January 01, 2018

SPECIAL: Daniel Pipes on the future of Europe and the Middle East

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

 

Between Christmas and New Year's, we're reviving a tradition we began last year: Bringing you in-depth conversations with some The Rebel's most popular, fascinating and knowledgeable guests.

TONIGHT: Dr. Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, has been studying that region for almost 50 years, making him one of the world's leading experts on the topic.

He began by studying Arabic in Cairo in 1969, a city he says was far more secular and less "dreary" then than it is today.

Tonight he helps us understand how these tiny oil rich regimes operate. Could a liberal democracy ever flourish in any of these nations, or are "benign dictatorships" the best we can hope for?

I share an epiphany I had during the Rebel's mission to Israel about the Arab-Israeli conflict and its real importance. Why is this conflict being "kept alive"? Pipes agrees that the situation of the third-generation so-called "Palestinian refugees" is "preposterous and evil."

We also talk about Trump's Middle East policies, the UN vote on Jerusalem, apparent reforms by the new Saudi prince — and disagree about how demographics will impact Europe's future.

Don't miss this in-depth conversation that will leave you with plenty to ponder!

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commented 2018-01-05 18:37:41 -0500
- The Saudis flooded the oil markets in order to lower oil prices & stop or restrict Russian energy production & Western fracking efforts. It failed & now they’re going through serious financial troubles. The future of the middle east could well turn out to be them gaining 3rd world status.
commented 2018-01-03 10:39:49 -0500
Sure it does, Moose.
First of all can you list those christian hell hole countries?
Second of all in my initial post I specifically said that as those countries that came out of the reformation abandoned christianity they degraded themselves and became worse. Not unlike Romans 1:

“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."

Space Moose, did you watch the video yet?
commented 2018-01-03 03:36:07 -0500
That still does not account for how there are some Christian countries that are every bit the hell hole as Muslim countries.
commented 2018-01-03 01:46:25 -0500
Space Moose, if isn’t world view as promoted by religion what is it?

They way you think determines what you value. What you value determines how you behave. How you behave determines what you become.

“As a man thinks in his heart so he is.” Proverbs 23:7
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
“Manis what he thinks”. Ralph Waldo Emerson“
“For out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

Space Moose watch the video series.
commented 2018-01-03 01:46:24 -0500
Space Moose, if isn’t world view as promoted by religion what is it?

They way you think determines what you value. What you value determines how you behave. How you behave determines what you become.

“As a man thinks in his heart so he is.” Proverbs 23:7
“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” Marcus Aurelius
“Manis what he thinks”. Ralph Waldo Emerson“
“For out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

Space Moose watch the video series.
commented 2018-01-02 20:25:37 -0500
I don’t think that religion is the determining factor.
commented 2018-01-02 18:40:36 -0500
Space Moose—If Christian Countries are so bad, why are these parasites risking their pathetic lives to live in them.
commented 2018-01-02 17:09:56 -0500
You still have predominately Christian countries that are shit holes. I don’t think religion explains it all.
commented 2018-01-02 16:24:48 -0500
Now Northern Italy is thoroughly pissed off with Immigration (the invasion) and they are pushing for the Austrian Right’s solution. Northern Italy has always had a connection and other relationships with Austria. The EU Straw House is beginning to blow down. Muslims should be thinking of heading back to their self made shit-holes, as their expense paid vacation is coming to an end.
commented 2018-01-02 14:00:41 -0500
SPACE MOOSE commented 2018-01-01 20:17:00 0500
If a democracy can come out of Israrel, I don’t see why the same can’t happen for other countries in that area.
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Space Moose the reason for this is that the non-Christian world does not have an adequate world view to allow it to happen. The freest and most democratic countries world wide are those that came out of the Reformation. They are the only nations that have an adequate philosophy and world view to allow democracy to flourish. No, there was never a Golden Age even then but they were all a sigt better than the alternatives.

As those nations dump Christianity overboard they become more totalitarian. The odd example to the contrary seem to be the exceptions that prove the rule. Japan for example. But they have always learned well from the West once they opened up to the West.

The Islamic world will never be truly democratic nor will they ever be scientific in their own right. At present they use the technology of the West but they do not develop much of it themselves. The number of Nobel prizes given o Jews far outweighs the number given to Muslims until recently when an obvious political movement to correct that “oversight” even though the Muslims outnumber the Jews many times over.

In short the Judeo-Christian world view is the only one that is an adequate foundation for life. Now stand by for the anti-cChristian leftists to chime in with their wailing and gnat thing of teeth.
For a much fuller treatment of this subject watch: How Shall We Then Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watchv=NpPMMb50QcE&list=PLP0lSOp9RORx7W0REI8SVK2CNIrMjhS_T
commented 2018-01-02 12:21:05 -0500
Austria will become as much hated as Hungary.
commented 2018-01-02 10:45:09 -0500
I am very interested in what 2018 will bring for Austria.
commented 2018-01-02 04:45:36 -0500
Ahem!… How did we get so far off topic on this one?…
commented 2018-01-02 04:01:42 -0500
If Ezra is correct, then carbon is not the problem.
commented 2018-01-02 02:31:27 -0500
Wtf….not sure why the double post
commented 2018-01-02 02:30:24 -0500
Space moose……and your point is?
commented 2018-01-02 02:30:23 -0500
Space moose……and your point is?
commented 2018-01-02 01:51:01 -0500
Ezra had at one point said that the earth is warming up because we are coming out of a natural mini ice age.
commented 2018-01-02 00:26:11 -0500
Keith and Ron…..I’ve been saying ever since this Co2 rhetoric started that one day it would become a commodity and would be needed to get the earth to warm up and all this sequestration would be a gold mine of sorts.
However, these parasites in government will probably turn the tables around and claim the tax is needed to get more Co2 to help in the warming of the planet.
Either way it is all just a scam to remove us of our hard earned wealth, what little of it most of us have.
commented 2018-01-01 21:45:46 -0500
Off Topic,
Climatologists have just stated that this is the coldest winter since 1816 ! What happened to Global Warming ?
Source, American Weather Buro via Fox News.
commented 2018-01-01 21:42:10 -0500
SPACE MOOSE commented 2018-01-01 20:17:00 -0500
Democracy can only come to those who are civilized.
commented 2018-01-01 20:17:00 -0500
If a democracy can come out of Israrel, I don’t see why the same can’t happen for other countries in that area.
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