Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, February 2010
Arab Rulers Vs.
Of Mice and Men
Al-Jazeerah & ccun.org, February 22, 2010
“As for those who take the deniers of the truth for their allies in preference to the believers - do they hope to be honored by them when, behold, all honor belongs to God [alone]” (Quran: 4:139).
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” --Abraham Lincoln
These are the times that try Arab souls, souls
blessed by God with the faith of Islam, the wealth of oil, vital
strategic geography; but alas, they are cursed with the corrupt
intellectually-deficient inhumanity of rulers devoid of courage and
independence from powerful nations, such as
Robert Fisk, a British journalist for the British
newspaper, “The Independent”, and the world’s most experienced and
knowledgeable journalist on Middle East issues most aptly and accurately
described the Arab world in an article titled:
“The Arabs are Like Mice”,
(Independent, February 18, 2003).
Such rulers are in fact and practice the third
member of the anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian “axis of evil”,
along with their masters---NATO
For over 100 years they have staked and invested
their souls and Arab wealth in foreign imperialistic powers, first in
Europe, then in America, to gain the protection of these western powers
to remain as Faustian rulers upon their hapless populations having sold
the future and destiny of the Arab masses to their protectors.
When the Palestinians were being massacred and
driven out of their homes and villages in 1947-1948 by the Israeli Army
and Jewish terrorist groups, the Palestinians begged and sought help
from their Arab brethren to fight their Zionist enemy, only to be
rejected and denied arms to fight the thieves of
By the end of the 1948 war
Israel has convinced the world that peace could’ve
been achieved between them and the Palestinians if only they accepted
the status quo in 1949 whereby Israel now occupies 78% of Palestine, has
destroyed 450 Palestinian villages, ethnically cleansed 750,000
Palestinians, killed tens of thousands and launched a campaign of rape
against Palestinian women as occurred in the Deir Yassin village
propaganda, like all of
Would any people on earth accept such a catastrophe
and onslaught upon their land, farms, families, children, houses of
worship and become refugees in their own land and in neighboring
unwelcoming Arab nations? Would
anyone give up 78% (now 100%) of their home to foreign intruders and
thieves without a fight?
Yet Israel has shackled western governments and media to declare such
resisters fighting for their own lives, homes, and land as “terrorists”,
obviously forgetting the Jewish terrorist gangs that massacred and
expelled Palestinian civilians.
Those with power own the power of labels and adjectives.
No rational person or people would ever accept such
a catastrophe “Nakba” in their lives, but according to
Ironically in 1949 at the Lausanne Conference in
Switzerland convened by President Truman, the U.N., Arab nations (no
Palestinian representation was allowed), and Israel; the Arabs accepted
U.N. General Assembly Resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into 56%
of Palestine for Jews (they were only one third of Palestine’s
population) and 44% to the indigenous Palestinians.
They also accepted U.N. Resolution 194 which allowed for the
“right of return” of expelled Palestinian refugees or their
Truman and the conference attendees demanded
Thus Arabs and the rest of the world know that the
gateway to American favor is through
Arabs have been betrayed by western duplicitous and
hypocritical promises for over a century, yet they keep coming back to
the west for more humiliation and unadulterated acceptance of western
hegemony upon their lands and resources.
Arab rulers know that all their communications are
bugged, that some of their bodyguards, military and intelligence
officers, some Cabinet and Parliamentary members, and media and academic
stooges are bought and paid for by Mossad and/or the CIA as spies.
Many fear being blackmailed and exposed as traitors, playboys,
and western stooges, or losing their dictatorial status through
assassinations (King Faisal of Saudi Arabia), overthrow by western
powers (Saddam Hussein), a military coup, or being dragged to the
International Criminal Court for human rights abuses and genocide (Al-Bashir
Thus to hold on to their own authoritarian power
they sell their faith, their soul, their people, resources, and above
All Arab rulers are either Hereditary Monarchs or
Military officers. Military
Rulers establish their brand of “dictatorial democracies” where upon
they win every election by at least 95%, although lately they’ve been
embarrassed enough to lower the margin to 86%.
These military rulers usually groom their sons as future rulers
while handing the majority of industries to their family members and
cronies. They rule by
force utilizing their intelligence services, police, and military to
subdue any protest and opposition which often results in the massacre or
imprisonment of citizens without charges or judicial review.
They rule by decrees and often under emergency rule much like
Their massive insecurity is demonstrated by their
need to have their pictures plastered over every building and vehicle,
with a statue in every square lest the people forget their benevolent
beloved dictators. Their
only demonstration of power is against their own people while cowardice
in foreign policy is their staple.
Their owned media constantly sing their praises, even declaring
the Kings and Emirs as worthy of human sacrifice.
Their daily “wise” pronouncements in the media, written by
cronies, are meant to guide and promise their people a better future.
These illiterate egotistical dictators are speaking to a
similarly illiterate populace.
The Emir of Bahrain, the smallest Arab nation and a
spec in the Persian Gulf, wasn’t satisfied to be simply an Emir/Prince
so he changed the constitution to make
These rulers are the best gift
How long have these rulers served? The Table only shows 15 of the 23 Arab Rulers.
How long will these rulers serve?
Until Death or Coup Ends their rule and sons or officers replace
The Arab League which holds an annual
tragic-comedic conference is a spectacle of foolish egos in a political
fashion show who make boastful hypocritical speeches ending in the same
annual communiqué first adopted in the 1950’s.
