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Roger L. Simon

The Arab World’s Heroin Problem Meets the Left’s Racism

June 13th, 2013 - 8:41 am

Of all the many extraordinary sites and sounds from the Israel trip from which I have just returned, the view from the high point of Kibbutz Misgav Am, in the extreme north, down into Lebanon is the one I am unable to get out of my mind.

You look in the Israel direction and see richly cultivated farmland running across the Hula Valley for miles and miles almost to the horizon. You look into Lebanon and you see sporadic small olive groves, abandoned homes interspersed with inhabited ones and uncultivated hard-scrabble land running on forever.

The difference is almost surreal since the land itself is the same on both sides of the border. Anyone could farm it. You just have to have the will to do it. (Much of that land, I was told, was riddled with underground tunnels through which to attack Israel.)

You notice a similar disparity between Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on the West Bank.

Of course the soi-disant “progressive” explanation for the dramatic difference is the Israeli occupation. Never mind the Israelis are not occupying Lebanon – they must be doing it in some spiritual manner.

But only the likes of UN rapporteur and UCSB professor Richard Falk could actually believe that nonsense.

When I say “the likes of” I am acknowledging there are many similar (though few as bad as Falk), but I will get back to them in a second.

Imagine for a moment the Arab standing on his land whether in Lebanon or the West Bank and looking down or across into Israel. What must he be thinking? (This would also include, to varying degrees, those living inside Israel.)

Their first reaction would most likely be a form of shame – why can’t we do that? But shame is a difficult emotion to “contain” in the psychoanalytic sense. In order to quiet it, you have to do something about it, improve your situation yourself to gain self-respect.

An easier reaction, a quick amelioration of shame, is a combination of rage and blame – and that is what we have seen all over the Arab Middle East for decades. And, as we know, this unremitting anger is justified and exacerbated — and, to a great degree, caused — by religious fundamentalism.

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ISLAMISTS DESTROY, THE WEST BUILDS.
At the turn of the last century, countless Jews died of malaria while draining the swampland that was the Hula Valley. They took land that had been neglected for centuries and made it productive. In fact, that's what they did all over Israel. The Jewish state has the knowledge, technology and will to help its neighbors grow. Unfortunately its neighbors, like Egypt, aren't looking to the future. All they can do is revel in the past -- the myth of what was. They don't have the vision to see what a world of peace and mutual friendship can be.


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"...Their first reaction would most likely be a form of shame – why can’t we do that?..."

Dead wrong, Roger. Merely your civilized westerner's projection of what you imagine an Arab would feel. Their first reaction--and their last--is that of an Arab brigand named Mohamed greedily eyeing the fabulously wealthy and cultured Jewish city of Medina.

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More and more, I must agree, over-generous aid, whether foreign or welfare for our own citizens, is totally counterproductive.
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Roger, you forgot another possibility in reaction to a cut off in aid...sometimes when you cut your cousin off, he kills you and your entire family and steals your credit cards. That is not to say that I think we should continue to support these people, but I am not sure that even cutting them off will save them...or us.
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The cut-off of aid idea is like the nuke solution (one bomb, etc.) to thorny problems. If we cut off aid to Eqypt, its people would starve. If we cut off aid to the PA, they'd starve. Until the EU and UN took up the slack. Some problems just aren't solvable. You could turn the heroin addict away and he might cure himself. More likely he'd wind up dead or in jail.
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Bernard Lewis' "Roots of Muslim Rage" confirms much of what you've written. The fundamental source is Islam's failure to deliver on its promises while infidels lead superior lives. Giving cash to the angry will not palliate this rage. It subsidizes the inevitable lashing out. Boston anyone?
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The Left views all things rich and poor through the prism of the movie Trading Places. Where your life's works are reduced down to two filthy rich old men who control the stock market gets to pick the winners and losers in life and if they pick you than your a rich successful guy, no matter what your character, work ethics, or education is.
It's interesting because isn't that just what Barak Obama and his cohorts are doing with "green energy jobs." They dole out the money and make the winners and losers of society. Only, it turns out that is not the only ingredient needed for success and wealth. But alas, they never look close enough at the results only the process which is why the Left is as wrong as wrong can be.
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I recommend Dambisa Moyo on this subject of Western Aid to the 3rd World.

Google for articles and videos. Her book is called Dead Aid

On a side note: Bill Gates just called the Zambian Dambisa Moyo "evil."

http://www.bookerrising.net/2013/06/dambisa-moyo-responds-to-being-called.html

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"And, as we know, this unremitting anger is justified and exacerbated — and, to a great degree, caused — by religious fundamentalism."

Not exactly. It isn't generic religious fundamentalism. It is Islam in any form.

It seems to the Western mind that anyone else would look at the success of Israeli's and want to emulate them so they could enjoy the same benefits. But not the Muslims. Their mind numbing religion blinds them to rational thought.

If those with sympathy towards Muslims really felt compassion for them and wanted to help them they would do everything they could to free them from their "religion of human destruction."

I agree that any Islamic country should receive no aid whatsoever, humanitarian or otherwise. They should be left to enjoy the fruits of their religion.

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"Ironically, in a bizarre switch, it is the Left that has taken over the “white man’s burden.”

I have been thinking the same thing lately, but after more thought I think it is more accurately "The condescending left assuming the "The Superior Person's Burden" (gender neutral , of course) because they want to enable the Muslim "victims" and remake the "inferior right wingers".
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Why would the progressives view the arabs any different than they view the rest of their collection of victims? Blacks cannot get a job on their own and require affirmative action laws - same for women - same for native indians - same for gays and lesbians - its a long list of victims. And that list is what the modern democrat party is largely made up of - victims. Is it no wonder why they whine so much?
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Hey this story is similar to the 47 percent here in the US. The more money the get from the government the more they feel entitled and then do nothing to better themselves.
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The problem with the left is that they are not on racist but they hate their own culture as well. They hate our success - starting in Sparta which led to Greece, on to Rome, Europe which led to the UK and lastly to America. 3000 years of success just galls them. So their solution isn't to bring enlightenment to the "savages," it is to break the back of the west to lower our standard of living to that of the "savages." Once everyone is on a level playing field - one of squalor - they will rule with an iron fist.
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ISLAMISTS DESTROY, THE WEST BUILDS.
At the turn of the last century, countless Jews died of malaria while draining the swampland that was the Hula Valley. They took land that had been neglected for centuries and made it productive. In fact, that's what they did all over Israel. The Jewish state has the knowledge, technology and will to help its neighbors grow. Unfortunately its neighbors, like Egypt, aren't looking to the future. All they can do is revel in the past -- the myth of what was. They don't have the vision to see what a world of peace and mutual friendship can be.


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