Play By Play
By: Kian Mokhtari
"Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals… that's all it is… Now, whattaya gonna do?"
Great speech; but time even for great speeches has passed in the Middle East . Arabs will not unite, they almost never have and the one time they did, seems like a very unlikely event in the distant past.
So Turkish Premier Recep Tayip Erdogan's pleas for Arab unity to save Palestine are a bit surprising really; considering he is a very seasoned and able politician.
It is not looking likely this illusive Arab unity business now is it?
I mean, if only there was Arab unity, they'd be landing on Jupiter by now, all would be particle or quantum physicists, angels of mercy, masters of human cultural development and all round nice guys. But in the sad absence of Arab unity our Arab neighbors are none of the above. So being champions of their Palestinian brothers' cause is also out of the question.
It is hard to find the words to describe the sheer uselessness of some Arab leaders. Oh of course they can scheme against the Persians and think up any number of gruesome endings for a nation that replaced their nomadic way of life with burdens of urban civilization. But the first Westerner through the doors and some Arab leaders' howls of groveling servitude fill the halls of their palaces.
Palestine is an orphan rejected even by its ugly, short and deformed foster parent, the Palestinian Authority. The authority is so unashamedly corrupt and morally bankrupt that expecting any kind of good coming out of its headquarters in Ramallah is foolhardy.
The do-gooders abroad all believe that the problem with Palestine lies overseas –and it does in a sense. But let's face it there are five million Israelis surrounded by 300 million Arabs. And while leaders of some nations in the Arab world were busy stabbing each other in the back over old arguments and getting rich, Israel was planning its future.
It is sad to see Palestine fall victim to Arab disunity and negligence but the battered and bruised nation will not be the first or the last Arab entity to bite the dirt.
Play by play Israel has planned ahead and it means to win.
Meanwhile the Arab world has its head in the sand hoping to make it somehow and that is as good a plan most Arab leaders have!
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 7
Scatterbrains and Gagging Orders
By: Kian Mokhtari
Funny how democracy has begun to draw its own red lines and no-go areas; it’s a bit like a catch 22 situation. One has to promise to see things in a certain way before one can taste Western democracy. A person could be fined or incarcerated for refusing to believe fairytales -and is that not a harp back to the "good old days" of Inquisition. During the infamous witch-hunts in Europe, if you died under torture, by fire, or drowning you'd not be considered a witch –utter madness.
And yet the Inquisition has had many rebirths in the Western world. The loony McCarthyite Communist witch-hunt was one. And I won't even dare approach the other burning issue for fear of being burnt, drowned, tortured or worse…forced to live in Gaza.
You have to believe…although commonsense rejects all the indoctrination.
In North Korea the "Great Leader" cult also asks you to believe that Kim's bloodline is close to heavenly perfection. In Cambodia undying belief in Khmer Rouge was a prerequisite to staying alive. And so on and so forth.
But undying belief often heralds hard labor and pitiful returns to feed the family with. Undying belief has brought all who believed –without exception- either first class deaths or third class lives.
Undying belief invaded Poland, it bombed Hiroshima; undying belief poisoned Vietnam with defoliants, it killed a million in Iraq and stormed an aid flotilla bound for Gaza in international waters.
The distinguished record of undying belief includes extermination of entire races simply because they exist. Rwandan genocide was another "luminous" example of what undying belief can do.
Democracy is now gagging humanity with its undying belief in its own self-righteousness. And the scatterbrain attempts to make sense of the puzzling account of history –as approved by Western democracies- is on course to call for yet more undying beliefs…and first class deaths.