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On May 30, 2003, Friedman appeared the Charlie Rose PBS program. Here is an excerpt from that interview:
ROSE: Now that the war is over, and there’s some difficulty with the peace, was it worth doing?
FRIEDMAN: I think it was unquestionably worth doing, Charlie. I think that, looking back, I now certainly feel I understand more what the war was about . . . . What we needed to do was go over to that part of the world, I’m afraid, and burst that bubble. We needed to go over there basically, and take out a very big stick, right in the heart of that world, and burst that bubble. . . .
And what they needed to see was American boys and girls going from house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, and basically saying: which part of this sentence do you understand? You don’t think we care about our open society? . . . . Well, Suck. On. This. That, Charlie, was what this war was about.
We could have hit Saudi Arabia. It was part of that bubble. Could have hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could. That’s the real truth.
Eid ul Adha
an Israeli-American settler, off-duty Israeli army reservist and member of the extremist Kach movement
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is. But the more you read about his support for Muslim suicide bombers, about how he showed up at a public-health seminar with a PowerPoint presentation titled “Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam,” and about his contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric famous for using the Web to support jihadist violence against America — the more it seems that Major Hasan was just another angry jihadist spurred to action by “The Narrative.”
Ponder these words with your deductive reasoning cap, firmly in place. What do we find?
First, Friedman acknowledges that he agrees with the conventional wisdom that Major Hasan “may have been” mentally unbalanced. But then he find, as he no doubt hoped he would, some anti-American moments in the major’s life. He “showed up” at a public-health seminary, with a Powerpoint presentation that carries the ominous title, “Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam.”
Wait, there’s more in that fecund fact-filled paragraph. Major Hasan has had “contacts” with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric famous for using the Web to support jihadist violence against America.”
This leads Friedman to render his judgment , or as he puts it, “the more it seems”, that Hasan “was just another angry jihadist spurred to action by ‘The Narrative'”.
Hasan is no longer mentally unbalanced; by the end of the paragraph he is an “angry jihadist”.
Well, Tom, which is it? A nutcase or a jihadist? Or in your mind, are the two the same?
Friedman doesn’t hang around to clarify his quick shift from nutcase to jihadist. He moves on to the real focus of his column: His attack on The Narrative. I find it fascinating that Tom is now adopting what serves as a new set of marching orders from Israel’s spin-masters.
If you have been following the dialogue that takes place away from the Main Stream Media, the word “narrative” has been frequently employed by supporters of the Palestinian cause who have argued that, thanks to the Main Stream Media in the Western world, there has been only one narrative used to explain the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the Zionist narrative.
I presume Israel’s spin masters sent out the memo, or in Tom’s case, probably gave it to him personally during some of his warm and friendly chats with high level Israeli military and political officials. The spin is this: The Palestinians are starting to succeed in showing the world that the year 1948 was the start of two narratives.
The Zionist narrative has always started with the Holocaust and anti-semitism, the genesis of a permanent state of victimhood that permits Israelis to batter the Palestinians with all the violence required to drive them into virtual prison walls.
Until recent years, that was the only narrative known to the world public. Narrative was not even used as a term by the Zionists. It was simply The Way Things Are.
To compete against The Way Things Are, Palestinians and their supporters have begun to speak of another narrative, one that began with the Nakba (the “catastrophe”), and all that followed, up to , and including, Israel’s massive seizure of Palestinian land, the slaughter of innocents (in battles and attacks that were always deemed ‘defensive actions”), and the steady march of ethnic cleansing that drives Palestinians into caged camps.
Tom Friedman is the media general designated by Israel to lead the Main Stream Media in battle against that Palestinian narrative. Tom has shown himself to be a willing and faithful warrior in the War of Narratives.
He wisely moves away from the Palestinians, knowing his reading public thinks in population blocs. Arabs are Muslims, and Muslims? Well, here is more from Tom’s latest column. This portion starts with the familiar Zionist mantra, “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid” as he describes the evolution of Major Hasan.
