Obsession With Israel is crack cocaine for Koranic crazies
By Greg Strange
At the recent Arab Conference of Iraqi Neighbors in Tehran (sounds so innocuous, doesn‘t it?), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad imparted these words of wisdom to his audience: "The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove this problem. It is a . . . regime that prevented the progress of the region's nations . . ."
It's the kind of talk that absolutely brings the house down at conferences in that part of the world. It's like pushing a button that sends impulses directly to the pleasure centers in the radical Islamic brain. Call it crack cocaine for Koranic crazies.
Actually, given the subject matter of this particular conference, you wouldn't think the main focus of discussion would be the need to eliminate Israel. But you can bet your sweet Koran that if a conference gets hosted in Tehran about anything from sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea to thirteenth century Persian poetry, somebody's going to find an excuse to bring up the Zionist regime.
But getting back to Ahmadinejad's thesis . . . In reality, the basic problem in the Islamic world is not the existence of the Zionist regime, but rather that it thinks that its basic problem is the existence of the Zionist regime. It is perhaps the biggest, most pathetic cop-out in human history.
In the entire history of civilization, has there ever been a more ludicrous sticking point supposedly responsible for the inability of a huge swath of the planet to advance or improve itself? Imagine everyone living in that Islamic swath stretching some 8,000 miles from one end to the other believing that their basic problem stems from the existence of one tiny country smaller in size than the state of Vermont. That is the very definition of mass insanity. If they were all waiting around for the mother ship to whisk them away to another planet, it wouldn't be any crazier.
It is especially insane considering all the obvious things that are really wrong with so many Islamic countries. For instance, if I had to rattle a few of those things off the top of my head, they would be horrible authoritarian leadership, religious fanaticism, tribalism, ignorance, backwardness, intolerance and a pathological aversion to modernity. But hey, the Islamic crazies all say, forget about such nattering details. What's wrong with us is the existence of the Zionist regime.
So some of them wage a never-ending terror war against Israel (since they can‘t defeat it militarily), pouring all their energy and creativity into a useless, destructive endeavor that is doomed to failure. In doing so, they are the world's greatest squanderers of human potential and allotted time on earth. Just imagine if they used all that time and energy doing something constructive. They might actually turn the region into something other than one of the world's armpits.
The current case in point is Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. As everyone in the known universe is aware of by now, Hezbollah is Iran's proxy army in the terror fight against the Zionist regime. For whatever addle headed reason (maybe to draw attention away from the nuclear issue swirling around their Iranian puppeteers), they decided to start an unprovoked war with Israel. That Lebanese civilians are the ones being hurt the most is an unfortunate consequence of Hezbollah's hijacking of much of the country.
But don't make the naive mistake of thinking that Hezbollah cares about Lebanese civilians. When you put rocket launchers in the living rooms of civilians, you can't with a straight face claim to care about them. Not only do they not care, they actually desire the deaths of as many Lebanese civilians as possible from Israel's retaliation. Why? For the cynical purpose of making Israel look bad.
And lo and behold, brain-dead people the world over fall for it without fail. If you don't believe it, take a tour of some of the left-wing blogs and you will read some of the most despicable, mind-blowing stuff imaginable praising the terrorists of Hezbollah and comparing Israelis to Nazis.
Not withstanding all that, some things have changed in the world in recent times. For instance, if this had been the usual scenario in, let's say, pre-9/11 days, the United States would have been involved right from the get-go in tedious "shuttle" diplomacy between various regional despots and sheikdoms in the hope of quickly defusing the situation. But since 9/11 and the Bush administration‘s declaration of war against radical Islamic terrorism, gratuitous calls for ceasefires from the usual terror appeasers are being pretty much ignored by the U.S. So far, Israel is being given free rein to destroy as much of Hezbollah as it can. Think of it as vermin control that is long overdue.
And for perhaps the first time ever, some of the so-called moderate Arab states have publicly voiced displeasure with Hezbollah's "irresponsible adventurism," which they believe could pose a potential danger to the entire region. No, they haven't suddenly fallen in love with the idea of Israel's right to exist. They're worried about Iranian/Shiite hegemony in the region, which ultimately is interpreted as a far greater threat to predominantly Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.
In other words, it has finally dawned on those Arab states that the Persian state of Iran wants to be top dog in the neighborhood and nobody's going to sleep well at night if that happens, particularly if Iran goes nuclear. When you combine Iran's quest for nukes with its incessant talk about wiping Israel off the map, it's hard to totally avoid the mental image of mushroom clouds in the Middle East. Granted, only the craziest of crazies want such a thing to happen, but some of those crazies appear to be in power in Iran.
Why are they so singularly obsessed with Israel? Why does Ahmadinejad believe that Israel is a "regime that prevented the progress of the region's nations?" Why do they pour every ounce of their souls into the hatred of and plotting against the Zionist regime? How can they believe that Allah, the presumed Supreme Being and creator of the infinite universe, is pleased by such murderous depravity? You might as well ask what makes Charles Manson tick.
But not everyone in Iran wants to obsess endlessly over the Zionist regime and all its supposed offenses against Islamic humanity. Time magazine recently ran an article about the view from inside Iran that was subtitled "Hezballah may be Tehran's client, but Iranians aren't buying the propaganda." One Iranian mother -- fed up with constant televised bulletins urging Iranians to boycott "Zionist products" -- was quoted in the article: "Lebanon has nothing to do with us. We should mind our own business and concentrate on policies that are good for our economy and our kids."
Exactly! Precisely! An astute observation of reality utterly unfettered by paranoid delusions involving the Zionist regime. Just an average Iranian who would like to have some semblance of a normal, decent life without the insanity offered by her leaders. But it ain't gonna happen as long as the ayatollahs and the mullahs and Ahmadinejad are running things.
More insanity is exactly what she and her fellow citizens are likely to get as their leaders continue their quest for nukes and their provocative language about ridding the world of the Zionist regime. But what's going to shield Iran from nuclear retaliation if it comes to that? You have to wonder how many average Iranians are okay with becoming involuntary martyrs for the world's most psychopathic and useless cause: wiping the Zionist entity off the map.
By fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israel is doing the world a favor, but it's not enough. Hezbollah is just the proxy for a larger evil. Iran has to be dealt with sooner or later by a reluctant world, and the longer the world waits, the harder and bloodier it will likely be.
Greg Strange's web site can be found at http://www.greg-strange.com. (c) 2006 Greg Strange.
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