"When the Abu Ghraib prison scandal broke, there was not a single Arab who did not express the opinion that it was a despicable, mean [act] contrary to humanist values. They are right about this. But these people swiftly forgot their humanism and sealed their lips when the Jordanian terrorist Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi declared war against the Shi'ites in Iraq, and began to dispatch his booby-trapped soldiers to blow themselves up among children, women, and the elderly. None of those [who denounced the Abu Ghraib scandal] uttered a word and none shed a tear for the hundreds and thousands of Iraqis being murdered and whose bodies are being mutilated.
"The first to denounce [the Abu Ghraib scandal] were the Americans themselves, who thought that the acts of some of their soldiers distorted the image of the U.S. and served as a mark of shame...
"But don't the Arabs feel an even greater sense of shame when some of them kill and massacre Iraqi citizens? Don't the rest [of the people] feel pangs of conscience when they try to come up with excuses and justifications for the murderers and criminals whom they call the 'resistance?' How can someone outraged at the torture of or disrespect for another person be silent and ignore [Al-Zarqawi's] declaration of the [program of] extermination of millions of people because of their sectarian affiliation?
"How is one to [describe] the Arab silence [in general] and the Sunni [silence] in particular in light of the murder of Shi'ite Iraqis and their intimidation in the most despicable and base of ways?... After all, the murderers declare their positions publicly, brag about them, and consider them Jihad for the sake of Allah. [Even] if what has happened does not stir up the regular Arab citizen – who has been brainwashed, and whose will has been totally eroded – how is one to explain [this same position when it is adopted by] politicians and members of the media?"
Not only is this a good question to ask the Sunnis and Arabs in general, but it is a really excellent question to put to the clueless protestors of ANSWER and their ilk, who reflexly condemn the U.S. military and curiously never seem to be bothered by the savagery of the enemy that our military are fighting.
Is it possible that they still think of them as Michael Moore's "minutemen", valiently fighting for freedom in Iraq? Just to remind you, here is what Moore said:
The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win....I oppose the U.N. or anyone else risking the lives of their citizens to extract us from our debacle...the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe -- just maybe -- God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end.
To Mr. Moore and the Left: The Revolution has happened--you just can't see it. It happened in January when the Iraqi people voted on a provisional government. It happened this month when they voted for a new constitution. It is happening now, as they put their former president and sadistic dictator on trial for the murder of thousands of his own citizens.
How can it be that you missed these momentous events?
I can only conclude that like the "regular Arab citizen" (described by Omran Salman in the article above), "who has been brainwashed, and whose will has been totally eroded": the American Left is also suffering from the effects of an indoctrination so pervasive that it has blinded them to the events of the real world.
They scream about the evil of Abu Ghraib over and over, but are completely unmoved by the ongong barbarism perpetrated against innocent Iraqis by Zarqawi and his thugs.
They rail against the Bushchimpeyhitler, while ignoring the fact that one of the most savage and brutal dictators in the world is going on trial for his crimes against humanity.
They say they want a revolution, but are unable to recognize one--when it is for democracy and freedom anyway-- zs it stares them in the face and reverberates around the world.
They whine about how Christian and Jewish symbols must be excluded from our schools to keep them pure; but introduce an Islamic curriculum ok'd by CAIR to promote "diversity" and "tolerance".
They harp on the religious right and it "oppresssion" in the US; but seem willfully blind about the religious oppression done all over the world in the name of Islam.
To paraphrase our Bahraini journalist and the pseudoprophetic Mr. Moore: Are they unable to feel the shame and disgrace of their carefully orchestrated and selective outrage? Their silence about the deaths and atrocities committed by Al-Qaeda in the name of Islam make it doubtful that either God or the Iraqi people will forgive them in the end.