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Myth Busters (Huffington Post readers’ continuing obsession with Israel)

This is cross-posted at Huffington Post Monitor.

It’s become a byline among the Huffington Posters that Israel is responsible for 9/11. Notdirectly responsible, of course (though there are a few people who think the Mossad did it), but that 9/11 was a direct result of US aid to Israel. I have often seen comments along the lines of, “Israel costs us billions per year and all we get in return is 9/11.” This is incredibly misleading because it implies that if the US did not support Israel the 9/11 attacks never would have happened. This is a myth that I will put to rest right here and now.

I’ll start with citing the Arabs themselves who did not feel that Osama Bin Laden was in any way motivated by Israeli actions against the Palestinians. The President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak said, ““Osama bin Laden made his explosions and then started talking about the Palestinians. He never talked about them before.” Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari, dean of Shar’ia and Law at Qatar University said, “In their hypocrisy, many of the [Arab] intellectuals linked September 11 with the Palestinian problem — something that completely contradicts seven years of Al-Qaida literature. Al-Qaida never linked anything to Palestine.”

Even Yasser Arafat agreed: ” [ Bin Laden] “never helped us, he was working in another completely different area and against our interests.” And we know that Arafat would not turn down help from anyone, no matter how odious they were.

So then this begs the question: What was Bin Laden motivated by? This question would better be answered in a book but quite simply he didn’t like the American presence in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East. One short quote:

“The latest and the greatest of these aggressions, incurred by the Muslims since the death of the Prophet (ALLAH’S BLESSING AND SALUTATIONS ON HIM) is the occupation of the land of the two Holy Places -the foundation of the house of Islam, the place of the revelation, the source of the message and the place of the noble Ka’ba, the Qiblah of all Muslims- by the armies of the American Crusaders and their allies.”

He likes to ramble but you get the idea. Read the whole Fatwa if you like, though I would be remiss to say that there is a lot of attacks on “the Zionists” as well, however they remain of secondary importance.

Even more simply, there’s a reason why radical Muslims refer to America as “the Great Satan.” It isn’t because they simply disagree with its actions. You don’t call someone with whom you disagree “Satan,” because that term is the embodiment of all that is evil. Perhaps that distinction is a little too obvious for the Huffington Posters. If America cut off aid to Israel I find it difficult to believe that it would stop being “the Great Satan,” unless it was never all that great to begin with. Which I doubt!

So then I can’t help but wonder: Why do the Huffington Posters believe this, if it is so obviously a half-truth? Well it is common among leftists to blame America for everything bad that happens to it, but that’s pretty cold for a mainstream internet community. But they also don’t like to hold Muslim terrorists accountable for their own actions, so that’s out as well. Maybe this works as a middle ground: They can blame America (not really) and also use the 9/11 attacks to foster their own political agenda, i.e. cutting American ties with Israel. It also works out quite nicely when you combine this theory with the Zionist Occupied Government conspiracy theory which is also common on the Huffington Post. Hey, maybe the Jews are directly responsible for 9/11 after all…

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  1. I try to spend as little time as possible at HuffingtonPost but it’s clear that their antisemites have their own distinctive areas of concern as opposed to those of the Guardian. One of their concerns is the amount of ‘our money’ and ‘our taxes’ spent on Israel, ignoring the fact that the money is used to inject more activity into the US arms industry and therefore into the economy.

    The people who make these complaints somehow neglect to criticise other countries that receive huge annual amounts and vote against America’s best interests in the UN and who contribute nothing to the American economy. However this must be an oversight and I’m sure that they’ll get round to it when the Huffington Post itself starts printing articles to that effect.

  2. Who AREN’T Islamofascists at war with?

    – The near nuclear war between Hindu majority India and Muslim majority Pakistan.
    – The Mumbai India massacre
    – The 7/7/05 bus and underground bombings in London
    – saddam husseins use of poison gas on the Kurds of Halabja.
    – The destruction of the two 1,500 year old Buddahs of Bamiyan Afghanistan by the taliban.
    – The mutilations of Muslim girls as documented in the 8/4/10 issue of Time magazine.

