“Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return…. Camp David had failed, and he said to me, ‘You should remain in Paris.’ I asked him why, and he said, ‘Because I am going to start an intifada. They want me to betray the Palestinian cause. They want me to give up on our principles, and I will not do so.’”
“‘I do not want Zahwa’s [Arafat’s daughter’s] friends in the future to say that Yasser Arafat abandoned the Palestinian cause and principles. I might be martyred, but I shall bequeath our historical heritage to Zahwa and to the children of Palestine.’” .
Arafat’s widow, Suha Arafat
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.
food for thought on Gaza by Gabriel Martindale:
Every time hostilities erupt in the Levant, and quite a lot of the rest of the time too, I get the dubious pleasure of witnessing the same set of stale arguments about the Israeli Palestinian conflict. First, some crazy leftie starts babbling about Zionist war crimes, land grabs, settlements and, if he’s feeling excitable, genocide and holocausts, after which a hefty section of the crowd bursts out into riotous applause. Then some respectable-looking conservative says we have to remember that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and that Hamas is a terrorist organisation which deliberately targets civilians, after which a rather smaller section of the crowd, mostly composed of Jews desperately (and pathetically) happy that someone doesn’t think they are all a bunch of organ- stealing demons, tries to get a few cheers going. Then a centrist, effortlessly channeling respectable opinion, says that while, of course, Israel has right to defend itself it is not doing so proportionately and, further, it’s being pretty beastly with those awful settlements, but that, in any case, the main thing is that both sides put aside their differences and resentments and come to an equitable deal.
What absolutely everyone agrees on, however, is that the solution to the problem is a Palestinian State.
The left won’t accept that many (most?) Muslims hate Jews, and that the hatred goes back to the prophet’s hatred, not to 1948 when a bunch of half-fried refugees were given back a tiny piece of their land.
The facts don’t fit into their paradigm that the white man is the evil hater and eveyrone else gets along just fine without him.
Kind of like all the other stuff they ignore or blame on whitey- the plague of rape in the Congo, for example, and Saddam Hussein.
If anyone should mention that Islam hates Jews, we are called racist or Islamophobic.
Pointing out the hundreds of thousands of examples of Muslims, Islamic leaders and imams in their own words doesn’t hold any weight either, the way evidence should, because apparently what they say and what is true underneath the tough guy veneer are two different things.
These useful idiots will be in a for a big surprise when they are earmarked for torture and death.
And even if it’s a “conspiracy” theory that the Muslims have taken over by sword much of the earth, as evidenced by history and any map, and profess the continuing desire to take more for a caliphate, because the whole world belongs to their god, even though it’s not, it’s doctrine and history and reality, it doesn’t actually matter. Because the Muslims can still take you down even if you are “safe” in America or Europe. Case in point, recently a Coptic Christian man in Toronto was sentenced to death by Egypt- in absentia. His crime? Blasphemy. Apparently he colluded on that crappy little film Innocence of Muslims- which was historically accurate by the way and taken from Islamic historical sources. Since the man never colluded on said film, and even if he did, he was understandably alarmed by the severity of the death penalty. When he said in a newspaper, this is serious, these people don’t think twice about beheading people they don’t like, he was condemned as racist. Go figure.
Furthermore, it is Muslims withholding human rights for gay people, yet gay idiots keep marching against “Israeli apartheid” in pride parades. The one country in the Middle East and Africa where gays flock from tyranny and death to freedom and safety is the one they hate. This is indeed nothing but antisemitism. It is foaming hatred, irrational and blinding. Even evidence fails to change its mind, the sure mark of racism. The Islamic countries refused to acknowledge gay people as human beings deserving of human rights last year at the UN. There was no stink from the left whatsoever about this historical crushing defeat. But when Uganda hoped to bring back the death penalty for gays, there have been countless petitions. Yes, I signed them, because I condemn gay hatred in Uganda, too, but the point is that more than three quarters of Africa and the Middle East already have death penalty or torture penalty for gays and no one says boo and they work hard to keep it that way. Despite being populated by black people, who can’t be guilty of homophobia because they are oppressed by white men ten thousand miles away, Uganda is an acceptable target because Christians are implicated in the bill. Which is despicable, but is not “business as usual” for Christians.
Furthermore, people in Europe, Canada, and America have been persecuted for blasphemy, thousands of miles away from countries that punish blasphemy by death. While we are free in these our own countries to mock Jesus Christ and piss on him and have that funded by the government as art, free to portray the Virgin Mary getting nailed, free to say F*** God and publish atheist manifestos, we are not free to criticize child marriage or the castration of little girls. The OIC is working hard to spread international blasphemy laws to make it a crime globally to criticize Islam. I’m not making this up. It should be front page news at the New York Times but they’re too busy trying to show how oppressed Julian Assange is for his treasonous acts of “transparency.” Worse, dear president Barack Obama cheerfully supports such efforts- remember, the future does not belong to those who mock Islam.
In any event, this page has links to a number of sources ranging in quality and showing heaps of evidence that shows the poison of antisemitism in Islam.
‘The only religion I respect is Islam. The only prophet I admire is the Prophet Muhammad.’ — Adolf Hitler (from “The Mysterious Achmed Huber: Friend to Hitler”)