What Do The Saudis, Syrians And Others Think?
We naturally see events in Egypt in the light of the American or Israeli national interest. Let’s set aside the Turks and the Persians. How does Egypt affect the Arab World? Egypt alone is one third of the Arab population. If Order is turned upside down in Tunisia, the Saudis and Syrians can handle that. But Egypt is quite another matter. Paehaps n ot so much the Israelis, but you and I can sleep at night. Make no mistake,
the turmoil in Egypt is terrifying to the Arab governments. Once again my friend, Amil Imani, has the background and knowledge to sort it out. In his piece Friday in The American Thinker, Islam On A Collision Course, Amil provides some clarity and understanding:
When he was asked why the vast majority of Egyptians, the heirs to a great pre-Islamic civilization, speak Arabic rather than Coptic, a leading Egyptian historian replied, “Because we had no Ferdowsi.” That would be the tenth-century Persian poet and the author of the Shahnameh (Book of Kings) who revived not only the Persian language, but also Persian identity. Ferdowsi is known for his efforts to save the Persian language, and the history, from oblivion. It has been suggested that Ferdowsi is Iran’s Homer:
Twice as long as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey taken together, the Shahnameh blends Iran’s ancient myths and legends with accounts of major events in its past. Its 55,000 rhyming couplets chart the history of the Iranian world from its creation to the fall of the Persian Empire in the seventh century.
The cruel, successful subjugation of the Persian people by the Arab invaders whetted the latter’s appetite for further conquests. They ventured elsewhere into the civilized world — to Egypt, Syria, the Levant, Spain, and eventually to the gates of Vienna. Cruelty and terror were their instruments of policy.
Out of all the peoples conquered by the Arab invasion in the seventh century, the Persians are the only one who can boast of a major body of literature in the indigenous language that they were using before the conquest. The Persian language, culture, and traditions have been Iranians’ shields against the Muslim hordes and their barbaric Islamic ideology for the past 1,400 years. . . .
. . . The enumeration of the influences of Iranian civilization on world cultures is not the primary objective of this author and is out of the scope of the present article. It is important, however, to demonstrate the salient point of how Islam has been on a collision course with great ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, and many more from its inception up to now. Just as it brutally conquered and bitterly stifled one of the fountainheads of progress in ancient times, Islam remains a very real threat to Western civilization and to any progressive civil society in the 21st century. It is virulently capable of great destruction and retardation of minds, as we have seen in the past three decades in Iran and elsewhere. Any and all enlightened citizens of this planet who care about freedom, human rights, and progress should take this clear and present danger very seriously.
Got that? “It is virulently capable of great destruction and retardation of minds[.]” and “Any. . . who care about freedom, human rights, and progress should take this clear and present danger very seriously.” I urge you, do not miss a word. Get it all here.