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COMMENTS ON MIDDLE EAST TRIBAL AFFLICTION

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Submitted by JACQUES HADIDA (United States), Jan 24, 2008 at 19:30

COMMENTS ON MIDDLE EAST TRIBAL AFFLICATION

M.SALZMAN LAST COMMENT "As the region fails to modernize, it falls steadily further behind." TENDS TO SHOW US HOW DIFFERENT WE ARE, SINCE, US, THE WEST ARE MODERN AND THEY ARE NOT.

I know McGill University for having graduated there along with my kids, but how long did M.Sazman live in a Middle Esst or Arab country to better appreciate thier life.

I want to thank you for including much of Ibn Khaldun life story. It was a delight to read

Let me bring few simple images:

THIS 14TH C THEORETICIAN OF ARAB HISTORY UPHELD ÀSSABIYA AS THE FUNDAMENTAL BOND OF HUMAN SOCIETY AND THE BASIC MOTIVATING FORCE IN HISTORY.ASSABIYA IMPLIES BOUNDLESS N UNCONDITIONAL LOYALTY TO FELLOW TRIBESMEN.`BE LOYAL 2 YOUR TRIBE`-ITS CLAIM UPON ITS MEMBERS IS STRONG ENOUGH YO MAKE A HUSBAND GIVE UP HIS WIFE.
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IN WRITING" MUQADIMA"I THE NTRODUCTION TO HISTORY.THE GREASTEST HISTORICAL GENIOUS OF HIS TIME AS WELL AS THE GREATEST ARAB ,HE OBSERVED THE ARAB CHARACTER LOOKING UPON 7 CENTURIES OF ARAB HISTORY .WHEN HE USED ARAB,HE WAS REFERNG TO BEDOUINS AND OTHER NOMADIC ARABS.

HE WROTE:
"ARABS CAN GAIN CONTROL ONLY OVER FLAT TERRITORY THIS IS BECAUSE ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR SAVAGE NATURE, THE ARABS ARE PEOPLE WHO PLUNDER AND CAUSE DAMAGE.EVENTUALLY THE CIVILIZATION THEY CONQUER IS WIPED OUT.HE ALSO WROTE:"PLACES THAT SUCCUMBTO THE ARABS ARE QUICKLY RUINED.

HE EXPLAINS THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE ARABS ARE A SAVAGE NATION,FULLY ACCCUSTOMED TO SAVAGERY AND THE THINGS THAT CAUSE IT..SAVAGERY HAS BECOME THEIR CHARACTER AND NATURE.THEY ENJOY IT BECAUSE IT MEANS FREEDOM FROM AUTHORITY ,NO SUBSERVIENCE TO LEADERSHIP.SUCH A NATURAL DISPOSITION IS THE NEGATION AND ANTITHESIS OF CIVILIZATION.

HE ADDS THE VANQUISHED ALWAYS WANT TO IMITATE THE VICTOR IN HIS DISTINCTIVE MARK,HIS DRESS,HIS OCUPATION, N HIS OTHER CONDITIONS AND CUSTOMS.MORE FEATURES OF HIS PORTRAIT OF THE ARAB NATIONAL CARARACTER. THE ARAB CAN OBTAIN AUTHORITY ONLY BY MAKING USE OF SOME RELIGIOUS COLORING SUCH AS PROPHECY OR SAINTHOOD,OR SOME GREAT RELIGIOUS EVENT.IN GENERAL THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT,BECAUSE OF THEIR SAVAGERY, THE ARABS ARE THE LEAST WILLING OF NATIONS TO SUBBORDINATE THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER,AS THEY ARE PROUD,AMBITIOUS,AND EAGER TO BE THE LEADER."

Only once our world understands what the Arab is made of, will we be in better terms to comprehend them.

So please about that beautiful word the Greek gave us DEMOSCRATOS, It does not work here

JACQUES HADIDA

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