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Arab Population and The French Window

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Submitted by Morgaan Sinclair (Mexico), Jan 16, 2012 at 21:30

The notion of The French Window comes from the ex-spook "Spengler" -- now Oswald -- who wrote about it one of his books. In the early 20th Century, everybody knew that there would be war with Germany, and the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand (after the assassin at first took the wrong street and got lost) was the pretext that was chosen. The reason was that French birthrates were falling precipitously, and the French knew they had less than 10 years to defeat Germany before the birthrate trough left them with too few men of fighting age to defend the country.

This lesson, "Spengler" claims, is not lost on radical Islamists who are aware that birthrates in the Arab world are plummeting. In fact, sperm rates worldwide are down by half across the boards. But they birthrates among Arabs maybe be declining more rapidly than those of people in other areas, not least because it was artifically inflated by repression of women. You see, when a woman becomes literate, the number of children she has drops from 7-15 to down are 2.2, the general population replacement value. This, "Spengler" claims, is why the radical Islamist war on women, their marriage and divorce rights, their inheritance rights and PARTICULARLY THEIR EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS has been so extreme and brutal. By one estimate, more than 300,000 "establishments" (not all of them formal schools) of female education have been destroyed since 9/11. See, among other good books, one called Saharasia, whose author brings in to sharp relief the causes of gender repression in desert tribalist cultures.


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