Editorial: Racism, Pure and Simple
[By MICHAEL COREN -- Sun Media, October 14, 2000]
-- Thank God I'm not an Arab
Let me say it again in case any of you didn't quite
understand. Thank God I'm not an Arab. Offended, hurt,
shocked? Are your politically correct sensibilities dented
and bruised? Tough. Because you shouldn't be surprised at
The fact is that in North America and most of the western
world the Arab peoples are not treated at all fairly and
seem to be the final example of where racism is permissible,
It's hard not to notice this when we read the coverage of
the latest violence in the Middle East. Whatever the details
of why the situation occurred, the fact is that for every
tragic death of an Israeli Jew there are at least 50 Arab
corpses. The dead include children, teenagers and medics on
their way to help the victims.
The Palestinians do have guns, but generally throw rocks.
The Israelis respond with sharp-nosed, live ammunition. Over
and over again. I have seen many violent and terrifying
demonstrations in my time, but outside of dictatorships I
have never seen them treated in such a manner. And such
dictatorships invariably receive the world's scorn and a
whole bunch of sanctions.
I do not say Israel initiated the violence in the area,
but I am deeply shocked at how it has all been handled.
Goodness me, truth cries out to be heard. If the
demonstrators were as well armed as their opponents say,
they would not be dropping like flies and would have
inflicted more damage on the enemy.
Beyond this, however, is the way the situation is being
treated in, for example, good old Canada. A journalist in
one of our national newspapers actually seemed to allege
that Arabs are mentally ill. He was a doctor, he said, and
it seemed to him that, psychologically speaking, appeasing
such people only encouraged them. The implication was clear.
This is a simple, foolish race.
There you have it. The doc has spoken. Take 3,000 rounds
of Uzi 9mm machine gun bullets three times a day, a dozen
helicopter gunship missiles before bed and you'll be as
right as rain by the morning. Not as bad as the man who
wrote to me that, "Arabs are animals and only want to die
for their ridiculous cause. Good, the more the better." He
went on to explain why I was "an example of why Jews should
never inter-marry." You see, while three of my grandparents
were Jewish, my maternal grandmother was a convert. Jewish
enough for the Nazis but not Jewish enough for some Jews.
I don't blame this man as much as the culture that shaped
him. Arabs are bad guys, Arabs are terrorists, Arabs are
cowardly and stupid, Arabs are greedy and primitive, Arabs
are lustful and cruel, Arabs are not like us. Not like us.
Movies, TV shows, books, newspapers -- seldom has a
people been so objectified and reviled. Most men and women
die as individuals, with families and faces and feelings.
Arabs, we're to believe, only die in mobs, with the terrible
grieving of their loved ones mocked by comfortable people
who watch the weeping on their televisions just before they
turn to the latest episode of Friends or The West Wing.
We read the daily coverage of Israel and Palestine by
allegedly clever and objective columnists in the allegedly
serious newspapers in Canada and the United States -- people
who frequently demand justice, understanding and human
rights. It's suddenly as if they are speaking of a war
against three-headed aliens from a distant planet. Every
action by an Arab is the result of hatred and ignorance,
every gesture by an Israeli is a considered reaction to
I support Israel's right to exist. I'm a Zionist who
believes in the Law of Return and the eternal safety and
security of the Jewish state. But not at any cost. I
sometimes wonder what I would be doing now if I had been
raised on the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, and how much
influence I would have in the media. I think I know the
I also wonder if frustration would turn to anger and
anger would turn to disaster. I pray not. Again, thank God
I'm not an Arab.
Source : MSA-News
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 09:57:55 +0700