Americans should look with skepticism on what may be crocodile tears of
our new best friends and “allies” in the Middle East. Even though the
totalitarian nations of the Arab world have sent condolences and general
pledges of support following the butchering of over 5,000 Americans, the
recent record of some of these “moderate” nations reveals a disturbing
history of promoting anti-American, as well as anti-Israel sentiment.
For nearly 50 years, there has been a ceaseless chorus of death chants
for Israel and its Jewish citizens from virtually every “legitimate”
Arab government in the world. We should know by now that governments
such as these that sanction terror and bloodshed against the Jews of
Israel may do the same for any nation that supports Israel. If history
is clear on anything, it is that countries clamoring for a war of
extinction against a friend will eventually turn on us.
The Nazis didn’t want just the Sudetenland; they wanted all of Europe.
While many Moslems genuinely seek peace, it is hardly just a fanatical
few who view the destruction of Israel as merely the first step in their
lust for religious and cultural hegemony.
Although we would like to believe Egypt is grief-stricken over the
murder of our citizens, less than 60 days ago, a columnist for the
Egyptian state-sponsored daily newspaper Al-Akhbar wrote,
"(t)he conflict that we call the Arab-Israeli conflict is, in truth, an Arab
conflict with Western, and particularly American, colonialism. The US
treats the [Arabs] as it treated the slaves inside the American continent. To this end, it is helped by the smaller enemy, and I mean
Israel. The issue no longer concerns the Israeli-Arab conflict. The real
issue is the Arab-American conflict.... Arabs must understand that the US
is not 'the American friend'... and its task, past, present, and future,
is [to impose] hegemony on the world, primarily on the Middle East and
the Arab world...."
The same Egyptian newspaper has repeatedly stated that Israel has spread
poisoned chewing gum and candy among the population, with the intention
of killing Egyptian children. Such venomous claptrap casts doubt on the
Egyptian government's commitment to peace.
In another article from the same publication, a popular Arab author
writes, "(t)he Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbor, must be destroyed
because of following the idiotic American policy that goes from disgrace
to disgrace in the swamp of bias and blind fanaticism…. The US,
including the American people and the Israeli people, has rightly become
Enemy No. 1 of the nations."
Another story in Al-Akhbar expressed “thanks to Hitler, of blessed
memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians took revenge in advance on the
most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Still, we do have a
complaint against [Hitler], for his revenge on them was not enough.”
Mahmoud Muhammad Khadhr, a cleric from Al-Azhar University, penned a
similar diatribe entitled "In Defense of Hitler" in the May 27, 2001
edition of Al-Akhbar.
The official Egyptian press is far from the only example of a purportedly moderate Islamic regime spewing violent rhetoric. Saudi
Arabia’s Ambassador to the UK, Ghazi Al-Quseibi, wrote a June 9, 2001
article entitled “To Consider What We Dare Not Consider" in the London
daily Al-Hayat all but urging war against Israel. He questioned, “Why
are we afraid of a comprehensive war with Israel? Why has the mere talk
of comprehensive war with Israel turned into forbidden territory? Why do
we believe that the thought, the mere thought of this option, is
dangerous and irresponsible?”
Al-Quseibi concluded, “What could be better than a repetition of what
happened in 1973? What we need is Egyptian-Syrian cooperation, with the
back up of the oil states with their oil, and the rest of the Arab
states, each according to its ability. Such a military confrontation,
especially while the Intifada is going on, and at a time when the
possibility of the Arab community within Israel to take action, will
turn all the tables and all of the facts upside down."
Terrorism doesn’t exist in a public opinion vacuum: it achieves its
greatest success with the direct or indirect help of governments
actively promoting hatred among the population. Just as most experts
have concluded the recent hijackings likely had some state-sponsorship,
the promotion of hatred among the Islamic population has succeeded with
the blessings and help of governments.
It is dangerous for Americans to think the hatred directed at them from
much of the Middle East comes only from a small group of Islamic
extremists. This loathing -- and the commitment to attack America and her
allies -- is pervasive throughout this region and extinguishing it will
take far more than assassinating one man in the mountains of
Edward Blum and Marc Levin are Senior Fellows at the American Freedom
Center (www.americanfreedom.org), a public policy research institute,
and can be contacted at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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