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May 3, 2007

The Crazy Middle East - Irrevelant Except For Oil And Nukes

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Today's must read is Victor Davis Hanson's take-down of the hypocrisy and insanity that is part and parcel of the crazy Middle East(hat tip - Freedom's Zone and Dr. Sanity); as he points out, without oil and nukes, the Arab and Iranian Middle East has no hold on the world (I would add - no real grip on the realities of the modern world), no more than does Paraguay or the Ivory Coast or Bulgaria or Laos. Although we do indeed wish them all well, we can surely share Hanson's finding of Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah, the House of Saud, Hamas, Khadafy, and all the rest, all too retro-7th-century for our tastes.

On the Palestinians and what it is about them that drives their agenda, Hanson writes (emphasis mine):

Polls show about 20% of Americans favor the Palestinians in their war against Israel, while about half the US population now expresses an unease with Muslims in general. Meanwhile a large minority of Muslims, according to polls, condones terrorist attacks on civilians, while a vast majority is vehemently anti-American. Their prejudice apparently is chalked up to our omnipresence--like saving Kuwait, feeding Somalia, stopping Muslims dying en masse in the Balkans, ridding Afghanistan of the Soviets, paying astronomical prices for their oil, and giving nearly $100 billion over the years to the Egyptians, Jordanians, and Palestinians (which of course should have been stopped years ago; in exchange for our dollars and good will we've received in return only hate, violence, and Islamists' determination to wipe us off the face of the earth along with Israel).

Our prejudice surely could not be due to 19 Muslims slaughtering-- to the delight of millions--3,000 Americans, nor to the news almost every hour of Christian-Muslim violence, Hindu-Muslim violence, Buddhist-Muslim violence, or secular-Muslim violence. And now the much circulated quote from Sheik Ahmad Bahr, acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council:

"You will be victorious" on the face of this planet. You are the masters of the world on the face of this planet. Yes, [the Koran says that] "you will be victorious," but only "if you are believers." Allah willing, "you will be victorious," while America and Israel will be annihilated. I guarantee you that the power of belief and faith is greater than the power of America and Israel. They are cowards, who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah. That is why America's nose was rubbed in the mud in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, and everywhere... Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one. Oh Allah, show them a day of darkness. Oh Allah, who sent down His Book, the mover of the clouds, who defeated the enemies of the Prophet defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them."

And wait till these people get the bomb. So much for the war against Islamism being "over."

... Occupied Land? ... Are we speaking of Tibet? And why not worry about territorial disputes between Argentina and its neighbors, or Russia and Japan over the Kuriles, or a divided and Turkish-occupied Cyprus, or for that matter, Germany that lost historic homelands to postwar Poland? Or let us stop the earth's rotation for Kashmir, which at least involves two large nuclear adversaries. Do the millions of Kurds in Turkey qualify as homeless or refugees or voiceless?

Refugees? ... Are we talking of the 600,000 plus Jews that were expelled from the major Arab capitals following the 1967 war?

Or are we drawn to the millions in the Congo and Nigeria that have lost their homes?

... If we are speaking of Palestinians, do we refer to the quarter-million plus expelled from Kuwait following the 1991 Gulf War?

... Surely the world mourns the million lost in Rwanda? Or the tens of thousands now killed in Darfur? Or the million plus starved the last decade in North Korea?

... So why just the Palestinians?

The truth is that the international media has created the entire Palestinian crisis, at least in terms of elevating it beyond all others of far worse magnitude.

Do read it all here, Hanson offers a solution that makes a lot of sense.

As to the insanity of the Middle East and its culture of terrorism, all of which is in one illogical obscure reference or another due to the "Palestinian cause," Muslim on Muslim violence, or murder for "Allah," a new report shows that there were 20,498 terror deaths worldwide in 2006. The State Department's annual "Country Reports on Terrorism" skewered Iran and Syria as the worst state sponsors of terror.

Posted by Abdul at May 3, 2007 12:17 PM

"Irrevelant Except For Oil And Nukes" - didnt GW Bush say that? He's an idiot too.

Posted by: jamal at May 3, 2007 8:43 PM

Obviously spoken after deep, careful, and thoughtful consideration, Jamal. Thank you for your input. We'll look forward to your next deep analysis.

Posted by: Richard at May 4, 2007 3:25 PM

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