Published May 21, 2002
The hypocrisy of the key Arab leaders launching a "peace initiative" while spreading hatred and justifying war is simply ghastly.
Let’s make darn sure Americans aren’t bamboozled by this PR and hope to heaven that our leaders aren’t taken in. President Bush’s recent coziness at his Crawford ranch with the ruler of the vile Saudi regime, Crown Prince Abdullah, wasn’t terribly reassuring.
To make it easy for Foxnews.com readers, and President Bush if he’s among you, below are the facts that demonstrate such ghastly hypocrisy. Judge for yourselves.
Sunday’s New York Times article from Cairo headlines the spin: "Leaders of Three Arab Nations Affirm Support of Peace Plan." Written by Neil MacFarquhar, it leads with more Arab spin: "The leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria emerged from a meeting late tonight to reaffirm their commitment to a peace initiative …"
Now let’s see what our three "peacemakers" are printing in their media and saying through their officials. Let’s start with the most important of the peacemakers, Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt. Half of all Arabs are Egyptian, as was Sept. 11 lead terrorist Mohammad Atta.
Shortly before the peacemakers met in Cairo, an article was published in the Egyptian government newspaper Al-Akhbar regretting that Hitler did not wipe out all Jews. The article was called, "If Only You Had Done It, Brother."
Written by Fatma Abdallah Mahmoud, it tells how Jews, not just Israelis, mind you, but Jews, "are accursed in heaven and on earth. They are accursed from the day the human race was created and from the day their mothers bore them. They are accursed also because they murdered the Prophets …These accursed ones are a catastrophe for the human race. They are the virus of the generation, doomed to a life of humiliation and wretchedness until Judgment Day. They are also accursed because they repeatedly tried to murder the Prophet Muhammad … Allah cursed them."
For slow readers, it reiterates the point: "Thus, the Jews are accursed — the Jews of our time, those who preceded them and those who will come after them, if any Jews come after them."
And then it comes to the punch line:
With regard to the fraud of the Holocaust ... Many French studies have proven that this is no more than a fabrication, a lie, and a fraud!! … [Hitler] is completely innocent of the charge of frying them in the hell of his false Holocaust!!
Again, that was printed in the Egyptian government’s own newspaper.
Now let’s move to the second most important country, Saudi Arabia. The Prince’s government-controlled daily Al-Jazirah recently featured an article by Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Sa'adat that celebrated the perpetuator of the Passover massacre, the barbarous act that prompted the Israeli retaliation.
"May Allah have mercy upon" this mass murderer, "the quiet hero who infiltrated so elegantly and spoke so gaily. You defended your religion, your homeland, and your people. You attached no importance to [any] Arab summit; you did not wait for international agreements."
Rather, the murderer acted "courageously, full of willingness to [wage] Jihad, and with faith filling your heart, you executed your assignment and sacrificed your pure soul for your religion and your homeland."
So while the Prince spins "peace" with Israel, his Saudi government newspaper spins distrust and hatred: "The Zionists do not honor treaties, promises, and agreements, and understand only the language of resistance and Jihad … May Allah have mercy on you, oh beloved of the Arab nation."
Again, there’s a nice religious flavor to the close: "You entered silently, with the faith and confidence with which Allah inspired you … Allah decreed for you a martyr's death. What heroism, courage, and strength — almost unmatched on the face of the earth!"
The third of our "peacemakers" hails from Syria. The tyrant Bashar Assad had his foreign minister, Farouq Al-Shar, justify the terrorist war against Israel by redefining terrorism so as to excuse the killing of innocent children, mothers, and elderly.
"When your lands are occupied by foreign forces," he writes, "you have no alternative but to liberate your homeland. Your means are, first and foremost, to launch a war against the enemy occupying your land, or fight against the colonialism in every way possible …"
The foreign minister continues, "If [you] insist that there is no difference between the legitimate right of the peoples to struggle against foreign terrorism and killing innocent civilians in distant places, and if [you] insist that there is no difference between terrorists and those defending their land and trying to liberate it – then there is no difference between the victims of terrorism and the terrorists themselves."
All these excerpts are found on the invaluable Web site www.memri.org from the original documents themselves. Those documents tell more of the truth than the esteemed New York Times' "spun" articles, like the aforementioned ones filed from Cairo. Let’s be sure we, at least, are not as bamboozled as our leaders now seem to be.
Kenneth Adelman is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News, was assistant to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from 1975 to 1977 and, under President Ronald Reagan, U.N. ambassador and arms-control director. Mr. Adelman is now co-host of TechCentralStation.com.