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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Left's Worst Crime in the Middle East

The left's worst crime in the Middle East has been its support for the region's Arab-Muslim majority at the expense of its minorities. It has supported the majority's terrorism, atrocities, ethnic cleansing and repression of the region's minorities. Very rarely has it raised a voice in their support, and when it has done so, it was in muted tones completely different from their vigorous defenses of the nationalism of the Arab Muslim majority.

The left is obsessed with the Arab Spring, which rewards the ambitions of Arabist and Islamist activists at the expense of Coptic, African and other minorities. It is dementedly fixated on statehood for the Arab Muslims of Israel, (better known by their local Palestinian brand), but has little to say about the Kurds in Turkey or the Azeri in Iran. The million Jewish refugees and the vanishing Christians of the region never come up in conversation. They certainly don't get their own protest rallies or flotillas. 

The Africans of Sudan could have used a flotilla, or an entire UN organization dedicated to their welfare, which the Arab Muslims who had failed to wipe out the region's Jewish minority are the beneficiaries of. But they had to make do with third tier aid.

Unlike the Arab nationalists and Islamists of Libya, the French, English and American air force did not come to their rescue. It came to the rescue of the Libyans who showed their gratitude in the time honored way of the Arab majority by massacring the African minority. All under the beaming smiles of the selective humanitarians of the left. But what's a little genocide between friends?

The left embraced Pan-Arabism, a race based nationalism, in line with the Soviet Union's expansionist foreign policy. Pan-Arabism's socialism made it easy for the left to ignore its overt racism along with the admiration of many of its leading lights for Nazi Germany. The same left which refused to see the Gulags and the ethnic cleansing under the red flag, turned an equally blind eye to the contradiction of condemning Zionism for its ethnic basis, while supporting Pan-Arabism, which was ethnically based.

Under Zionism, Israel retained a sizable Arab minority. The Pan-Arabists however drove their Jews out with mob violence, political repression, prisons and public executions. The left's criticisms of Zionism are rendered moot by their own support for Pan-Arabism, and their own longstanding hostility to Jewish national identity, insisting that socialism demands that Jews assimilate into the dominant race, whether in Russia or Western Europe. In the Middle East and North Africa, Arabization has led to repression of non-Arab minorities and the destruction of other cultures through the insistence on unity through race.

As the sun of Pan-Arabism sets, the left has turned its attention to Pan-Islamism with equal enthusiasm. While Pan-Arabism allowed Christian Arabs some representation, Pan-Islamism excludes based on religion. Having endorsed a racial tyranny, the left has fallen so low that it now champions majority theocracies.

The left's fledgling support for Kurdish nationalism has faded as Turkey has gone from a secular ally of the Western powers, to an Islamist tyranny dreaming of empire. This perverse twist of affairs has the left abandoning the national struggles of an oppressed people when their rulers align themselves more closely with the bigoted regional majority.

The War on Iraq, which the left hated, removed a tyrant aligned with the region's Sunni majority and the Libyan campaign, which the left supported, removed a tyrant who had deviated too far from the positions of that majority. So too in Egypt, where Mubarak's excessive tolerance for minorities, led the left to endorse the Pan-Arabist and Pan-Islamist calls for his overthrow. And in Tunisia, where a government tolerant of minorities has been replaced by the Islamists.

The pattern repeats itself over and over again as the left rises in support of racial and theocratic rule. And for all the left's critiques of American and European foreign policy, its own foreign policy which endorses racial and theocratic rule and works to bring it about is a true crime and blot on the region.

It is no coincidence that the one country in the region that the left hates above all else, is neither Arab nor Muslim. Just as it is no coincidence that the Arab Spring replaces regimes tolerant of minorities with Islamists and Arabists. The left's true regional agenda is the racist agenda of its Arab members. The Arab Socialists and the Islamists who have defined its regional positions have turned the left into a vehicle for their racial and theocratic agendas.

For the left to shout racism when American troops empower the Kurds in Iraq, or when Israeli soldiers stand watch over tiny strips of land where the region's oldest and most frequently oppressed minority finds shelter is the height of hypocrisy. It is the left which is racist. It is the left which backs theocracies and always supports the majority's oppression of the minority.

The idiots in their Keffiyahs eager to give everyone a lesson on the Middle East think the Assyrians vanished in ancient times, have no idea who the Circassians are, or the Arab Gypsies, think the Zoroastrians are a traveling circus, and couldn't begin to tell you anything about the Druze, the Bahai or the Ahmadis-- except that American foreign policy or Israel are probably to blame.

In the meantime they proudly wear a garment associated with the Pan-Arabists and their rejection of Turkish reforms-- while stupidly believing that it's all-purpose garments of revolution. But why should they care that they're endorsing a romanticized neo-feudalism that led to mass murder and the rise of a theocratic reactionary movement disguised as nationalism. Or that these movements have inevitably led to the repression of minorities and the ethnic cleansing and attempted genocide of the region's native inhabitants by their Arab Muslim conquerors.

