The Arab World Is A Political Problem Because It Has A Religious Problem

Islam will not allow minorities to have their own land and to rule themselves. That’s why even if partitioning Syria happens, it likely won’t go well.

I agree with Robert Nicholson, executive director of The Philos Project and my boss, that Syria needs to be partitioned in the hope of future stability and security for minorities in the region. And I know Middle Eastern Christians who long for federalism to work; but many remember Lebanon and are skeptical that Muslims would honor a separate Middle Eastern country for minorities of any kind, especially for Christians.

The thesis is: let’s not foist Western-style secularism on the Islamic world (I absolutely agree), so let the Sunni Arabs in Syria have their own part of the land to have the government they want ruling over them. What they want is a Sharia law-based government, so let them have it. Robert quotes author Shadi Hamid asking, “Why shouldn’t Egyptians, Jordanians, or Turks have the right to try out an alternative ideological project outside the confines of liberal democracy, however much we disagree with it?”

Pssst… It’s not an Arab-Israeli conflict, it’s an Israeli-Islam conflict.

  • Jabberwokk

    The sooner you realize Islam is simultaneously religious and political, the sooner you will arrive at the solution.

    • You can spin it any way you want. The core problem is Islamic theology.

      Without Islam societies evolve.

      With Islam – the cesspool remains the same.

      • Jabberwokk

        I agree and that theology views it as one and the same according to it’s own sources and scholars. YOU might not see it that way but YOU don’t follow it. ISLAM on the other hand DOES see it that way regardless of your external view of it.

        Secondly what Islam fears the most is a morally strong West. They see a decadent west ripe for conquest and purification with Islam as the cure. There was a story posted today on BCF that confirms this with Wassim Doureihi saying “‘The change that Muslims must demand and humanity so desperately seeks is nothing less than wholesale, systemic change…”.

        So yes the theology is the problem but do we understand the theology? Any legal solution applied will die to the cries of “racists!”, “bigot!”, and “Islamophobia” of which in Canada’s case are becoming ever more legitimate defenses.

  • fedupwithislam

    The title of this story says everything. Delegitimise the ideology. Win the war. The military men would do well to consult the theologians. Not the modernist ones but the orthodox, conservative ones who actually believe in God. It can be done. All that is needed is the willpower.

  • Stop Arab funding of foreign mosques. Have Trump make that pre-requisite for doing business with the US.

  • ismiselemeas

    Nobody ever asks why they have a religious problem to begin with. In order to take islam seriously an individual has to be monumentally stupid, mentally defective or prone to brain washing. Could it be that fully a third of the humans on the planet are that sub par?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Israel wants as little as possible to do with strife within the umma and has done a good job of keeping the Syrian bloodbath at arms length.

  • JoKeR