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August 30, 2013

Muslims Killing Muslims

Roy Meachum

From every survey, Americans are four-square behind the idea that Washington should absolutely not intervene in Syria. They reflect the Kremlin’s opinion – although Moscow weighed in for the investigation into the chemical attacks last week.


How different from September 11, 2001?


That day of infamy generated such a desire for revenge. President George W. Bush and, most of all, Vice President Dick Cheney, led the nation in invading Iraq a year and half later. Allies disagreed. They never bought that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. They are currently arguing against intervention in Syria – in any form.


Barack Obama’s record is that he’s pulling out troops and bringing them home. Any Syrian intervention promises the danger of calling him a hypocrite. Both Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry came out with statements that presage U.S. action.


Of course, the polls must be weighed against the anti-Muslim prejudice in this country, brought on by such incidents as 9/11. Since most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, how did Iraqis get the onus?


That reflects the British colonial history combined with latter-day events, e.g., Washington was the first nation to recognize the Jewish state on what was accepted as Palestine for centuries. Most of Harry S Truman’s cabinet disagreed; it did them no good. They understood the Arab mentality better than the president.


Americans easily accept the proposition of Muslims killing Muslims, like in this country black violence vs. blacks passes as “normal,” unless it goes too far – and involves whites. At least, we are consistent in believing the idea of racial discrimination against Latinos, Asians and African-Americans.


France, backed up by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, has announced already it’s waiting to go into Syria. It’s noted that Paris was the colonial master in Damascus after World War I. Together with London, it divided up the Ottoman Empire, except for Turkey that realized independence under Mustafa Kamal Ataturk. In my years in Europe, the French spoke consistently of “sales Arabes” – dirty Arabs. I never heard them referred to, without the adjective.


In America, we’re more confused; it’s Muslims we hate, seldom the Arabs. After all, we can’t dignify Palestinians, as recognizing them as human beings. The Zionist slogan – “A land without people” – came to life among the New Yorkers and other people in various parts of the country. To a certain extent, Zionism was created for Americans who were its principal funders. It existed before we knew about the Holocaust but was ready to cash in on the horrible atrocities.


There is word that Israel will capitalize on the Syrian crisis: the Jewish defense forces are assembling in the Golan Heights that Jerusalem annexed from Damascus after the 1967 Six-Day War. I was in Rome that early summer, reporting for CBS News. The big thing I remember was all the Russians in the Mediterranean. Currently, Moscow is the protector for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but, as noted, the Kremlin wants to know about the chemical attack.


Whatever President Obama decides, there will be criticisms and hell to pay!


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