Arab Nations Lag Behind Rest of The World

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    Washington Post: Arab nations lag behind rest of world economically, despite oil and natural gas Arab nations lag behind rest of world economically, despite oil and natural gas
     
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    The problem is they don't spend their money right, things like quality of life, education, jobs etc. are not high on their priority lists, The Arab world is a strange place in that regard. I have been to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on deployment with the Military and I have seen some beautiful places like shopping malls, restaurants, etc. that were very nice and well kept, but than I saw large swaths of those countries that were total utter shit holes, there is trash all over the freeways, dogs running loose in the streets, third country nationals from India and Bangladesh living in 1 bedroom apartments that should be condemned with 20 or 30 people in each one, these are problems they could very easily fix with their money but they don't want to, and they are content with it.
     
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    The saudi royal family has 10,000 members with a penchant for expensive cars, jewels, suits, gambling junkets, ski chalets and prostitutes. Prince Bandar has a $100 million place in Colorado for sale
     
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    They have all that, yet large swaths of their country is a third world shit hole with sky rocketing illiteracy rates.
     
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    Thomas Friedman remarked once that oil has been a curse for the Arab world as it has made them lazy. He said the Arabs obsess on the Israelis while the Israelis are too busy doing business deals to waste their time on the Arabs.
     
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    Even the Arab countries without oil like Yemen and Lebanon are third world shit holes with mind blowing illiteracy rates.
     
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    An old arab islime adage is that the mind is like a donkey and when you enter the house of allah you leave the donkey outside. Another one is knowledge is infidelity.

    When education, democracy and freedom are viewed as some kind of Western threat, how can there be any hope for them?
     
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    I think you just nailed it right there.
     

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