Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Making Of Radical Islam

Political History

A well-researched and -written article (“Radical Islam, Israel and Agitprop”) by Prof. Guy Millière, for the Gatestone Institute site, gives a good history of radical Islam and enumerates many of its influences in the last century.

There are many good points, but this one section explains much of what has influenced a large percentage of the western media (and also many western governments, notably ones in Europe) in its understanding of political Islam, and, equally important, in its open hostility to Israel. Millière, a professor at University of Paris, writes:
In 1948-49, in 1967, and in 1973, the Arabs states used conventional armies to try to destroy Israel. They attacked Israel, mostly in the name of Arab nationalism, partly in the name of Islamic fundamentalism. In 1948-49, they had the implicit support of Western powers. In 1967 and in 1973, the U.S. was on the side of Israel. European powers were not, but could not come right out and say they supported the eventual destruction of Israel. In 1948-49, the "Palestinian cause" did not exist; and in 1967 and 1973, it was embryonic.
The Fatah movement, founded in 1959, remained marginal and unimportant until the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization [PLO] in 1964 by a decision of Arab nationalist leaders in Egypt and Syria, in coordination with the Soviet Union. Its aim was to create a "national liberation struggle" and a "people" fighting for its liberation. It was only then that the "Palestinian people" and the "Palestinian cause" started their existence, but it took time for them to reach center stage.

The PLO, structured according to the codes of Arab nationalism, used the vocabulary of Arab nationalism with touches of the Soviet propaganda apparatus. Israel began to be described as a by-product of "colonialism," and as a bridgehead of "American imperialism" in the region. A Middle Eastern, romanticized Che Guevara-type of terrorist was created: the leader of the Fatah movement, Yasser Arafat. The aim was apparently to seduce as many people as possible in the West, and many in the West were seduced.

Suddenly forgotten was that Israel had been born from a genuine national liberation movement of the Jewish people. It was now buried under the new "national liberation struggle," presented as "more authentic", emanating as it did from Arab Muslims, the ultimate victims of European "imperialism" and "colonialism."

Little by little, Israel was no longer perceived as a small country threatened by 22 powerful and bloodthirsty armies, but as a "strong" power trying to "cruelly crush" a "small people" who "only" aspired to be free. European leaders found in this tale a good excuse to distance themselves from Israel and to accuse Israel of all types of crimes, whether it was guilty of them or not, such as in the non-stop accusations against Israel in the United Nations, as opposed to nations who are daily committing real violations of human rights.

Israel was pushed to sign peace treaties with leaders who were molded to make war, not to sign peace.

Israel was urged to find ways to coexist peacefully with people who did not want to coexist with it. The people Israel was asked to coexist with had been invented, literally, in order to be a weapon of war against Israel. Their entire reason for being was as a weapon of war against Israel.

Terrorism against Israel fast became acceptable: a "good" terrorism, a "resistance," a sign of "despair." Even attacks against children in a toy store or a restaurant were considered "comprehensible". Every time Israel accepted a compromise and the "Palestinian leaders" said it was not enough, Israel was treated as the guilty party. The huge number of Israelis killed under Clinton's presidency was treated as a detail.

When fewer Israelis were killed under the presidency of George W. Bush than in earlier years, he was accused of being "indifferent" to the "suffering" of the "Palestinians".

The global rise of radical Islam in the 1980s saw the creation of Hamas. Hamas is not a nationalist Arab movement: it is an integral part of radical Islam.[17]

Hamas's stated aim is the genocidal destruction of Israel. Its stated way to achieve this aim is terror attacks, called "armed struggle" by Hamas leaders.

For many years, European countries did not define Hamas as a terrorist organization. As Hamas was fighting for the "Palestinians," it was considered by European leaders a "resistance movement." Hamas only started to be considered a terrorist organization by the European Union in 2005. Many European leaders who would laugh at the idea of negotiating with ISIS or al-Qaeda, say that Israel should negotiate with Hamas. In other words, they are saying that Israel should negotiate with an organization dedicated to its genocidal destruction.
Of course, European hostility to the Jewish People were ambient in Europe long before the existence of the Soviet Union, Arab nationalism and political Islam. The ground was already fertile to bear (rotten) fruit since the beginning of the Common Era.
For more, go to [Gatestone].

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