We’re the enemy: Who created us?
How did our Arab societies change from the old state of normal social openness up until a few years ago into ones with social rigidity among individuals; one in which ideas of political Islam and hating others prevail? What is the secret behind such suspicious changes over a relatively short period of time, during which Arab Muslims alone became the ‘Muslim enemy’ as Samuel Huntington, who believes that the values of democracy and liberty are worthless in the West without having an enemy, had warned that they would become?
Arabs experienced civil life and got in contact with other nations such as Indians, Persians, Chinese, Turks and Europeans. They got educated and valued women’s education and work. They respected judges and man-made laws. Regardless of political changes they had been through like colonization, mandates and independence, history shows that Arab societies are live ones that take initiatives. They shared aspects like culture, arts, theatre, universities, factories, printing, fashion, journalism, parliaments and coexistence with all mankind.
Many communities in various Arab cities used to lead normal lives like everybody else until they were stricken by ‘yellowish’ waves that systematically worked on ‘fabricating’ such retreats and artificial changes in school curriculums, songs, visiting graves and TV and radio religious programs. More of this kept appearing later and we started having more preachers, propagandists, Islamic banking, religious brochures and booklets, charity feasts, Islamic companies, parties, TV channels, religious posters and slogans and jihadist organizations waging wars against the entire world.
Can such major and rapid changes happen arbitrarily? Can they be described as normal social and cultural ones? Have other Muslim or Middle East societies changed in the same manner? Why us in particular? I am asking while reminiscing about a quote by the advisor of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who managed to bring an end to the Cold War. He told the West: “We are doing a terrible thing to you...we will deprive you of the enemy”. And the West believed him because they realized the point of his words. An enemy is necessary and if they do not have one, they will have to create it!