There is a teenager in your neighborhood. The teen is a violent bully with a mean streak as wide as Tennessee. He routinely harasses and terrorizes others in the neighborhood. He harasses women mercilessly and proudly wears racism as a badge of honor. As expected, the young man is a pathological liar- and there is no indication that the he has any intention of changing his or her ways. The bad behavior has been going on for years. In fact, the young man is feeling emboldened. Friends continue to encourage violent misbehavior, and in fact, he is rewarded for that bad behavior. Many in the neighborhood point to that young man as a model citizen.
How would you handle the situation? Would you talk to the teenager? What would you say? Would you place restrictions on the child? What kind? Do you believe there needs to be strong punishment if appropriate behavior cannot be had? What kind of punishment would be appropriate?
How would you address the friends that encourages that bad behavior? Would you isolate them? Punish them? Talk with them, in the hope they might come to realize that bad behavior is never appropriate
A therapist that specializes in children would take the time to get to know the child. In carefully crafted exchanges, that qualified therapist would be able to determine what positive and negative influences motivate the child. What qualifies a therapist? What makes a therapist effective? Experience, of course. The more experience a practitioner has working with dysfunctional children, the better the chance of success.
The child in question of course, is Hamas. Notwithstanding the well rehearsed (and by now, tired) protestations innocence and well rehearsed litanies of victimhood (Start with Dr Sanity here), the fact remains that Hamas is the child that has come to represent the Arab cause- and suffering. As such, the Arab world and Arab apologists in the west have painted themselves into a corner. They must come up with ways to defend the unruly- and murderous- Hamas. To be clear, Hamas has defined itself.
In Hamas Uber Alles, Frontpage's David Meir Levi does for Hamas what no one else has. He gives them a stage, where in their own voice, they can stand up and define themselves in word and action, unimpeded by those who find their ideology understandably revolting. In the process, the Hamas defenders only highlight their own shortcomings and deceit.
Whatever its representatives may have said in the recently completed campaign, this is an Islamic fundamentalist terror group whose sole purpose is the destruction of Israel and an apocalyptic future in which all Jews are either dead or Muslim, all remaining Christians are Dhimmi, and the stage is set for the resurrection of the dead and the redemption of the world into “dar es-Salaam” (the realm of world peace that will prevail once Islam is the only religion on earth, or at least the ruling religion).
Hamas is a Moslem religious community committed to not just the destruction of Israel but of all Jews throughout the world. It is irredentist as well as genocidal, having as part of its longer term plan the re-conquest of those nations that were once under Moslem rule (Spain, Greece, Hungary, Rumania, Slovakia, India); and an even longer range plan of bringing Islam to a position from which it will be “…in control of guiding the affairs of life.”
Hamas is very clear in its belief that Jews cannot have sovereignty in any sacred Moslem land. Sheikh Yassin (whom the Israelis killed) said that Hamas would destroy Israel even if it had to be done one Jew at a time. His number two man, Sheikh Abdul-Azziz Rantizi, has put it in a slightly less bloodthirsty way: There is no room for Jews in the Moslem land of Palestine.
And so it goes. Naturally, the Hamas defenders are uncomfortable with the mirror held up, so in the tradition of the best circus and midway entertainers, they focus on building a series of fun house mirrors, designed to distort the image of what is real. Their drive is deadly serious- to look into that undistorted mirror is to have to face the reality of culture that has sunk into deep decline and irrelevance- and one that basks in deceit and barbarism.
Mohammed El Masry is one such expert, more comfortable with deceit than reality- a necessary skill for the president of the Canadian Islamic Congress. In fact, his detachment from civilized thought has been noticed and drawn rebuke from his own community. In a radio interview, he declared all Israelis, regardless of gender or age, to be legitimate targets of Palestinian terror (a transcript of El Masry's remarks can be found here).
Like a drug addict hooked on heroin, El Masry relies on deceit to make it through the day, hoping that no one will notice his bizarre behavior.
A recent column provides evidence of a desperate detachment from reality- and even more insidiously, El Masry's column is evidence that long and time honored Arab tradition of replacing real education with bias and hate, continues even in the west.
