Hated Without a Cause or Is There a Cause?
This article belongs to With a Grain of Piquant Salt column.
One thing I find quite fascinating is how
This is not to single out the Muslims. The Christians down the ages and the current liberal/left (not necessarily the same thing) presently also absolutely hate them. But comparatively speaking, the behaviour of the Muslims is more interesting. And I am taking both,
Take one very common example which is counter-intuitive in nature. Once every month or so, on some mailing-list or other, some columnist or other will write about how great the Jews are in industry, science, education or about their achievements. An excruciatingly long article will be produced which measures the number of Jewish Nobel laureates, the number of Jewish film directors, the number of Jewish politicians, the number of Jewish . . . you name it. Then the conclusion drawn is that Jews go for education and Muslims do not and therefore Muslims are bad and Jews are great. Do you see the spectacularly silly argument that is embedded in this? By lumping together a variety of Jews and very selectively choosing some top chaps, and comparing them to Muslims, the authors try to show that there is something within the Jews that isn't there within the Muslims.
I fail to understand the logic. Why use religion as a measure to assess achievement? How stupid. More Christians than Jews have won the Nobel Prize. Does that mean that Christians are better than Jews? More Latin American women have won the Ms. World or Ms. Universe competition; hence women from
So why does this fascination with Jews and
Yes, what's happening with the Palestinians is definitely a crime. But it is curious to see the divergence in proportionality in the responses. I also understand that the mistreatment of Palestinians has to be stopped and raising a voice against
And this antipathy is blind and frankly brutal. It sort of causes the brain circuits to go off. On article after article on the motivations of terrorist suicide bombers, the same thing is mentioned. On article after article and on the mosque sermons of the foaming sort across the world, you will find the mention of Jews and how bad they are. It is seriously amazing to note this kind of illogical or disproportionate behaviour.
Take another example. Recently, the net was humming about the fact that
One answer (to the question, why the Jews/Israel?) which seems to be quite common across Pryce Jones, Albert Hourani, Thomas Friedman, Robert Fisk and other luminaries is that the Muslims have been humiliated by the Jews. This humiliation is the reason why deep down, they think that they have to take revenge. How dare these apes (Qur'an 7:166) actually defeat Muslim armies and live peacefully and aggressively within and on Muslim lands? Remember how Osama Bin Laden still moans about
But I don't buy this humiliation bit. If that is indeed the case, the Mongols humiliated them far more, and you don't see fulminations against
All this to be taken with a grain of salt!
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