In their article (Jan. 6) responding to Jimmie Carter’s stridently anti-Israeli book, Rabbis Straus and Sharfman quote the Koran where Allah says that he made mankind “… into nations and tribes that you might come to know and cherish one another.” Presumably, the rabbis meant to show by these words that Islam is tolerant. While this passage may fool non-Muslims, it will not convince Muslim extremists to become tolerant because they know that this passage refers only to nations and tribes, and NOT to religions! When it comes to religion, proper belief is everything, and the Koran makes it abundantly clear that the only acceptable religion is Islam:The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion [i.e. Islam] shall reign supreme. (8:40)
These are only a few of the many passages in the Koran which demand that pious Muslims be intolerant and violent towards non-Muslims. Fortunately, most Muslims do not follow these passages in their daily lives. Unfortunately, far too many of them do. That is why it is so important for non-Muslims to know what is in the Koran.
By Felix Quigley
Have the Palestinian Arabs been hard done by? This is a vital question to answer. Much depends on the answer which involves a truthful understanding of the history of this issue.
My answer breaks down into a number of areas:
• The Arabs had no attachment to this land as a national home, moving in and out as Bedouins. The land fell into wreck and ruin which is very well documented. There were small numbers of Arabs there but there were also Jews. But once again the Jews saw the area as their Homeland, the Arabs did not.
• The work of the Zionists in developing the land of Zion caused an immediate change in the position of the Arabs who began to enter the area in numbers from surrounding areas, especially from Syria. The Arabs would have looked on this as moving from Northern Syria to Southern Syria. Palestine never would have entered their minds.
• First the League of Nations promised all of Palestine, East and West of the River Jordan to the Jewish people as a national Homeland. Then Churchill to pacify the Arabs illegally donated all the area of East Palestine to the Arabs. The Jews were betrayed by Churchill who they thought of as a friend. Then Churchill and the British had this ratified in an extra statute to the covenant of the League of Nations. The Jews had lost 80 per cent of the promised National Homeland through the perfidy of Albion.
• One would have thought the Arabs would have said – we have had a stroke of luck here thanks to the weakness of Churchill. Let us develop Transjordan and leave the meagre remaining 20 per cent to the Jews. This is to misunderstand two things: No 1 the role of Islam and No 2 The apologetic psychology of the Jews with the concomitant opportunism and arrogance of the Arabs.
• No 1 Islam treats all of this area as Islamic and does not tolerate non-Islamic. Never. They only ever tolerated Jews and Christians as dhimmis and that was in different times. Not now!
• No 2 is harder to pin down. There are many factors but one is the psychology built up in the Jewish people through 2000 years of dreadful and homeless persecution.
• Finally all sections of the Arab world created the phenomenon of Palestinianism to take the remaining 20 pr cent from the Jews
• To the present date when the Palestinian Arabs and the Arabs and Iranians are split on how to do this. Hamas say do it by killing the Jews and driving them out. Fatah and Al Aksa say do it by killing the Jews but also use diplomacy. That is to simplify things but basically it is the truth.
• The Jewish people were ill-prepared to meet the threat of Fascism in Germany and in Europe. Part of the philosophy of Herzl was to appeal to “western democracy” to help in creating a Jewish Homeland. This was understandable but fatal. This was shown in its clearest form when the Allies refused to bomb the railway lines leading to the Nazi Death Camps. They could almost smell the smoke as they flew over but “did not bother”. Half of all the Jewish people were wiped out by the Nazis.
• The Allies rescued Hajj Amin el Husseini and spirited him to Egypt from where he led the genocidal attack of the Arab armies against the now viciously truncated state of Israel. Hajj Amin was a “wanted war criminal” and was responsible in the Holocaust directly for the killing of one in fifteen Jews.
• The United Nations and the Allies created this truncated Israel, then in the subsequent war did not lift a finger to defend Israel against the continued genocide. Get the pattern. Refuse to bomb the railway lines. Refuse to stop the Arab attempt at genocide once more. At this moment in time the US and the EU elites emerge as the main danger to Israel, continually posing as a friend, but weakening Israel in everything they do.
