الغربي والواقع العربي
أنجلوس تايمز - 19/6/2007
ماذا لو كان العالم العربي لا
يهتم بطريقنا الديمقراطي الذي
نحاول نشره ؟ ان هذا الأمر هو
أكثر ما يخيفني كمؤمن بالحرية
fictions, Arab realities
want a peaceful, democratic Mideast, but are we the only
HAVE BEEN scouring EBay for the last couple of days,
hoping to snag a one-of-a-kind item. But, alas, it
hasn't turned up yet. I'm looking for the late Yasser
Arafat's Nobel Peace Prize. It was looted from Arafat's
Gaza compound by the victorious forces of Hamas, a
jihadist group backed by Iran and Syria that has routed
the once-mighty forces of Fatah from power in Gaza.
According to the Jerusalem Post, a Fatah spokesman said:
"They stole all the widow's clothes and shoes."
widow in question would be Suha Arafat, Arafat's
photo-op wife. Who can blame the looters for wanting to
grab as much of her swag as possible? First of all, she
wasn't using it. Suha hasn't been to Gaza for years. And
her favorite shoe designer is Christian Louboutin, whose
wares can fetch about $1,000 a pair, which is more than
many Palestinians make in a year.
it's that peace prize, won by Arafat and Shimon Peres
for agreeing to the 1993 Oslo accords, that really
captures the lunacy of it all. It's the perfect reminder
for everyone, myself included, of the Arabs' refusal to
yield to idealism, hope or good intentions — and the
West's refusal to recognize reality.
genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut
stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make
us wonder at the possibility that there may be something
to them which we are missing," former Egyptian
President Gamal Abdel Nasser once said. But from the
U.S. point of view, the Palestinians never miss an
opportunity to miss an opportunity. Maybe they just
don't want what we're selling?
example, in 2005, Israel simply gave Gaza to the
Palestinians. According to the "international
community's" land-for-peace mantra, a peaceful
society should have sprouted like a stalk from Jack's
magic beans. Instead, nearly 49% of the Palestinian
people voted for a band of Islamic fanatics — even the
European Union calls them terrorists, not that it
matters much — dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
But the diplomacy-uber-alles crowd has long been immune
to contrary evidence. Remember when Arafat fanned the
second intifada in spite of a generous peace offer from
the Israelis and brokered by President Clinton? Members
of the Nobel committee openly talked of revoking the
peace prize — from Peres.
now, the editors of the New York Times, President Bush
and the leaders of the EU all say that this is the
moment for Israel to offer more concessions to Arafat's
successor, Mahmoud Abbas. So much for the
fresh-from-Iraq cliche that it's pointless to choose
sides in a civil war.
Beckett, the British foreign secretary, lamented,
"Once again, extremists carrying guns have
prevented progress against the wishes of the majority
who seek a peaceful two-state solution." But how do
you square this with the fact that Hamas, the party
promising the destruction of Israel, won the Palestinian
elections in 2005? Meanwhile, the leaders of Fatah —
the "moderates" — had not long ago set the
standard for Israel-hatred themselves.
great irony is that Hamas now labels members of Fatah as
Jewish "collaborators," a designation that
apparently justifies even the execution of wounded Fatah
prisoners in hospitals.
German foreign ministry went so far as to suggest that
the triumph of Hamas — and the hardships it will cause
civilians — are clear grounds for increasing aid to
Gaza. It seems that if you choose terrorism, either at
the ballot box or in the streets, the Europeans, like
the good hands at Allstate, will be there to pay for the
there's another, perhaps more important, lesson to be
drawn from the Hamas ascendancy. The Bush administration
pushed for democracy in the Palestinian territories, and
it got what it wished for — in spades. The assumption
behind the push for democracy in Gaza and in Iraq is
that Arabs can be trusted to handle political freedom.
The Democrats who demand an immediate pullout from Iraq
also hope that with democracy, the Iraqis will be able
to figure out their problems themselves via some
euphemistic "political solution." That is
unless the antiwar Democrats are really advocating
turning all of Mesopotamia into one giant Gaza Strip,
the far more likely result of U.S. withdrawal.
many disciples of the "international peace
process," it's a matter of faith that the
Palestinians just have to want peace, because how else
can you have a peace process? For many supporters of the
Bush Doctrine, Iraqis have to want democracy, because if
they don't, what's the point of having a freedom agenda?
But what if these are just beloved Western fictions? We
see a well-lighted path to the good life: democracy,
tolerance, rule of law, markets. But what if the Arab
world just isn't interested in our path? As a believer
in the freedom agenda, that's what scares me most.
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