With Iran’s Hitleresque megalomaniacal leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking to the United Nations on the holiest day of the Jewish year about his country’s intention to annihilate the Jews, and with the U.S. president making a milquetoast remark challenging those desires the day before, one must wonder where we go from here.
Assuming that President Obama is not intentionally playing fast and loose with the lives of six million Jews and the survival of an allied nation, I’m not sure how effective his rhetoric is going to be.
If the Arab world hears Obama’s exhortation in the U.N. that as they “grope their way uncertainly towards democracy” that they “have a friend and a role model in America,” and then they look at this county’s behavior toward Israel, its already Democratic friend and ally, his words are likely to ring a little hollow.
Meanwhile, the U.N. arranged or allowed the world’s reigning anti-Semite to speak on Yom Kippur, even after he said Sunday that Israel has “no roots” in the history of the Middle East. I guess that whole Bible thing is rigged. The whole archeology thing, too. This coming from the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran – a country created out of what was Persia, in 1935 and infused with a religion that is only 1,500 years old.
Ahmadinejad will reiterate his Nazi-inspired call for the extermination of the world’s Jews, even as the world sits and listens, repeating history before our very eyes and with some of the world press forcing a moral equivalence that doesn’t exist.
For instance, a French news organization – AFP – reportedly complained that comparisons made between Ahmadinejad and Hitler are unfair and unfounded, and a columnist suggests three possible explanations for this. One is that the organization’s reporters and editors “have no idea what the Nazis said, believed, or did,” and are operating under the belief that “It’s gauche, a faux pas, to call someone a Nazi, or to compare someone with Hitler — even when such a comparison is justified.”
A second possibility is that “multiculturalism requires moral equivalence — which means no Third World society can ever be described as in any way inferior to any Western society. So if Iranians are to be criticized for threatening to kill Israelis, then Israelis must be criticized for something.”
A third explanation: To acknowledge that Iran’s rulers are Nazi-like and are threatening genocide carries “disagreeable policy implications.” And a fourth is that the organization is anti-Semitic.
“Not everyone who criticizes Israel is a Jew-hater. Not everyone who hates Israel is a Jew-hater. But all Jew-haters do criticize and hate Israel,” the columnist said.
Some of that is certainly evident in the disparity between how the world views the Arabs made refugees by the creation of the modern state of Israel, and the Jews expelled from Arab countries around the same time – nearly a million men, women and children, no one has ever acknowledged.
Israel’s U.N. ambassador Ron Prosor said this week that the world body must act to right the “historic wrong” done to these people.
About the same number of Jews– some 850,000 – were dispossessed and expelled from Arab and North African countries between 1947 and 1972 as were Arabs forced or who chose to leave from what became Israel in 1948. The main difference is that everyone everywhere has heard of the plight of the Palestinian Arabs. This is mainly because none
of the more than 20 Arab countries would absorb the Palestinian Arabs, choosing to keep them as refugees to point to while demanding millions from the world and unending concessions from Israel.
Prosor called on the U.N. to “establish a center of documentation and research to tell the 850,000 untold stories of Jewish refugees from Arab countries.”
Millennia-old Jewish communities in Arab countries were targeted after the Arab League drafted legislation in 1947 defining Jews as enemies of the state. State-sanctioned violence, arbitrary arrests and forced expulsions followed, and Arab governments confiscated billions of dollars of Jewish property.
Prosser noted that “Arab countries have never been held accountable for their actions. Not a single syllable about the Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries can be found in any of the 1088 U.N. resolutions on the Middle East or the 172 U.N. resolutions dedicated to Palestinian refugees.”
I hold out little hope of anything positive coming from this. Evidence of worldwide, pervasive anti-Semitism would suggest such recognition has a snowball’s chance in hell. The same chance as has attempts to get world leaders to man up and enforce the Genocide Convention against Iran’s leaders.
JTA reports that international human-rights lawyer and former Canadian minister of justice and attorney general Irwin Cotler, has been “reminding” Western leaders of their legal, moral and strategic obligation to enforce the convention, but so far, is getting nowhere.
“The Iranian regime’s criminal incitement has been persistent, pervasive, and pernicious,” Cotler recently wrote. “In particular, this genocidal incitement has intensified and escalated in 2012, with the website of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declaring that there is religious ‘justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and Iran must take the helm.’”
Despite that, Cotler points out, “not one State Party to the Genocide Convention has undertaken any of its mandated responsibilities to prevent and punish such incitement — an appalling example of the international community as bystander — reminding us also that genocide occurred not only because of cultures of hate, but because of crimes of indifference.”
None of this is giving pause to Iran, which is racing to develop nuclear weapons and delivery systems while in the same breath as its leaders say their nuclear program is strictly peaceful, threatening to destroy the Jewish state and exterminate the Jews. Most recently, the Iranians threatened a possible pre-emptive strike against Israel and to hit American targets if Israel strikes Iran.
As hard as the Obama Administration has tried, bowing and scraping to Arab potentates and sending them millions of dollars, to convince the crazy, so-called “Arab street,” that we are not the enemy, they continue to burn our flags and our consulates and kill our Ambassadors.
It seems to me the West, including and most especially the United States, needs to wake up to the fact that the Muslim world is not interested in living in peace with us as we are, but only in ruling over the survivors of a vanquished, cowed bunch of newly converted Muslims.
We need to divest them of that fantasy by, in part, standing up unequivocally, for our allies, Israel in particular, whether the Arabs feel insulted by this or not.
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