The "international Zionist movement" is leading the United States to wage war against the Arab world with the intentions of colonizing the region, according to a professor speaking here during a lecture Tuesday.
Hisham Sharabi, a professor of Arab Culture at Georgetown University in Washington DC, told an audience of students and faculty at Balamand University, that the region is currently under "a neocolonial attack" but insisted that the Arabs would not be vanquished.
"However, in the long run, neither the Jews nor Americans will be able to subdue us for we are not (Native Americans)," he said, adding that almost 280 million Arabs form a "massive force."
Sharabi, who was peppered with questions from the audience, insisted the greatest danger faced by Arabs is their attitude toward their own problems.
"This patriarchal society is selfish and greedy," he said. "We have to change the social and political systems in the Arab world and establish equality among people."
Sharabi said gender equality should be given first priority, and unless it was made a goal, the Arab world would remain akin to "a car mired in mud whose tires skid continuously, but stays in place."
When one student asked how such equality could be achieved when it conflicted with religious beliefs, Sharabi acknowledged that change would not happen "overnight."
Sharabi accused the Arab world of squandering its money in the past 50 years with no plans for organization or establishing an independent, viable economy.
He said there has been no attempt at building a weapons arsenal or establishing collective relations with the West.
"Only Iraq managed to build an arsenal, but proved to be insane when it directed it against Iran instead of using it to maintain a balance of power."
"Jews are getting ready to take control of us and the Americans have entered the region to possess the oil resources and redraw the geopolitical map of the Arab world," he added.