Lumpyoatmeal saidPart of it echos a theme in a book I read whose name I can't remember, or the author. The theme being that totalitarian governments are less likely to win wars because their military lacks the independent critical thinking that a democratic government's military has. I.e., under a democratic government the admirals and generals can discuss options and decisions with their leaders, and the lower ranking officers can similarly discuss things with their superiors.
I found these 2 books fascinating in their analysis of Islamic culture. The later one (2nd link) repeats most of the stuff that's in the earlier one.
What Went Wrong?: The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
You're the 1st person I've met who's read anything by Bernard Lewis. I've read The Crisis of Islam
and Islam the Religion and the People
(which I DO NOT recommend as a 1st source)
The history of the Arabic/Muslim armies and their abject incompetence is one of the flaws of their culture and more specifically the 170 specific bans on abrogations and mollifications of any part of Islam that prevent it from moving out of the 7th century towards the 21st. They are powerless within their culture and faith to modernize either of them in meaningful ways due to the superstitious dictates of Mohammed himself who forbids them to change one word of his Quran or Hadith. This is ingrained into their culture to a degree that is almost incomprehensible to people in the west...As ONE small ex
ample of their inability to alter their religion and culture......
Mohammed told his followers that he was the the most perfect man ever to set foot on the earth and that they should live by his examples. To this day they do, regardless of the unbelievable consequences. Emulating their prophet Muslim traditions have for 1300 years led men to marry their own cousins as did Mohammed. In some nations congenital birth defects are 30 times the rates in western nations. In some nations, records of birth defects are state secrets. https://realityofislam.wordpress.com/marriage-with-cousins-in-islam/http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Cousin_Marriage_in_Islamhttp://counterjihadreport.com/2012/07/06/the-problem-of-inbreeding-in-islam/
55% of Pakistanis in the UK are married to cousins... and the consequences are mounting up.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlIs4KcItmk
remember.. this is just ONE face of this problem. There are many more. This should help you begin to understand how little Islam and Arabs have in common with us in the West...