The Therapy Sessions
Friday, October 01, 2004
People who think that the Palestinian "peace process" will make the Arab world rational again would do well to read the following. This is a "man on the street" interview where the TV interviewer asks Arabs a fairly innocuous question: would you shake hands with a Jew?
It is a glimpse into a terrible world, where reason takes a back seat to the most vile hatred seen since Hitler's Germany:
Interviewer: 'Would You, as a Human Being, be Willing to Shake Hands with a Jew?'
"Of course I wouldn't be willing to shake hands with a Jew, for religious reasons and because of what is happening now in Palestine, and for many reasons that don't allow me to shake a Jew's hand."
"No. Because the Jews are eternal enemies. The murderous Jews violate all agreements. I can't shake hands with someone who I know is full of hatred towards me."
"No, the Jew is an enemy. How can I shake my enemy's hand?"
Interviewer: "Would you refuse to shake hands with a Jew?"
"Of course, so I wouldn't have to consider amputating my hand afterwards."
Interviewer: 'If a Child Asks You Who 'Who are the Jews,' What Would You Answer?'
"The enemies of Allah and His Prophet."
"The Jew is the occupier of our lands."
"The murderers of prophets. Our eternal enemies, of course."
"The murderers of prophets, that's it."
"Allah's wrath is upon them, as the Koran says. Allah's wrath is upon them and they all stray from the path of righteousness. They are the filthiest people on the face of this earth because they care only about themselves - not the Christians, not the Muslims, nor any other religion.
"The solution is clear, not only to me but to everyone. If only [the Muslims] declared Jihad, we would see who stays home. We have a few countries… There is one country with a population of over 60-70 million people. If we let them only march, with no weapons even, they would completely trample the Jews, they would turn them into rotten carcasses under their feet. There is another country that donated money, saying, 'I am behind you, I'll support you with weapons, just wage [ Jihad ].'
"But the cowardice inside us, deep within our hearts, was instilled by the Arab leaders, may Allah forgive them. They breast-fed us with it from the day we were born to this very day it has grown with us."
It is people like this who make me wonder whether democratic institutions will ever have a future with the Arabs.
When the Germans expressed similar hatreds in the 30's and 40's, we fought them. They did not begin to rethink these silly ideas until they had lost millions of men, women and children. We fought their armies, but in the end, it was massive strategic bombing of their cities that made them quit.
My greatest fear is that we will once again be forced to commit that kind of genocide.
I'd love nothing more than to be wrong about that.
But such hatred is the sound of the sick patient, calling out for harsh medicine. We may have the unhappy job of adminstering it.