Just as horrible
Sir-- First your newspaper quotes a Muslim who equates fascism and Zionism, then you quote a Muslim who claims that terms like "Islamic terrorism" encourage intolerance ('Bloodbath in court' 9-15 July Al-Ahram Weekly ). Please tell me how you can fail to see the hypocrisy?
Also, many Muslims are complaining the perpetrator isn't being labelled a terrorist by the European media. Please show me when the Muslim media has labelled a Muslim acting alone who killed a Jew or Christian as a "terrorist". You will find no instance of the perpetrator being labelled "terrorist". Not one. Not even in the recent case in France when there were four or five dozen African and Arab Muslims involved in the vicious lynching torture of a Jew. Show me the articles from the Muslim, African, and Arab media calling those dozens of men who tortured a Jew to death for three weeks as "terrorists".
It is sad that, as always, Muslims cry about the damage done by demonising others, while doing just that. Why not write about all the hate crimes Muslims have committed against Jews in Europe or the murder of a pregnant Jewish woman in Seattle by a Muslim immigrant? These crimes are as horrible as what happened to Ms El-Sherbini. Yet we never hear articles in your paper that deem Islamic culture or Arab culture racist when you are the ones who are on the giving end.
Worse than Israel
Sir-- The author declares, "The very concept of Israel as a 'Jewish state' is both justification for, and a declaration of intent to carry out, ethnic cleansing." ('Ethnic policy as state policy' 9-15 July Al-Ahram Weekly ). Let's apply that same reasoning to all OIC countries. Are you blind to the irony that there are several dozen Muslim countries in which Muslims are trying to wrestle control from secular governments? The Muslim world is guiltier than Israel when it comes to intolerance.
Sir-- How many Jewish senators are there in the US Senate ('We Arabs have had enough' 2-8 July Al-Ahram Weekly )? "We do so not because we agree with him (Zaleya). We do so because we respect the universal principle that people should choose their own leaders, whether they are leaders we agree with or not," Barack Obama said in Russia. What about Hamas's election?
Writ on water
Sir-- Re 'Quiet diplomacy' (9-15 July Al-Ahram Weekly ) the reaction of the Russians, one must hope, is predicated on a wager that the US is on the brink of economic collapse. One lesson that the world must have learned by now, as the Native Americans swiftly learned, is that the US's solemn "treaty" obligations turn out to be writ on water, as soon as the US has extracted maximum advantage from them. Obama speaks of Putin as being mired in the Cold War, when the US has surrounded Russia with NATO stooges, has connived at regime change through colour revolutions across Russia's periphery and is installing the apparatus for a sneak nuclear first-strike on Russia's very border (with the contemptuous and mendacious excuse that it is aimed at Iran). The very essence of Americanism is an insane desire to dominate, everything, everywhere. One can speculate as to the psychological mechanisms behind it, but the 200-year history of massacre, torture and ceaseless aggression is there for all to see. As the confidence-man Obama weaves a spell over the world, the slaughter continues in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, the subversion continues in Iran, Xinjiang and Moldova and trillions are poured into military expenditure and research into more efficacious methods of mass murder. Obama is the slick PR face mounted on the same apparatus of state terror and bullying that existed under Bush.