Friday, July 21, 2006

Arabs For Israel and Against Hamas and Hezbollah

The unprovoked attacks on Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah have split the Arab world. The prospects of an Iranian Shiite dominated alliance with Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah frightens Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan, as well as many Palestinians and Lebanese. Youssef Ibrahim (photo at right) is an Egyptian-born American reporter who served for twenty-four years as a senior Middle East regional correspondent for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has written two scathing articles in the New York Sun, the first on July 17, entitled "Arab Majority May Not Stay Forever Silent" (hat tip to Paul Kujawsky), and the second on July 21, entitled "The Hyenas and Maggots Who Feed Off Our World" . Frankly, he says things about the Palestinians in the second article that I would hesitate to write. Here is an excerpt:

Beneath the anguished sounds of destruction in the Levant, a new Lebanon is being born. This Lebanon will be freed from the savage hordes of Hezbollah jihadists, snatched from the jaws of Syrian and Iranian hyenas, and liberated at last from Palestinian Arab maggots who for 50 years masqueraded as freedom fighters and poisoned everything they touched.

As we watch this magnificent tragedy unfold amid so much blood, tears, guts, rockets, and smoke, we, the long silenced Arab majority, must insist that it bring down the curtain on the barbarians in our midst.

Given the enormous stakes, it is imperative that the collective will of Israel, America, France — indeed, all of Europe — and the many Arab nations quietly backing the fight does not weaken before the job is done.

Ibrahim emphasizes that his opinion reflects the point of view of many Saudi Arabian princes as well as Egyptian, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Bahraini and other Arab decision makers. He concludes, "And guess who these Arabs are now following into liberation from their ghosts? Israel."

Reading Ibrahim's articles gives me great hope. But for the best summary, I go back to Dry Bones:


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