Why is the beneficent G8 giving our money to unidentified arab objectives?

The G8 is chucking bad money after a good it perceives, but cannot quantify

In the greater scheme of things (and like you, I no longer have the foggiest idea what that is) $20 billion is not that much money. As sovereign debt these days is measured in trillions – the 2008 bank bailout alone cost $23 trillion – giving  a fraction of that to support Arab democracy doesn’t seem overly generous. My problem with the G8 casually handing over this sum is that it is a sign of, at best, not paying attention – and at worst, incipient madness.

Starting from the basics, ‘Arab democracy’ is one of the more obvious oxymorons in the world of geopolitics. I will never truly understand why the UN in general and Americans in particular refuse to bone up on the Arabist mentality….and how the overlaying of Islam upon that outlook was an answer to a behavioural problem, not a stepping stone to democracy. The Arab world in general accepts few if any of the precepts associated with Western democracy. Indeed, the tradition of giving the electoral franchise to women and the poor is entirely absent from Arab history. In the Middle East, liberty as a political aim is widely assumed to be a recipe for anarchy. The concept of gender equality is utterly alien to Arab culture, and largely dismissed by practising Muslims in the Arab region: women are chattels to be bought, sold, and – if in any way unfaithful to men – stoned. Last but not least, the Euro-American commitment to tolerance of all things not anti-social is viewed by the Arab mind as a form of weakness bordering on insanity.

While that last paragraph might read like a stream of generalised racism, it is nothing more than a reflection of the overwhelming body of evidence to support it. Not one single Arab culture, empire or Government in history has ever switched from autocracy to democracy of its own volition. Ironically, the laughably titled ‘Arab Spring’ is in and of itself a classic example of that history brought up to date.

So now we must ask ourselves, “Who exactly are we giving this money to?” And even the most cursory examination of the G8 donation brands it as the ultimate piece of glib, sub-prime charity. Somewhere in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere, Arab extremists are wetting themselves laughing at this quite extraordinarily stupid and patronising gift.

The mistake the G8 is making – with our money, let it be said – is to confuse Arab nationalism and Islamist resurgence with libertarian democracy. At first sight this may seem like a near-impossible mistake to make; but to be fair to those who rarely see beyond the red carpet, overthrowing autocrats (with a great deal of bravery being displayed by the ordinary citizen) is normally the overture to at least an aspiration to creating democratic institutions.

In truth, the Arab rebels across five countries have impressed the West by demanding ‘freedom’. But this is a freedom to overturn those leaders who fail to deliver – not the freedom for all religions and views to be expressed without restraint. The naked greed of the elite at the expense of ordinary people (and the rising price of foodstuffs) are what did for the deposed despots. With better spin and less commodity speculation, the North African uprisings would never have happened.

Even taking these things into account, the persistence displayed by Putin in supplying arms to dissidents in one shape or another was an equally important catalyst for revolution. The fact that, in Libya, this has now blown up in Machoski Man’s face doesn’t change the reality: ask the Israelis, who have complained over and over again to the Russian Federation about the policy….and confiscated shipments as and when they discovered them.

The one remaining ally Israel had among the Arabs – Egypt – has turned almost immediately towards Iran in its first few months. It is hard to find anything more to say about this beyond asking the question, “Why would anyone but a congenital idiot think Arabist revolutions are likely to embrace a warmer attitude towards Israel?” But then, for years I have wondered what it is that so appalls Western liberals about democratic Israel.

The UK has been braindead in its aid policies for the last thirty years – a dereliction of duty that culminated last year in giving money to Islamic Pakistan so that it might the more easily develop a deliverable atomic bomb. But for the educated historians in our midst, the best parallel I can offer would be giving $20 billion to the Weimar Republic for recognising the democratic ‘right’ of Hitler’s Nazis to be in the 1933 Von Papen Cabinet. The West was mad to ignore the threat of National Socialism. It is incalculably more bonkers to be giving aid to unspecified and misunderstood Arab revolutionaries.

Related: Why we shouldn’t be in Libya

13 thoughts on “Why is the beneficent G8 giving our money to unidentified arab objectives?

  1. My daughters primary school recently had to beg some vinyl flooring from one company, and money from the local branch of a national bank to effect repairs because the council said it had no money. And here we are giving billions of the stuff away to people with completely unknown agendas! Is there no limits to the insanity of our elected officials.

