MediaMonitors.net – Zarqawi's message hitting home in Arab World – Media Monitors Network (MMN)
by Ray Hanania
Everyone in the Arab World is denouncing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his attacks against the people of Jordan these days.
Itâ€™s politically correct, even though suicide bombings happen elsewhere and no one says a word, especially when the victims are civilians in Israel.
The truth is Zarqawi has a fundamental core base of support in the Arab World, despite the harsh attacks, the strong words of denunciation, and the tragedy Zarqawi brought on his own people â€“ heâ€™s Jordanian and most of the victims of the triple suicide bombings were Arab and Muslim.
And, if we want to win the â€œWar on Terrorism,â€ we had better wake-up.
Yet, deep down, most Arabs and Muslims will forgive Zarqawi, mainly because his attacks are striking home.
For example, many Arabs are wondering out loud why Jordanâ€™s King Abdullah, who claims to be the voice of freedom and Democracy in the Middle East, continues to remain silent as Israel reeks havoc on the Palestinian civilian population.
Israelâ€™s continued abuses of Palestinian rights are outrageous. Yes, Israel has a right to fight the terrorists, but they have no right to destroy the lives of innocent family members who are related to suicide bombers.
And itâ€™s not just in Palestine.
What about in Iraq, where more and more we learn about torture and violations of human rights?
The alleged purpose of the war in Iraq was to free the Iraqi people. Theyâ€™re not free. Theyâ€™re living in a Hell, imprisoned under a new dictatorship that is different only from Saddam Husseinâ€™s tyranny by the fact that the Americans are better are â€œspinningâ€ their actions.
How else can you explain the outrageous decision by the United States to avoid applying the fundamental basic rights of the Fourth Geneva Conventions to Arab prisoners?
Americans should remember that how we mistreat our prisoners will be exactly how other will mistreat our soldiers when they become prisoners.
Why isnâ€™t King Abdullah talking about all this?
Why isnâ€™t that other â€œDemocraticâ€ leader, Egyptâ€™s President Husni Mubarak also denouncing American atrocities in Iraq or Israelâ€™s continued violation of Palestinian rights in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Eact Jerusalem?
The Arab and Muslim â€œstreetâ€ recognizes that Zarqawi is the only person who is championing the rights of the downtrodden. He is the only one who is speaking out against the injustices. He is the only one doing something to fight back.
They know that war is about violence and death, and they are learning from Israeli and the American policies that innocent people are killed and brushed aside all the time without anyone complaining.
So while they are outraged at the death of innocent Arabs and civilians in Amman, Jordan, they also are asking themselves quietly why they should be outraged when the American and Israeli publics are not outraged at all by their own governmentsâ€™ abuses?