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.
Leftists like to quote this Voltaire, usually whining that the evil empire of Republican America crushes them for speaking against it, or that criticizing Israel’s right to defend itself might be called antisemitism. After all, look what happened to the Dixie Chicks after they stuck it to George Bush!!!
This doesn’t take into account that others are allowed to criticize back in the free world. It reveals ingratitude and entitlement and the utter disconnection from the facts that freedom is rare and precious and we landed in it because heroes risked and gave their lives. It is not the natural state and it is still rare around the world.
A few weeks ago, six Palestinian men were shot point blank in the streets of Gaza, then at least one was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets. That’s what happens when you dissent from Palestinian propaganda.
You might be called an antisemite, and rightfully so, if you criticize Israel’s right to exist. But no Jew is going to cut off your head to silence you. Indeed, Israel is so moral that even though they technically have the death penalty, they’ve only used it twice. Criticize actual crimes within Islam, however, such as the death penalty for blasphemers, and you risk being put to death. Even if you don’t live under sharia law. Vigilante violence is common- recall the innocents around the world slaughtered by mobs in protest of the Florida pastor’s burning of the koran. Saudis and Iranians can burn countless bibles, and egyptians and nigerians can burn churches with Bibles and living people in them, but this act meant innocents were butchered thousands of miles away. How many human rights activists, Muslims and ex-Muslims live with bodyguards because death threats and attempts on their lives are commonplace, even in America or Holland or Canada?
The jails in Cuba are overflowing to this day with writers and artists and homosexuals and blacks- since communism is about erasing individuality and making everyone the same, those who hold different views are tortured or put to death. In communist China and Russia, countless millions were executed for political dissent. In socialist Germany, aiding and abetting Jews or views contrary to the Fuhrer’s meant certain death or exile.
The next time useful idiots of the left “occupy” or howl in Adbusters about the evils of capitalist culture, they might use a few brain cells and think about the actual record of the systems that they are fighting for. Very righteously they pretend to care about the poor, the female, and the freedom to speak against the state. And they never think for a moment that, despite its flaws, the state they live in is the freest, most equal, most prosperous one that has ever existed. Capitalism and freedom go hand in hand, and anyone who cares about the poor or the right to dissent ought to be fighting tooth and nail to bring capitalism to the places that don’t have it, so they can share in the freedom that we have.