IXC The Current State of the Moslem World

The following is an excerpt from a talk by Haim Harari, a theoretical physicist and former President of the Weizmann Institute of Science at a meeting of the International Advisory Board of a large multi-national corporation, on April, 2004

The root of the trouble is that this entire Moslem region is totally
dysfunctional, by any standard of the word, and would have been so even
if Israel would have joined the Arab league and an independent Palestine
would have existed for 100 years. The 22 member countries of the Arab
league, from Mauritania to the Gulf States, have a total population of
300 millions, larger than the US and almost as large as the EU before
its expansion. They have a land area larger than either the US or all of
Europe. These 22 countries, with all their oil and natural resources,
have a combined GDP smaller than that of Netherlands plus Belgium and
equal to half of the GDP of California alone. Within this meager GDP,
the gaps between rich and poor are beyond belief and too many of the
rich made their money not by succeeding in business, but by being
corrupt rulers. The social status of women is far below what it was in
the Western World 150 years ago. Human rights are below any reasonable
standard, in spite of the grotesque fact that Libya was elected Chair of
the UN Human Rights commission. According to a report prepared by a
committee of Arab intellectuals and published under the auspices of the
U.N., the number of books translated by the entire Arab world is much
smaller than what little Greece alone translates. The total number of
scientific publications of 300 million Arabs is less than that of 6
million Israelis. Birth rates in the region are very high, increasing
the poverty, the social gaps and the cultural decline.

    Why is the Islamic world like this?  Could it have something to do with Islam?  Could Islamic teachings about the inferiority and evil nature of women have something to do with the pathetic state of women in the Moslem world?   Could Islamic laws that command perpetual Jihad against the infidel have something to do with the poverty and lack of Human Rights in the oil rich Islamic world? 

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