• Israel has now arrived in 2007 and times are critical. We are back to the Nazis once again in the shape of the Arab and Iranian hatred for Jews. Israel has a strong army but is outnumbered and outgunned. The Arabs are still divided but united in Jew hatred. The Iranian Mullahs are as mad as Hitler was and so very dangerous if nuclear armed. Israel still is depending on America and Europe. Politically Israel is led by donkeys and has learned nothing from its past. In the Diaspora literally nothing has been learned about the nature of the Fascism which wiped out 6 million of their souls and confusion reigns. The Diaspora is ridden with inactivity. Talk, talk, talk abounds but the whole of the rich Diaspora in America and Canada cannot organize ONE meeting in New York to rally America against the planned Iranian genocide.
• Oh and I almost forgot. In Israel religious attack secular (a la Vatican) and secular attack religious. The religious do not understand the meaning of secular and the secular do not understand the history and role of Judaism. Despite their suffering neither has any clue about what is the nature of Fascism. The writings of Leon Trotsky and the principled lessons laid down in the struggle against Fascism in the 30s remains a no-go area.
• In short the Jewish people are once again facing a Fascist movement and an enemy bent on genocide of their race and they are unprepared. The leadership issues will be taken up by Jewish people or they will suffer greatly once more.
[Michael Ledeen makes the same point in The Time May Have Come]
Bush has been offered three options, “Go big, go long and go home”. Robert Tracinski (The Intellectual Activist and TIADaily.com. ) offers a fourth, “Go wide”.
[..]Going wide means recognizing that Iraq is just one front in a regional war against an Islamist Axis centered in Iran–and we cannot win that war without confronting the enemy directly, outside of Iraq.
Going wide means recognizing that the conflict in Iraq is fueled and magnified by the intervention of Iran and Syria. One of the reasons the Iraq Study Group report flopped was that its key recommendation–its one unique idea–was for America to negotiate with Iran and Syria in order to convince these countries to aid in the “stabilization” of Iraq. This proposal wasn’t so much argued to death as it was laughed to death, because it is clear that Iran and Syria have done everything they can to de-stabilize Iraq, supporting both sides of the sectarian conflict there.
It is obvious that both regimes have a profound interest in an American failure and retreat in Iraq.
[..] How can we quell the conflict in Iraq, further suppress the Sunni insurgents, and begin to dismantle the Shiite militias–if we don’t to anything to stop those who are funding, training, and supporting these enemies? Just as we can’t eliminate terrorism without confronting the states who sponsor terrorism, so we can’t suppress the Sunni and Shiite insurgencies in Iraq without confronting the outside powers who support these insurgents.
[..] Going wide also means recognizing that more is at stake in this war than just the fate of Iraq. This is a war to determine who and what will dominate the Middle East. Will this vital region be dominated by a nuclear-armed Iran, working to spread Islamic fascism? Or will America be able to exert its military influence and political ideals in the region?
[..] The big picture is Iran’s attempt to establish itself as a regional superpower, spreading its system of religious totalitarianism and rule by terror across the Middle East. Iraq is one piece in this malignant mosaic–but it is only one piece. The Iranians seek to extend their control over the region by supporting Shiite Islamist militias in Iraq. But they are also trying to achieve their goal by propping up the Assad regime in Syria, by arming Hezbollah in Lebanon, by arming and funding Hamas in the Palestinian territories, by hosting Holocaust denial conferences in an attempt to justify a war to destroy Israel, by harboring fugitive al-Qaeda leaders, and by supporting terrorists and anti-American strongmen (such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez) around the world.
In this context, to try to win the war just by sending more troops to Baghdad is like trying to save a patient by removing a tumor in his lung–when the cancer has already metastasized through his entire body.
