Jamal Khashoggi here.
Families, communities, societies, states suffused with Islam exhibit similar features. Aggression, violence, an inability to compromise, an inability to think logically or to exhibit the kind of skepticism that keeps the level of conspiracy-theorizing within manageable limits, the inculcated hatred of all others, that is non-Muslims of every kind -- these are some of the distinguishing features.
Jamal Khashoggi recognizes that there is something terribly wrong with Arab societies and states. But he cannot discuss Islam, cannot allow himself even to hint at beginning to understand the effect of Islam -- whether on the True Believer, or on those who must pretend to be True Believers, or on those who are confused about Islam and are unable to comprehend how Islam explains the many failures, political, economic, social, intellectual, and moral, of their own societies and states. So Khashoggi, recognizing the degringolade, finds himself at a dead end, unable to diagnose the disease or to prescribe remedites, which would mean constraining Islam, weakening its hold over the minds of its adherents. And the violence, the conspiracy-theories, the hatred of non-Muslims -- there is no end to this.
"Optimists say we are going through what Europe went through: the labor of the 30-year war that tore it apart in the 17th century and gave birth to a dignified continent. However, the truth is that Europe was a miserable, exhausted continent void of morals and values, and its people doubted all their principles. After that war, Europe needed 300 years to stabilize into the continent we know today." I don't think history is Mr Khashoggi's strong point. Like so many Arabs/Muslims he really doesn't have a clue. For example, I read recently in an Arab/Muslim source, the "dark ages" ended when the "enlightenment" began.