They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Holocaust in the Making

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban is Minister of Expatriates in Syria, and writer and professor at Damascus University since 1985. In 2005 Dr. Shaaban was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and in the same year, was presented with "the Most Distinguished Woman in a Governmental Position" award by the Arab League.

As German leaders traditionally do on visits to Israel, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. There she termed the Holocaust "a source of deep shame" for Germany, and spoke of Israel's existence as a pillar of German politics. Germany, once again, apologizes for the Holocaust and is willing to do what it takes to redeem itself --- even if it was financing a second Holocaust against the Palestinian people. A typical manifestation of the European guilt-ridden political conscience. And typically, we, Arabs and Muslims are to pay the price.

It seems like a new Crusade has started against Arabs and Muslims in the wake of September 11th, led by neo-European Nazism. The victims are no longer the Jews, but Muslims spread over Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Pakistan, and anywhere around the globe. The wars, bombings and secret prisons where suspect Muslims are tortured and killed are but few aspects of the "Crusade" Bush launched. Was it not for too many evidences, we could have passed it for another of his many misfortunate slips of the tongue.

Along a number of unjustified wars, sanctions and pressure policies against Arab and Muslim countries, intensive media campaigns rally to deform the face of Muslims and Islam. Even as citizens of Western democracies, Muslims find themselves subject to legal and political acts of hatred and harassment. Some of the European official policies against Muslims in Europe, such as deportation and deprivation of citizenship, have made some Jewish leaders warn that they are "the same taken against Jews in 1930s." The French Historian Gerard Nueril reminds us that both Hitler and Mussolini deprived Jews of citizenship, and he warns that "the procedures taken against Muslims in France today strongly remind us of how France treated the Jews in the thirties of last century."

Denmark has become the country heading the spear of hatred against Islam and Muslims. In the nineties, the Danish Popular Party considered Muslims in Denmark -%4 of the population - a "troubling problem." After September 11th, other Danish parties started sharing the same concern, and talking against "Muslims in Denmark" became a tool in election campaigns. The media started focusing on emigrant problems and accused Muslims of "violence" and "extremism." Even the Queen herself joined the choir and expressed worry over the problems that her "Muslim" subjects represented.

A Danish Popular Party candidate in Copenhagen, Luis Ferivrette described Danish Muslims as "cancerous disease in the Danish society." The Party's spokesperson, Martin Henriksen, said that "Islam, since its beginning, has been a terrorist movement," and he warned against allowing Danish Muslims candidacy to the parliament or city councils. Henriksen describes Danish Muslim converts as "moral criminals" and prides in the fact that "criticizing Islam is the official policy of (his) Party." Within this context, the cartoon contest organized by Yandposten came as a natural result. Read more