The left relies on the intellectual laziness of its followers not to notice that the nationalism they support is the nationalism of medieval conquerors and the resurgence of their colonial descendants. The only two nations with any historical roots in the region are Israel and Persia. In North Africa, where the Arab Spring has burned fiercest, the left is cheering the resurgence of an Arab Pretoria, racist regimes turning into even more racist theocracies run by the great-great-grands of the men who invaded the region and destroyed much of its history and culture.

The Arab Spring, with its purges of Coptic Christians and Africans, its outpouring of hostility toward Jews, is as perverse as if the left had suddenly decided that Africa needed proper Boer rule. It's the senseless behavior of racist idiots and totalitarian hypocrites who think that if they call you a "racist" first then they win the argument.

The left has endorsed Arab and Islamic rule over the Middle East, which means that it is in absolutely no position to criticize anyone or anything. It will talk your ear off about Gaza or Fallujah, but it won't have anything to say about Turkish chemical weapons raids into Kurdish areas of Iraq. The tens of thousands of political prisoners in Turkish jails, some there for no other crime than the use of the Kurdish language, don't exist for the left. Erdogan's casual threat to ethnically cleanse the Armenians again doesn't stir their interest.

It is no secret that the left is totalitarian and that it is attracted to totalitarian movements. But few have been willing to say it openly and clearly when it comes to its politics in the Middle East.

The left picked Pan-Islamists over secularists in Iran and Turkey. It picked racialist fascists in Egypt, Iraq and Syria-- and their local Palestinian militias. It backed Islamist and Arabist revolts again in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. And after backing every totalitarian majoritarian regime that wasn't too closely aligned to the United States-- their one great enemy is the region's only democratic state.

The left's worst crime in the Middle East is its craven love for tyranny, for grand empires built on race and religion, over the national and political rights of the minority. These Apartheid states are all they care about. Their greatest effort has been set not on resolving the stateless problems of the Kurdish minority, on the national borders of Armenia or ending the Turkish occupation and settlement of Cyprus-- but on adding yet another Arab-Muslim state to the region.

Palestine, the cynical project of Pan-Arabist and Pan-Islamist thugs, is the great obsession of the left. Because if there's one thing that the Middle East doesn't have enough of, it's totalitarian regimes built on Arab and Islamist identity. And the one thing it has too much of is democratic state with a non-Arab and non-Muslim majority. And that one thing is what they are committed to destroying.

25 comments:

Jewel said...

In 1977, I was a sophomore at a high school populated by mostly white, upper middle class kids. The memories of the 1972 Olympics was still a fresh memory for me, since it took place around my 11th birthday. Our city had not one synagogue. The closest synagogue was hours to the west in Seattle.
That year, the senior class hosted some swarthy PLO spokesmen. By the end of the day, the kids, especially the boys, were all wearing towels on their heads. Really. Towels. No kidding. And they were talking with fake accents. And the sunglasses. I thought, "What would happen if I said "Shalom" to them?" And I did.
The hate, Daniel. The poisonous hate that had by lunch time, eaten away at their brains and made them spew the most evil nonsense when I simply said, Shalom.
I walked away from them, triumphant: I'd pissed off a bunch of seniors, and I did it with one word. All I could think was this, never having ever met a Jew in my life at that point: Jews have supernatural powers if they can upset the whole world by merely being Jewish.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Evil tends to need a model to copy and a form of good to hate. That's the phenomenon you saw.

Master of Obvious said...

"We are the 99%!"

Isn't that the set-up for stuffing the 1%. The American left will bring their special brand of minority oppression home. Everyone loves a good purge.

HomesInIrvine said...

Ask me what we should have done twenty years from now

Lemon said...

The left seems to identify with evil. When that is the case there isn't much that can shake them from it.
It's sad and ugly all at the same time.

robogo said...

What is the reference to Pretoria and the Boers (Afrikaners) all about?

Today, under democratic ANC rule, the Afrikaners are facing the same genocide as all the other minorities that you are mentioning.

Apartheid may have been wrong, rather misunderstood, but it was much better than the democracy that it was replaced with.

There is no differense between the Israeli's (Jews) and the Afrikaners, and their struggles to survive in a world which turned against them.

Please Daniel, you need to learn more about the Afrikaner People.

mindRider said...

A triple A status for this article!
The question remains why the left's intellectuals are so delusional as, if they would read history, they know that the monster they create will also purge them violently out of their creation in the end.

cornholio said...

From what I understand, the entire population of Jewish Kurds has made Aliyah, and I don't have to wonder why. I'll bet that if the remaining muslime Kurds ran Turkey, it might even be a less "liberal" islamofascist state than it is now.

fsy said...


And the one thing it has too much of is democratic state with a non-Arab and non-Muslim minority.