“What is scary is that even though he was born, raised and educated in America, The Narrative still got to him.”
You got that people? This guy is no foreign-born ticking time bomb. He was BORN, RAISED AND EDUCATED in America, and he succumbed to THE NARRATIVE. Bring the children into the house. Don’t let them play with Muslims. And make sure all public events that include proponents of The Narrative, are either blocked or attacked.
What is this alternative Narrative that Tom warns us about? His description is chilling, ugly and definitely, fails the Advent smell test:
The Narrative is the cocktail of half-truths, propaganda and outright lies about America that have taken hold in the Arab-Muslim world since 9/11. Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.
Do you know any parents, pastors, church officials, public officials or college presidents, who have cowered before the fear tactics of the Zionist Narrative? I know you do; don’t try and deny it.
Tom is here espousing what has been largely debunked as a description of the dynamics of world power struggles, The War of Civilizations.
Have you wondered lately how best to describe what drives American foreign policy? Tom tells you, using his best neo-con verbiage:
Yes, after two decades in which U.S. foreign policy has been largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny — in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan — a narrative that says America is dedicated to keeping Muslims down is thriving.
Friedman, if you think back, was a cheer leader for the Iraqi war because he believed that WMDs were about to erupt from Iraq, first to strike Israel and then finally, the rest of the world. Who was behind our war against Iraq? The New York Times, with Friedman leading the way, the congressional neo-cons, and of course, Israel,
Most people have repented of that crusade against Iraq, but not our man Friedman and most certainly not Israel. Now instead of WMDs, he scares the West with The Narrative which, he writes, “was concocted by jihadists.”
Then Friedman trots out yet another of his unnamed sources, this time a ” Jordanian-born counterterrorism expert, who asked to remain anonymous”.
Mr. Anonymous told Friedman:
“This narrative is now omnipresent in Arab and Muslim communities in the region and in migrant communities around the world. These communities are bombarded with this narrative in huge doses and on a daily basis. [It says] the West, and right now mostly the U.S. and Israel, is single-handedly and completely responsible for all the grievances of the Arab and the Muslim worlds. Ironically, the vast majority of the media outlets targeting these communities are Arab-government owned — mostly from the Gulf.”
Friedman’s discussion with Mr. Anonoymous leads him to issue one of his set of instructions to a world leader, this time to Barack Obama. He wants the president to give another speech, following up the one he gave in Cairo, saying this:
“Whenever something like Fort Hood happens you say, ‘This is not Islam.’ I believe that. But you keep telling us what Islam isn’t. You need to tell us what it is and show us how its positive interpretations are being promoted in your schools and mosques. If this is not Islam, then why is it that a million Muslims will pour into the streets to protest Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, but not one will take to the streets to protest Muslim suicide bombers who blow up other Muslims, real people, created in the image of God? You need to explain that to us — and to yourselves.”
Friedman started with a question about Major Hasan’s mental instability. He segued quickly, and throughout his column, to a discussion of the War of Civilizations, Islam against the West. It is a leap without evidence and it projects Hasan as the Father of all Islamic evil. What an assignment to place on a mentally unstable man who maintained a questionable connection to a radical Islamic cleric.
It is tempting to suggest to Friedman that he reflect back on the events of February 25, 1994, when 29 Palestinian worshippers were killed and another 125 injured at the massacre at Hebron’s Ibrahim Mosque massacre. The massacre was carried out by Baruch Goldstein, who came from the Kiryat Arba settlement within walking distance of Hebron.
Goldstein opened fire on the worshippers with the an assault rifle and four magazines of ammunition. After the massacre a memorial was erected for Baruch Goldstein at the entrance to Kiryat Arba.
All religions have fanatics who act in horrendous ways contrary to the religious tradition they claim to follow. It is an act of absolute irresponsiblity to use such actions to attack adherents of that religious tradition.