Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Ajami: The Arab Predicament
(1) To rapidly adopt Western technology and political organization, like Japan, like the Soviets forced industrialization. Or (2) To retreat to their mythical victories of the past, into religion, like Pakistan, like Afghanistan. Imagine the Chinese Empire retreating to Confusianism. The Arabs choose to reject the West and removed themselves to the world of Mohammed, Mecca AD 500.
How imagines a Caliphate fighter of Mosul 2014 the world? Like a primitive version of Saudi Arabia. Strict desert sexual mores. Education centred on the Quran, without math, history, biology, etc. No science and no research. Culture - literature, movies, etc. - forbidden, inexistent. Fighting in the glorious caravan raiding tradition.
Are the Caliphate armies a danger to us? All the caliphates of the past lasted nothing and collapsed. British Raj Indian soldiers (pic., Mosul) conquered and ruled for long the Middle East. As Gral. Peron observed, and he was a professional military historian, no irregular forces can resist a professional army. These ISIS irregulars exploited a vacuum in the ethnic borderlands of Turkey/Iraq but they are not an army. They are, maximum, a small guerrilla force. Pulling the Arab peoples back into ignorance, chaos and the raging anger of perceiving the nothingness they are.