Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Arabs and Muslims should look at the mirror more often!

The attack on the Askariya Shrine in Iraq today is another major blow to the Arab and Muslim propaganda machine that has struggled for decades to draw the world's attention solely on Israeli infringements of Palestinian rights and, more recently, the "Western" attack on Islam.

When this propaganda machine screamed that Arab-Israelis were treated as second class citizens, all we had to do was point to the Copts in Egypt, who up to this day cannot even build community centers because their Muslim neighbors will suspect that they are building churches....

When this same propaganda machine screamed that the Israelis ethnically cleansed Palestinians from their homes, all we had to do was point at Saddam's actions towards the Kurds and the Marsh Arabs, who were victims of systematic ethnic cleansing campaigns....

And now, when this propaganda machine screams that the Israelis and the West are deliberately targeting Islam by desecrating its prophet and holy sites, and plotting to blow up the Dome of the Rock or nuke Mecca, all we have to do is point to al Qaeda - the only organization on this Earth that has successfully managed to blow up one of Islam's holiest sites!

Typical Arab Response: Hey let's go protest against those damn Danes, and destroy some Churches while we're at it!!! What do you say?!?!

7 comments:

Doha said...

I agree with you, Raja. It's so unfortunate what happened today in Iraq; the retaliatory moves will definitely be violent and against all stability measures in the country.

Please, no one tell me that it's a "conspiracy" of some sort concocted by the Americans and Israelis. Just, someone tell me, how far will this "insurgency" go on to destabilize Iraq just for the sake of getting back at Americans? Americans have nothing to do with this anymore; this is pure sectarian violence that has went too far.

yaman said...

Agreed.

I was unaware Coptic Christians in Egypt are barred from building churches. Is this a restriction by law or by reality of their Muslim compatriots harassing them? Please point me to more information, this is an issue that must be made more important...

Madani Souri said...

I completely agree with you! This is not to say that there are those with malign interests abroad, however, the real enemies work within the law--or whatever they perceive to be the law!

-- The Syrian Expatriate Movement

Lazarus said...

yaman -

they are barred by law - in that they must obtain governmental permits in order to do so. A shame, considering there are more than six million of them in egypt.

Comte Almaviva said...

They're more than 10 million in egypt. Most live in the Sa3eed region, on the southern and fertile nile bank. The sa3eed is nearly split evenly between muslims and copts, who believe in the unity of the two natures of christ (they're not monophysite, though)

The government license is nearly impossible to get.

Also, out of the 430 members of the parliament, only 3 are from the Coptic faith, and none in the government. During Sa3d Zaghlul times, out of the 9 government members, 2 were copt. Talk about back peddling

Anonymous said...

Raja,

I totally agree with you on the gravity of injustices committed within the Arab world. But do we need to belittle the plight of Palestinians in order to realize that?

Anton Efendi said...

Please, no one tell me that it's a "conspiracy" of some sort concocted by the Americans and Israelis.


Too bad Doha! You're gonna hear it anyway.