Why Golda Meir Was Right

(Hurriyet-Turkey) Burak Bekdil - Since last August the Syrian death toll has moved from 2,000 to over 7,000 - about five times more than the Palestinian casualties during Israel's Gaza Operation in 2009. These distressing figures forcefully remind us of Prime Minister Erdogan's famous dictums: 1. Muslims don't kill, and 2. (Jews) know well how to kill. Simple Middle East research will give you 1 million deaths in the all-Muslim Iran-Iraq war; 300,000 Muslim minorities killed by Saddam Hussein; 80,000 Iranians killed during the Islamic revolution; 25,000 deaths from 1970 to 1971, the days of Black September, by the Jordanian government in its fight against the Palestinians; and 20,000 Islamists killed in 1982 by the elder al-Assad in Hama. The World Health Organization's estimate of Osama bin Laden's carnage in Iraq was already 150,000 a few years earlier. In a 2007 study, Gunnar Heinsohn from the University of Bremen and Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, found that some 11 million Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, (0.3%) died during the six years of Arab war against Israel, or one out of every 315 fatalities. In contrast, over 90% who perished were killed by fellow Muslims. Time magazine quotes a one-legged revolutionary singer undergoing medical treatment in Turkey in the most recent wave of refugees, as saying: "We'd rather accept Israel than Bashar....The Israelis didn't do to the Palestinians what Bashar has done to Syria." Who, really, knows better how to kill?

2012-03-09 00:00:00

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