It is always better when people are honest about their intentions. Therefore, among the (relatively) moderate Arab voices, Ramzy Baroud's article deploring nonviolence (that's right - not a typo) is outstanding.
Baroud, who has been fighting the good fight to drive the Jews into the sea, pulls no punches and leaves nobody with any illusions. In an editorial published by the European funded Maan News service, Baroud expresses his dismay regarding the world support for non-violence. Let's not decry murder, says Baroud.
In recent history, many advocates of non-violence have been celebrated as modern day icons. From Ghandi to King, songs are written in their honor, their life stories fill the pages of our children’s history volumes as noble examples of which everyone must aspire to emulate. Holidays are instituted in their honor and around the world; streets and boulevards carry their namesake.
Why is it that the “establishment” goes to such great lengths to lift up these individuals? Where are the holidays commemorating the life and sacrifices of Malcolm X, where are the stories of Crazy Horse or Geronimo?
Yes! Finally someone said it. Gandhi and King are terrible examples for Palestinian children, who are supposed to be learning to kill Jews. I mean, why is there a Martin Luther King Day, but there is no Genghis Kahn day? The Unibomber doesn't get his own commemoration day either. Why doesn't the world honor real heroes of murder and genocide like Osama Bin Laden or Heinrich Himmler If Baroud had his way they wouldn't honor wimps like King and Gandhi.
Today is Adolph Hitler's birthday and I bet you forgot to bake a cake. Baroud wouldn't forget a thing like that. The Palestinian Authority would never forget to honor a fellow like "the Engineer" - Palestinian terrorist Yehyeh Ayash, who got a square named for him - the Palestinian Gandhi. Let's face it, anyone who could blow up all those Jews has to be a hero, right? All is not lost however. In the Ukraine, they have lots of streets and statues honoring Bogdan Khmelnitsky. Khlmelnitsky is a Ukrainian national hero, having killed about 100,000 Jews in various pogroms. The Ukrainians even named a town after their hero. Appropriately enough, the town so named used to be the town of Proskurov where about 5,000 to 10,000 Jews were murdered in February of 1919. There is your hero, Mr. Baroud.
What really irks Baroud is this:
Recently, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) released a report entitled: “UN: 70% of Palestinian youth oppose violence to resolve conflict with Israel.” The report addressed a survey conducted in the occupied territories that interviewed 1,200 youth in the West Bank and Gaza. The survey found that nearly 70 percent of young adults in the occupied territories do believe that the use of violence is “not helpful” to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The report stated that only eight percent found violence a necessary tool...
This is really a grave problem. If Palestinians don't favor murder, folks like Baroud would be out of business. Moreover, Mr. Baroud is upset that the UN chose to emphasize this finding, rather than, say, faking the results to show that all Palestinians want to blow themselves up::
Just why does the UNDP find it fitting to highlight a survey that concludes that most Palestinian youth find violence “unhelpful”...
We can see his point? What's the world coming to, when the UN won't support terrorism? How could the UN advocate peace?
We can see why so many progressive humanitarians look to Mr. Baroud as a hero, right? Baroud is also upset because Dr Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish, who lost his three children in Gaza, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize because he doesn't advocate violence:
And why does the world renown a man who calls for reconciliation...
Right on Baroud! If people don't stop trying to murder each other, what's the point of the whole thing? Evidently Mr. Baroud thinks it would have been more appropriate to nominate someone like Khaled Meshal perhaps, or maybe a Palestinian rocket launching crew. It is rare and refreshing to meet a soul who is so frankly dedicated to the ideal of murdering people.
Ramzy Baroud also complains:
In the midst of this mess, where is the call for Israel to embrace non-violence?
Isn't it terrible, all those people in the UN Human Rights Council egging Israel on? Israel for its part, was willing to endure the Hamas rockets in silence, but the United Nations kept passing resolution after resolution calling on Israel to defend itself, and media like the BBC and the Independent and Time magazine kept deploring the terrible psychological state of Israeli children subjected to continuous bombardment by those non-violent Palestinian rockets. How come the media and the UN only call for Palestinian non-violence?
The Jews want to destroy every inch ... Perhaps their famous book, which they deny [its authenticity] - known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but we call it, "The Protocols of the imbeciles of Zion" - in this book, my brothers, the Jews set down their plan to besiege the entire world by land, by air, and by sea - conceptually, economically, and its communications, as is happening today...
The Jews' grandeur today, and their ascent to the world's throne, is because America, with all of its power, is ruled by the Senate, I won't say 'American' but rather 'Jewish' [Senate] ... The time will come, by the will of Allah, when their property will be destroyed and their children will be exterminated, and no Jew or Zionist will be left on the face of this earth."
Now there's a fellow who deserves a few streets named after him in Ramzy Baroud's Palestine! No namby-pamby sentimentality there. Mr. Abu al Haj attended a conference of Imams and Rabbis promoting peace. He was an honored guest. Why wasn't Mr Abu el Haj invited to speak with Mr. Ahmadinejad at the UN conference promoting racism? Is this part of the sinister plot against violence being hatched at the UN, that Mr. Baroudy has exposed? What could be more appropriate on Hitler's Birthday?
The strange thing is that my "cynical" commentary is not half as black as reality. Mr Baroud's ideas are accepted as politically correct and respectable by a growing crowd of terror groupies: Ordinary people, including Jews, who endorse, legitimize and respect murder and violence, as long as it is done by progressive, enlightened oppressed Palestinians, like Mr Abu El Haj, and Mr. Baroudy, and as long as the violence is not being done by ultranationalist, right-wing extremist Zionists. The "pro-Israel" J-Street wants Israel to negotiate with Mr. Abu El Haj and his friends and recognize their legitimacy. We could for example, propose to save 10,000 Jews by giving the Hamas 10,000 trucks, as the Jews once negotiated with Adolf Eichmann. The Dutch Labor Party likewise wants to force Israel to negotiate with Hamas. They want to legitimize Hamas, and boycott Israel until it knuckles under and accepts Mr. Abu al Haj's program.
While Malocolm X opposed King, he didn't actually do or support any violent action. He was outspoken, he was racist, but he was not violent. Moreover, before he was murdered he seems to have rejected his early racism and come closer to King, which was why he was murdered by people who supported racism and violence.
It seems to me that most people who support negotiations with Hamas do so for the wrong reasons. But I think there is a good reason to negotiate with the Hamas: delegitimizing Hamas doesn't work and it only makes us look bad while making them look good. We should say we're willing to talk to anybody and let them be the ones who refuse.
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