The Left supports pan-Arabism at minority expense

I almost missed this fantastic article by Daniel Greenfield in the Canadian Free Press. No-one loves a good tyranny like the Left; the Left’s criticisms of Zionism are moot, he argues convincingly, while it continues to support the pan-Arabrepression of Middle Eastern minorities.

The left’s worst crime in the Middle East has been its support for the region’s Arab-Muslim majority at the expense of its minorities. It has supported the majority’s terrorism, atrocities, ethnic cleansing and repression of the region’s minorities. Very rarely has it raised a voice in their support, and when it has done so, it was in muted tones completely different from their vigorous defenses of the nationalism of the Arab Muslim majority.

The left is obsessed with the Arab Spring, which rewards the ambitions of Arabist and Islamist activists at the expense of Coptic, African, and other minorities. It is dementedly fixated on statehood for the Arab Muslims of Israel, (better known by their local Palestinian brand), but has little to say about the Kurds in Turkey or the Azeri in Iran. The million Jewish refugees and the vanishing Christians of the region never come up in conversation. They certainly don’t get their own protest rallies or flotillas.

The Africans of Sudan could have used a flotilla, or an entire UN organization dedicated to their welfare, which the Arab Muslims who had failed to wipe out the region’s Jewish minority are the beneficiaries of. But they had to make do with third tier aid.

Unlike the Arab nationalists and Islamists of Libya, the French, English and American air force did not come to their rescue. It came to the rescue of the Libyans who showed their gratitude in the time honored way of the Arab majority by massacring the African minority. All under the beaming smiles of the selective humanitarians of the left. But what’s a little genocide between friends?

The left embraced Pan-Arabism, a race based nationalism, in line with the Soviet Union’s expansionist foreign policy. Pan-Arabism’s socialism made it easy for the left to ignore its overt racism along with the admiration of many of its leading lights for Nazi Germany. The same left which refused to see the Gulags and the ethnic cleansing under the red flag, turned an equally blind eye to the contradiction of condemning Zionism for its ethnic basis, while supporting Pan-Arabism, which was ethnically based.

Under Zionism, Israel retained a sizable Arab minority. The Pan-Arabists, however, drove their Jews out with mob violence, political repression, prisons and public executions. The left’s criticisms of Zionism are rendered moot by their own support for Pan-Arabism, and their own longstanding hostility to Jewish national identity, insisting that socialism demands that Jews assimilate into the dominant race, whether in Russia or Western Europe. In the Middle East and North Africa, Arabization has led to repression of non-Arab minorities and the destruction of other cultures through the insistence on unity through race.

As the sun of Pan-Arabism sets, the left has turned its attention to Pan-Islamism with equal enthusiasm. While Pan-Arabism allowed Christian Arabs some representation, Pan-Islamism excludes based on religion. Having endorsed a racial tyranny, the left has fallen so low that it now champions majority theocracies.

The left’s fledgling support for Kurdish nationalism has faded as Turkey has gone from a secular ally of the Western powers, to an Islamist tyranny dreaming of empire. This perverse twist of affairs has the left abandoning the national struggles of an oppressed people when their rulers align themselves more closely with the bigoted regional majority.

The War on Iraq, which the left hated, removed a tyrant aligned with the region’s Sunni majority and the Libyan campaign, which the left supported, removed a tyrant who had deviated too far from the positions of that majority. So, too, in Egypt, where Mubarak’s excessive tolerance for minorities, led the left to endorse the Pan-Arabist and Pan-Islamist calls for his overthrow. And in Tunisia, where a government tolerant of minorities has been replaced by the Islamists.

The pattern repeats itself over and over again as the left rises in support of racial and theocratic rule. And for all the left’s critiques of American and European foreign policy, its own foreign policy which endorses racial and theocratic rule and works to bring it about is a true crime and blot on the region.

It is no coincidence that the one country in the region that the left hates above all else, is neither Arab nor Muslim. Just as it is no coincidence that the Arab Spring replaces regimes tolerant of minorities with Islamists and Arabists. The left’s true regional agenda is the racist agenda of its Arab members. The Arab Socialists and the Islamists who have defined its regional positions have turned the left into a vehicle for their racial and theocratic agendas.

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  • if I am not mistaken Sionism means lover of
    Sion. Correct me if I am wrong.

    What anonymos said is true. I've heard many Jews from Egypt say that "with Mubarak Israel had nothing to worry about"
    and now?????

  • If one is really worried about the well being of non-Muslims in Egypt and Syria – and I'm deeply disturbed to say this – Mubarak and Assad are/were the best and only solution.
    All the Christians from Egypt and Syria I know did not take part in the protests and are afraid of what will happen now without them.

  • Oh, I know how bad the commentators are at Mondoweiss. The slaughter and enslavement of the Banu Qurayza was 'justified' due to their 'Islamophobia' against him. Jews helping Soviet Jews are railed against as ethnocentric. So on and so fourth.

  • Benjamin
    I can't understand why anyone would expect Mondoweiss, an echo chamber with a bunch of clueless ashkenazis and their handlers, to be anything but irrational and anachronistic.

    When I happen to follow a link there, I am immediately reminded of a very old movie with Anthony Perkins and Sophia Loren – After Germany was defeated the guy was still living in a bunker thinking Germany was winning. And his sister was bringing him old newspapers showing the advance of German troops. Something like that.

  • Sultana latifa you nailed it. The people must be educated and it is a very slow process. From coup to coup assassination to assassination and and from revolution to revolution, the average Egyptian hasn't had a chance to evolve politically.

  • The Egyptian Sprng will turn to autumn.And then disappear into nothing!!!
    That is my personal opinion because you cannot become a democrat from one day to another!
    sultana latifa

  • If you want to see a 'good' example of Leftist support of tyrannies, go to Mondoweiss. Not only have they remained oddly silent, with few articles that seem to have Syria as a main topic, but they've posted a few articles (below) in support of it. It shouldn't be too surprising; after all, what's a bit of blanket hypocrisy and endorsement of mass murderers between anti-'Zionists'?

  • correction:
    . . . In other WORDS, the "Left" and the British Empire shared a policy of supporting pan-Arabism . . . That is, the Left supported an imperialist policy. As Greenfield says, the "Left" was heedless of the welfare of anyone in the Middle East but Arab Muslims, except –I would add– in Turkey where the Bolsheviks supported the Turks against the Armenians.

  • This is a good article which I endorse. But I would add that Britain did a great deal to build up Pan-Arabism, as did the Soviet Union, which Greenfield points out. The UK in fact was the main factor promoting foundation of the Arab League, starting with an important speech by UK foreign minister Anthony Eden just three days before the Farhud in Baghdad on the Shavu`ot holiday in 1941. That pan-Arab policy of Britain may have been the main reason, or one of them, for the failure of the British army –camped just outside Baghdad– to enter the city and stop the massacre of Jews. In other the "Left" and the British Empire shared a policy of supporting pan-Arabism, whatever their motives might have been or however their motives may have differed between them.


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