A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Friday, August 18, 2006

"We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people."

Jay in England sent me the link to this video. I had not seen it before today, though I am sure it has been shown around the blogosphere. Even so, this is an important video. These excerpts from an interview were aired on terrorist-friendly (supporting) station Al-Jazeera and features Arab-American Psychiatrist Wafa Sultan railing against terrorism. She speaks with great passion. Very interesting to watch. You can see it here. (MEMRI has the video here.)

The transcript is from MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute.

What I especially found interesting were Dr. Sultan's last comments in the clip. She made some very important points, which are definitely worth repeating:

The Jews have come from the tragedy (of the Holocaust), and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. 15 million people, scattered throughout the world, united and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people.

The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.
We who live in the civilized West ought to recognize these statements as things we have thought, but not really put into words. Dr. Sultan is right: when have we seen a Jew blow himself up or blow up a mosque, etc.? They do not behave in such a way because it is uncivilized and barbaric and primitive. Yet, when the Israelis do defend themselves, with military actions, against barbarous and pathetic terrorists, many in the world condemn the Israelis. Israel is right to defend herself. We must all support the Israelis and stop allowing them to do our work for us. We, who support Western Civilization, ought to be there, at the front lines, fighting against the terrorists along with the Israelis.

We need to have Dr. Wafa Sultan address the United Nations and give them a piece of her mind.

More on Dr. Sultan:
-Cox and Forkum from March (with updates the past few months)
-the New York Times actually had a good article on Dr. Sultan back in March
-Time Magazine featured Dr. Sultan as one of its 100 "People Who Shape Our World" back at the end of April

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