The Fate of Banu Quraiza
Civilization vs. Tribalism

Unveiling Saudi Arabia

Recommended reading: Observations on Arabs.

My eyes lit up upon reading this sentence:

I went to live and work in Saudi Arabia in 1998, and I "made my year" as expats there put it.

Whoa! A blogger who hasn't simply read about Arabia but actually lived there...like myself! His observations are spot on:

The basic forms of work: making stuff, growing stuff and moving stuff around, is taken care of by a class of indentured servants, usually non-Arab Muslims from the Third World, and even today, by outright slaves.

I wrote on Nov. 21, 2005:

Non-Saudis were employed to maintain the apartment buildings where we lived. They would keep watch over the entrance, wash a car for 10 riyals (US$2.66) in the suffocating heat, bring drinking water to many apartments, and clean the floors. I don't think they spent less than 12 hours a day on hard labor.

[...] Yet, the Saudis treated them with contempt. The Saudis would rather bark at them than speak to them like civilized men. The squalid workers would never utter a word in protest because they knew that in Saudi Arabia it doesn't take much to deport a foreign worker.

From the excellent post:

“Of conjugal love they know nothing.” (Thomas Jefferson on the French aristocracy.) In a land of arranged marriages, where the whole society is geared towards a strict segregation of the sexes and women are at least semi-chattels, romantic love is rare – and greatly desired.

I wrote a (fake but accurate) story on June 10, 2005:

Silver lines were appearing in Faaizah’s hair. She had kept Saleem’s foul secret. Both their parents were happy with Saleem and Faaizah. No one, not even her mother, knew how Faaizah felt. She had all the material wealth she could desire. Yet, she would never know the warm touch and love of a mate. Her last years would pass by with a growing melancholy.

Again, from the excellent post:

A Palestinian friend of mine explained to me that even the weather forecaster will qualify his prediction, “It will rain tomorrow. Inshallah.” Or, “I will meet you tomorrow, inshallah.” (But God understands that I am a very unreliable person.)

I remember giving a pep talk to my students before a crucial exam, “You are all going to pass the exam, right?” “Inshallah teacher.” “No, no!” I shouted, “No inshallah. Study!”

I wrote on August 11, 2006:

Often, Muslims use this in a context where they don't want to offer a helping hand.

For example, say you are moving to a new place in two days. You ask a Muslim friend for help. He replies, "Yeah, I'll be there...Inshallah."

Damn it! He didn't show up. Allah didn't will it!

Inshallah has basically become code for you're screwed.

Okay, I'll stop with the excerpts. Go read the entire post by Stephen Browne. It conveys more information about Saudi Arabia than a hundred sugar-coated articles from the MSM.

(Click here to see all my 'Saudi Arabia' posts.)

Comments

JMK

Yeah, it's a really good post. Those of us who haven't set foot in the realm of the House of Saud just don't get it.

I recently read that when an archeological dig there discovered ancient Hebrew writing, some Saudi authority ordered it to be reburied -- lost and denied -- in the desert.

Isaac Schrödinger

"I recently read that when an archeological dig there discovered ancient Hebrew writing, some Saudi authority ordered it to be reburied -- lost and denied -- in the desert."

To them, the purpose of history isn't to reveal the truth but to show that the Muslims are morally superior and that the wretched infidels conspire against them.

For example, most Muslims can't deny the Holocaust--they don't even know what it is. Simply teaching about that horrific event would be inconvenient to "the narrative" of the Jews controlling the world.

echo

Isaac: one day I wish you would tell us what it's like to be a non-Arab Muslim. Do you feel that there is an unspoken but real caste system in Islam against non-Arabs? Be honest; if not, say so. I'm an outsider & that's the way it appears to me, but I'd like to hear an insider tackle this.

Isaac Schrödinger

Echo: "Isaac: one day I wish you would tell us what it's like to be a non-Arab Muslim."

I've tried to convey my experience over the past few months. For starters, read this post of mine:

The Holy Land of Racism.

I don't think that Islam itself advocates a caste system within the Ummah, it's just that the collective Arab mentality is of that nature.

For example:

1. Hiring Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who're Muslim and then treating them with utter contempt as though Arabs are somehow above them.

2. Paying non-Arabs half or less for the same job they pay the Arabs.

3. A deep sense of entitlement: Work is for outsiders (non-Arabs).

4. Islam came to them. The Quran is in Arabic. Allah chose them. (Humorously, most Muslims think that Islam came to Arabia because the Arabs were the worst people. They were living in Jahiliya (Age of Ignorance).)

5. Racism towards blacks; completely irrational, of course, but still present. See Sudan.

6. The law favors the Arabs. Period. If an Arab starts a fights with an outsider, then the Arab might get some harsh words...the outsider can get deported.

Echo, if you know non-Arabs who've lived in the Middle East, then talk to them. It'll give you a better picture of how they're treated.

The racism and prejudice in North America today can't hold a candle to what happens in the Arab world everyday.

The Raccoon

Mate, I just finished reading your four-parts post about Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, USA and Canada... respect to you! Did you join any anti-Islamist orgs? There are people like Walid Shoebat, Wafa Sultan and the really good-looking Lebanese ex-pat woman... they and you are sorely needed by the West, to speak truth to power (in this case, power of PC conformity).

Holding my Raccoonish paws crossed for your 'fugee status, all the way from Israel :)


Isaac Schrödinger

The Raccoon: I emailed Ali Sina a year ago and since then I've been submitting my articles to FFI.

Thank you for your support.

Paul

Raccoon or Isaac, can you post a link to this 4 part post you refer to?

Thanks.

Isaac Schrödinger

Paul: Sure.

I wrote these four posts in the summer of 2005.

1. In Darkness
2. The Land of Trinity
3. IX . XI
4. In Delirium

TCO

I would ask the same question of Steven (the 11 points blogger): What do you make of books or observations by "arabist" Brits? In particular, RVC Bodley's SANDS OF THE SAHARA and TE Lawrence's SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM.

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