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Submitted by Dr. RJP (United States), Jul 26, 2006 at 15:04

I have often looked upon the Arab "Silent Majority" as one that has given tacit approval to terrorist groups solely by their silence. Terrorists have long believed that all of the Muslim world support their actions, and those who speak out against them are branded as heretics to "true Islam." For entire Arab countries to speak out against their actions must come as a tremendous shock to groups like Hezbollah and Hamas who believe that, when it comes to killing Jews, they can do no wrong.

Despite their continued hatred towards Israel and Jews, it is encouraging to see that other Arabs are "peeking under the sheets" that have covered the true motivations of terrorist organizations. When Hezbollah states that it enjoys placing Arab women and children at risk every time they fire missles from populated areas, it should not take a rocket scientist to figure out that Hezbollah (and Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PLFP, et al.) do not give a rodent's posterior about their "Arab brothers."

If they would also take the time to look behind the hooded masks of Palestinian terrorists, other Arabs would see cold-blooded murderers who kill for killing's sake and for their own selfish, personal glory, and not for the "liberation of Palestine." Arabs will finally "get the message" that, like Israel, their very existence is being threatened by Islamic fundamentalists who wish to topple their governments and forcibly implement Shariah law throughout their countries.

They may even see that the Palestinians themselves are not really interested in securing a state for themselves as much as continuing the pogrom against all Jews in the region. As we have seen in Gaza, Palestinians are incapable of self-rule and totally inept in the art of nation-building. They have lived for three generations in a welfare state imposed on them NOT by Israeli "occupation," but by the surrounding Arab countries who want to (1) prevent them from emigrating to their country, and (2) keep them in squalid camps so as to divert the world's attention, and most importantly, their own citizens' attentjon, away from their own shortcomings.

In what can be considered a true reversal of fortune, Jordan is doing everything it can to make sure that Israel continues to exist, because without Israel, the Hashemite government would be the next target of Palestinian terror groups. In terms of Jew-hating and being anti-Israel, Saudi Arabia is second only to Iran, yet they recognize that a Middle East without Israel would spell doom for them as well.

Arab nations are beginning to see that the "clear and present danger" that a nuclear Iran would pose to them without Israel acting as a buffer. They would not admit in public, though, how worried they are about Iran flexing its muscles. However, by condemning Hezbollah, they are indirectly condemning Iran and sending the message that Iran (and Syria) may be isolating themselves from the rest of the Arab world.

What is desperately needed is a well-respected, Arabic scholar to once and for all, drive a nail into the wall that is the lie about Palestine. All this well-respected, Arabic scholar needs to say is that the ancient land of Israel really did exist exactly where Jews say it is, that Jews inhabited the land well before any Arabs had, that their land was taken from them, and that they have a right to it just as much as Arabs do.

Now, that would really be an epiphany!

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