Garbage In, Garbage Out: Arab 'Intellectuals' Opine
In Khalaf's (delusional) mind, it is the Jews that display psychotic tendencies. In his alternate universe, it is the Arabs that are the picture of mental health. He sees some of the most dysfunctional cultures that ever inhabited our planet as noble 'victims.'
Never mind that it was the Jews that arouse from the ashes of the Holocaust. Never mind the reality that it was the Jews that went on to build a functioning democracy and world class, cultural, scientific and educational institutions. In Khalaf's mind, it is the Jews that are psychotic.
The Arab world has failed in every endeavor they have attempted, with the singular example of Jew hatred. Indeed, if there were a Jew hatred Olympics, the Arab world would sweep the medals. Try this magnificent example of Khalaf's bigotry on for size:
There is also that Jewish political tribalism, one whose roots extend deep into the past, whose fundamentalist holy men justify the taking of Arab life, the killing of Arab children, in juxtaposition to the superior sanctity of Jewish life and Jewish children.(Talk about Khalaf's hubris. It isn't Jewish 'tribalism' that is threatening Christians. See this, this and this, for starters)
With the brazenness and pomposity of the true bigot, Khalaf brushed aside real Jewish religious expression. All over the world, cities with sizable Jewish populations built world class medical schools and hospitals to serve the communities in which they lived. There are Jewish founded hospitals in Australia. Canada has seven Jewish founded medical facilities. In the United States, there are in excess of fifty medical facilities founded by Jews to serve their community. That number does not take into account the hundreds of nursing home facilities founded by members of the Jewish community or the hundreds of non Jewish medical facilities substantially supported by members of the Jewish community. The same realities can be found all over Europe.
There is not a single example of an Arab funded community hospital.
Incredibly, Khalaf goes on to note that
The Palestinians are strikingly unburdened by the pathologies of their oppressors, not least of all because they do not reciprocate their occupier's widespread racism...Yet unlike their tormentors, they've not lost their humanity and essential decency, their acceptance of their enemy's humanity, their cultural generosity of spirit and life, their respect for the sacredness of all life, their sanity. I can't imagine that Palestinian soldiers would cruelly and coolly remain unmoved -- devoid of an abiding sense of rescue -- by a Jewish mother dying in her house as her children watched in fear and horror.(What immediately comes to mind are the images of frenzied Palestinians, dancing with joy as the entrails of two Israels after they are lynched and butchered.) WARNING: graphic images.
Rusty Shackelford of The Jawa Report has more on Palestinian beheadings (WARNING: graphic images).
Let's further examine Khalaf's remarks- and complete detachment from reality.
Does Khalaf really believe that institutionalized hate in the Arab world has no effect in the Arab world? If that were really the case, why keep on endorsing hate? Why is there a concerted effort by Arab and Palestinian media, educational curricula and religious authorities to vilify and demonize Jews? Does Khalaf believe that calls uttered daily to 'SLAUGHTER THE JEWS!' or SLAUGHTER THE CRUSADERS!' is an appropriate form of political expression?
Of course, criticism of Israel is not necessarily anti Semitic. On the other hand, criticism of Israel that hold that nation to a different standard from other nations is very anti Semitic. It is very easy to classify Khalaf as a racist, using the following criteria:
- Examine the source. Does the author have a track record and history of anti-Jewish attitudes?
- Do the critics habitually single out Israel for condemnation while ignoring far worse actions by other countries (especially other Middle Eastern countries)? Without exception, they can be labeled anti-Semitic.
- Do the authors who delight in comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, or to traditional anti-Jewish stereotypical behavior, ignore at all costs even worse behaviors (especially by the dysfunctional Arab regimes)?
- Do the critics of Israel attacks on the merits and/or worthiness of of Israel's existence rather than individual government policies?
The argument that the Palestinians are not dysfunctional and share the same moral standards of civilized nations is laughable. As we have noted before, 'Who in their right mind then, would agree that a society as corrupt, broken, dysfunctional, racist, bigoted and violent as the Palestinians, deserved their own state? While that kind of bestial behavior is not noteworthy in the Arab world, it is behavior that is repulsive in the civilized world.' No amount of dancing by Issa Khalaf can change that reality.
In Khalaf's defense, he himself is contaminated with the leprosy of hate. He cannot see what the civilized world sees. He finds no reason to condemn Arab hate, racism and bigotry. A Mickey Mouse derivative calling for the slaughter and annihilation of Jews by 'martyrdom' is not a problem. Children attending summer camps where they learn to kill is not a problem. In Khalaf's world, Zionism is the problem. In Khalaf's world, that Mein Kampf is a perennial best seller in the Arab world, second in ownership only to Quran, is not noteworthy.
What Khalaf and his ilk do not comprehend is that no amount of dancing or obfuscation can hide the reality that environment helps to shape values. The values found in free societies are very different than the values taught in dysfunctional, oppressive and repressive regimes.
The values of free societies are passed on to free citizens. We engage in free dissent, debate, argue and we are free to challenge each other, our government and especially, ourselves. We are free to formulate our own opinions and if we wish, we are free to change those opinions.
The values of repressive and dysfunctional societies become the values of citizens living in those societies. Subjugation, repression and hate are a part of everyday life in those societies. When it is all said and done, broken societies that espouse bigoted and broken ideologies will produce bigoted and broken people.
When we compare the values of the western free societies with the dysfunctional and oppressive values that are force fed in the Arab world, we have to ask ourselves a question: Are those values lacking, or are they absent from the Arab societies of today? There is a big difference between lacking values and the absence of values. If the values are simply lacking, they can be replaced fairly easily. If those values are absent, well, that is a whole other matter.