A few of our leaders have put together the big picture. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, for example, Senator Lieberman warned that “while we are naturally focused on Iraq, a larger war is emerging. On one side are extremists and terrorists led and sponsored by Iran, on the other moderates and democrats supported by the United States.” Similarly, President Bush warned us last year that “the Iranian regime has clear aims: they want to drive America out of the region, to destroy Israel, and to dominate the broader Middle East.”
But these leaders have so far avoided advocating the use of military force against Iran. No one is willing to follow the implications of the big picture to the only rational conclusion: we are already in a regional war with Iran, and we need to start fighting it as a regional war. And the most effective place to fight that war is at its center, by targeting the Islamist regime in Tehran.
[..] The fact is that we are fighting the wrong war in the wrong place–though not in the way critics of that war complain. We are trying to fight a regional war by limiting ourselves to a local conflict–and we are fighting that war in Baghdad, when it has its source in Damascus and Tehran.
There is only one way to correct this massive strategic blunder–and that is to go wide.
Arabs vs Israel
By Farrukh Saleem
Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb: “If God were to humiliate a human being He would deny him knowledge”
The League of Arab States has 22 members. Of the 22, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman are ‘traditional monarchies’. Of the 22, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria and Somalia are ‘Authoritarian Regimes’ (Source: http://www.freedomhouse.org). Of the 22, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Morocco and Somalia are among the ‘world’s most repressive regimes’ (Source: A special report to the 59th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights). Of the 330 million Muslim men, women and children living under Arab rulers a mere 486,530 live in a democracy (0.15 per cent of the total).
A mere two hundred and fifty miles from the ‘League of Dictators’ HQ in Cairo is the only ‘parliamentary democracy’ in the region; universal suffrage, multi-party, multi-candidate, competitive elections. Israel’s 6,352,117 residents are 76 per cent Jewish and 23 per cent non-Jewish (mostly Arab).
Israel spends $110 on scientific research per year per person while the same figure for the Arab world is $2. Knowledge makes Israel grow by 5.2 per cent a year while “rates of productivity (the average production of one worker) in Arab countries were negative to a large and increasing extent in oil-producing countries during the 1980s and 90s (World Bank; Arab Development Report).”
Facts cannot be denied: The state of Israel now has six universities ranked as among the best on the face of the planet. Hebrew University Jerusalem is in the top-100. Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science are in the top-200. Bar Ilan University and Ben Gurion University are in the top-300. The Arab League does not have a single university in the top-400 (http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm). One in two Arab women can neither read nor write (remember, “If God were to humiliate a human being He would deny him/her knowledge”).
Israel’s universities are producing knowledge. Israeli society is applying that knowledge plus diffusing knowledge produced by others. On the other hand, within the Arab League, repressive regimes have erected religious, social and cultural barriers to the production as well as diffusion of knowledge.
Look at how knowledge is abandoning the Arab world: Between 1998 and 2000 more than 15,000 Arab physicians migrated. According to the World Bank, “roughly 25 per cent of 300,000 first degree graduates from Arab universities emigrated. Roughly 23 per cent of Arab engineers, 50 per cent of Arab doctors and 15 per cent of Arab BSc holders had emigrated.”
Israel, on the other hand, has more engineers and scientists per capita than any other country (for every 10,000 Israelis there are 145 engineers or scientists). Israel ranks among the top-7 countries worldwide for patents per capita.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Israel’s pharmaceutical giant, is the world’s largest producer of antibiotics (Teva developed Copaxone, a unique immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, the only non-interferon agent available).
Facts are hard to deny: Most members of the Arab League grant Muslim women fewer rights — with regards to marriage, divorce, dress code, civil rights, legal status and education. Israel does not. Spain translates more books in a year than has the Arab world in the past thousand years (since the reign of Caliph Mamoun; Abbasid, caliph 813-833).
Six million Israelis buy 12 million books every year making them one of the highest consumers of books in the world. Israel has the highest number of university degrees per capita in the world; the Arab world has the lowest. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other country (109 per 10,000 Israelis); the Arab world — next to nothing.
Results are for everyone to see: The average per capita income in Israel is $25,000 while the average income within the League of Arab States is $5,000.
The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist.