Time to tell each-other some truths.
If “they” are horrible, we are abysmal.
Which does not mean we are that guilty that we have no moral ground to retry. We must bang on and on. Two, twelve, or twohundredandfiftyfour mistakes still don’t make 1 right.
But guilty we are, let’s have a hard look.
What have we done for the Arabs/Muslims?
Before we go any further have a read of this
and tell me, honestly, if that is not (shall we say) “semi-partially-probably-occasionally-true”?
You what? Let’s be brutally sincere; at least with ourselves. It’s about money. Oil. Its derivatives.
If it ever were about Democracy, we’d have stipulated little hang-ups in our contracts regarding the way the huge revenue was spent.
If it were about Democracy, we’d have a Western Cartel to command a buying price and not an OPEC to command a ransom.
If it were Democracy, aid would be tied to reforms but instead is used to appease a ruling class who, in turn, keep their populace hungry to pressurize us into ever paying more. Democracy is expensive; you have to go through stuff and that. It takes years. It can be bloody. Big business wants the buck now, not in 30 years, dear.
Stop being naive now. If it was about Freedom, why do we pay corrupt regimes (Egypt anybody?) to plod along or ignore and trade with them to make the money? If it was about Freedom, why is Mc Donald, Coca-Cola, Gucci, Ferrari, enterprises that can only culturally thrive in free countries, selling expensive bags and cheap burgers even in little dictatorships like little Tunisia? (forget reigns of terror like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria etc)
Freedom to buy from us is about the only freedom we are interested in and that is why their markets are a lot more open than their societies.
What we really gave them is Capital-tribalism.
This strange texture of Capitalism at its worst and Tribalism at its normal which gives us a society where culturally semi-illiterate people, mortally hostile to change and modernity, have access to most modern technologies and life-styles.
Hence the Mullah and the mobile phone, the Imam and the Internet, Ali Jihad and Ipod, Hamas and government, in a Mc Donald in Saudi drinking a coke well separated by women dressed like permanent mourning, breeding creatures raised in a poisoned, isolated environment.
And what do we do instead of insisting in schoolbooks?
We sell them Barbie dolls.
We have failed ourselves long before and after they failed us.
Our civilisation is so more advanced that eventually we will succeed anyway. It would be anti-historic, against the natural progress of humanity and thereby impossible for “them” to win. (worst case scenario, we nuke each-other, we both lose) (shut it M-Max, give it a rest)
But our mistakes, our continued indecision, our ill-hidden greed, is costing blood and it’s hurting.
It’s hurting our finest of youth who perishes in a faraway, ungrateful land and it’s hurting the innocent blown away by a blast in a mosque, a train, a bus, a wedding or a disco.
Yes they’ve had corruption forever, yes they’ve always been completely oblivious to any notion of freedom, yes they’re still culturally semi-primitive and drowning in analphabetism as they were 1000 years ago and yes they are very resistant to change for the better…….but what they did not have before is someone there to talk freedom and instead do a lot of business and sponsor financially the very people that oppresses them. What they did not have before is a role model (our societies to emigrate into) that kept their oppressors going.
If we are not serious about Freedom, how could they be?
It’s not the dog that teaches the trainer the tricks…