Mr El Masry implies that Ariel Sharon was the perpetrator of great crimes against the Palestinians
“Western countries did not object when Israelis elected Ariel Sharon as prime minister, despite the Palestinian blood on his hands from brutal military campaigns in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza; despite the fact that countless Palestinians lost their lives, loved ones, and whole families, with his full knowledge, approval, and complicity..” Of course, El Masry attempts to imply the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla were at the hands of Israelis. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Palestinians were attacked by the Christian Phalange- payback, for decades of persecution at the hands of Muslims and the Palestinians in particular. The Christians did not attack the Palestinians out of a sense of love and respect:
Did you really assume that the Palestinians were attacked for no reason or that groups of civilian Christians suddenly developed a blood lust for Palestinians? Why did the Christians attack only Palestinians and not the Lebanese Muslims with whom they lived peaceably for centuries? The Christians have historically been a peaceful people who preferred to live in Lebanon in a historical balance with their Muslim neighbors, a friendly and respectable balance that existed until Yasir Arafat and his killers entered Lebanon. An account of those events can be found here. In addition, the Free Lebanon site is an excellent source of information- the kind Mr El Masry would just as soon have you avoid.
El Masry goes on to ask
“...why are Palestinians, who have suffered injustice for generations, not allowed to aspire toward peace with justice by electing -- without fear -- those who they believe will lead them closer to this goal?” No one has disputed the election. No one has claimed fraud or irregularities. In fact, just the opposite is true. The Palestinians were free to elect whomever the wish and they did. That they have chosen to elect a group of barbarians that openly embrace racism and bigotry is indeed an indication of the nature of Palestinian society and culture- the same culture openly shared by the Arab world.
That said, other democracies are free to distance themselves from the bigotry and racism of Hamas. While the El Masry's of this world would argue the case for a freely elected Adolph Hitler in 1933, fortunately, the civilized world will not make that same mistake twice. The west can and will make still make certain distinctions when it comes to hatred and bigotry. That cannot be arguied of course, El Masry's protestations notwithstanding. Palestinian media, school books and mosque sermons make clear the truth.
El Masry isn't done yet. His charges fly in the face of the truth.
“Palestinians are struggling for their independence against one of the cruellest occupation forces of modern times; an occupation force which is unashamedly backed by the world's only remaining super- power and supported by a Western media which believes "Israel can do no wrong." In fact, the Israeli occupation is the most benign occupation in history. We wrote the short course, here.
“In age of destruction that is unparalled in history, the Israelis have been remarkably restrained. If they really wanted to kill Palestinians, they have the firepower to do so. The rest of the Arab world never gave a damn about the Palestinians in the past, and they don't really care about them now.” In fact, the 'cruelest' occupation gave the Palestinians electricity, health care, hospitals, education (including a university system), a viable economy and even sewage treatment. If it was the intentions of the Israelis were a cruel occupation and persecution of Palestinians, they have failed miserably.
Most impudently, El Masry equates the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza (the result of an Arab started war that promised 'rivers of blood' and rape), to the tragedy of the Holocaust.
“That same Western culture raises moving and genuine emotion over the killing of a single Jew, but seems to have been programmed for cold indifference when it comes to the mass-murder -- genocide, in fact -- of thousands of Palestinian women and children. How can we go on supporting such contradictory beliefs?” Mr El Masry is attempting to add even more deceit to the equation when he makes those connections. Genocide is what the Arab janjaweed are doing in Sudan. Genocide was what happened in Algeria, as children were raped and dismembered at the hands of the GIA (Hamas first cousins). Genocide is what occurred in East Timor, when Muslims forced Christians to convert at the end of sword, or be be disemboweled. In fact, there are a lot of Palestinians that find life under Israeli 'occupation' preferable to living under Palestinian rule. See The Hell Of Israel Is Better Than The Paradise Of Arafat.
We can only assume the numbers that would concur with those sentiments has only increased if Hamas implements Sharia Law, as promised.
As we noted, it appears the Israelis are remarkably inept and incompetent when it comes to genocide.
In fact, it is the Muslim world (the Palestinians in particular) that has embraced genocide of the Jews. In the last Palestinian election, there were at least 2 dozen politicians that adopted the moniker of 'Hitler,' in form or another. Mein Kampf is a perennial best seller in the Arab world. Blood libels are a mainstay of Arab world entertainment and lore.
The disruptive, violent and dysfunctional society and culture that the Palestinians have created for themselves, are clearly visible. What is also clearly visble is the company they keep- like minded individuals and organizations.
El Masry is a hypocrite, liar and fraud. As such, he is unquestionably qualified to president of the Canadian Muslim Congress.