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Islam's failures drive contemporary Muslim invasions

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Dec 6, 2020 at 08:02

The invasions described in the above article took place when Islamic culture was vibrant, relatively prosperous and confident. Islamic rulers were enriched by the infidel poll tax, the Jizya, helped by the fact that most of the conquered people were non-Muslims who had to pay up.
Gradually, as more and more non-Muslims converted to avoid taxes and the penalties of Sharia, Islam lost revenue. In addition, the innovations and creativity of the subject countries were hindered and eclipsed by Islam's anti-intellectual dogmatism and intolerance. Islamic countries declined economically and intellectually. A perusal of TV shows, sermons and discussions from Muslim countries on MEMRI reveals a culture utterly stagnant, a captive to conspiracy theories and overt bigotry.
Today, the Muslims countries top the charts in income inequality, religious intolerance, and internecine warfare. Islam, with some notable and heartening exceptions, mainly in the Gulf, has become a giant failed state.
One major response to that is that people are voting with their feet and have been emigrating en masse. Instead of organized armies attacking, non-Muslim countries are faced with hordes of indigent, discontented individuals corralled and exploited by people smugglers and NGOs.
The different nature of this invasion has evoked a different response than in the past. Instead of a proud and ruthless force challenging the West and getting a proud and vibrant response, we see the West reacting with a mixture of pity, revulsion and confusion. There is pity for the pathetic circumstances of the refugees, revulsion at their cruel and uncivilized practices, and confusion as to exactly what to do about it.
The challenge facing the West is to somehow defend itself from a failed civilization while preserving its values and integrity.

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