The Arab masses understand that this annual gathering of “Arab
brethren” is a meaningless farce where face kissing and hand shakes
belie personal animosity and disdain for each other.
Oil and lies are plentiful in the Arab world while
Allow me to highlight one example of Arab
callousness and egotistical greed.
Why would a small desert city need to construct
such an expensive monstrosity? God
only knows. One can
only imagine the insecurity, need for attention, and unconscionable and
utter callousness and disregard on how such monies can be better spent
for the greater Muslim good.
The competition between Saudi Arabia and the Gulf nations to
build the tallest tower, the biggest man made island cities, the most
luxurious outrageously expensive hotels in the middle of the desert,
exquisite malls, the greatest sporting venues for golf (in a deserts
without water), roof top tennis courts, speedway racing tracks, millions
of dollars worth of racing camels and horses, the latest toys of planes,
cars, and yachts, and the import of American Universities for
populations that don’t value education or hard work; only highlights the
lack of true faith, intellectual vigor, rationality, lack of a
humanitarian conscience, and a total disregard for millions of hungry,
thirsty, sick, unsheltered Muslims living as refugees in and out of
So what can
Such monies would translate into each Gazan woman,
man, and child receiving $1000.
Families could rebuild their homes rather than living in freezing
tents in the open air without electricity, clean water, or a sewage
system. They could
feed their families, buy clothes, blankets, rebuild their schools and
buy school supplies for their children.
They can afford the medicines that may be available and much much
UNRWA which is the U.N. agency specifically created
to deal with Palestinian refugees has 4.7 million
Palestine refugees registered with roughly one-third (1.3 million)
living in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
This agency which wholly depends on voluntary contributions
annually runs a budget deficit due to unmet financial commitments by
several nations. Such
deficits can easily be paid for by a contribution from a single Saudi or
UNRWA’s total annual budget, including its projects
budget, covering infrastructure and such non-recurrent expenditures as
the introduction of new vocational training courses for 2008-2009 was
$1.21 billion, which is less than the cost of building
One would assume that the Arab
nations, especially the oil rich ones, would be the primary donors to
In 2008, 19 of the top 20 donors to UNRWA's general fund were from the
West, with the EU contributing over $116 million. and the
In 2008 among Arab nations only
It is not just Palestinian or worldwide Muslim
refugees that are deprived of oil wealth, the entire Arab world is a
total failure in all human development areas.
The paradox of so much wealth yet so much poverty, the gap
between the rich and the poor, the corrupt disconnect, callousness and
ruthlessness of Arab rulers toward their own people’s lives and welfare
is the world’s most shameful inhumanity of man to man or Muslim to
Muslim. The readiness
of these dictators to appease and bow to
But they’re not totally to blame for the misery,
poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance of the people.
The people themselves deserve these rulers due to their cowardly
subservience and worship-like acceptance of these dictators.
They accept the devil they know rather than risk
the unknown. People
throughout history and the world have rejected such regimes, some
through violence, some through peaceful protests and civil disobedience.
But not in the Arab world where the populace is likely to display
a greater appreciation for American culture then for Islam.
Thus, Arabs are worthy of subjugation, shedding
tears for the mass murders of Palestinian children while their rulers
are busy flaunting their wealth and feeding their passions in western
capitals and vacation resorts.
Not only are Arab rulers not helping Palestinian
refugees living in utter poverty and squalor conditions in their camps,
shockingly, they are actually aiding Israel in inflicting more pain,
humiliations, and loss of livelihood for the besieged Palestinians.
Egypt is building a steel wall on the southern border of Gaza to complete Israel’s total siege, it blocks Rafah, the only gateway left for Gazans to escape the siege for humanitarian or medical reasons, it prevents international aid convoys from entering Gaza to deliver emergency food and medical supplies, along with Israel ,it’s blowing up tunnels that provide the only lifeline to Gaza for emergency supplies, and it sides with Israel against Hamas which it views as an Islamic threat to its corrupt regime.
-- “Tense Relations with
The Gulf nations frequently expel Palestinians
without explanation or judicial review.
Last year the
-- “Report: U.A.E. to deport Hundreds of Palestinians by month’s
end”, Haaretz, 9/5/09
However in total hypocrisy and bowing to
--“Israel's Ram given visa to play in Dubai”, Reuters, Feb 19,
Yet publicly these nations express their undying
support for Palestinian freedom.
It’s not enough that Palestinians live under decades of
The Arab world is drowning in its own incompetence
and corruption aboard a ship kept deliberately lost at sea led by an
overt American captain under the direction of a covert Israeli Mossad
“So long as the Arabs fight tribe against tribe, so long will they be a little people, a silly people - greedy, barbarous, and cruel”.
-- T. E. Lawrence, in the film “Lawrence of Arabia”, 1962
Islam demands justice from rulers but does true
Islam exist in the Arab and Muslim worlds?
Tragically, no. The
young Arab generation is addicted to video games, iPods, Cell phone
rings, morally corrupt texting, computer screen savers, sports, or the
Video Clips of sexually provocative music videos that overwhelm Arab
satellite channels only to be followed by readings from the Quran.
“What is the life of this world but play and
amusement? But best is the home in the Hereafter, for those who are
righteous. Will you not then understand?
(Quran: 6: 32)
Will the Arab masses awaken to reclaim their faith, their freedom, and their destiny based on justice for all?
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