We see the BBC regularly condemning the Jews for land theft in the West Bank; for colonialism. Excuse me! Didn't the British rule one-quarter of the planet at one time? Isn't Britain still in Northern Ireland, a province whose very name, history, and geography belies the English claim to the territory?
Then there are the French, another runner up in the imperial department. Wait?! Didn't Napoleon offer to give Israel to the Jews? Have they forgotten that?
Spain, which once ruled most of the Americas, is now going to lecture Israel. Spain wants Gibraltar back, but she won't let Israel keep Judea and Samaria?!
The list goes on and on. The Latins of South America, many of whom who are descended from Spaniards and Italians who had to fight for centuries to throw off the Islamic yoke, are now criticizing Israel for wanting to do the same.
Didn't Spain expel all the Moors in 1609?!
Most amazing is the Irish. They, who for 90 years have wanted to see their country -- split by a foreign invader -- reunited, with some degree of justice, are now upset that Israel might want to have her own heartland restored to her. At least the English don't claim half of Dublin as their eternal capital.
We, in "occupied America" can't make too much criticism without playing the hypocrite either.
I am not saying Israel is innocent. She does play shenanigans with land confiscations. Israeli organizations admit this. There has been deception and brutality.
But let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Was Pizarro a nice guy to the Inca? Did Cortez treat the Aztecs well? Didn't Phil Sheridan say the only good Indian is dead Indian? Was Sherman polite on his march through Georgia?
Let's get some basic history straight:
When it comes to brutalization, probably nothing compares to Islam.
All of North Africa was Christian before Islam invaded. Where are the Christians now? The few remaining Copts in Egypt are fighting to survive. Where are the reports of attacks on Egypt's Christians?
Lebanon was once majority Christian, and democratic. Now that Islam rules, it is a kleptocratic disaster. Do the critics of Israel ever mention how the French had to intervene in 1860 because the Muslims decided to kill all the Christians in Lebanon and Damascus? Do they mention that Al-Qaeda is going after Christians in Syria today? ... WITH OUR ASSISTANCE!
Anatolia (the Turkish mainland) was once Greek Christian. From the time of Alexander to the ethnic cleansing of Kemal Ataturk, Eastern Turkey was still heavily Greek. The Greek neighborhoods of Smyrna, Constantinople, and the Aegean coasts were burned out. Now, the Religion of Peace and Tolerance is oppressing the Orthodox Christians of Constantinople so severely that the Church may disappear in the next generation. The Orthodox Church pre-dates Mohammed, even the Vatican. Where is the outcry?
What about the Armenian genocide? Where is the Russell Commision on that? Do the Armenians have a right of return? They should. Do the Greeks?
African slavery in the West is only half the story. It was Muslims who sold them to the Europeans. Doesn't make the White man innocent, but why is only the White man held responsible? By the way, it has been estimated that over 145 million blacks died in the Muslim slave trade. More than all the wars of Christendom in history.
Castration was the common treatment given by Muslims to black male slaves. If they survived, they were more manageable. I wonder what Minister Farrakhan's opinion on that is. Perhaps his manly outrage was "fixed" when he went to the Mother Wheel.
Slavery was still going on in Saudi Arabia openly until 1960. Unofficially, it still exists. I know a Sudanese Christian who could explain to you the mercies of Islam. They are still enslaving Christians and blacks.
Didn't the Religion of Peace try to invade Vienna in 1683? Was the land of German-speaking Nordics originally a part of the Ummah that they should want to conquer it?! Weren't millions of Christian European boys kidnapped and taken into military slavery as jannisaries, and forced into lives of violence?!
In Egypt over 70% of women are sexually mutilated for honor's sake. At first, anthropologists thought it was confined to Africa; but the hidden practice has just been discovered in Kurdistan. It is in Indonesia. It seems to follow along with Islam. They like to say it is done by other people as well, but never tell you that it is only done by those people who are adjacent to Islam.
Our schools now tell the kids that Islam liberated women. Say it often enough, and people will believe it. Women now wear the keffiyah as a fashion statement. Those whom the gods would destroy they first make Muslim.
Didn't Mohammed marry a six year old, and consummate with her when she was nine?
To fully appreciate the full horror of Islam, one has to read the true history of the Satanic Verses where Mohammed admitted that he was in communication with Satan. When Salmon Rushdie wrote about the episode in his novel of the same name, he was put under a death fatwa.
Insensitive?! It was the truth. All Rushdie did was reveal what the imams already knew. By Islam's own account, Mohammed admitted that part of the Koran was demonically inspired.
That part of history has been quietly downplayed; and is presently being edited out. After all, didn't John Paul II kiss the Koran? Didn't the Reformed Reverend Robert Schuller say it would not bother him if his descendents were Muslim?
With preaching like that, they may very well be.
I am not saying the Israelis are perfect. I would have them address some wrongs. Yes, some of what they do is unconscionable; but let's not be insane. Look who they are up against.
Peoples who mutilate their own women, kill daughters over honor; and think a murderous hypocrite is the most perfect human being who ever lived.
Put all things in perspective.
Israel, and the Jewish people deserve criticism - as does every nation and ethnic group -- but most of what is going on now is anti-Semitism masquerading as criticism.
Mike Konrad is the pen name of an American who is not Jewish, Latin, or Arab. He runs a website, http://latinarabia.com/where he discusses the subculture of Arabs in Latin America. He wishes his Spanish were better.
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