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June 07, 2009

オバマのカイロ演説

 オバマのカイロ演説は、アメリカの中近東やイスラエル政策だけではなく、国際社会そのものの大きな変化になるだろう。アメリカの新しい外交の始まりである。イートスウッドの『グラン・トリノ』が、これからのアメリカは異文化への寛容をもう一度取り戻すことと暴力の連鎖を自ら断ち切ることの必要性を述べていたことに応じるかのように、オバマは新しいアメリカの外交をイスラム社会に語った。今後、アメリカの外交が大きく転換するのならば、この演説は歴史に残る演説になるだろう。これを聴いていると、イスラム社会を敵対視し、イスラエルを擁護する共和党ブッシュ時代というのはつくづく間違った時代だったということがよくわかる。As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." なんてキリスト教右派が多い共和党には言えないであろう。

President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World from Cairo, Egypt

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今日のBest of Webより:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124422029369889475.html

One point we made was that the president had conflated the Palestinian "dislocation" following the birth of Israel and the Arabs' war on it with the Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank and Gaza after the Six Day War, two decades later--not even mentioning that the disputed territories were under Jordanian and Egyptian occupation during the interim.

One reader wrote to us and gamely insisted that since Obama had not stipulated which occupation he was talking about, his comments should be read as referring to the Arab occupation as well. Maybe, but we'd be less surprised to learn that he doesn't know about the Arab occupation, which is usually left out of the popular narrative. In any case, the Jerusalem Post has an enlightening op-ed by "veteran journalist" Eliezer Whartman, who visited Gaza just after the Israelis took over and "encountered a territory that bore stark witness to Egyptian aggression, callousness and inhumanity." He describes the conditions that prevailed under Egyptian rule:

There were no elections. A puppet government automatically ratified all legislation that the governor brought before it. In 1965, even this façade of local autonomy collapsed when the Egyptian army dismissed the legislature.

The secret police probed everywhere. No one was immune from sudden arrest and unlimited imprisonment without trial or, at best, a secret trial. The jails were always full and torture was common. There was official censorship of the press and mail, and telephone lines were regularly tapped.

For nearly 19 years, the inhabitants of the Strip were prohibited from leaving their homes from 9 p.m. until dawn on pain of death. This curfew was enforced by roadblocks. Men between 18 and 40 were prohibited from traveling to Egypt unless they were fortunate enough to secure permits. If they failed to return at the expiration of their permit, the military authorities took steps against their families.

The Egyptians seized property at will, while refugees were prohibited from owning land.

Of course, this was a long time ago--but the founding of Israel was even longer ago, and those who style themselves "pro-Palestinian" are happy to nurture grievances from that era while excusing Arab regimes for perpetuating rather than seeking to ameliorate the Palestinians' plight. Whartman quotes from an interview Egypt's deputy Gaza governor gave to a Danish newspaper in February 1967:

Question: Why not send the refugees to other Arab countries? Syria would no doubt be able to absorb a vast number of them. Are you afraid that national bonds with Palestine will be loosened, that the hatred against Israel will vanish if they become ordinary citizens?

Answer: As a matter of fact, you are right. Syria could take all of them, and the problem would be solved. But we do not want that. They are to return to Palestine.

UNRWA [the U.N. Relief and Works Agency] reported in 1956: "One of the obstacles to the achievement of the General Assembly's goal of making the refugees self-supporting continues to be the opposition of the governments in the area."

Ralph Galloway, an UNRWA official who quit in frustration, observed bitterly: "The Arab states don't want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don't give a damn whether the refugees live or die."

Plus ça change. President Obama, like many before him, is deluding himself if he thinks he can resolve the problem without acknowledging the Arab dictators' interest in perpetuating it.

リベラルの方々にとっては歴史は無視すべきものですよね。

MikeRossTky

Posted by: | June 08, 2009 at 09:22 PM

Remember Deir Yassin massacre!!
パレスチナ問題は、イスラエルによるパレスチナ人の虐殺から始まりました。

Posted by: 真魚 | June 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM

真魚さん、

間違った歴史を”信じては”いけませんよ。

パレスチナ問題は明日にでも終わらせる事は可能です。パレスチナ庶民に自由な暮らしを保障するパレスチナ政治家が立ち上がれれば。問題はそのような政治家が既存のパレスチナ政府によって殺されている現状です。

ちなみに、ノーベル賞をもらったパレスチナの方は300億円と言うお金をスイスの銀行に。そのお金はどこから? なぜ、彼の口座に? 同じノーベル賞をあなたのヒーローがいただいていますね。

MikeRosstky

Posted by: MikeRossTky | June 14, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Mike,

Deir Yassin massacreはイスラエルの"AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH"!!
イスラエルはパレスチナの侵略者であることは歴史の事実です。
事実を否定する。これが共和党支持者です。

Posted by: 真魚 | June 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM

Wikiによると:

Lapidot writes that the attack on the village was important for two reasons. First, Deir Yassin posed a threat to Jewish neigborhoods and the main road to the coastal plain. Secondly, he writes that it was the first time Jewish forces had gone on the offensive, as opposed to responding to attacks. It would show the Arabs that the Jews had become proactive and that they intended to fight for Jerusalem.

