“There is no doubt that mathematics and astronomy owe a great debt to the Arabs,” wrote George Sarton a Harvard historian of science in his introduction to the history of science. It all started more than 1,000 years ago, in the Ninth century to be exact. An Arab genius named Musa al-Khawazmi, while the west was living the dark age, went to India to study their science. There he took a hard look at the Indian sifr (zero), which had been used mainly as an empty ring for calculation convenience. al-Khawazmi then came back home and introduced what is now used and known in the west as Arab numerals and the concept of zero, which resulted in a scientific revolution where algebra and computer science have been built until today. Without the Arab zero, there wouldn’t be a digital and social Network, there wouldn’t be Facebook and there wouldn’t be an Arab revolution.
And Arab dictators wouldn’t have been doing what they have been doing for years: squandering Arab wealth and brutalizing their own people.