Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lands of the Unfree

Freedom House has published its report about freedom in the world, 2008. They find 42 countries and 9 territories to be Not Free, the report I've linked to focuses mostly on the 17 countries and 4 territories that are the worst of all.

The Middle East is represented by Lybia, Syria, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. (I expect Iran wil be in the report for 2009).

The Palestinians aren't on the list. Or rather, they are, higher up in the Not Free category, and while this is not only because of Israel it is partially so, and this is bad. Still, they're not in the 21 worst places to be described in the report. Which then raises the question, why do some people think the Palestinians have it worse than anyone else? And what are we to make of American, British, Argentinian or other bloggers activists and noise-makers, who willfully overlook the suffering of tens of millions of people in order to focus mainly or exclusively on Israel's crimes in denying freedom?

I'm not defending Israel in this post; I'm attacking Israel's detractors.


Folderol said...

My point exactly in this post:

Muknee said...

Just a couple of excerpts from the Muslim Brotherhood Manifesto:

Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support.

Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims.

Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination.

Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them.

Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine.

Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement.

Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world.

In reading The Manifesto, it should be kept in mind that it was drafted in 1982 when current tensions and terrorist activities in the Middle East were still very nascent. In many respects, The Project is extremely prescient for outlining the bulk of Islamist action, whether by “moderate” Islamist organizations or outright terror groups, over the past two decades.

Yossi K. said...

Good points, well said, but the year is 2009.