We have already discussed some of James Zogby’s bizarre behavior over the years, but did you know that at one point in time he actually placed his hope for peace in Palestine on Ariel Sharon? Read the following passage:
- “Ariel Sharon’s agreeement to recognize an independent Palestinian state represents a significant departure for a leader from the Likud block. Already his opponents within his party have begun to use language about him that they had previously reserved for Prime Minister Rabin and Prime Minister Peres. It will be difficult for him to end settlement and to break with many of his own supporters. He will be able to do so only if President Bush continues to support and pressure Israelis to stay on the path. On the way, the debate in Israel will change and Sharon can win a majority of support as this peace process bears fruit. But it will be difficult, it will require a break with Sharon’s past and his past ideology and it may create intense fighting within the Israeli community. But at the end of the day if this works, the benefits of peace will outweigh the hardships along the way.“
He is implying that a career war criminal and butcher like Sharon is a possible partner for peace with the Arabs, but only if the Americans would place pressure on his more hawkish constituency and critics within Israel. In other words, he’s saying Sharon has transformed himself, turned over a new leaf, and changed his wayward ways, and is now a leader capable of making peace with his Arab neighbors, but needs American help to overcome the enemies of peace in his own camp.
If the reader is able to overcome the initial disbelief of what Zogby is arguing in this passage, which may require a second or third reading, and considers it in the context of Sharon’s personal history, he/she has to conclude that James Zogby is morally bankrupt, and places no value on human life. Even Ariel Sharon can be viewed as a man of peace if Washington’s mainstream madness requires it.
[IKHRAS NOTE] Here in America the following repugnant comparison of openly racist, murderous, armed squatters to an indigenous people defending their homes, land, and lives from violent settler colonialism is considered moderate, balanced, and reasonable.
“At the end of the day, we don’t have to win the hearts and minds of the Gush Emunim and Hamas. We have to win the hearts and minds of the Israelis and Palestinians, thereby isolating these extremist groups and denying them support from the populations in both countries.”
"Shake" Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa
“I talk a lot about Bahrain back in the US. I’ve been here many times before. I’ve seen the changes going on but there’s much story to tell about Bahrain. They say ‘great things come in little packages’ – that ought to be Bahrain’s motto…The country is a beacon of democratic reform…Bahrain is making changes, opening up and making improvements to allow political discussion.”
“We are impressed by the vision, clear-sightedness and positions expressed by His Majesty on the Middle East issues…Morocco, which is holding the chairmanship of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) committee –stemming from the Organization of Islamic Conference– has always been a land of a peace, tolerance and openness“
“An extroardinary man”
“reformer…man of change…the king has undertaken a whole series of reform efforts…”
“She’s smart, she’s eloquent, she’s gracious, and very direct and sincere…Over the years, she developed a gravitas. When she spoke, she spoke like a leader.’’
“I write merely as an American friend and an observer. What’s clear to me is that during the time of King Fahd, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia made remarkable progress…In the face of all these challenges and crises, King Fahd made a strategic decision to deepen the political and military ties that already existed between the US and Saudi Arabia, support a moderate course of action in international affairs, and foster continued domestic development…It was, as we say, “a tough row to hoe.” But as his leadership was challenged, King Fahd responded with decisions to protect his country, its traditions and role, and its development…Even in years of declining oil revenues, domestic development programmes continued and, later in King Fahd’s rule, initial steps were taken towards internal reform…Through it all, the kingdom, under King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah, remained resolute allies of the US”
“By any reasonable measure, King Abdullah II of Jordan’s speech before a joint session of Congress was both smart and courageous…he focused his speech on a thoughtful and passionate appeal…His arguments were compelling…Throughout his remarks he spoke evocatively of Palestinian rights using words rarely heard in the halls of Congress…King Abdullah infused his remarks with a moral and political challenge…But during long stretches you could hear a pin drop in the crowded chamber. From my vantage point in a box overlooking the assembled lawmakers, I saw many members in deep reflection, frequently nodding in agreement with the King’s observations…But there can be no doubt that the King’s speech made an important contribution. It has empowered and invigorated Arab Americans and American Jews who want peace and has provided both with important leverage with which to press their case…King Abdullah used an extraordinary opportunity to deliver an important message. He is to be commended for doing so. The search for an Israeli-Palestinian peace is the core issue, and time is running out. He gave the search for peace his best shot. This is his challenge, to which all of us must now respond.”
“Sheikh Zayed, on the other hand, was a trusted friend and key ally of the US for many decades, a visionary political leader and a humanitarian with an impressive record of relief and reconstruction assistance...Four years ago, I was asked by Abu Dhabi Television (which carries my weekly program, “Viewpoint”) to record interviews with prominent US leaders about the contributions Sheikh Zayed had made to world peace and development…If a man can be known by his friends, then the tributes paid to Sheikh Zayed by this extraordinary collection of US public figures stood as a remarkable testimony to his greatness…First and foremost, I believe it was because Sheikh Zayed was a leader of quiet greatness. He and his country do not blow their horn loudly…Nor do Americans know of the extraordinary humanitarian, relief and reconstruction efforts initiated by Sheikh Zayed…When critics ask, “Have Arabs done good with their wealth?” or “Can Islam coexist with modernity?” One need only look to the UAE to see that the answer to both questions is definitively “Yes.”…a quiet and great leader passed quietly from our midst. He was mourned by Emiratis who lost the father of their country and by Arabs and Muslims everywhere who lost one of the region’s wisest and most visionary leaders…His legacy, however, remains with us and, I believe, efforts should still be made to communicate that legacy in the West. Because it is an antidote to negative stereotypes, his story must be told. If not told, then that legacy can be recast and distorted by those hostile to Arabs and Muslims. The life and contributions of Sheikh Zayed, so revered in the Arab and Muslim world, need to be more broadly appreciated in the US, as well.”