President Jimmy Carter was demonized for pointing
out in his book, Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid, that there are actually two sides to the Israeli-Palestinian
issue. Distinguished American scholars, such as John Mearsheimer and Stephen
Walt have suffered the same fate for documenting
the excessive influence the Israel Lobby has on US foreign policy.
Americans would be astonished at the criticisms in the Israeli press of the
Israeli government's policies toward the Palestinians and Arabs generally. In
Israel facts are still part of the discussion. If the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz,
could replace Fox "News," CNN, New York Times and Washington
Post, Americans would know the truth about US and Israeli policies in the
Middle East and their likely consequences.
On September 1, Haaretz reported that Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president
of the Union for Reform Judaism, which represents 900 Congregations and 1.5
million Jews, "accused American media, politicians and religious groups
of demonizing Islam" and turning Muslims into "satanic figures."
Rabbi Yoffie is certainly correct. In America there is only one side to the
issue. An entire industry has been created that is devoted to demonizing Islam.
Books abound that misrepresent Islam as the greatest possible threat to Western
Civilization and seek to instill fear and hatred of Muslims in Americans. For
example, Norman Podhoretz proclaims "World
War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism." Daniel Pipes
shrieks that "Militant
Islam Reaches America." Lee Harris warns of "The
Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West."
Think tanks have well-funded Middle East programs, the purpose of which is
to spread Islamophobia. Fear and loathing pour out of the Middle East Forum
and the American Enterprise Institute.
In the US it is acceptable, even obligatory in many circles, to hate Muslims
and to support violence against them. Pipes has been described as a "leading
anti-Muslim hate propagandist." He is on record advocating the use of violence
alone as the solution to the Muslim problem. This won him the endorsement of
the Christian Coalition, AIPAC, and the Zionist Organization of America for
appointment to the board of the United States Institute of Peace. President
George Bush used a recess appointment to appoint this man of violence to the
Institute of Peace.
Pipes advocates that the Muslims be beaten into submission by force, the view
that has guided the Bush administration. To brainwashed and propagandized Americans,
the Pipes appointment made perfect sense.
Podhoretz believes that Islam has no right to exist, because it is opposed
to Israeli territorial expansion, and that America must deracinate Islam, which
means to tear Islam up by the roots.
While neoconservatives, Christian Zionists, and the Bush administration embrace
unbridled violence against Muslims, Lee Harris warns that America is much too
tolerant and reasonable to be able to defend itself against Muslim fanaticism.
America's "governing philosophy based on reason, tolerance, consensus
and deliberation cannot defend itself against a [Muslim] strategy of ruthless
Islamophobia overflows with such absurdities and contradictions. Harris tells
us that the Enlightenment overcame fanatical thinking in the West, leaving the
West unfamiliar with fanaticism and helpless to confront it. Harris, who fancies
himself an authority on fanaticism, is deaf, dumb, and blind to Communism and
National Socialism and is completely ignorant of the fact that neoconservative
fanatics are the direct heirs of the Jacobins of the French Revolution, itself
a fanatical product of the Enlightenment.
If Americans did rely on reason, tolerance and deliberation, they might free
their minds of shrill propaganda long enough to consider the "Muslim threat."
Muslims are disunited. Their disunity makes them a threat to one another, not
to the West.
In Iraq most of the fighting and violence is between Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs
and between Arabs and Kurds. If Iraqis were unified, most of the violence, instead
of a small part of it, would be directed against the American troops, and the
remnants of a defeated US army would have been withdrawn by now. However much
Iraqis might hate the American invader and occupier, they do not hate him enough
to unite and to drive him out. They would rather kill one another.
Iran, the current focus of demonization, is not Arab. Iranians are descended
from the ancient Persian race. Indeed, Iran would do itself a favor if it changed
its name back to Persia. For eight years (1980-1988) the Iranians and Iraqis
were locked in catastrophic war with horrendous casualties on both sides. Despite
its military exhaustion, Iraq was considered a "threat" by the American
Superpower and was bombed and embargoed for the decade of the 1990s, one consequence
of which was the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children.
Not content with the complete crippling of Iraq by the Clinton administration,
the Bush administration invaded Iraq in 2003 and has been dealing more death
and destruction to Iraq ever since.
Palestine has been under Israeli occupation for decades. Israel has simply
stolen most of Palestine, and the remaining Palestinian enclaves are ghettos
policed by the Israeli army.
The rulers of Saudi Arabia and the oil emirates are Sunni Arabs. They are more
afraid of Shi'ite Arabs than of Israelis. Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan are
ruled by bought-and-paid-for American puppets. The Turkish military is also
in the American pocket and suppresses any Islamist influence in the civilian
Afghanistan is a disunited country of tribal peoples, each holding sway in
their area. The Taliban were attempting to unify Afghanistan, and the Bush administration's
fear that the Taliban might succeed was the reason for the US invasion of Afghanistan.
The US allied with the defeated Northern Alliance, in part a remnant of the
old Soviet puppet government, and turned Afghanistan back over to warlords.
When the facts are considered Muslim disunity and the absence of modern technology,
navies, and strategic reach the Bush/Cheney/neoconservative/Zionist propaganda
that "we must fight them over there before they come over here" is
such a transparent hoax that it is astounding that so many Americans have fallen
To the extent that there is any Muslim threat, it is one created by the US
and Israel. Israel has no diplomacy toward Muslims and relies on violence and
coercion. The US has interfered in the internal affairs of Muslim countries
during the entire post World War II period. The US overthrew an elected government
in Iran and installed the Shah. The US backed Saddam Hussein in his aggression
against Iran. The US has kept in power rulers it could control and has pandered
to the desires of Israeli governments. If America is hated, America created
the hate by its arrogant and dismissive treatment of the Muslim Middle East.
There is no such thing as Islamofascism. This is a coined propaganda word used
to inflame the ignorant. There is no factual basis for the hatred that neoconservative
Islamophobes instill in Americans. God did not tell America to destroy the Muslims
for the Israelis.
In America today, blind ignorant hate against Muslims has been brought to a
boiling point. The fear and loathing is so great that the American public and
its elected representatives in Congress offer scant opposition to the Bush administration's
plan to make Iran the third Middle East victim of American aggression in the
Most Americans, who Harris believes to be so reasonable, tolerant, and deliberative
that they cannot defend themselves, could not care less that one million Iraqis
have lost their lives during the American occupation and that an estimated four
million Iraqis have been displaced. The total of dead and displaced comes to
20 percent of the Iraqi population. If this is not fanaticism on the part of
the Bush administration, what is it? Certainly it is not reason, tolerance,