Sunday, March 26, 2006
Anyone who is under occupation would react with suicide bombs
How often have we heard those words from people who seek to justify terrorism? This statement of course makes no sense. The Palestinians are not the first people to ever feel like they are being occupied, and I always say to people what did the Jews do in Europe during WW II?
A Syrian-born psychologist has reached similar conclusions and has had the courage to say it to the Arab world on Al-Jazeera TV.
Since a single interview on Al-Jazeera on February 21, Wafa Sultan, a psychologist now living in the US, has become an overnight sensation. The link to the clip on http://www.memritv.org/ has received over a million hits, and Sultan has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Sunday Times and Le Monde. Sultan, in her original five-minute interview, became the Rosa Parks of the global struggle against jihad: the catalyst whose stubborn courage marks a turning point.
"The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations," Sultan said in that interview. "It is a clash between civilization and backwardness... between barbarity and rationality... between human rights on the one hand and the violation of these rights on the other, between those who treat women like beasts and those who treat them like human beings."
Then she went even further.
"The Jews have come from tragedy and forced the world to respect them," she said, "with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling.
"We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant... Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. ... The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind before they demand that humankind respect them."