flotilla was a perfect piece of Islamist theater, revealing an old European hatred Gaza
By Leon de Winter
It's a fascinating phenomenon: Why do people and organizations that present themselves as progressive team up with reactionary Muslims?
The Free Gaza group is just such a Leftist-Islamist alliance. Well,
Here are some more facts—lousy, stubborn facts. Let's look at the infant mortality rate in
Here is another fact. Life expectancy at birth is 73.68 years in
The progressives don't care for any other group of poor or suppressed Muslims. They only cry for the "victims" of the Jews. Why is that so?
One reason is Yasser Arafat, whose genius was to redefine the Palestinian cause in neo-Marxist and anti-imperialist rhetorics. He created a new context for his people: The struggle against colonialism and racism. He was a classic corrupt warlord with an amazing talent to play the Western media and politicians. The progressives adopted the Palestinians as their favorite, quintessential victims of imperialism and colonialism as epitomized by the Zionist state.
Europeans, who represent much of what goes for world opinion, have grown tired of carrying the guilt for the destruction of the Continent's Jews. They have started to long for some form of historical release. That comes in the form of
In progressive European eyes, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict became a conflict without comparison, a unique phenomenon of European victims creating Palestinian victims, which seemed to diminish the weight of the ordinary European mass-slaughter of the Jews.
For decades, our progressive, peace-loving Western activists have been fooled and manipulated by Arab tyrants and now by Turkish and Iranian Islamists. They have allowed themselves to assist in efforts to destroy one of the greatest adventures in modern times: the creation of the State of Israel.
What we have witnessed with the
Mr. de Winter is a Dutch novelist. His latest book is "The Right of Return" (De Bezige Bij ,2008).