Muslim Accomplishments That Weren’t!

By Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine. com | Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Peter BetBasoo, co-founder and
director of the Assyrian International News Agency (www.aina.org) .
He was born in Baghdad in 1963 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1974. He
obtained a B.S. in Geology at the University of Illinois Chicago
(1980-1985) and a minor in Philosophy. In 2002, he worked in the
State Department’s Future of Iraq Project, in the Water, Agriculture
and Environment group. In 2007, he authored the report, Incipient
Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq.

FP: Peter BetBasoo, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

BetBasoo: Thank you very much, Jamie, I am honored to be here.

FP: Tell us your thoughts on Muslim claims of accomplishments,
revisionism and the expropriation of cultures and ideas.

BetBasoo: Let me preface my remarks by saying that I do not claim
that Muslims have made no accomplishments. Individual Muslims have
been successful in the full range of the human scientific and
artistic endeavor. But a closer examination of these successes
reveals that they came about because these individuals stepped
outside of the Muslim realm. For example, today Muslim scientists
and scholars are trained in the West. I claim that Islam is not
conducive to the pursuit of rational inquiry, and when Islam asserts
itself, it borrows, co-opts and ultimately, when time has passed and
memory forgotten, claims that these borrowed and co-opted things
were originated by Muslims, not by the native cultures that preceded
the Muslims….