Video: Martin Kramer’s speech at 2010 Herzliya Conference
This is a video of Martin Kramer speaking at the Herzliya conference.
During the course of his speech, Martin Kramer, a pro-"Israel" Harvard Professor, made justified and praise the "Israeli" siege on Gaza in a bid to starve Gazans into having less children, and, consequently, decreasing what he called "the threat of Islamic radicalism".
During his speech, Kramer made several conclusions.
In the first, he rebuts the claim that the key to ending Islamism is resolving the Arab-"Israeli" conflict:
"In places like Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia, where Al Qaeda is most deeply entrenched, a just and lasting peace for the Palestinians would not make a shred of difference."
So what is for Kramer the greatest danger posed to the west by Islamism? Fertility. The median age in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Gaza is 17.
"When you get below a median age of 20, you're talking about places where Islamist radicalization is taking place on a massive scale. The biggest radicalizer is fertility hovering at 6, 7[%] and masses of economically superfluous young men of fighting age between 15-29...If a state can't control these young men, then someone else will..."
"Radical Islam is a way for the superfluous sons to enter history."
"Eventually this [declining fertility rates] will happen among the Palestinians too. But it will happen faster if the west stops pro-natal subsidies for Palestinians with refugee status. Those subsidies are one reason why Gaza's population grew between 1997-2007 by an astonishing 40%. Israel's present sanctions on Gaza have a political aim...but they also break Gaza's runaway population growth and there is some evidence that they have.
That might begin to crack the culture of martyrdom which demands a constant supply of superfluous young men. That is rising to the real challenge of radical Islamism and treating it at its root."
Editor's Note: May his very words indict him.