すでにパレスチナからイスラエル(国家が作られる前)に攻撃を行っていたではないですか?

問題は虐殺から始まったわけではないですよね。都合がよいところを問題の起点としてもね・・・

オバマ氏の歴史認識の間違えを消し去るわけでもありませんしね。

MikeRossTky

Posted by: MikeRossTky | June 15, 2009 at 06:38 AM

なぜパレスチナはユダヤに攻撃をしたのでしょうか、なぜパレスチナの人々の住んでいる場所にユダヤの人々は侵略したのでしょうか。記述の背後にある事実を考えることが必要です。
パレスチナの兵士が数人のイスラエル兵士を攻撃すると、イスラエルは報復としてパレスチナの何百人の市民を殺戮する。これがイスラエルです。

Posted by: 真魚 | June 15, 2009 at 08:42 AM

真魚さん、

<<なぜパレスチナはユダヤに攻撃をしたのでしょうか

これを明記していただけますか? 

MikeRossTky

Posted by: | June 16, 2009 at 08:16 AM

Mike,

A Letter from Mahatma Gandhi's writings
Segaon, November 20th, 1938

Several letters have been received by me asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany . It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question.

My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa . Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. The parallel between their treatment by Christians and the treatment of untouchables by Hindus is very close. Religious sanction has been invoked in both cases for the justification of the inhuman treatment meted out to them. Apart from the friendships, therefore, there is the more common universal reason for my sympathy for the Jews.

But my sympathy does not blind me to the requirements of justice. The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after return to Palestine . Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?

Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home.

The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French. If the Jews have no home but Palestine , will they relish the idea of being forced to leave the other parts of the world in which they are settled? Or do they want a double home where they can remain at will? This cry for the national home affords a colourable justification for the German expulsion of the Jews.

But the German persecution of the Jews seems to have no parallel in history. The tyrants of old never went so mad as Hitler seems to have gone. And he is doing it with religious zeal. For he is propounding a new religion of exclusive and militant nationalism in the name of which any inhumanity becomes an act of humanity to be rewarded here and hereafter. The crime of an obviously mad but intrepid youth is being visited upon his whole race with unbelievable ferocity. If there ever could be a justifiable war in the name of and for humanity, a war against Germany , to ... [text missing in original]

Can the Jews resist this organized and prevent the wanton persecution of a whole race, would be completely justified. But I do not believe in any war. A discussion of the pros and cons of such a war is therefore outside my horizon or province.

But if there can be no war against Germany , even for such a crime as is being committed against the Jews, surely there can be no alliance with Germany . How can there be alliance between a nation which claims to stand for justice and democracy and one which is the declared enemy of both? Or is England drifting towards armed dictatorship and all it means?

Germany is showing to the world how efficiently violence can be worked when it is not hampered by any hypocrisy or weakness masquerading as humanitarianism. It is also showing how hideous, terrible and terrifying it looks in its nakedness.shameless persecution? Is there a way to preserve their self-respect, and not to feel helpless, neglected and forlorn? I submit there is. No person who has faith in a living God need feel helpless or forlorn. Jehovah of the Jews is a God more personal than the God of the Christians, the Mussalmans or the Hindus, though, as a matter of fact in essence, He is common to all and one without a second and beyond description. But as the Jews attribute personality to God and believe that He rules every action of theirs, they ought not to feel helpless.

If I were a Jew and were born in Germany and earned my livelihood there, I would claim Germany as my home even as the tallest gentile German may, and challenge him to shoot me or cast me in the dungeon; I would refuse to be expelled or to submit to discriminating treatment. And for doing this, I should not wait for the fellow Jews to join me in civil resistance but would have confidence that in the end the rest are bound to follow my example. If one Jew or all the Jews were to accept the prescription here offered, he or they cannot be worse off than now. And suffering voluntarily undergone will bring them an inner strength and joy which no number of resolutions of sympathy passed in the world outside Germany can.

Indeed, even if Britain , France and America were to declare hostilities against Germany , they can bring no inner joy, no inner strength. The calculated violence of Hitler may even result in a general massacre of the Jews by way of his first answer to the declaration of such hostilities. But if the Jewish mind could be prepared for voluntary suffering, even the massacre I have imagined could be turned into a day of
thanksgiving and joy that Jehovah had wrought deliverance of the race even at the hands of the tyrant. For to the godfearing, death has no terror It is a joyful sleep to be followed by a waking that would be all the more refreshing for the long sleep.

