Palestine yesterday, Iraq today!
turn comes tomorrow?
During a gathering with some Asian, European and
American friends and colleagues, we talked about the
grave and touching events in Palestine - events that are
probably unprecedented politically and militarily.
Everyone expressed their displeasure and discomfort with
the Arabs seeking the help of the US and Europe to solve
their problems and heal their wounds. Some thought that
the time has come for the Arabs to put their hands
together, like any other nation, and solve their
problems and disagreements themselves.
Because I believe that the opinions and comments
expressed at that gathering were quite important, I wish
to convey to the readers some of them.
One of those present said that the Israeli acts in the
Palestinian occupied territories such as assassinations,
murdering of children, breaching all beliefs, laws and
religions, constitute an attempt to wipe out a whole
nation, not only geographically, but probably from the
Another friend pointed out to the horrible Israeli
decision to execute a head of state under the guise and
pretext of deporting him from his homeland.
A third friend interrupted to say that at the moment the
Israeli decision was announced, it constituted a
violation of a president's right to live in dignity and
immunity in his country and amongst his people.
Actually, it constitutes as well a flagrant call to
exterminate the Palestinian President, following the
ongoing annihilation of his people.
It was my turn to express my opinion. I pointed out to
the fact that the nature of the Zionist State, since its
very early days, would produce nothing but such criminal
acts. Consequently, its culture and attitude were
restricted to a one-way path that leads only to more
Another friend, an Asian, said that what he couldn't
comprehend, accept or justify, is this prevailing
suspicious and disgraceful silence from the rest of the
"What does not make sense", he added, "is that many Arab
countries-people and rulers-can't even stand to denounce
Sharon, who is attempting to crush the Palestinian
people and their valiant resistance of the occupation".
We all agreed that the Israeli leadership is attempting,
in their devious ways, to assassinate the Palestinian
people through murdering their leaders one after the
other; those leaders who are safeguarding Arab and
Muslim honor, and who are protecting this nation from
Another friend from Europe said that expelling Arafat, a
leader elected legally by his people, and who enjoys
international legitimacy, is an insult, not only for the
Arabs, but also for the whole world. He wondered how
Israel dares to take such decision, and why the Arab
states continue to turn a blind eye to this serious
issue, satisfied by only issuing calls for help and
statements of denunciation, or requesting European and
US intervention to solve the problem.
Another friend pointed out that America is the
supporter, ally and full partner of Israel. So, how
could the jailer and executor be asked to be fair to his
victims? He added that this applies to the American
administrations, and not to the American people, as many
of them understand the seriousness of the Arab problems,
especially the conflict concerning Palestine.He called
on the Arabs to stop their escapism and their relying on
others and to stand as one man in support of the
Palestinian people- a matter that they have to
capability to do. He also stressed that the appeals made
by presidents and officials, requesting Europe or
America to interfere are a waste of time.He stressed that neither America, nor Europe will
respond, and wondered why some Arabs do not even dare to
criticize the US administration; and how could they ask
for help in resulting regional problems, knowing well
the extent of the disregard for the Arabs and their
I interrupted, to affirm that supporting the Palestinian
cause requires a firm resolution that could be taken
only by people who strongly believe in the justice of
One of those present noted sadly:"
Palestine, today is Iraq. Whose turn comes tomorrow?"
I believe that we should cease our appeals that lead us
nowhere. Let's rely on ourselves once for a change, and
not seek the help of the West. It is also time to stop
relying on the US, which extends unlimited support to
our enemy. We are the only party that knows what is the
solution, because we know what is the problem in its
Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor