Saturday, December 09, 2006

"We Always
To Israel":
The International
Temper Tantrum

From Freedom's Cost:

The success of Israel, modern, democratic, wealthy, and above all Jewish, has obsessed the Arabs. They cannot tolerate the Jews being among them. Their entire sense of themselves rides on solving their problem with the Jews. It gnaws at their self esteem. It is central to their thinking.

It’s in their genes.

Be Honest. Would you dare say something like that in public?

What if I told you that they are the view of Al-Jazeera’s Editor in Chief? Pierre Heumann of the Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche spoke with Al-Jazeera’s content czar Ahmed Sheikh in Doha. The interview was published in German, but we can read them in English thanks to a translation by the estimable John Rosenthal of Transatlantic Intelligencer. World Politics Watch publishes the entire interview.

Who is responsible for the situation?

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most important reasons why these crises and problems continue to simmer. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. The West should finally come to understand this. Everything would be much calmer if the Palestinians were given their rights.

Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?

I think so.

Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?

The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.

In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?

Exactly. It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West’s problem is that it does not understand this.

Charles at Little Green Footballs comments:

Wrong, Ahmed. The West does understand. In this part of the world, blaming all your problems on a super-powerful fantasy opponent is called “mental illness.”

We're supposed to understand that? Why? Should we also treat as rational the football player who turns over tables and chairs in the clubhouse after a big loss?

The Muslim world believes we should treat their international temper tantrum as rational. We would have to be fools to do so.

Israel is the only Democracy in the Middle East. It is the only country in the Middle East which respects human rights. In every other country in the ME, Sharia law reigns to a greater or lesser extent. This means that in every other country in the ME, apostates and homosexuals are treated as criminals, Christianity and other religions are suppressed, women are treated as half citizens, and people can be thrown into jail for criticizing Islam.

Instead of trying to understand the Islamic temper tantrum and their disgusting abuses of human rights, we should be working to promote countries like Israel, Australia, America, England, Japan, and any other country in the world where Democracy and Freedom reign.

The only way to bring about peace in the world is to promote Democracy and the justice which prevails in a free system. To attempt to strengthen countries such as those which exist in the Islamic world is to strenthen the forces of fascism.

Although appeasement and understanding seem like an approach to peace, they is not. Instead, they are an aid to fascism and an assault on oppressed people the world over.

It is time for the Christian Church to begin to speak out clearly on the evils that are being done around the world in the name of Allah and Islam.

The Sudanese genocide is an Islamic Jihad.

The Palestinian bombings are an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of hundreds of schoolchildren in Beslan, Russia was an Islamic Jihad.

The Iranian-funded Hizbollah assault on Lebanon is an Islamic Jihad.

The beheading of Christian girls in Indonesia is an Islamic Jihad.

The suppression of Christianity in Egypt is an Islamic Jihad.

The killing and imprisonment of Christians in Malaysia is an Islamic Jihad.

9/11 was an Islamic Jihad.

The Taliban is waging an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of Christians in Nigeria is an Islamic Jihad.

The bombing of a Jewish Center in Argentina is an Islamic Jihad.

The 7/7 bomings in London were an Islamic Jihad.

The murder of Jews in Seattle was an Islamic Jihad.

The hit and run murders of people in San Francisco was an Islamic Jihad.

The 3/11 bombings in Spain were an Islamic Jihad.

The enslavement of blacks, and the rape of their women in the Sudan is an Islamic Jihad.

There have been over 6,000 acts of Islamic terrorism in the world, since 9/11/01. These terrorist acts have resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people around the world, many of them Muslims themselves.

I sit in church week after week and I never hear this clearly articulated.

Most of the strife in our entire world is caused by Muslims. This does not mean that all Muslims are bad people. Clearly, there are many good people who identify themselves as Muslims.

However, we do need to be clear that this strife emanates from Islam itself.

The history of Islam is filled with conquest and slaughter, raping and pillaging, and it is so because Mohammed prescribed such behavior in the Koran. The Koran says that it is ok to convert through violence and conquest. The Koran says it is ok to take women as booty of conquest and to make them your sex slaves. The Koran says that Muslims should give conquered Infidels three choices, conversion, subservience, or death.

All of this that I have enumerated here is evil. The Christian Church is supposed to be the salt of the Earth. This means we are supposed to not only stand for love, but also stand against evil.

If we are not sincere enough to explicitly name the evil, then we can not stand against it.

This is a call to take up the Sword of Truth. Please heed it.