distinguished great Middle Eastern cities like Alexandria, Beirut, Cairo and Damascus. Alexandria was once a center of learning and multicultural delights (by night, Mark Twain wrote in Innocents Abroad, “it was a sort of reminiscence of Paris”). Today Alexandria is a hotbed of political Islam, now that the once large Greek-Egyptian community has fled along with the other non-Arab and non-Muslim communities. Beirut, once the most liberal city in the Levant, is struggling to maintain a modicum of openness and tolerance while being pushed by Hezbollah to become a Tehran on the Med. Over the last few decades, Islamists across the region have encouraged—and pressured—women to wear veils, men to show signs of religiosity, and subtly and not-so-subtly intimidated non-conformist intellectuals and artists. Egypt today is bereft of good universities and research centers, while publishing unreadable newspapers peddling xenophobia and hyper-nationalism.”

Perhaps this hasn’t been a real sexy read for some of you — and that’s exactly why we find ourselves in this predicament at the precipice of a true global conflagration. Because we have leaders in our country who haven’t exercised strategic vision, we find ourselves contending with the unimpeded rise of Islamic jiahdism — there and here.

The clock is ticking and if we fail to turn back this implosion, we shall all be engulfed in this vortex. No, global warming or climate change is not the greatest threat to the world — it is the abject collapse of the Arab world as it is being replaced by the 7th century scourge of Mohammed, the ideology that will undermine the achievements of reason and enlightenment.

40 COMMENTS

  1. “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction. 12″He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” Genesis 16:11-12 …This has been true in every encounter with the descendants of Ishmael. It’s been recorded by ancient Israelites and modern Israelis, by ancient Persians and modern Iranians, by the Turks,the French, the Greeks, the Spanish, the British and the U.S. Liberals and progressives are dismissive of the Bible and the truth of it, but they can’t ignore this. And they too will feel the the hostility of Ishamael’s descendents. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:2. Which is occurring now.

  2. Arab culture declined once the Europeans began their age of discovery (1492) which happens to be the same year the Moors were driven out of Spain.

  3. I totally agree with your assessment, Allen. But, is there a valid solution to the problem? Assuming we can’t “nuke them all”.

  4. This has to be one of the best articles I’ve read all year. You speak my mind, Allen West, and that is why I want you for president.

  5. Answer is a simple one. Stop sending military over there. instead
    There are enough radicles here in our country to combat the evil there. Ask for volunteers of the US. public and other countries, with a mission to clean out the toilet bowl mess that government officials have crapped in for years. arm them and step back and watch. No Rules of Engagement, rules went out with first beheading. Just a thought.

    • Offer all Rednecks free travel, tents, and really big guns, and tell them that terrorists taste just like chicken. Then stand back and let them clean it all up.

  6. The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you up. It is the travelers map, the pilgrims staff, the pilot’s compass, the solders sword, and the Christians charter….

    Here paradise is restored, heaven is opened, and hell disclosed. The Lord Jesus Christ is the grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. Let it fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Its a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Its given to you in life, will be opened in judgment, and remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the highest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents….

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  9. “He writes, “Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone.”

    I fell the same way about conservative Anglo-Christian culture every since Timmy McVeigh destroyed a federal building killing 136 men, women and babies. Then when David Koreash, the psychotic rapist was lionized by the same “Christians”, I new they were the real disease in America.

    • Oh look, a rare intelligent commenter at http://www.allenbwest.com. You Sir or Ms. have hit the proverbial nail on the head. Christofascism is America’s greatest problem. It’s the thing that retards progress in solving all other issues. Fortunately most of the Rapture-ready fools are in late middle age or are elderly and they belong to a demographic with shorter life expectancy. They’ve already begun to die off and momentum is shifting in our favor. Look at Iowa for example. In a few years America will be 40 blue. The bitter clingers will just have to learn to like living in our world.

      • I don’t know that “Christofacism” is a fair term nor analogy. Does contemporary Christianity support and call for the beheading of those who do not believe in Christ? No. But those ideas are very much prevalent in contemporary Islam no? Both religions seek to expand. One through love… one through hate and violence. Not entirely… but for the most part… yeah. For the record I subscribe to neither… although not an atheist either. But fundamental Islam terrifies me.

      • But those ideas are very much prevalent in contemporary Islam no?
        No. Dead wrong. You’ll find no beheadings and less Islamic radicalism in Indonesia than we have Christian radicalism in America. Hop on over to rightwingwatch.org for a list of America’s Christofascists. Indonesia is the world’s largest “Muslim country” with 250,000,000 people. It’s also the 4th largest by population and third largest democracy. India (world’s largest democracy) is roughly tied with Pakistan as being the second largest “Muslim country”. India’s Muslim minority is larger than the entire population of Russia. And so it goes through almost all “Muslim countries” until we find that Muslim radicalism is confined to a handful that are in thrall to theocracy. There is no greater democratic power than
        the separation of church and state.

  10. I have served in Islamic countries where I have seen some lights of possibility, but as a whole there is a specter of darkness that blots out any hope.

    Only dropouts would be impressed by such puerile prose.

  11. Allen, I believe what is happening in the Middle-East now, was evident and going to happen at some point, regardless of our intervention. We may have sped the process but the fact is the region was already in turmoil, even with the dictators in power! Only time will tell what will play out. The best we can do at this point is work to keep our allies safe and keep American’s OUT of this region and secure our borders, by land, sea and air!

  12. Every time evil walks among us it has ISLAM written on it’s hand. ISLAM has been the problem since the sixth century, they kill & destroy anyone that disagrees with THEM.

  13. OK, I’ve viewed the YouTube link posted [3 times] by ‘Syn Hope’… I believe Michael Scheuer has stated [pretty accurately] our stumbling misinterpretation of what the Islamic World wants.
    One of the recurring messages I’ve heard (from News reports, etc…) is they simply want us (meaning the Western/European Worlds) to stay out of their business. Perhaps the Crusades spurred some of this POV and position – it certainly doesn’t help that we continue to behave as if we “know best” or believe we can lead them to a “Better Life”
    At this point, we’re damned if we do AND damned if we don’t in our plight to stop this Islamic violence. As Scheuer suggested, we need to protect ourselves and let these radicals kill each other off…

  14. Col West is leaving out a very important issue. Saddam Hussien and his ilk NEVER keep their terrorism to themselves. Saddam was paying the parents of “Palestinian” teenagers $2000 to blow themselves up in Israeli markets. For this reason I will NEVER believe that these dictators/mass murderers were good for stability of their countries. Quedaffi = Lockerbie. They always export their hatred & terrorism.

  15. Ultimately, Islam, as its adherents confess, is a totalitarian theocracy incompatible with freedom. It effectively advocates (violent if necessary) over-throw of all other forms of Government.

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