This article is one of the best things I have seen in the Arab News. Finally, they have realized that the vast gap between the Middle East and the West needs to be narrowed.
The more a society lags behind, the more aware its intelligentsia should be of the qualitative leaps that have occurred elsewhere, because the gap between what is and what should be is widening by the day. But we have failed to realize this, and intellectuals and the media are shirking their responsibility to make us aware of that widening gulf.
But it's not too late to start.
The Arabs need to face up to the challenges confronting them and to focus their attention on the development of human resources, science and technology and build their economies in a free, just and peaceful environment.
This is the time to learn our lessons from the past.
There was a time in history when the Arab world was the most advanced culture on earth. I hope they look to their history, and use this time to great a better future for themselves.