Syria...Seriously by Gerald A. Honigman
I can't get the image
out of my head.
There she was, Ashleigh Banfield, MSNBC's rising
star, standing before a statue of the great Muslim
warrior, Salah al Din, in Syria, glorifying the Arab
claim that they were his modern descendants in the
fight against Jews and other allegedly new crusaders
in the region.
Arab tyrants love to make such claims. Syria's twin
butchers to the east are famous for this as well.
Saddam still loves to present himself as Saladdin
reincarnate. He needs to be hung quickly...better
And poor Saladdin is rolling in his grave.
A Kurd from northern Iraq (where Arabs later gassed
and massacred Kurds by the tens of thousands), he
indeed led the fight for the Dar ul-Islam against
the crusaders in the Holy Land. But those were the
early centuries, and despite the Abbasid Revolution
(largely supported by the Mawali) which toppled the
Damascus-based Arabist Umayyads over such issues,
non-Arab converts to Islam still sought to win
equality in Arab eyes (and escape special taxes) by
toeing, especially well, the Islamic line.
Listening recently to the Muslim but non-Arab
Iranian President's renewed remarks about Israel's
destruction, some things change...and some things
The way for non-Arab Muslims to pass the ultimate
litmus test is to out Arab the Arabs in Jew hatred.
Some of the worst hate-mongers on campus that I
encountered were from Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan,
and so forth. That was the ticket to stand tall
along side Arabs in the Muslim Student Organization,
So, while Iranians are now busy slaughtering Muslim
Arabs in oil-rich Khuzistan, Muslim Kurds, Muslim
Baluchis, Muslim Azeris, and others as well in the
name of their own national interests, they're
religious credentials remain impeccable. Supporting
Hizbullah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad in the struggle
to exterminate the Jew of the Nations (whose
population includes tens of thousands of Iranian
Jews who fled for their lives), insures this as
Back to Saladdin...
In 1968, the Kurdish nationalist, Ismet Cherif Vanly,
wrote The Syrian 'Mein Kampf' Against The Kurds
(Amsterdam). So I couldn't help but feel sickened by
seeing that MSNBC reporter endorsing the Arab line
while standing in front of a mounted statue of
Saladdin. If he only new what the Arabs would be
doing to his own people centuries later...long after
their conversion to Islam, and still going on as I
write this article: Kurdish children being forced to
sing songs praising their Arab identity in schools;
Kurds slaughtered for nothing more than seeking to
be able to retain their own cultural identity while
obtaining some semblance of equality; and so forth.
A visit to such websites as www.kurdmedia.com will
be instructive indeed.
Keep all of this in mind when you consider that the
above murderous, despotic junk heap leads the pack
in attacking those allegedly "racist Zionists" who
have made Arabic the second official language of
their state, have Arabs who side with Hamas as
representatives in the Knesset and leading
demonstrations at Hebrew University, and have, as
citizens, the freest Arabs living anywhere in the
Middle East. And this despite the fact that many of
the latter do indeed compose a potentially dangerous
But now we come to the real reason for this
Despite Syria's deadly hegemonic attitudes and
actions towards what it sees as its Lebanese
"provinces;" despite its appalling treatment of
Kurds, native Jews, and others as well; despite its
support for terrorists undermining Iraq's attempt at
democracy; despite the great likelihood that many of
Saddam's weapons of mass destruction found a home in
Syria; despite Damascus' support of major terrorist
organizations whose aim is the destruction of the
Jew of the Nations and giving safe haven to those
organizations within its own borders; despite its
record as mass slaughterer of any and all who
decent, author of the infamous "Hama Solution;"
etc., etc., etc....America would be squeezing the
Jews right now--not Syrian Arabs-- if circumstances
were just a bit different.
Sad but all too true.
Had Syria not opposed America in Iraq, the Foggy
Folks would be pressing forward with former
Secretary of State James Baker's pledge to Assad the
First, butcher of Damascus, of a total Israeli
retreat from the Golan Heights. Dubya has made
Baker, the Bush's close family friend (whose law
firm represents the Saudis), his Special Middle East
Envoy. I've written much about Baker's Jew problem
elsewehere, so we'll drop it for now.
Recall that the Heights were part of the original
1920 Mandate of Palestine until Britain and France
did some imperial trading, and that the territory
changed hands often throughout the centuries. It was
not exclusively Arab, and Jews too had a long
Recall also how Syria used the Heights to rain
terror on Israelis below prior to the 1967
War--which it also largely instigated.
And, lastly, also remember that Israel offered to
return all of the territories right after that war
in return for peace treaties and was offered the "3
Nos of Khartoum" in response. It got attacked on Yom
Kippur from those Heights again in 1973--Arab tanks
rolling towards Israel proper. The Jew of the
Nations came close to being destroyed that year.
Syria has now built up its own massive arsenal of
missiles, chemical weapons, and such.
Not long ago, an Israeli Prime Minister offered,
again, an almost complete return of the Heights. The
exception would cover a tiny stretch of land
protecting Israel's water sources. But that was, of
course, too much to ask of Arabs who--after all--are
so understanding of their own national competitors'
needs. I'm sure, for example, that if the situation
was reversed, and it was Israel who repeatedly
attacked Syria and lost territory as a result of its
aggression, that Syria would make a similar offer to
Of course...and I'm also the Passover Bunny.
Right now Israel controls the passes Syrian tanks
would use to roll down hill to kill Jews. Right now
Israeli artillery can send Baby Assad and friends a
calling card right from the Heights. Right now
Syrian artillery and gunners can't do this anymore
to Jews. Right now Israelis are assured that an
enemy sworn to its death will not be in control of
its water supply.
And, also right now, America must finally rid itself
of the Arabist State Department practice of
constantly twisting the arm of its beleaguered
friend to make suicidal concessions to such deadly
and obnoxious adversaries, all of whom refuse to
recognize the rights of anyone but themselves in the
region. Like the Arabs, the Foggy Folks joined in
the rejection of the right of Israel to even exist
in 1948...for a number of reasons, blatant
As with the disputed territories of Judea and
Samaria, a territorial compromise--which meets the
needs of both parties to the conflict--must be
reached on the Golan as well. And if the Syrians
don't like it, let them understand that there is a
price to be paid for their repeated deadly
Think of all the territories that have exchanged
hands because of wars. America holds many
territories itself because of this...not to mention
Europe and other places as well.
The national security requirements of the tiny
sliver that is Israel on the world map need to be
taken no less seriously... especially since, unlike
the super power, three thousand mile-wide America (
largely protected by vast oceans and with fairly
reasonable neighbors) and others whose demands often
extend hundreds--if not thousands--of miles away
from home, those of the Jew of the Nations involve
what's going on right on its very own doorstep and
in its backyard.
Posted by Ted Belman at November 6, 2005
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