Why does the death toll of Operation Cast Lead continue to draw the attention of the media when the deaths of Muslims at the hands of other Muslims get barely any mention? Maybe it's because keeping track of all of the deaths at the hands of Islamists would just be too time consuming.
After all, last year alone, there were Islamist attacks in:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chechnya, China, Dagestan, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gaza, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ingushetia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Yemen.
That is a total of 41 territories with approximately 10,785 murders and 18,235 injured victims.--go to The Religion of Peace for the gruesome details behind the murders and injuries of the victims.
An article in Maariv A Homemade Genocide, points out that if you calculate all the Arabs killed from all the Arab-Israeli conflicts--
The total count reaches about 60,000 Arabs killed in the framework of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Among them only several thousand Palestinians, although it is because of them, and only them, that Israel is the target of the world’s anger. Every Arab and Muslim death is regrettable. And it is okay to criticize Israel. But the obsessive and demonic criticism emphasizes a far more amazing fact: The silence of the world, or at least relative silence, in the face of the systematic extermination of millions of others by Muslim and Arab regimes.
Here are some of the numbers
|Algeria||500,000 to 1 million in the war of independence from France; 100,000 in the civil war in the 90’s.|
|Sudan||2.6 million to 3 million|
|Afghanistan||One million to one and a half million, as a result of the Soviet invasion;|
about one million in the civil war.
|Somalia||400,000 to 550,000 victims in the civil war.|
|Bangladesh||1.4 million to 2 million killed by Pakistan|
|Indonesia||400,000 killed, with an additional 100,000 to 200,000 in East Timor|
|Iraq||Iraq Summary: 1.54 million to 2 million victims.|
Iran Summary: 450,000 to 970,000 victims.
|Yemen||100,000 to 150,000 fatalities|
|Chechnya||80,000 to 300,000 fatalities|
In 1983, in a chapter he added to his book The Arab Mind, Rafael Patai lists Muslim vs. Muslim conflicts that took place from 1970 through 1983 alone:
1. Intermittent disputes involving border warfare and assassinations between South Yemen on the one hand, and North Yemen and Saudi Arabia, on the other since the early 1970's. A brief but fierce border war between the two Yemens took place as recently as March, 1979.
2. A major and bloody, albeit brief, conflict between Jordan and Palestinian guerrillas in 1970, complicated by Syrian intervention.
3. Fighting between the Kurds and the Iraqis, which lasted several years.
4. A bloody conflict between Northern and Southern Sudan, 1956-1972.
5. Clashes between South Yemen and Oman, linked to the Dhofar rebellion, 1972-1976.
6. A tripartite conflict between Algeria on the one hand and Morocco and Mauritania, on the other, over the control of the former Spanish Sahara, beginning in 1976 and subsequently transformed into guerrilla warfare against Morocco by the Polisario, the freedom fighters of the Western Sahara, supported by Algeria and Libya, which was still in progress in 1982.
7. Intermittent hostility, and actual border fighting, including air attacks, between Egypt and Libya in 1977.
8. The Lebanese civil war, which began in 1975, involving two outside parties, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization, still unresolved in early 1982.
9. The invasion of Chad by Libya in 1980.
10. The war between Iraq and Iran, which began in the fall of 1980, in which Iraq is supported by Jordan and Iran by Syria, making it in effect, an inter-Arab conflict. It was still in progress in early 1982.
11. In February, 1982, a conflict flared up between the Syrian government and Muslim fundamentalists in the Syrian city of Hama, in which several thousands were killed and major parts of Hama were destroyed. [p.357-358]
The Maariv article mentions that:
Since WWII, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the national conflict with the lowest number of victims, but with the world’s highest number of publications hostile to Israel in the media and in the Academia. [emphasis added]
So what is going on? Why is Israel not only being singled out for condemnation, but being blamed as the source for unrest in the Middle East and terrorism around the world?
The article uses words like "obsession," "anti-Semitism," and "cover up"--among others--in trying to explain the obvious bias and the obfuscation of the modern history of the Middle East and of the current war between Islamists and the West. Moslems, for the most part, refuse to accept responsibility for the heightened tensions. Instead, they are ready to blame others while twisting any criticism for the obvious ties between Moslems and the current terror threat into an attack upon Islam. Democracies are reeling under the threat of growing Moslem majorities who refuse to assimilate into the culture and speak of imposing Islamic law. The right of Free Speech has become paralyzed as it is successfully limited as to where it can be applied.
But the only consistent action the West has managed to take with all the threats it faces is to gang up on Israel and try to force a peace down it's throat that will do nothing to resolve the problems facing Israel, the Middle East, or the West as a whole.
Enough of the charade.