Uncle Boutros and Uncle Tom…A Lesson In Arab Tolerance
by Gerald A. Honigman
My friend and scholar, Jerry Gordon, sent
me a note the other day alerting me to Diane West’s great article in the
The Washington Times referring to the essential historian, Bat Ye’or’s,
writings on dhimmitude.
Having written somewhat
myself on the subject of the forced Arabization of much of the region’s
lands and peoples since Muhammad’s successors burst out of the Arabian
Peninsula in the 7th century C.E. and spread Islam by their imperial
Caliphal sword in all directions, events of late sired in Denmark also had
me thinking anew on this subject.
How deadly ironic,
hypocritical, and worse that Arabs and their lackeys--who habitually
demonize both Jews and their religion in the media, religious sermons, and
elsewhere--explode in world-wide rage because some Danes suggested that
since many, if not most, of the conflicts going on in the world today
involve Muslims, that their religion might just have something to do with
this. And as if the age-old concept of the Dar ul-Islam versus the Dar al-Harb
was just a Zionist concoction or such.
A listening to or a reading
of even the so-called “moderate” Arab media in Jordan, Egypt, and
Saudia Arabia routinely appears as if it has been lifted right out of
Hitler’s Der Sturmer. The same goes for the land of the Arabs’ Iranian
While dhimmitude primarily
refers to the plight of conquered, native Christian and Jewish
populations, the People of the Book, keep in mind that Arab racist
attitudes also extended to those who--to jump on the winning bandwagon,
escape taxation, and so forth--became Muslims. And those who were not ahl
al-Kitab either usually converted or were massacred.
The Abbasid Revolution in
the 8th century C. E. largely occurred because of the disgust of the
converted Mawali populations with the blatant Arabism of the Umayyads. And
in the age of nationalism centuries later, hundreds of thousands of
Muslims--but non-Arabs--would continue to be slaughtered in the name of
the Arab nation…Berbers, Black Africans, Kurds, and so forth.
Keep in mind that these are
the same folks who like to lecture about Zionist racism…you know, those
same Jews who made Arabic the second official language of their state,
have Arab representatives in the Knesset who routinely side with Hamas
(which denies Israel‘s right to exist), and so forth.
All of this made me think
about some famous quotes I had come across during my own doctoral study
In Amos Elon’s Flight Into
Egypt (New York, 1980), he reviewed his encounters with the late President
Sadat’s Foreign Minister, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The latter would
later become Secretary General of the United Nations.
A Copt--i.e. a descendant of
’s now subjugated, ancient, pre-Arab Christian people--it was largely
believed that Boutros-Ghali was chosen for this post precisely because of
his unquestioned, assured loyalty. Centuries of dhimmitude could be
expected to have done its thing. And it did.
Listen carefully to some
excerpts regarding this Copt’s advice to Elon, a prominent Israeli
In his office, there is a
map of the Middle East on which Israel is still blacked out…Israel must
integrate by accepting the nature of the area…that nature that is
Arab…In a tape of a long discourse delivered in 1975 to Professor
Brecher he proclaimed that…in the vast area between the Persian Gulf and
the Atlantic Ocean everyone had to be Arab or risk continuing
strife…Still, Boutros-Ghali felt that there might be a solution.
could become an Arab country. Most Israelis were (Jewish) immigrants from
Arab countries anyway ( pp.84-91).
While this might be a great
answer to Iran’s Ahmadinejad, who likes to claim a European origin for
all of Israel‘s Jews, please pardon my nausea anyway.
But now think about what’s
going on all around the Middle East…the subjugation and at times
outlawing of fellow Muslim--but non-Arab--Kurdish, Berber, and so forth
languages and cultures ( i.e. Kurdish kids being forced to sing songs
praising their “Arab” identities today in Syria and such), continuing
slaughter of both Muslim and non-Muslim black Africans in the Sudan
and elsewhere, etc.
Meanwhile, the Arabs’
oil-addicted sycophants and/or fellow anti-Semites look on and act
as if they’re all deaf, dumb, and blind. If
was involved , there would be trials in
, United Nations hearings, and so forth…and with the United States State
Department likely joining the chorus.
To learn more about all of
this, other scholars, besides the Egyptian Jewess Bat Ye’or, have also
made important contributions. One, in particular, Professor Albert Memmi,
a Tunisian-born Jew at the Sorbonne, wrote a short but powerful work also
exposing firsthand, like Bat Ye’or, dhimmitude…and what needs to be
done about it. Memmi supported Tunisia’s struggle for independence from
France, and the mere four lines on the opening page to his book, Jews And
Arabs, say it all…
To my Jewish bothers
To my Arab brothers
so that we can all
be free men at last…
Compare this to
Boutros-Ghali’s pathetic advice.
In fairness, in contrast to
Copts who daily fear for their very lives in
, a reading of what they have to say about these things when they flee
abroad is telling as well. Ditto for Christian, pre-Arab Lebanese,
Assyrians, Armenians, and others.
In 1852, Harriet Beecher
Stowe authored a famous antislavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in which
she wrote of the blacks’ expected servile behavior towards their white
Indeed, this is the Arabs’
predominant idea of “tolerance”…a whole region of Uncle Boutroses.
So, the recent explosive
episodes regarding the cartoons in
should really have not been unexpected.
Arabs and too many of
their non-Arab, but fellow Muslim wannabes typically believe that
others may not indulge in what they routinely do to others, often many
The litmus test for the
Muslim non-Arab too often becomes out-Arabing the Arab in hatred of the
Jew, subjugation of the dhimmi, and/or defense of the faith…a faith
which, after all, was shoved down their own throats, either directly or
indirectly, centuries earlier by the imperial conquests of the Arabs.
Hopefully, the eyes of even
the most naïve will at last open to the consequences of continuing to
allow Arabs free reign with their hypocrisy and double standards.
And that thorn-in-the-side
state of the scorned kilab yahud “Jew dogs”--as Arabs like to call
it--is on the front lines for all the rest of the Dar ul-Harb…the realm
of war in Islam’s eyes.
While there are Muslims who
disagree with the jihadists, the sad fact is that the militants are in the
ascendancy, forcing all but a relatively few brave souls into silence or
to cower behind them.
Wise up, World, before it’s too late.