Courageous Abdulateef Al-Mulhim writes about the Arab Spring and the Israeli Enemy on Arab News
Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967.
The 1967 War lasted only six days. But, these three wars were not the only Arab-Israel confrontations. From the period of 1948 and to this day many confrontations have taken place. Some of them were small clashes and many of them were full-scale battles, but there were no major wars apart from the ones mentioned above. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced. On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.
I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East.
The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?
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Religion of Peace proponents racked up 907 dead bodies and 1,866 injuries in 218 attacks during “Islamophobia Awareness Month”. from thereligionofpeace.com
I hunted far and wide if I could find a single incident of anti-Muslim murder or violent assault- not just in Britain but anywhere, for Islamophobia Awareness Month. There were scores of violent attacks against Muslims- by Muslims, along with 0ver 5000 a day, for example, little Muslim girls castrated, also by Muslims.
Islamophobia is an invented prejudice. There is a reason why an uprising of bloggers, journalists, thinkers, spiritual leaders, philosophers, and more constantly discuss Islam and not the evils of Hinduism or Mormonism or whatever. Some of the very conservative Christian critics may even think these Hindus and Mormons are going to hell. But they don’t write much about them because they are not causing any trouble. Yes, every group of people has some bad seeds. But some cultures foster more bad seeds than others. When you have a prophet that supports child marriage and female castration and killing infidels point blank, then it’s no surprise to get criminals who uphold these things as rights. I have zero phobia of all Muslims who recant these ideals. Rather, I support them wholly- even though I think Islam is a poor choice of religion, I understand that one’s culture and faith is important. And any Muslims working to bring Islam into the 21st century I support. I have no phobia against innocent Muslims who have not committed atrocities or support atrocities.
If “antisemitic” literature were directed at real crimes committed by Jews- there are some, I know, it’s hard to believe but it happens- instead of imaginary ones like gobbling children and desecrating Muslim graves, then that would be criticism, not antisemitism. Even someone I see as extreme like Pamela Geller I will uphold as courageous. She could have a little more tact in my mind but what she is doing is far superior to doing nothing, and why it is that Geller upsets so many leftists who are never upset by imams calling for sharia law or hanging homosexuals, I don’t get.