Did you mean 'majority'? (I hope we still are.)

And Lemon beat me to it in defining 'left' == 'evil'.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you write about how the Left romanticises the systematic and horrendous abuse of women's human rights by Arab countries, under the guise of respect for a different culture.

Child marriages, stonings for "adultery", the women's room, no freedom of movement, forced feeding for marriage, female genital mutilation, forced polygamy, honour killings, etc all come to mind.

A propos a sad comment on the bbc site http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/talking_point/4336115.stm

by an Arab man,
The men that run Arab society will never give women the same rights. I lost my sister through an "honour" killing - The man unworthy of the name, my brother, was not even charged in Jordan. Arab men are too afraid to permit equality and it is a stain on all of us.
Whalid Anwhar, Slough, UK

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

robogo, I know about the Afrikaner people, my point was that the left's position is internally contradictory.

mindrider, they're not delusional, but power mad

cornholion, who knows. The Kurds in Iraq have been somewhat more tolerant, but obviously living under any Muslim majority is going to be difficult.

fsy, yes you're quite right

anon, I have and will again

Anonymous said...

Excellent column Mr. Knish.

Anonymous said...

Muslims don't have to be a majority to get left wing support. Take South Asia, Indian Subcontinent, no peep from the left about the partition of India to create what would be two Islamic states, and no peep about the non-Muslims Hindus, Sikhs, Jains others native to areas partitioned being religiously cleansed since partition by Muslims Indians as a majority in Pakistan and Bangladesh. No peep either for support of the majority non-Muslim population in India facing constant attack as well by both its Muslim minority (of 130million fyi) in India and cross border terrorism from Pakistan (until OBL made it impossible for the US to ignore). Majority or minority, it does not matter. If they are Muslim, the left will always take their side.

Jewel said...

Peepless, also, about the slaughter of Thai Buddhists in southern Thailand and the endless kidnappings in the Philippines by Abu Saif. Not a whiff of peepage from the Western front in China, where bombings aren't rare at all. I wish, the next time the press plays gotcha with a Republican candidate on some obscure foreign policy i.e. geography question, the candidate would turn it around and ask why theses stories aren't being covered.

Steel Turman said...

Everything one needs to know about the Middle East in a very well-written post.

I've read extensively on Pan-Arabism and the early days of Progressive Socialism - you have it all nailed down.

Kudos sir.

This deserves the widest possible audience.

cornholio said...

IT seems to me the PRC is the only country on earth that knows how to deal w/islamofascism at this point -- at least within its own borders.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

thank you anon and steel

cornholio, I'm not sure how the PRC would react if Islamic terrorism became a much bigger issue. They might end up with a Russian style policy.

cornholio said...

The Russians are leading the race to become the first islamofascist superpower in Europe/Eurabia, I think they have the largest population of muslimes in all of Europe/Eurabia and it shows (i.e. in Beslan and the Moscow movie theater attack).

Thanks for all your essays Daniel. It's too bad it would be next to impossible for you to ever become a talking head on our MSM -- because the truth is the last thing they want broadcast.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Ah, but if I started explaining that the Brotherhood was just like the Unitarians, suddenly I'd be in demand.

Keliata said...

The Left certainly does identify with evil.

Beslan:(

Anonymous said...

Better it could not be said.
Fed.

cornholio said...

@Keliata

I never remember the MSM in the US EVER reporting what happened in Beslan. Furthermore, I don't know if they ever reported the perps of the Moscow movie theater hostage situation were muslime apes.

Anonymous said...

Liberals are obsessed with being heroes and equalizers.They must prove their arrogant rightness.
If they support actual minorities,odds are high they will back the loser.You can't win voters and worshipers that way.They demonstrate the muslim minority in the US as reasoning to promote terrorist theocracies as democracies and bravely free victims.The actual minorities are hopefully collateral damage to the left.
The world's issues with Israel and Jews is fairly transparent.Bone deep fear and jealousy.How many religious or political entities have been driven to the point of annihilation and not only recovered but rose again to become a world power with an improved,developing society?
And muslims want to erase Jewish history to assume the role of parent of monotheistic religions.

cornholio said...

The muslime faith call explicitly for the elimination and/or subjugation of all other religious faiths and events in the Indian sub-continent (both now, in Kashmir, Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as in the past), North Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Mid-East only serve to underscore the point.

Tatersalad said...

Here are your top ten terror tied C.A.I.R. leaders listed with an article attached defining their involvement and support of terror:





1. Ghassan Elashi

2. Muthanna al-Hanooti

3. Abdurahman Alamoudi

4. Siraj Wahhaj

5. Randall "Ismail" Royer

6. Bassam Khafagi

7. Laura Jaghlit

8. Nihad Awad

9. Omar Ahmad

10. Nabil Sodoun



http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/rogues-gallery-of-terror-tied-cair-leaders/

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