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When the Arabs Blame Israel for Their Problems, They Ignore A World of Self-Inflicted Failure?
David Brooks’ recent New York Times opinion piece, “A war of narratives,” reprinted below, really hits the nail on the head. In the prevailing Arab “narrative,” all the problems in the Arab world are due to Israel. In the Arab world, where Osama bin Laden is the Arabs’ most adulated hero because he committed the 9/11 deed (though everyone in that world also knows that “Israel’s Mossad was responsible for 9/11”), the crazy logic that “Israel is the cause of all Arab misfortunes” does indeed make sense.
However, in our world, a world that strives for rational analysis by means of objectivity and the evaluation of all relevant facts, things look different.
In the real world, Israel cannot be blamed for:
The Muslim enslavement of black Africans in Mauritania,
The mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Arabs in a 13-year Algerian civil war,
The endless brutal oppression of Egyptian Christian Copts in Egypt by Egyptian Muslims,
The genocide of 2,000,000 black African Christians and animists in South Sudan by Sudanese Muslim Arabs over the past 23 years,
The genocide of 800,000 black African Muslims in Western Sudan (aka Darfur) by Sudanese Muslim Arabs over the past 5 years,
The blatant religious apartheid of the Saudi government in Arabia,
The mass murder of Arabian Shi’ites by the Saudi royal family,
The de facto maintenance of slavery as an economic institution in Arabia,
Saddam Hussein’s murder of hundreds of thousands of his own Iraqi citizens during his 32 years of repressive tyrannical rule,
The current Muslim-vs.-Muslim terrorist carnage in Iraq,
The Taliban reign of terror in Afghanistan,
The decades-old civil war between Islamofascists and non-Muslims in Nigeria,
Syria’s brutal 27-year occupation of Lebanon,
Six decades of Muslim terrorism against the Hindus of Kashmir and Gujarat,
The Muslim repression of Hindus in Bangladesh,
Islamic terrorism in East Asia (Bali, East Timor, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia),
Muslim terrorism against Russia (remember 186 dead children at the school in Beslan?)
The brutal Islamic subjugation of women prevalent in many Muslim countries for the last millennium,
The Muslim persecution of Christians and Jews throughout the Muslim world since the beginning of Islam,
The fact that the “religion of peace” spawned a thousand-year war against the non-Muslim world (aka Jihad) a thousand years before Israel came in to existence,
The grinding poverty and lack of productivity that typify even the richest of Arab countries, as documented in three recent UN-sponsored studies,
The fact that, while not all Muslims are terrorists, almost all terrorists, for the past 30 years, are Muslims,
The fact that millions of Muslims every year flee their home states, Shari’a law, and Islamic sovereignty, to seek refuge, a better life, broader opportunities, freedom and a brighter future for their children . . . in Western states
The appalling Arab narrative that Brooks summarizes below reflects a steadfast denial of reality, rooted concretely and unshakably in the Arab concepts of ash-Sharaf (male honor) and al-Haram (shame). To accept blame for failure causes loss of face, shame, loss of honor. So the political and religious and intellectual leadership of the Arab world descend to the irrational fantasy of what Brooks correctly calls the “Zionist-centric mythology,” in order to supply a face-saving scapegoat for their own failures.
Until Arab leaders are willing to accept responsibility for their own cultural dysfunctionality, they and their unfortunate subjects are unlikely to emerge from social, economic and political bankruptcy. Obviously, blaming Israel does not merely miss the point, it also creates a profoundly dangerous misrepresentation of the root cause of the conflict. It confuses the arsonist (obdurate Arab hatred of Jews) with the fire-fighter (Israel defending itself against Arab terrorism). Given this intransigent Arab hatred of Jews and Israel---as well as the message of misappropriated blame---it is not just folly for the USA to pressure Israel to make concessions when negotiating Middle East peace deals; it is actually a mechanism that stokes violence by supporting the Arab lie, and it weakens Israel’s ability to defend itself.
It’s time that Western governments stop pretending to believe the Arab lie. It’s time to address the real root causes of the relentless Arab war against Israel and the Jews.
- Ivri_AnokhiLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
This was written by David Meir Levi at http://wmass.indymedia.org/newswire/display/2312/i... .
It is very well thought out.
The Muslim is taught the following, among many others:
Don't be friends with Jews or Christians:
Sura 5:51: O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your allies and protectors: They are but allies and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
Sex slaves are permitted:
Sura 4:24: Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess.
Sura 2:191. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
Permission for a Muslim man to beat his wife if she does not obey him:
Sura 4:34: Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in their sleeping places and **beat them**; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.
- 1 decade ago
because most of Muslims are conspiracy-minded. They think that US and Israel are trying to tackle them all the time. I remember when many Muslims think that AIDS is brought to Africa by the Jews or the tsunami is caused by underwater nuclear experiment of Jews. With that sick mindframe, they can believe almost anything, including Michael Jackson and Saddam Hussein are actually cousins, maybe.
- John DLv 41 decade ago
It seems to be the way they are, at least for the radicals. They seem to portray the "it's all about me" philosophy...They want respect, but they give none; They wonder why there is predudiceness against their religion, when they will tolerate no other; They say that there's is a peaceful religion, yet they promote killing in the name of Jihad, or any other little reason that would allow them to kill; they want to die a "noble" death by killing innocents, just so they can get the "heavenly goal" of having 99 virgins in afterlife...Boy, that's a noble cause...It seems that they kill for earthly pleasures that they will attain in the spiritual world, what a lofty goal...makes me want to be Muslim...Not!!! They seem to be wrapped up in the earthly pleasures that they will attain in afterlife, not spiritual ones...
- mo moshLv 61 decade ago
This is how Arabs deal with guilt. They project their own sins onto the Jews. (Western nations do this as well).
The Jews continue to be the world's "scapegoat"
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- Mashtin BaqirLv 41 decade ago
Your question is the answer in short form. You have found the reason.
- 1 decade ago
Yes, they do.
Nonsense--the guy who wrote about occupation.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Illegal occupation.Source(s): Law.