  2. John, that’s an excellent analysis of Political Arabism. I believe as the months and next coupla years pass, we will see happening exactly as you describe.
    As bad as many M/E despots are/were, those that have revolted against incumbent leaders will simply get another new one…and quite possibly far less friendly to the West. With all his reported faults, GW Bush was spot on: Islamic Fascists is what he called them. And IMHO that’s what they are.

  3. Oh Gawd, George Bush Jr as hero, and the only good Arab is a dead one. Sorry, John, but at this point I depart. Good luck with your blog, but soft pedal on the racism if you possibly can – it really ought to be below you, especially if you claim, as you constantly do, to be the great scourge of tabloid press bollocks. I’m sorry to have to say so, but this sort of ill informed stuff is indistinguishable from the sort of ignorant cheap crap that The Sun dishes out every day. You can do much, much better than this, surely. Yours in sorrow and fare thee well, Penruddock.

    • Well Penruddock, sorry to see you go. On my server I can’t find the bit about dead Arabs and Dubya the Hero, but it must be between the lines somewhere.
      Good luck, and don’t be sorry. I’m not.

    • “and the only good Arab is a dead one.”
      Eh? Where did he say that? And I see that you’re confusing racism with realism, or is that accusation just the reflex, standard response to facts which you find uncomfortable but cannot rebut?

    • Oh dear, yet another brainwashed liberal crying racism when a view that differs from theirs is aired. This no longer holds the fear it used to. People have had enough of this cry and are slowly starting to air their views.

  4. Just as Zionism(a political venture)hides behinf religion,Judaism,so too a political movement is hiding behind Islam in all its forms.Not all Arabs are Islamic as not all Semites Jews,no matter how we are mislead.So,let us tease apart the political narrative,which has to be one of the largest banquets of bullcr*p outside Washington,new hard men want to wield the axe and and luxury goods.Hiding behind bigotry our elite encourage anti_islamic fervour whilst aiding nut job politicos and in the process our democracy dies,remember where did we vote for this?

    • “Just as Zionism(a political venture)hides behinf religion,Judaism,so too a political movement is hiding behind Islam in all its forms.Not all Arabs are Islamic as not all Semites Jews,no matter how we are mislead.”

      I’m sure that’s true. It’s also true that not every German was a Nazi in the 1930s. But in Germany it was the Nazis who got to call the shots.

      What’s important in the M/E is that those in power are Islamic and overwhelmingly intolerant, unelected despots with an Islamic political agenda: Arab Nationalism, fed by a widespread belief (rightly or wrongly) that the West has milked their energy resources for decades and pooped on them by supporting the creation of the State of Israel.
      Their hatreds run deep, very deep.

      As John rightly says IMO, the so-called Arab-Spring we see happening is very unlikely to produce a move towards liberal democracy in M/E countries as our MSM would have us believe, because Islamic peoples simply “don’t do liberal democracy”. Arabs that prefer the Western liberal model have probably already left and become refugees/asylum seekers or even businessmen.
      It is much more likely that we will simply see a change of ruling despot and in many cases they will be far less West-friendly.
      We will end up with egg on our face over this.

  5. Aside from anything else this represents an extremely arrogant attitude by the West. ‘’Here’s some dosh we have just borrowed from you and we will use the call for western style democracy to justify it’’.
    With so many in the West now examining exactly what this word democracy really means to them is it something anyone else would touch with a bargepole? I wonder what would happen if the Arab world said we only get their oil if we take votes off women and convert to Islam?
    Bit hard for governments to claim they respect national cultural differences while at the same time trying to drive a wedge in…………

  6. Quite true John, one seriously wonders exactly what this funny money will achieve in this part of the world. Condoms would be the best aid, followed by transparent government education and export incentives.
    If Penruddock is taking his bat home it’s because he has not visited the region for himself, and has little knowledge of the history of the culture.

  7. One of the amazing contradictions I see all over the M/E is that whilst very many locals over there have a view of the West which ranges from mistrust through to outright hatred, they seem to have no problem in adopting Western technology and fashion. They’ve got (or want) cell phones, iPods, PCs with Windows, The Internet and all the rest. And of course they wear Levis, trainers, t-shirts blazoned with NYC or whatever and drive our motor cars.

    That is probably a description of the younger generations, so perhaps the real problem over there is not across societies but the older age groups who are locked into an unchangeable model of conservative Islam.

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