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Amin, you keep proving my point

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Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Dec 21, 2011 at 20:26

Amin, You say Arabic is not weak just Arabs. Arabic is the tool of language used by Arabs, and Arabs are choose not to use it because it is weak. Arabic is a tool shaped by Arabs and its failure as a tool is obvious. The reason they do not use it for science is that it is weak, the reason Arabs have gotten behind the rest of the world Academically is that Arabic is a weak and backward language. The proof is its lack of ability to change, the basics of Arabic may be great for poetry, but that is its limit because the Language has stagnated. You say ever language has its ups and down, true, but usually it goes up then down, I do not see any revival of Latin or Ancient Egyptian. Once a language has become outdated, it is very difficult for it to catch up and modernize. Arabic is especially hamstrung do to classical Arabic being the Language of the Qu'ran, and Muslims sticking to Arabic as the language of their God and only Arabic. Your total defence is that Arabic Scholars think Arabic is great, well Amin flint knappers think flint is great too, but the world has moved on. The limitations of Arabic are obvious as it stagnated in the 1400s, it does not cope with the demands of a modern society, even advertising in Arab countries has difficulties in using classical Arabic to suit the modern concepts of advertising.

You clinging to the notion that scholars think Arabic is not weak is a silly argument. No specialist derides their speciality, do Palaeontologists think Dinosaurs backwards? No they think they are wonderful. But like Arabic, they failed to adapt to a changing environment. The Muslim breeding argument is even more weak, what happens when the Arabic speaking world does not have oil to buy food any more? The lack of Education, Industry and Agriculture means your uncontrolled breeding will turn into another Arab mess for the rest of the world to clean up after. The mass migration of Arabic speaking peoples to the west is proof of they failure of Arabic and Muslim societies to provide a standard of living for its peoples. The uncontrolled population growth of North Africa and the Middle East is nothing to be proud of Amin, when the whole Arabic world resembles Somalia, who will be laughing then? I guess you have already fled the backward Arabic world, but you still cling to the illusions.

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