Long Live Arabistan
by Gerald A.
’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter to President George W.
Bush this past May 8th in which, among other things, he proclaimed
’s alleged original sin and the need to create another state for Arabs
in the region.
Well, since he insists, there’s a way to meet at least some of his
As the lion’s share of the original 1920 Mandate of Palestine
was handed over to Arab nationalism in 1922 with the creation of what
would later be renamed
, a more than just partition of the land favoring the Arabs had already
been completed between the two nationalisms competing for it. Indeed,
Arabs wound up with some 80% of the total area.
So, the real place where justice for Arabs has not yet been addressed and
still remains to be achieved is in…hold onto your seats…
During the 7th century C.E., Arab Caliphal imperialist armies burst out of
and colonized, settled, forcibly Arabized, and spread Islam by a
conquering sword in all directions.
(for the Jews’ historic enemies, the Philistines) by conquering Romans
after the second revolt of the Jews for their freedom, became occupied by
Arabs at this time. And so did
as a springboard, southwestern
--Khuzestan province in particular--traded back and forth between invading
Arab and Iranian rulers.
While it became subsequently linked to
despite repeated Arab invasions over the centuries, Khuzestan became so
extensively Arabized that, in Safavid times (16th-18th centuries C.E.),
the province was commonly known as Arabistan. In modern times, not until
’s Reza Shah defeated him in 1924, the Arab Sheikh of Muhammarah ruled
much of the area.
Arabs have remembered all of this very well.
Indeed, once again Iraqi-based Arabs--this time under Saddam's
banner--launched the long and bloody Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s that was
largely fought over this oil-rich and strategically important area…Khuzestan for Persians, Arabistan for Arabs.
To deal with this problem,
has ruthlessly suppressed any manifestations of Arab nationalism by any
and all means necessary. By the early 20th century, a proposal had been
put forward to even outlaw the Arabic language.
More recently, here’s some excerpts as to how the British Ahwazi
Friendship Society reported the situation on July 29, 2005:
The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples
Organisation (UNPO) released a statement condemning the recent violent
repression of ethnic minorities in Iran following the election of
right-wing hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad …Pointing to clashes between
security forces and Ahwazi Arabs and Kurds, Nicola Dell'Arciprete, UNPO
Assistant General Secretary, said: "The UNPO condemns the
Government's repressive policies against all the Iranian citizens. Iran is
a multi-ethnic country in which half of the population belongs to ethnic
minorities such as Azeri, Gilaki and Mazandarani, Kurds, Arabs, Lurs,