Sunday, March 15, 2009

Arabs Play the "Anti-Semtism" Card re Sudan

Arabs are crying "Imperialism" and "Islamophopia" in reaction to the International Criminal Court's indictment of Sudanese President Omar Bashir for war crimes and genocide in Darfur. After years of apologizing or outright condoning Sudan's murderous policies in Darfur, Arab's are now outraged when "the West" now acts forcefully to try to stop the killings and human rights abuses. They are claiming this is just a continuation of age old Western imperialism in the Middle East, and based on Western stereotypes of Arabs a primitive, cruel and immoral.

There may be some truth in their claims. But it does not mean that Bashir, and Sudan, are innocent. They are not, and they need to be stopped and certainly deserve whatever justice can be meted out. The West's motives may be suspect in this case, but the case itself is a good one. Instead of bemoaning Islamophobia, it would be better if more Arabs themselves condemned Bashir, and used there influence to stop the atrocities in Darfur.

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Various groups have been threatening to bring Israel military and civilian leaders the International Court for war crimes in Gaza and elsewhere. Jews have been screaming "antisemitism". Read above for my analysis.


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