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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-27

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Iraq's Target: Israel

Compound that with the
111,1 hen, and the
reality of Muslim societies —
operative word
poorly educated, wallowing in
here is "when,"
poverty and almost to a per-
the United
son, destitute. The result is a
States invades Iraq whether by
society that is culturally and
land, sea or air, it is abundant-
physically and monetarily
ly clear that Israel will imme-
Islam might be
diately fall victim to a hail-
a religion, but it is also, per-
storm of Saddam Hussein's
haps predominately, a society.
Specia 1
In the Arab world, even non-
Commen Lary Muslims --- Christians, Copts,
Why? For one practical rea-
son. Israel is a stationary tar-
Armenians — are treated to
get. Israel is a nearby enemy
the same biases and hence, to
within a landmass. Israel does not,
the same lifestyle.
cannot, be on the move. The United
Hitting them in the face, right
States and Britain are far away. Their
shuck in the middle of all of this
forces are small and their forces are
poverty is Israel, a Western success
forever on the move.
story. Israel is a democratic society that
And for one theoretical reason.
respects all citizens, even and including
Theoretically, Hussein needs to, once
women. The issue of women and
again, turn his missiles on Israel
women's rights must not be underesti-
because Israel represents everythin g
mated in the Muslim and Arab world.
that is evil in his eyes. Attacking Israel
Theirs is a world in which the role of
galvanizes, even more — unifies, the
women is not even an agenda item.
Arab and Muslim worlds
There are practical and there are theo-
Does it make any sense? At
first, no, it doesn't make any
sense at all. The United States
and its ally, Great Britain, send
fighter jets and blow up major
sections of Baghdad and
Baghdad's response is to send
missiles racing toward Tel Aviv.
But it doesn't have to make
sense to you, to me or to any
Western-thinking mind. It makes
sense to Hussein. And it appears
logical to most of the Arab and
retical reasons for Hussein's attack
Muslim world.
against Israel. Now compound that with
The Muslim and Arab world see the
the real reason, envy. Envy is why Israel
U.S. and Israel in cahoots. They even
would be hit by rockets from Iraq.
blame Israel and the CIA — I repeat,
Israel is seen as a mini-United States
Israel and the CIA, as if they were co-
in the Middle East. In the eyes of
workers, cohorts — for the bombing
Hussein and those like him, Israel is
of the World Trade Center in New
exactly what the United States is: a
York City and for the rest of Sept. 11,
non-Muslim, Western, free democracy.
Israel is a great success. Most of the
Israel's very existence is a threat to
Arab countries are dismal failures. In
Hussein and his world. Israel repre-
this little Western democracy, the areas
sents what Islam has the most difficul-
of high tech, medicine and agriculture
ty tolerating — non-Muslim success!
flourish. The desert, literally, blooms.
The Arab and Muslim worlds are
Aside from palaces and hotels and
not capable of understanding that
casinos, most Arab lands are, for the
g reat societies can succeed in many
most part, wastelands.
ways. It is not a part of their moral,
There is one more reason: prejudice.
cultural or ethical lexicon. Arab and
Prejudice and hate wrapped up in the
Muslim society cannot conceive that
guise of religion. Plain and simple,
non-Muslims can culturally conquer
Israel is a state composed of a majority
the world. The world, they believe,
of Jews. That hurts Hussein and his co-
was conquered by them many years
religionists. More, it humiliates him.
ago and so, should still be, rightfully
So, yes, the United States will strike.
And Israel will be struck. Last time
this happened, Israel did not strike
Micah D. Halpern is a Middle East
back. This time . . . it all depends. It
analyst and an expert on terrorism. E-
just might happen sooner than we
mail: JcommMicah@aolcorn
expect. ❑

Israel represents what
Islam has difficulty
non-Muslim success.

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