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    • roger
    • 10.07.05 | 21:32 (IDT)

    Oh dear, Gideon, if I were a third world or Arab despot I would be dancing a jig after reading your article. You see, Gideon, people like yourself help perpetuate the victimhood felt by Palestinians, Africans and all the rest who in the post-colonial world moan and groan about the role the West plays in their lives. The ONLY country to make a success in this post-colonial world is Israel - simply because it refused to play the victim. Meanwhile, Africa and the Moslem world in general have gone backwards, and will continue to do so while their leaders play footloose and fancy free with the aid money, and the oil revenues. You simply cannot keep blaming the West, whch is trying to introduce the concept of true democracy and freedom to peoples who have never enjoyed either. Force and exploitation played by the very people whom the West has sought to overthrow (at last!) has been, and is, far worse than anything Bush has perpetrated. As far as the Moslems are concerned, I will treat their words of condemnation of world terror with a pinch of salt until I see just one - JUST ONE - of them parade on the streets of London, Istanbul, Madrid and elsewhere calling for an end to the terror perpetrated by their brothers in religion. No, they march in the streets only against the West, from which they gain succour. For pity's sake, Gideon, the Palestinians and Arabs in general, and Africans are not downtrodden by Israel or the West; they are downtrodden by their own cultures. Don't rely on me for that assessment. It was Saeb Eerekat who, at the beginning of the intifada, said: '....we are prisoners of our culture.' And, dear Gideon, a self-incarcerated prisoner is by definition a victim. Bush and Blair are at least trying to show these 'victims' that there is some light at the end of the tunnel, if only they would eschew the values that have led them to stultify and ossify in a fast-moving world.

    from the article: A world path not followed
    First published 00:00 10.07.05 | Last updated 00:00 10.07.05
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