Arabs: Terror War Has Spread Instability

This article illustrates some of the fundamental misconceptions and misunderstandings that fuel the war. Here are some selections:

“Sept. 11 was a tragic day in our history because so many innocent people were killed at the hands of militants, who find a fertile ground in our region in view of the biased U.S. policies toward Israel and against Arab causes,” said 34-year-old banker Mahmoud Obeid in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

“We don’t hate the Americans as people, but we abhor the policies of their government, which blindly supports Israel against our just causes in Palestine and Iraq (
newsweb sites).”

Sometimes justice is in the eye of the beholder. Essentially what I hear him saying is that only one side has responsibility here and that the people he supports have no accountability.

“Egyptian columnist Fahmy Howeidy said Arabs and Muslims must question their own actions “because these people who committed the Sept. 11 attacks and attacked the United States were Muslims and Arabs. We need to ask what is wrong with these people, why did they do this?”

But he told The Associated Press that “the (main) problem is the Americans don’t want to criticize themselves. They don’t look at their policies and mistakes, like the U.S. position toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By defending the terrorism committed by Israel against the Palestinians, they are filling people with anger.”

I could pick this apart in so many different ways. But let’s focus on one aspect of this. The French journalists who were kidnapped were kidnapped because of French policy. It had nothing to do with anything else, there are other examples.

If he wants to engage in a real and honest discussion he needs to include Palestinian terror. He needs to discuss Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad.

Israel is not without blame, but it takes two sides for these problems to exist and I find it hypocritical for him not acknowledge the mistakes made by both sides.

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  1. Jack's Shack September 18, 2004 at 4:14 pm

    I really believe part of the problem is the inability of some to take responsibility for their actions. As I said earlier, I am a big Zionist and haven’t any problem with it, just as I haven’t any problem criticizing Israel.

    No side is without blame, but I do think that there are real differences is tactics and behaviors.

  2. Bweezy September 13, 2004 at 2:04 pm

    I think your concluding comment is one of the more insightful ones I have read, one that is not enunciated enough by the media and world leaders.

    This conflict is one that has been more or less waged for several millenia – througout that time, all sides have contributed to the current situation.

    All sides need to recognize and acknowledge their fault in this, and move on towards a bilateral solution.

    Of course, its easy for me to say that, far away from the occupation, suicide attacks, military counterstrikes, intifadas, etc.

  3. Stacey September 11, 2004 at 5:59 pm

    What a disappointing read.

    “…blindly supports Israel against our just causes in Palestine and Iraq”

    He’s got to be kidding.

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