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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Algerian author: 'In all honesty, the Arabs are backward, and are not fit for civilization at all'

All the good stuff on al-Jazeera is on the Arabic channel.

In this video, Algerian author Anwar Malek tells the truth about Arab society in a way that would never be allowed on the English-language channel (in fact, I am surprised it was allowed on the Arabic-language channel).

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript will follow.

And here's the transcript.
Following are excerpts from an interview with Algerian author Anwar Malek, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on March 3, 2009:

Interviewer: 73% of our viewers believe that the Arabs constitute a great power, and have ability to be influential, and so on.


Anwar Malek: This figure indicates that the Arabs are afflicted with fantasies and obsolete bravado.

Interviewer: False bravado.

Anwar Malek: False, empty bravado, which does no good to anybody. The Arabs invented, or discovered, the zero – but what did they do with it? Some of them sat on it, some put it on their heads, while others wore it around their waists, and began shaking their hips, their bellies, and their breasts, in order to sell to the world the idea that modern Arabs are doing something. Today, the Arabs constitute nothing but thousands of zeros to the left... The Arabs have lost their worth, their humanity, their culture, and everything. There is nothing to suggest that the Arabs can be relied upon to produce anything.

This false bravado is deeply rooted in the Arabs to an unimaginable degree. It is so deeply rooted that the Arabs believe they can go to the moon. If you asked your viewers whether the Arabs would be able to reach the moon by 2015, they would say: "Yes, the Arabs will get to the moon." By Allah, the Arabs will not go more than a few hundred kilometers from their doorsteps. These are empty words.

In all honesty, the Arabs are backward, and are not fit for civilization at all. I am not referring to history. I am talking about the Arabs of today. I'm not talking about the Arabs of the past, in the days of the Islamic conquests. I am talking about the Arabs of today. They have lost their Arab identity, and have begun to export shawarma, falafel, and lupin beans to Europe, and they purport to be bringing something Arab to Europe.

Interviewer: Civilization.

Anwar Malek: They call it civilization.


The Arab rulers are a reflection of the people. The Arab rulers did not come down from Mars or from the sun. They emerged from among the people, and share the same beliefs. If you placed any Arab citizen in power... I challenge any Arab citizen, who may become a ruler, to do anything beyond what the current Arab leaders are doing. There is no difference between the Arab rulers and the Arab peoples. All those who are called "Arabs" are one and the same.


Interviewer: Look what small resistance movements have achieved, by means of very primitive weapons, in confronting aggressors and enemies. Can you deny this? This completely refutes what you say.

Anwar Malek: What resistance are you talking about? If you are talking about the resistance of Hizbullah – Hizbullah has destroyed Lebanon, in the framework of a Persian conspiracy. I say this point blank. As for the resistance in Palestine – they are defending themselves. They are a group of people defending themselves from attacks from all directions. What did they achieve? Did they defeat or destroy Israel? I consider it a miracle when someone manages to even defend himself. The reality of the Arabs is one of defeat, hitting rock bottom... We are defeated, politically and militarily... and economically, socially, and even psychologically. We have a discourse of conspiracy, and we blame everything on others.


Interviewer: Take Egypt, for example. What does Egypt – that superpower – have to offer? I ask you, what does Egypt have to offer?

Anwar Malek: Nothing. It is incapable of doing anything. It has nothing but lupin beans – and I say this in complete irony. It is incapable of doing anything. It lives off American aid. Without it, they would starve.


Egypt is incapable of waging war, strategically and militarily. It is incapable of doing anything.

Interviewer: Didn't Egypt win several wars?

Anwar Malek: No. The 1973 war was not a victory. It was another defeat.

Interviewer: It didn't win the war?

Anwar Malek: No. It was followed by the Camp David accords a few years later. It did not win the war. No Arab country has won a war in modern times. There has been no victory worthy of mention. All we have are defeats, which we package as victories.


Look at how the Arabs live in the West. By Allah, they are a bad example. If you hear about thieves – they are always Arabs. Whenever a young man harasses a girl on the streets of London or Paris, he turns out to be an Arab. All the negative moral values are to be found in the Arab individual.
Actually, the proof that Egypt lost the 1973 war was not Camp David, but the fact that when the UN Security Council convened to demand a cease fire, the Egyptian third army was surrounded by Ariel Sharon's troops in the Sinai. Heh.


At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Arabs invented, or discovered, the zero – but what did they do with it? Some of them sat on it, some put it on their heads, while others wore it around their waists, and began shaking their hips, their bellies, and their breasts

The Arabs were that close to inventing the hoola-hoop.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops. Forgot my serious side of the comment:

The Arabs did NOT invent the zero.

The Arabs might have invented zilch, zippo, nada and gurnisht but this article says that already.

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Well, they did invent Islam, courtesy of a mentally unbalanced, pedophile "prophet". Typically, in doing this, they stole the first five books of Hebrew Scripture, plus some elements of Christianity, then leavened it with elements of Arabia's previous moon god worship.

Of course, that doesn't rise to the value of 0. Instead, it is and always has been an extremely negative number. Others have noted this.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Islam did make the Arabs a world power. At one time, they built an empire from Spain to India greater in its extent than that of all the previous historical conquerors. But it stagnated and the Arabs saw their role in history supplanted by non-Arab Islamic powers and they have never really regained their former glory. The Arab World has an immense population and incredible human talent. Arab regimes have allowed it to go to waste. The Arabs backwardness today isn't due to colonialism but due to choices made by the Arabs themselves. Israel and America have turned out to be convenient alibi distracting the Arabs from dealing with their own problems and we saw more of that on display at the Arab League conference in Doha this week. Anwar Malek is right but don't hold your breath waiting for a rebirth of Arab greatness.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

To correct the speaker. The zero was invented in India, the Arabs just took the credit for the invention.

At 2:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Churchill 'had their number'

...from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248 50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property‹either as a child, a wife, or a concubine‹must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses [sic] the social development of those who follow it.


Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science‹the science against which it had vainly struggled‹the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."

At 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


...note that his primary criticisms for Arabs being uncivilized are that they lost wars with Israel, and that they are engaging in the disgusting practice of commerce (selling produce to America). Oh, yeah, he's got the problem figured out all right! Gotta win wars so they can live off what they rob rather than make an honest living as farmers, which they aren't very good at anyway.

Every time they criticize themselves, I think they are going to finally 'get it.' But then they keep talking, and I realize they are just whining about their lost manhood. He's trying to rouse them to be like they were when they thought they were great, but really weren't any better than they are now. They remind me of a cat chasing it's tail in a circle. Hey, there's that zero again.

And we thought the wise men of Chelm were fools. At least they weren't malicious evil fools.


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