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Muslim Inferiority Complex

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Submitted by Tracy W (Canada), Dec 10, 2006 at 05:11

There is an element of jealousy, of acting out due to a sense of inferiority, behind the Muslim hatred that sometimes degenerates into violence. Islam's moment of glory was centuries ago, then it stagnated.

The US was naive enough to think that once Saddam was deposed, Iraq would embrace democracy and capitalism and live happily ever after. The US was guilty of misunderstanding the culture that permeates all Muslim countries. As things stand now, the choice for Muslims seems to be either some law and order under a strong repressive government, or total chaos. Progress, both material and intellectual, seems to elude them either way.

The example of Israel, such a tiny country making the desert bloom while the Palestinians continue to decline is a painful reality for them. For example, after a recent Israel withdrawal, Palestinians took over the abandoned Israeli greenhouses, but they failed to make use of them and the greenhouses are now decaying away.

Much of the hatred and violence of Arabs against Israelis is plain anger and frustration at their own shortcomings, just as a child unable to accomplish a task will throw a tantrum.

Misery in the Palestinian territories is not due to poverty alone, because money continues to pour in. Their own internal corruption and violence are the impediment to progress.

When given the chance to study and work in the West and succeed professionally, Muslims still hold a grudge against their host country and the West in general, and often quietly support violence against their new country. They feel different and despise the host culture while pressing for ever increasing cultural accommodation to live their lives separately. So opportunities are not the answer either, as they were for other immigrants willing to assimilate.

Regarding the worldwide terror blamed on the Israeli-Palestinian "problem", it's absurd to think that were the Palestinians able to get a few more square miles of Israeli territory, or even the whole country, it would make a bit of difference to them or to other Muslims. They would celebrate the victory, but nothing beyond that.

Unless their culture changes and opens itself up to progress, tolerance and human rights, neither more territory nor financial support from the west nor the riches of oil can help the Arab world. The misery, the violence, the corruption and the terror will continue unabated.

Unfortunately the trend in the West seems to be to make concession after concession to both Muslim countries and to the those Muslims living among us instead of demanding a positive cultural shift on their part. Western guilt and self-blame have proved to be counterproductive.

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