It is hardly necessary for me to point out that it is easier for the Jews than for the Czechs to follow my prescription. And they have in the Indian satyagraha campaign in South Africa an exact parallel. There the Indians occupied precisely the same place that the Jews occupy in Germany . The persecution had also a religious tinge. President Kruger used to say that the white Christians were the chosen of God and Indians were inferior beings created to serve the whites. A fundamental clause in the Transvaal constitution was that there should be no equality between the whites and coloured races including Asiatics. There too the Indians were consigned to ghettos described as locations. The other disabilities were almost of the same type as those of the Jews in Germany . The Indians, a mere handful, resorted to satyagraha without any backing from the world outside or the Indian Government. Indeed the British officials tried to dissuade the satyagrahis from their contemplated step. World opinion and the Indian Government came to their aid after eight years of fighting. And that too was by way of diplomatic pressure not of a threat of war.

But the Jews of Germany can offer satyagraha under infinitely better auspices than the Indians of South Africa. The Jews are a compact, homogeneous community in Germany. They are far more gifted than the Indians of South Africa. And they have organized world opinion behind them. I am convinced that if someone with courage and vision can arise among them to lead them in non-violent action, the winter of their despair can in the twinkling of an eye be turned into the summer of hope. And what has today become a degrading man-hunt can be turned into a calm and determined stand offered by unarmed men and women possessing the strength of suffering given to them by Jehovah. It will be then a truly religious resistance offered against the godless fury of dehumanized man. The German Jews will score a lasting victory over the German gentiles in the sense that they will have converted the latter to an appreciation of human dignity. They will have rendered service to fellow-Germans and proved their title to be the real Germans as against those who are today dragging, however unknowingly, the German name into the mire.

And now a word to the Jews in Palestine. I have no doubt that they are going about it the wrong way. The Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract. It is in their hearts. But if they must look to the Palestine of geography as their national home, it is wrong to enter it under the shadow of the British gun. A religious act cannot be performed with the aid of the bayonet or the bomb. They can settle in Palestine only by the goodwill of the Arabs. They should seek to convert the Arab heart. The same God rules the Arab heart who rules the Jewish heart. They can offer satyagraha in front of the Arabs and offer themselves to be shot or thrown into the Dead Sea without raising a little finger against them. They will find the world opinion in their favour in their religious aspiration. There are hundreds of ways of reasoning with the Arabs, if they will only discard the help of the British bayonet. As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them.

I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds.

Let the Jews who claim to be the chosen race prove their title by choosing the way of non-violence for vindicating their position on earth. Every country is their home including Palestine not by aggression but by loving service. A Jewish friend has sent me a book called The Jewish Contribution to Civilization by Cecil Roth. It gives a record of what the Jews have done to enrich the world's literature, art, music, drama, science, medicine, agriculture, etc. Given the will, the Jew can refuse to be treated as the outcaste of the West, to be despised or patronized. He can command the attention and respect of the world by being man, the chosen creation of God, instead of being man who is fast sinking to the brute and forsaken by God. They can add to their many contributions the surpassing contribution of non-violent action.

Posted by: 真魚 | June 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM

真魚さん、

1938でもGhandi氏は”I am not defending the Arab excesses.”について語っていますね。そのExecessesが今日のパレスチナ情勢ですね。イスラエルの中で自由に暮らすパレスチナ人は沢山います。西岸とガザ地区の経済状態も平和的存在を選ぶ西岸と戦争を選ぶガザで違いがはっきりしています。この違いはパレスチナ人が選んだ違いです。イスラエルがもたらした違いではありません。

平和を求めるのであれば、まずイスラエルを戦力を持って消し去ろうとする人たちに武力を置くように外交を進めるのがベストでは?

300億円もの資産をスイスに隠したパレスチナの”リーダー”はどこからそのお金を得たのでしょうか?その様な人がなぜ、ノーベル”平和”賞を授かったのでしょうか?

自由を求めるイラク。自由を求めるイラン庶民。自由を求めるレバノン。

アラブの世界で戦争を求める勢力は誰?

ちなみに、このスピーチでのオバマ氏の歴史的間違えは理解されていますよね? このオバマ氏が憲法を破り、ベネズエラで刷られた票で憲法違反の選挙を行おうとしていたホンジュラスの元大統領をサポートしているのをご存じですよね。オバマ氏は平和がお嫌いなようです。


MikeRossTky

Posted by: | July 05, 2009 at 07:21 PM

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