The unrest in Egypt (and also in Tunisia) has nothing whatsoever to do with Israel or the Jews, the experts are saying.
I’m writing this today, Jan. 29, 2011, just to make sure that this fact is on the record, because I know as certainly as I know anything, that at some point, someone’s going to find a way to make the riots and violent protests in the Arab world about Israel and the Jews.
The Arab world is imploding, seemingly over high unemployment, rising food prices, a desire for more freedom and democracy and an end to government corruption.
The mistake they’re making, of course, is a failure to learn from history.
History tells us that if they succeed in Egypt in ousting Mubarak as the Tunisians did in getting rid of their leader, they will almost certainly wind up with something infinitely worse, like Iran did with the ouster of the Shah.
Anyone unable to figure out that while the poor shmoes and meshuggenas in the streets of Cairo (and Tunisia, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories) probably believe they’re risking life and limb for some bit of American-style democracy, Iran is actually behind the protests. This means that should they succeed, they’ll wind up like Iran – under the dark, oppressive thumb of an Islamic theocracy.
Iran’s involvement also guarantees that somehow Israel will be made the villain in this story.
I don’t know how they’ll do it, but they will. They always do. And it’s always done in such a way, that the lie eventually becomes part of the permanent narrative about the event.
Go back and read the original stories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for instance, and you’ll find that bin Laden and al Qaida were upset with the “infidels” in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. It wasn’t until someone there figured out they could rally the Muslim world and gain sympathy from a wide range of anti-Semites in Europe, did it occur to them to shift the blame to the Jews by dragging in the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
Stories on the matter now, routinely suggest “U.S. foreign policy” — read “support for Israel” – inspired the attacks.
So, when stories start cropping up in coming weeks and months that place the blame on Israel and/or the Jews for what’s happening in the Arab world today, remember this column. Be armed with the truth. In the right hands, it can be as powerful a weapon as lies and deceit.
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