Wednesday, February 01, 2006

German Chancellor questions continuation of EU aid to Palestinian Authority

The new German Chancellor, Andrea Merckel, warned the Palestinian leader Abbas that the EU may discontinue its annual 500 million Euro aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Since Islamist grass roots and terror movement Hamas won the Palestine elections the issue of support to the fledgeling PA, which employs 135,000 people. There are hardly any industries in the Palestinian areas and the Palestinians are dependent on jobs in the government bureaucracies and security services for economic survival. Otherwise they used to be employed in Israel, mainly in agriculture and construction. The past few years Israel has sealed its borders against Arabic workers, despite shortages of cheap labour developing.

Germany is a major contributor to the EU support for the PA. Without Germany's support for the aid continuation of the aid will be difficult. Also other countries besides Germany will be opposed to aiding what is in effect a terrorist groups representing a population that is bend on the destruction of the Jewish State.

The German persecution of European Jewry during the Era of the Third Reich mortgages the policy of Germany. But without the memories of the Second World War support for terrorism would be difficult, especially with the constant attacks on Western targets.

In the period before the Israeli war of Independence (1947-1948) the Israelis had built up strong agriculture and light industry to support their population. Since 1948 the Israeli's have strengthened their economic base year after year. In the late 1960ies the Israeli GNP grew to be larger than the GNP of the largest Middle Eastern nation, Egypt. This despite the fact that Israel had less than 3 million inhabitants and Egypt nearly 40 million!

The failure of the Palestinians to follow the example of the Israelis is typical for the world of Islam, which sees looting and taxation as the only sources of wealth. Both economic and technological advances are not pursued by the followers of Islam. Only Turkey and Malaysia have success in attracting investment and improving the socio economic level of their populations.


ik said...

Malaysia is a very bogus example. Malaysia was 40% Muslim when the Muslims took over and made it an Islamic state. Rest were Chinese, Indians, tribals etc. all less than 20% each.

I think their success is because of the other 60% non Muslims - also Japan/Taiwan invested a lot for cheap labour - now their factories are going over to China.

Now Muslims have become 60% of population because of their high birth rate and they are already trying to impose Shariah law on EVERYBODY. Once their productive minorities leave because of Shariah they will become an economic basket case.

They also have a "Bumiputra" system (Son of the soil) which is a disguised form of Jaziya tax

Snouck said...

Well, I think that Malaysia was already 60 percent Malay when Singapore broke away from the Malaysian federation in 1965. It is true that a lot of their investment came from abroad, but the fact is that it came to Malaysia and improved the per Capita income to a level that is 50 percent higher than Thailand. But the richest part of Malaysia are the Chinese parts such as Penang.

Have you got a source for desinvestment from Malaysia by Japan / Malaysia?

I understand now better the problems between the Singaporese Chinese and the Malays in 1965. The Singaporese Chinese are lucky with their leadership in that period of time plus the fact that they had to fight Communism, which made them tougher.

Btw, the Singaporese army was initially 100 percent Malay and for a time there were many officers that were Malay. How is that in India? Is a significant part of the Army Muslim? Can they be trusted?

Thanks for pointing out Koenraad Elst to me, IK. A splendid source of information!

nouille said...
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nouille said...

Indonesia is also doing this,Aceh the region w/ oil and gas reserves is already under Sharia law

ik said...

Disinvestment from Malaysia by Japan

New investments in plant and equipment by Japanese electronics companies have plummeted in Malaysia. In 2002, direct investments from Japan plunged 80% from the previous year.

Surveys conducted by the correspondents of Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's leading economic daily, argued that Japanese factories in Malaysia have left in droves, while those that stay are struggling. While this interpretation is subject to further investigation, it is nevertheless the fact that some 100 Japanese companies have left Malaysia over the past six years. Such a development heralds a reversal of trend between 1985 and 1998. Indeed, there was a time when Malaysia was at the heart of the push into Southeast Asia by Japanese electronics manufacturers. But those days are gone, according to Lim Pe Hong, a Japanese-speaking graduate who once headed factory production for a firm that specializes in producing magnetic strips.

The number of Japanese companies in Malaysia is now 6.5% below 1998's peak of 1,433.
In other words, over the past six years alone, some 111 Japanese companies have pulled out Malaysia; this despite Rafidah's claim that during the period 2003-April 2004, 90.2% of the total investments were in expansion/diversification projects with investments of $407.6 million.

Whereas here is an article which says that Southeast Asia has coped with China and managed.

So not sure now which to believe - but for sure it is going to be more competitive.

CIA Factbook Malaysia
GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $10,400 (2005 est.)
Ethnic groups: Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, Indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)

CIA Factbook Thailand
GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $8,300 (2005 est.)

I thought that Malaysia was 60% Muslim - but the CIA factbook seems to disagree - so I agree more research is needed. In any case _if_ it is 60% now you can safely asswume that it was less than 60% in 1965 because of the Muslim growth rate

(If you search lgf articles for Malaysia you can get several horror stories of Shariah law.)

Running out of time - so in brief - Indian army had big percentage of Muslims before 1940 - In 1940 Hindu Nationalists flooded the British Army to fight in WW 2 (2.5 million Indian soldiers fought in the British Army in WW2) because the idea was that we needed to get modern warfighting skills and we get free learning from British. Once war was over then British would have a hard time ruling over us with so many Hindu soldiers (read the Savarkar article on Koenraad's site) - which is exactly what happened (compare this to how the Arabs behaved in Middle East) - real reason British left was that soldiers/navy mutinied and they knew they could not control so many.

Muslim soldiers can not be trusted in battles against Muslims. - 2 most critical battles in Indian history - one reason they were lost -
Battle of Panipat (North India lost)
Battle of Talakota (South India lost) were both lost because local Muslim soldiers supported foreign Muslim "brothers" instead of people they grew up with.
Of course there are several muslims who are honorable and have served bravely.

In any case Biggest component in Army is Sikhs AFAIK.