The Middle East: What You Need to Know

DanLMP

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A very helpful article by Philip Carl Salzman on PJMedia to help in an understanding of the Middle East:

On a winter river bank, a scorpion approaches a frog. “Mr. Frog, would you carry me across the river?” “Do you think I am crazy, Mr. Scorpion? You could sting me and kill me.” “But why would I sting you, when I would drown as a result?” “Hmmm. Maybe.” “Be reasonable, Mr. Frog. Would I act against my own interests?” “Alright, climb on my back and I will swim across.” Halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog. Just as he becomes paralyzed and starts to sink, the frog says, “Mr. Scorpion, why did you do that. Now you will drown.” The scorpion shrugs, and says, “Because, Mr. Frog, this is the Middle East.”

The Middle East is a place where doing harm and being cruel to others is regarded as a virtue and a duty. Middle Easterners see their world as a zero-sum game in which there are winners and losers. They believe that others conspire to advance their own interests, so each must conspire to protect his own against the conspiracies of others. Middle Easterners see their political environment as a war of all against all, with only their closest friends as potential allies.

There are two main forms of political organization in the Middle East: tribes and pre-modern states. Tribes are the heritage polities in the region. They are regional security organizations, based on families, extended families, tribal sections, tribes, and tribal confederations. Emphasizing group equality, decentralization, and autonomy, group relations are based on “balanced opposition,” with each group balanced against others of the same size and genealogical position. Tribesmen are obliged to always support their own group, which anthropologists call “collective responsibility,” and to ally with genealogically closer groups against those more distant, labeled “complementary opposition.” Balanced opposition means that no small group ever faces a large one, because genealogically close groups unite against outsiders. This balanced tribal structure thus has built-in deterrence against aggression, each group knowing that opposing groups will unify to respond, tribal conflict therefore being mitigated.

If groups within the tribal system are balanced against one another, guaranteeing some degree of peace and safety, populations outside of the tribe, especially peasants and merchants, were considered fair game. Three major sources of outside income for Middle Eastern tribal peoples were protection racket extortion of neighboring peasants, slave raiding among more distant peasants, and livestock raiding of distant tribes. For example, the Yarahmadzai tribe of Iranian Balochistan, with which I resided for twenty-seven months of ethnographic research, historically, up to 1928, regularly raided Persian peasant villages in Narmashir County of Kerman Province, to the northwest. They carried off everything of value: jewelry, carpets, grain, livestock, and captives that they put to work in cultivation or sold off to the south. Slave raiding and slavery were a normal part of life in the Middle East. The Turkmen tribes of the northeast of Iran extorted the Persian peasants to the south of them, gaining regular “protection” payments, and slave raiding more distant Persian peasants, sending captives to the slave markets in Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent in Central Asia.

Pre-modern states were largely the creation of military thugs who captured a peasant population and lived off of it by extracting taxes. Pre-modern cities were primarily administrative centers and military camps, rounded out by religious authorities who theologically rationalized state rule, and craftsmen who provided goods for the small elite. More than ninety percent of the populations were peasants living on the land. In addition to being required to pay taxes they could ill afford, peasants also saw their sons drafted into the military. Pre-modern states tended to be expansionistic, for very practical reasons. Because the technology and level of production were so low, the easiest road to wealth was taking wealth away from other people. Expansion allowed the state to encompass a greater tax-paying population. And expansion allowed the enslavement of foreign populations, thus providing free, uncompensated labor for state projects and state officials. Slavery was common among the many early Middle East empires, as it was for ancient Greece and Rome. The Arab Islamic Empire beginning in the seventh century c. e. collected vast bodies of slaves from India to Iberia, commonly rewarding officials and warriors with domestic and sex slaves. Slavingin southern Europe and Africa was common under the Arabs and later the Ottomans, and continues in some Arab countries today.


Source: The Middle East: What You Need To Know

My opinion is that Islam, even if successful in taking over the world, would ultimately die for the same reasons that Socialism fails, eventually you run out of other people's money.
 

Kaatje

My soul waits for the Lord, and in His Word I hope
On a winter river bank, a scorpion approaches a frog. “Mr. Frog, would you carry me across the river?” “Do you think I am crazy, Mr. Scorpion? You could sting me and kill me.” “But why would I sting you, when I would drown as a result?” “Hmmm. Maybe.” “Be reasonable, Mr. Frog. Would I act against my own interests?” “Alright, climb on my back and I will swim across.” Halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog. Just as he becomes paralyzed and starts to sink, the frog says, “Mr. Scorpion, why did you do that. Now you will drown.” The scorpion shrugs, and says, “Because, Mr. Frog, this is the Middle East.”

What a sad and depressing, yet very apt, parable.
What a sad and depressing life, Muslims must live.

There truly is but One way out.
Maranatha. Please come with haste, Lord Jesus!
 

moosejive

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Western thinking and values mean nothing to people who are essentially living with 8th century A.D. values. They’ll use taqiyya (lying on purpose) until a majority wherever they are and then show their true colors. One only has to listen to what Muslim converts say about living under Islam to know what would happen with a Muslim majority...
 
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