The Muslim World is starting to notice the Arabs of South America. Al-Jazeera regularly reports on them. South America is emerging, and there are regular Latin-Arab summits. The Arabs have to know the history of South America where Arabs are often the elite.
But they have yet to ask the pertinent questions.
Why are the Arabs of South America elite?
Why are the Arabs in the Muslim world so poor in a region swimming in oil, while their cousins in South America are so well off in countries which historically have been poor?
The answer that must be addressed is that Christianity may be the answer for the success of Latin Arabs.
This would, in and of itself, not be a painful observation for the Muslim world to make; except that it implies that Islam is the source for the retrograde condition of the Muslim world. Yet, that conclusion cannot be avoided.
Nothing holds back the Christian Arab in South America. There is not even institutionalized anti-Islam prejudice in South America.
The Arab world will have confront the reality that Islam may put such a damper on the human spirit that it is Islam which is destroying the Arab world. Islam has not been the only destructive philosophy in history; but it seems to be unique in its failure to reform itself. Christianity has produced some dark periods, but all branches of Christianity have cleaned up their act in time. Islam does not.
The West was racist. Now it is better.
Gandhi forced the Hindus to ease up on their caste system. They have a way to go, but things are getting better.
Much of Islam however wants to return to the seventh century. This is amazing.
Until this question is addressed, the Arab world may never pull itself out of the morass in which it finds itself.
I know this is painful, but it seems to be the truth.
South America offers the Arab world a vision of Arab success and victory; but the requirement may be a departure out of Islam.
To those who would be prefer to keep this discussion totally secular:
In a way, so would I.
But the sheer failure of Islamic civilization to produce democracy, or innovation is astounding.
Even those advances ususally credited to Islam are bogus. Arabic numbers were invented by the Hindus. The Arabs merely conveyed the system to Europe. Arabic architecture was actually Byzantine Greek in origin. They took the style over when they conquered the Byzantines. Arabic medicine came from Greek texts, and the Jews living among them.
Where Islam survives, it survives by borrowing, not innovating. Islam radically crushes innovation an the human spirit.
The Arabs are not stupid. Latin American Arabs prove that.
The only conclusion must be that Islam is thoroughly destructive of creativity.
This is not to put down Muslims. Many are extraordinarily wonderful. But as a social construct, Islam is destructive.
This is the lesson of Arabs in South America. It may be a painful lesson for the Arab world, but it is a necessary lesson.