Skip to comments.Democracy?: Hating America and Rejecting Peace with Israel Portrayed as Virtuous
Posted on 08/11/2011 4:48:11 AM PDT by IbJensen
This Is What Democracy Looks Like?: Hating America and Rejecting Peace with Israel Portrayed as Virtuous
Its fascinating to see not only the Middle East going backward but Western analysts and officials cheering on a return to even more war and terrorism. A good example is In Tumult, New Hope for Palestinian Cause by Anthony Shadid and David D. Kirkpatrick in the New York Times.
Lets take one paragraph and see what it tells us:
In all the tumult of the Arab revolts, one of the most striking manifestations of change is a rejuvenated embrace of the Palestinian cause. The burst in activism in Egypt, Lebanon and even Tunisia has offered a rebuttal to an old bromide of Arab politics, that authoritarian leaders cynically inflamed sentiments over Israel and Palestine to divert attention from their own shortcomings. But the embrace of the issue also helped confirm its status as a barometer of justice and freedom for many Arabs and Muslims. And now, the demands of an empowered public raise the possibility of a significant change in the regions foreign policies which, at least tacitly, capitulated to the dictates of the United States and Israel.
By the way, all of this also applies to anti-Americanism. Now lets take it one piece at a time:
In all the tumult of the Arab revolts, one of the most striking manifestations of change is a rejuvenated embrace of the Palestinian cause.
Wasnt it a few weeks ago that the alleged lack of obsession with the Arab-Israeli conflict was a sign of progress toward moderation and democracy? Now we are told the exact opposite! And nobody in the mass media even notes that this is a contradiction!
The burst in activism in Egypt, Lebanon and even Tunisia has offered a rebuttal to an old bromide of Arab politics, that authoritarian leaders cynically inflamed sentiments over Israel and Palestine to divert attention from their own shortcomings.
I love this one! First, it isnt an old bromide at all since, while people like me have written about this, it has not penetrated the mainstream, which has continually insisted that the inflaming was a reflection of real public sentiments. Of course, we know these are real hatreds or they wouldnt be so easily inflamed.
Whats happening now, of course, is that the oppositions including and even mainly so Islamists are cynically inflaming sentiments in order to discredit the old regimes and mobilize support for themselves.
But the embrace of the issue also helped confirm its status as a barometer of justice and freedom for many Arabs and Muslims.
In fact, the embrace of this issue shows that people can still be bought off by inflaming nationalist and religious sentiments rather than providing more freedom or better living standards. Its the road to dictatorship, violence, and demagoguery. Who says only the old authoritarian leaders could play this game? The new authoritarian leaders will also do so.
When presidential frontrunner Amr Moussa visited a village, Reuters reported one villager saying:
We dont even have proper drinking water. Over there they are drinking mineral water from bottles because we dont have sweet water . Villagers pointed to the broken roads and the lack of sewerage. They described the local school where there are 65 children to a class.
Providing teachers, schoolrooms, roads, and water pipes is expensive; providing xenophobic demagoguery is cheap. Theres no money but there is a lot of guns and hatred. So channeling it against Israel and America is a good thing? Is that going to help the people?
And now, the demands of an empowered public raise the possibility of a significant change in the regions foreign policies which, at least tacitly, capitulated to the dictates of the United States and Israel.
It is amazing how Western reporters accept radical Arab nationalism and Islamism as the proper behavior. Did, for example, President Hosni Mubarak capitulate to dictates? Note that these reporters arent saying this is the claim of others. Rather they are agreeing to this claim. Mubarak, then, according to the New York Times correspondents, was indeed a running dog lackey of Western imperialism and Zionism.
Did Sadat make peace because he was capitulating to pressure or because it was in Egypts interest to do so? And suppose it is not going to happen but Im trying to make a point here the Palestinian Authority made peace with Israel. Wouldnt that mean they were capitulating to the dictates of the United States and Israel and thus should be overthrown or killed?
This is, of course, the line of Hamas which is now echoed by the New York Times. And, of course, the Palestinian Authority leaders are aware of this popular view which is one of many reasons why they wont make peace with Israel.
So did Mubarak (actually his predecessor, Anwar al-Sadat) just sell out or did he: get back the Sinai, bring a much-needed peace that benefited Egypt, get back the oilfields, get the Suez Canal open, and obtain about $60 billion of U.S. aid including military equipment?
Yet this is the radical cry: We gave in and got nothing! So whats the next step? Courageous resistance! More war, more terrorism, more intransigence, more decades of conflict, more wasted lives and resources! This is something to celebrate as some proof of thirst for democracy and justice?
And what is their goal? A just and lasting two-state solution based on compromise, or wiping Israel off the map?
In other words, once again, the march toward suicidal policies is being applauded in the West while the pragmatists who sought to follow another road not democratic but at least more practical and development-oriented are called traitors.
The problem with these particular journalists and many others is that while once the reporting was slanted, it is increasingly on the other side, the side of the new totalitarians, the terrorists (and I dont mean al-Qaeda), and the anti-Americans. Radicals and anti-Americans especially the Muslim Brotherhood are portrayed as good; real moderates or allies of the United States the regime in Egypt, the oppositions in Turkey and Lebanon as well as Iran are portrayed as bad, betrayed, or ignored.
Can America survive until 2012? It's doubtful!
Journalism is the degree you get when you fail at Phys Ed.
Why anyone reads the print media or watches MSNBC, et al, is a mystery to me. Never do you hear the MSM talk about the bloody history of the muslims,nor will you hear them scream when the muslims are cutting Christian and Jewish heads off with dull knives.
I never knew “democracy” meant anything other than the process with which a democratic government is formed and its officials elected.
No, it only means one vote one man and stops there.
For the English, Americans, Canadians, Aussies, there is a wagon full of social infrastructure, culture and law supporting the word. For the mid eastern parrots and illiterates of the Eenglish language it only means one vote one man.
Yes, that's exactly what I meant.
I know because my HS geography teacher, a liberal-democrat and the union leader for the teachers in that town went off on one of his anti-Reagan mantras.
The mantra of the day was: The USSR is more democratic than the USA.
And he explained that here in the US it's possible to win the popular vote and still lose the election. And he explained "democracy" as you explained it.
Nowadays, they explain "democracy" as: Freedom of Speech, Right to Choose, Diversity, Acceptance of Illegals, Hating Israel, Loving Islamic Radicals and any other liberal policy they can throw into it. And if you don't agree, you're not for democracy.
A shame that Americans buy it.
... another basic ingredient of the cultural infrastructure is the religious component that is starting to fail exponentially.
Most forget that the freedoms, rights, advancement and achievement that we experience today come right out of our Christian heritage. The G7 dudes? Same ones who rode together to the Crusades. Same guys who made the most significant contributions to modern man. Islam contributed nada. Zip... just a new suicide vest with materials created by the “west”