Unbalanced Hatred in the Middle East

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President Obama’s interview with New Yorker magazine generated controversy with its insistence that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. But he’s been pushing another false equivalence that is even more outrageous—and dangerous.

Noting that Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia share Israel’s interest in restraining Iran, the president speculated that the lack of cooperation reflects “a long history of anti-Semitism that’s developed over the course of decades.” But he quickly balanced that remark by lamenting “anti-Arab sentiment that’s increased inside of Israel.”

This comparison is absurd: Jews have been driven from all Arab lands, where textbooks and official media describe them as monkeys, bloodthirsty leeches, and “enemies of God.” On the other side, there is no official, open anti-Arab propaganda from the Israeli government, in which Arab citizens serve prominently in parliament, the Supreme Court and every facet of the bureaucracy.

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  1. Dreamduster  •  Feb 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Satanic world views be they Communist, Socialist and Islamist demand the propagation of prevarication: “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Period,” comes to mind..

  2. Joy  •  Feb 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    This is -again…- nothing but typical Obama’s epically dangerous, superficial assessment of every single topic he converses about. His statements do not amount to anything more than the opinion of retired old men discussing politics…Only that… he is at the wheel and directs the course.

    • Larry  •  Feb 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

      The opinions of retired old men are much more valid, based on knowledge, experience and wisdom, none of which Obama has.

  3. Mark Reed  •  Feb 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Hear, Hear, Michael! It is impossible not to miss the rising tide of anti-Semitism in far too many parts of the world. Once again, Obama peddles a totally false “equivalency” narrative. Note, too, that he failed to mention widespread Muslim violence against Christians in his National Prayer Breakfast speech devoted to religious intolerance earlier this week. Can we not acknowledge that this president is hopelessly compromised when it comes to Israel and its relations with its Arab Muslim adversaries?

  4. Daniel  •  Feb 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Michael, both you and Dennis Praeger are masters of pointing out false moral equivalency. Thank you for your clear-headed thinking!

  5. James  •  Feb 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    The practice of switching the focus to Israel is the biggest problem in the world today because of which the world does not focus on serious problems that need to be addressed. For instance, the Sunni nations in the Middle East are much more threatened by Iran than by Israel, but the Sunni governments hurt their own cause by focusing more on Israel, with the result that the world does not adequately address serious issues from Iran and Iran becomes a bigger and bigger problem for the Sunni nations. But to be fair to the Sunni nations there is an even bigger problem than Iran, and that is the United Nations – for this reason it is my perception that the focus on Israel is actually a focus on the UN in disguise. As much as the Sunni nations are threatened by Iran, for them the UN is an even greater threat. The UN is the greatest threat to the Muslim world, but to attack the UN directly would be not be a good move for Islam, especially with such powerful military nations like the United States, Russia and China on the UN Security Council; so instead the Muslims focus on a smaller, nearby and to them a weaker link of the UN, namely Israel. By focusing on Israel, Muslim governments can garner stronger support for their cause at the UN, which is to make the UN more Islam friendly so that the UN will not be such a threat to the Muslim world, a cause at least which you can’t really blame them. As much as the Sunni nations are in danger from Iran, they would probably rather be dominated Iran, which is at least a Muslim government, than be dominated by the United Nations. That Muslims feel threatened by the UN is probably due to a millennium of crusade by Western powers, of which the most recent and grievous manifestation was colonialism during the past century by Western powers who also created the UN through western values that come from the same fount as crusade. According to this view, it is neither Israel nor Iran that are at issue, but a United Nations from a western civilization that has been engaged in crusade for large parts of the past millennium. Changing the focus to Israel is not going to resolve issues between the West and the Muslim world. Does it look like anything is being resolved between the UN and the Muslim nations in the Middle East, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to forms of government throughout the Middle East to cultural differences to nuclear programs such as Iran and Pakistan? Only when the UN stops focusing on Israel and starts focusing on major differences between the West and Islam will there be some understanding as to what needs to be done and some resolution to the conflicts or disputes between the West and Islam.

    • JGUY  •  Feb 26, 2014 at 3:49 am

      Thank you …. interesting perspective. I have to wonder if a UN or anything else can
      resolve or alleviate tensions between a fragmented religious system….Islam….and “The
      West” which is a geographical neo-political region not unified by a particular religious
      dogma. I dont see how the UN or anything else can achieve this goal which is a good
      reason why US military role in the region is perhaps futile. I hope not. These are of
      course dilemmas that have spanned many generations.

  6. gary  •  Mar 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    why is it anti anything to think something is wrong,or have a different opinion,i am not a racist but i seldom agree with Obama,and i seldom side with Israel.

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