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, The New York Times and The
Washington Post, Americans would
know the truth about US and Israeli policies in the Middle East and their
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." [Jewish
leader urges US Muslims to condemn violence, Reuters, September 1,
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
Islam Reaches America." Lee Harris warns of
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
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, 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.
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 violence."
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
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 Sunnis 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 had
rather kill one another.
Iran, the current focus of demonization, is not Arab.
Iranians are the ancient race of Persians. 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 500,000 deaths of 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 government.
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 for it.
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 21st century.
Most Americans, whom Harris believes to be so reasonable,
tolerant, and deliberative that they cannot defend themselves, could not care
less that 1 million Iraqis have lost their lives during the American occupation
and that an estimated 4 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, and deliberation.
The Bush supporter will ask, "What about 9/11?"
Even those who believe the fraudulent 9/11 Commission Report should understand
that in the official account the attack was the work of individuals, none of
whom were acting in behalf of Muslim governments and none of whom were Iraqi,
Afghan, or Iranian. 9/11 provides no justification for attacking Muslim
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of