Last Friday I posted about the Saudi intellectual who defended the importance of Western civilization.
Now we hear from an Algerian author who is willing to speak the truth about the decline and degradation of Arab culture. MEMRI has a subtitled video of an interview with Anwar Malek; below are some excerpts from the transcript:
Algerian Author Anwar Malek: The Arabs Have Lost Their Worth, Their Humanity, and Their Culture
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.
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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: 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.
Visit MEMRI to watch the complete video.
Hat tip: AA.