    – The plight of the Coptic Christians in Egypt
    – The plight of the Bahai in the “islamic regime of iran”.
    – The threats to the uk of its own 9/11
    – The bombing of Pan Am 103 and the craven release of the bomber by the uk/scotland

  3. Thankgod&c – your point is well-made. The Islamist view of the end of days is not like the Judaeo-Christian one. According to Prof Moshe Sharon (2003):

    “The difference between Judaism, Christianity and Islam is as follows: Judaism speaks about national salvation – namely, that at the end of the story, when the world becomes a better place, Israel will be in its own land, ruled by its own king and serving G-d. Christianity speaks about the idea that every single person in the world can be saved from his sins, while Islam speaks about ruling the world. I can quote here in Arabic, but there is no point in quoting Arabic, so let me quote a verse in English: ‘Allah sent Mohammed with the true religion so that it should rule over all the religions.’

    “The idea, then, is not that the whole world would become a Moslem world at this time, but that the whole world would be subdued under the rule of Islam….

    “It is highly important to understand how a civilization sees the end of days. In Christianity and in Judaism, we know exactly what is the vision of the end of days.

    “In Judaism, it is going to be as in Isaiah – peace between nations, not just one nation, but between all nations. People will not have any more need for weapons and nature will be changed – a beautiful end of days and the kingdom of God on earth.

    “Christianity goes as far as Revelation to see a day that Satan himself is obliterated. There are no more powers of evil. That’s the vision.

    “I’m speaking now as a historian. I try to understand how Islam sees the end of days. In the end of days, Islam sees a world that is totally Moslem, completely Moslem under the rule of Islam. Complete and final victory.

    “Christians will not exist, because according to many Islamic traditions, the Moslems who are in hell will have to be replaced by somebody and they’ll be replaced by the Christians.

    “The Jews will no longer exist, because before the coming of the end of days, there is going to be a war against the Jews where all Jews should be killed. I’m quoting now from the heart of Islamic tradition, from the books that are read by every child in school. They Jews will all be killed. They’ll be running away and they’ll be hiding behind trees and rocks, and on that day Allah will give mouths to the rocks and trees…”

    These would-be murderers of the peace process who killed four Israelis, among them a pregnant woman, near Hebron today, are simply following their prophet’s orders.

  4. “Even more simply, there’s a reason why radical Muslims refer to America as “the Great Satan.” It isn’t because they simply disagree with its actions. You don’t call someone with whom you disagree “Satan,” because that term is the embodiment of all that is evil”

    It isn’t: Satan in Shii mythology is portrayed as shallow, fickle, and materialistic. It’s obvious why some Muslims, Christians and Jews hold the United States in disdain. What is obvious, however, is that you spend your time reading mediocre websites in an unreflective manner, instead of reading books. Good luck with that one.

  5. Richardhutton,

    What you’re implying here, if I understand you correctly, is that when Iranian leaders call the US “The Great Satan”, they simply mean that the US is “shallow, fickle and materialistic”. According to this logic, the slogan “Marg bar Amerika!” (“Death to America!”), chanted at rallies in Iran is also just a negative view of the US…

    Does the expression “apologist for Islam” mean anything to you?

  6. “Satan in Shii mythology is portrayed as shallow, fickle, and materialistic.”

    Of course what was my *original* point? Do you remember? It is that in the eyes of radical Islamists, America’s negative qualities are a character trait and therefore permanent, i.e. cutting off aid to Israel won’t change that perceptive. Do you have anything to say about that?

  7. “You don’t call someone with whom you disagree “Satan,” because that term is the embodiment of all that is evil.”

    And then rhutton goes on to tell us about shii mythology but doesn’t explain the pernicious envy of America’s wealth which leads to Islamist violence.

    Me? I blame the mullahs and their mindless audiences.

    And richard, you, too, spend your time on “mediocre websites” like CiF, don’t you?

    And you are trying (and failing) to bring down the tone of this one.

    PS: I’d be interested to hear your holy reflections on what Serendipity has written above. Come on, seize the moment and paralyse us with your erudition.