Skip to comments.Mass Suicide in the Arab World
Posted on 12/10/2006 8:18:24 AM PST by Valin
This outlook that seeks to annihilate the other is something that stifles us and makes us feel like we are a prey. Perhaps that is the reason behind the continuous Arab crises. Nobody wants to believe that they can no longer continue to disregard the voices of others, monopolizing power and opinion. No one faction, religion or party can dismiss the other. In Iraq, the Sunnis would not be able to rule in accordance with Sunni beliefs as the Shia would not allow it. The Shia and Sunni Arabs would not be able to rule Iraq since the Kurds and other ethnic groups would not allow that. This is the cause of the distress and violence in Iraq; that factions, militias and nationalities believe that they can have the final word and the ultimate grip on power and resolution. Hezbollah in Lebanon cannot impose its conditions, its sect and its foreign alliances on Lebanon; nor can the Sunnis, Maronites, Druze, Communists, Nationalists, Marada, the Kataeb, Siniora, Aoun or Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah impose their conditions on others. Perhaps the cause of the Lebanese chaos and wars is because of some attempt to impose their own agenda, opinion and faction upon others in a country that is home to a number of sects, races and political parties. The Lebanese fought each other in a civil war that caused the country to lose the best amongst the youth from all denominations. The crisis there will not be resolved until they are convinced by the idea of mutual concessions and agree to agreement!
The ruling party in Egypt cannot behave as if opposition does not exist, nor can the opposition groups in Egypt disregard the ruling party. The problem is that the ruling party believes that it can govern the country single-handedly, putting its own agenda and programs into place. The opposition sees that the only solution is to get rid of the ruling party, replace the president and impose its own agenda.
The ruling party in Yemen will no longer be able to marginalize the role of the opposition and monopolize power and wealth and nor can the opposition turn a blind eye to the ruling party! Palestines Fatah sought to be the sole power and it failed, Hamas repeated the same experience and no amount of pressure and summits could convince both groups of the presence of a common enemy and that there is no alternative to mutual concessions.
This is applicable to any Arab country; the mentality of obliterating the other where opinions are discarded and one agenda, view, sect, and party is imposed upon others is the cause of conflicts, wars and the lag in development. Unfortunately, on this level, the rulers and the ruled on one hand, and the Islamists and the liberals on the other are equal. Nations only became civilized when they grasped the idea of mutual concessions and were convinced of the idea that no one individual could rule a country or even a company with only one opinion and culture in mind that disregards and marginalizes all others.
The culture of individualism, intolerance and extremism our children are taught in schools must stop. The culture of standing on a platform cursing and denouncing other nations creates egoism and causes individuals to value only themselves, their gender and their creed. The main victims are those who have been burnt by the fires of sectarian conflict that is responsible for unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. Societies are still stricken by the illusion of individuality, rejection of the other and self-confinement.
There is no alternative to mass suicide and car bombs except for pluralism, tolerance and accepting the other as well as taking the interests of the nation as a whole into account rather than those of the individual militias, parties and contaminated leaderships that falsely claim to represent the people whereas in fact, they only consider themselves and their parties.
There are two options; tolerance and respect of the other, belief in pluralism, and to value a human being and oneself regardless of sect or creed on one hand, or mass suicide on the other.
Is the writer still alive, as of this morning?
Unless one is a supporter of the dogma of Islamic terrorism, then the options are cut in half.
"There are two options; tolerance and respect of the other, belief in pluralism, and to value a human being and oneself regardless of sect or creed on one hand, or mass suicide on the other."
You think you Muslims are capable of it? Rots of ruck. Continue passing out the cool-aid.
Prepare for the installation of sound systems in your neighborhood announcing the five daily prayer observances.
And we think that politics as usual in Washington DC is uncivil.
One look at the Arab/Muslim world is all it takes to produce the current picture of violence, death and destruction as the potential fall of civilization.
This writer took a big risk in criticizing the Muslim world for it's uncivilized approach to political and religous control.
Most of them cannot read anyhow. Their education is as good as the local mullah.
The local kids are already testing the technology of sound in their rolling boom boxes they call cars! LOL
I don't think the rap crap will be replaced by prayers to Mecca anytime soon.
It is truely amazing what a person can get used to (in either case).....
For what it's worth
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Asharq Alawsat is a major pan-Arabic daily newspaper, with a circulation of 200,000 , printed simultaneously on four continents in twelve cities. It was founded in London in 1978; still based in London, it is now edited by the Saudi Research and Marketing Ltd., directed by the Saudi prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, half-brother of the king.
Since 1990, Asharq Alawsat knows an increasing success and is distributed both in the Middle-East and in the Maghreb, especially in Morocco. It is known for its slogan "International Newspaper of the Arabs" as it covers both Arab and international affairs.
Asharq Alawsat was the first Arabic daily newspaper to introduce satellite transmission for simultaneous printing in a number of major cities worldwide, and is currently the only newspaper to own the Arabic copyright of international print syndications of the Washington Post, USA Today and Global Viewpoint. The newspaper's editorial part publishes a large part of translations from the international press, and its news pages are almost only made on news agencies' cables translated in Arabic.
Asharq Alawsat is present on the Internet since December 1995, and also offers an English translation of parts of its articles.
It is becoming ever clearer that the major shiia faction of Islam has at its heart an aim to bring on the rule of Islam over the rest of the world. The slaughter of their children (using bombs they make and strap to their children while praising these poor fools as martyrs for Islam's minor moon goddess) proves these people are in fact worshippers of death in martyrdom. The Palestinians are advocates of this madness and will claim they are being religious when it is plain they are making it up as they go along due to their demonically inspiried hatred for Israel. Reasoning with such demonically possessed beings is useless ... the offering of either or scenarios as reasonable discourse is wasted on these animals.
Now that is an impressive article. I hope people in the ME will read and understand it because it is the bare and simple truth.
Mass stupidity is another word for it.
The world made a big mistake when it allowed the Iran/Iraq war to end. We should have continued to feed both sides arms and ammuntion until there wasn't anybody left.
The amount of human massacre in the ME over the past 14 centuries or so is unfathomable. Presumably, it worsened when Big Mo sat on a rock between caravan raids and battles and had the koran beamed into his admittedly illiterate head.
Well, there's the rub - two actually: "read" and "understand."
All they have to do is to study American History and they will learn the secrets of co-operation for mutual benefit. All they have to do is to read about the Great Compremise between the big and little states. I guess the Arabs know better.
I guess us Infidels can't be trusted.
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