Saturday, August 12, 2006

Jihad We Can Live With

A fellow named Jihad el-Khazen – an apparently respectable Arab name – is what you might call a moderate in the Middle East. He despises Israel and thinks the US is an Israeli puppet. He compares Israel to a cancer caused by smoking. He has provided, in this article, a list of pro-Israeli extremists (such as Pipes, Ledeen and Luttwak) along with the outrageous accusations these wicked people have made. (He particularly dislikes the term "Islamofascists".) Nevertheless, he has made two statements that absolve whatever hard feelings he may engender with these remarks.

1. He is against suicide bombing: "If suicide operations targeted soldiers exclusively, I would not object to them, were it not for the fact that they often hurt innocent bystanders along with the criminal. Therefore, once again, I call for them to be stopped."

2. He is for Israeli existence: "I do not want Israel wiped out, but I simply want it isolated behind the very exclusion wall it has built to isolate this cancerous tumor away from us."

I wonder how many more there are like him. And I wonder whether he would be embarrassed to know that the average Israeli would embrace him like a brother and kiss him on both cheeks.

8/12/2006 1:07 PM

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At Saturday, August 12, 2006 5:52:00 PM, Blogger mal said...

interesting view point and maybe one that EVERY one can live with there

At Saturday, August 12, 2006 6:18:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...


I thought you would have something to say about the smoking angle.

Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be able to live with it. I truly believe that the conflict with Israel is being sustained by extremists on the Arab side only. I don't think Israel is innocent, but I do believe they are capable of honest compromise. The destroy-Israel Islamists cannot abide peace if it means that Israelis continue to breathe on planet Earth.

At Friday, August 18, 2006 8:58:00 AM, Blogger mal said...

JJ, sadly I have to agree with you about the extremists. Maybe if mainstream Islam can accept a "reasonabl" compromise the extremists can be isolated to the fringe they belong in. Right now they have a voice in the main stream of Islam and a hand in its pockets and a romantic view from its youth


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