Arabs societies are at a loss as to why we are not ‘just like them’ as they would like us to believe. They cannot understand why we reject many of their values and bigotry. They cannot understand the magnificence of a pluralistic society. They seek a class based society where Islam dominates- forcefully, if necessary- and Arab influences are at the top of the that heap. With western rejection of those values comes frustration, and with that frustration, violence often follows. They see the rejection of their values as a rejection of themselves- they do not see or understand that by rejecting the ugly values they have had forced upon them, they can only elevate themselves.
We have noted many times that ‘When nations that are that are led by or are under the influence of tyrants or dictators, attempt to justify those actions, we can rightly assume that justification is false. Tyrants and dictators do not make moral choices, because moral choices can only lead to the demise of the tyranny.
Anyone that comes to the defense of tyrannical regimes and their leaders, have themselves made a conscious choice to defend and stand by what is immoral. They themselves consciously adopt an immoral posture.’
Adopting a particular moral posture does not happen in a vacuum, without cost or influence. Mark Silverberg, author of Quartermasters of Terror, noted that
The unfortunate historical truth remains that the costlier war becomes, the sooner conflicts end. While this offends our Western sensibilities of tolerance, compromise, negotiation and accommodation, it is nevertheless the tragic truth that lies behind victory. War involves the infliction of pain and sadly, the greater the pain inflicted upon an enemy, the greater the likelihood the conflict will end. From any perspective, war is sordid business, made worse by human imperfections as we have seen at Abu Ghraib and Haditha. It is neither pleasant nor desirable, but in an environment where Palestinian suicide bombers are trained from infancy to hate Jews and are revered as "martyrs," where Palestinian children play soccer with the decapitated head of a fallen Israeli soldier and have an orgy in the blood of their Israeli victims, where Palestinian mothers celebrate the "martyrdom" of their children, and where Palestinian children are taught a culture of death in their textbooks and summer camps, in their mosques and marketplaces, in their radio and television programs, and on the Internet, war becomes necessary to eradicate the culture that bred that pathology.We concur. We wrote in The Moral Economics Of War
War works because of moral economics.What Khalaf and every other phony Arab intellectual want you to believe is that Zionism is the heir to Nazism. These pseudo-intellects want to portray the Arabs as pre war Jews, defenseless and and persecuted, made even worse because their 'oppressors' are Jews themselves.
Europe isn’t a Muslim dominated continent today, because the Islamic invaders that were stopped at the gates of Vienna in 1683, could no longer pay the price of advance. European defenders were extracting too high a price from the invaders. When it became clear to the invaders that war was no longer the smart way to go, the Muslim world found a way to live in peace with their Christian neighbors. The same thing happened when the Crusades failed. Christan Europe found a way to live with the Levant.
The vast majority of Germans and then the nations that chose to join the German alliance under Hitler’s National Socialist regime, were willing to pay a very high price for the Thousand Year Reich.’ The nations that opposed the vision of National Socialism and the Thousand Year Reich, were more numerous and were willing to pay an even higher price to stop National Socialism and everything it stood for. When it was all over, the cost to Germany for their aggressive war was astronomical. There is little chance of future German misadventures.
Wars begin and end because of the various costs of waging war. That is as true today as it has been in the past, and that will be true in the future.
Wars have economic costs and moral costs. Sometimes, the moral cost of war passed forward from one generation to the next. The Germans are the perfect example. They are paying for the moral failures that led to the implosion of a nation, and they are paying to be the conscious of modern Europe.
Well, Arabs are not the equivalent of pre war Jews. Prewar Jews were not engaged in wholesale violence. Prewar Jews were not engaged in bigotry and racism that targeted minority groups. Prewar Jews did not threaten to blackmail the governments of the nations they lived in with violence if their demands were not met. Prewar Jews did engage in acts of terror and prewar Jews were not rioting and committing criminal acts, encouraged by their religious leaders. Prewar Jews were not living off government largesse and refusing to adapt to the values of their new home nations.
And the rationale for all this dysfunction? Israel and Zionism, of course.
Often repeated is that ‘Zionism is racism.’ In fact, that shibboleth is a case of ‘He doth protesteth too much.’ More often than not, it is apparent and clear that ugly kind of behavior is more common of Israel’s accusers. In fact, there have been far fewer deaths under ‘brutal Zionism’ than there has been under ‘enlightened’ Arab regimes...With few exceptions, Arabs and the Arab world are a living and breathing testament to the cancer of self inflicted failure.
What is often lost in any discussion of Zionism, is that clearly, Israelis- including Israeli Arabs- are far better off than they would be if they lived in any other country in the region. Israelis, under Zionist principles, have created a free, tolerant and productive society in a sea of bigotry, hate and dysfunction.
Zionism served as the catalyst for the only free and democratic regime in the regimes. Zionism also serves as a foundation of the most vibrant economy in the region. It was Zionist ideals that enrobed the cold and numbed victims of the hottest hell of evil, that were to serve as the petri dish for some of the most significant and important educational institutions in the world.
Had the Arab world done for itself only 10% of what Zionism did for Israel, that Arab world would not be the greatest assemblage of failed nation states in the modern world. A clear and final case for the morality of Zionism is the racism, that permeates the region and every level of society in the Arab world. As we have noted, hatred of Jews, America and Israel are the achievements of note in the Arab world.
As we have noted before,
What could Jews- or anyone else, for that matter, anywhere, do to Arabs what their own dysfunctional political and ‘religious’ leadership haven’t already done to insure the failure of Arab society?
For more on pretend Arab 'intellectuals,' see our post, Pig Pen.