Dr. 'Abd Al-Wahhab Al-Massiri, reknowned throughout the Arab world as an expert on Zionism and Judaism, spoke on privately owned Egyptian Dream2 TV. The following are excerpts:
Al-Massiri: It could be said that if this generation (in America) were called upon to defend their homeland, their honor, or any of these worn-out values, it would not respond to the call. This is one of the problems facing the U.S. and Israel.
As the tendency to hedonism grows, what we call the inclination to fight erodes. Therefore, in Vietnam, for instance, the protests began after 20 or 30 thousand soldiers were killed, but in Iraq demonstrations started after only 300 soldiers were killed. One must tell the US that whoever wants to establish an empire should expect more than 300 casualties.
Because of the strong hedonistic tendency, the American media made the Americans void (of values). I think that the US did not take this into account. They neglected the human factor. They did not understand that the Iraqi human factor still has pride and the will to defend the homeland. They neglected the American human factor that has lost all national and social motivation.
The same goes for Israel. It got to the point that (Defense Minister) Shaul Mofaz once said, "The Israeli people are like a cobweb, they have no capacity to persevere." This is because as the inclination towards hedonism grows, the ability to persevere, the so-called "tolerance threshold", diminishes.