Alliance Of Hypocrites
A tip from Occidentalis led me to a new website - Limes, where this article was posted:
On Monday November 13 members of the "Alliance of Civilizations" met in Istanbul. Noteworthy among the participants were Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, Federico Mayor, former general director of UNESCO, José-Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish prime minister and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish prime minister. This meeting was the occasion to study a document prepared by UN experts, that advocates the promotion of cultural diversity and dialogue between the West and the Muslim world.
Even if the intentions are good, when such a proposal, laden with potential consequences is made, one must proceed with extreme caution. It was, therefore, comical that such a recommendation be proposed in Turkey, a country which even the UN Commission admits is not an example of respect for basic rights of religious minorities. Especially since on November 10, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, had met with Pope Benedict XVI to show him photographs of 300 churches destroyed in the northern part of the island occupied by Turkey. Looking at the magnitude of the destruction, the Pope expressed consternation and could not help but say: "It's unbelievable"...
This same "Alliance of Civilizations" Also drew up recommendations in the domain of education with the aim of promoting intercultural dialogue in the media and in school textbooks. Whom do they think they're kidding? Here is what one authority on this issue has said:
Conceived, produced and used by the Palestinian Authority in all of its schools, these textbooks are the keystone of an education system designed and developed in concert with constituants of the international community, first among them the European Union, the countries of Europe and UNESCO. Examining the contents of these books leads to a painful observation: far from advocating coexistence and peace with Israelis, these school texts instill hatred of Israel and the Jews and defend jihad and martyrdom.
At this point the author bemoans the loss of entire generations of young Palestinians who will never have a right to live out their lives or to contribute to the progress of their own people. He wonders how Europe can allow such poison to enter young minds perpetuating a culture of death that is diametrically opposed to its own most cherished values.
He then notes that Zapatero's and Erdogan's "alliance of civilizations" has not said a word about the abject caricatures of Jews transmitted on Arab television or the sermons preached on Palestinian television referring to Jews as sons of pigs and asses or the Syrian series broadcast at prime time showing Rabbis burning a non-Jewish child and drinking his blood. The series in 41 episodes is based on the false document of the tsars, The Protocols of Zion, that depicts Jews as conspiring to take over the world.
The author of the article closes with these words:
Finally the UN experts explain that the "Western military operations in Muslim countries contribute to the climate of fear and animosity". This is debatable with regard to Iraq. I am not one of those who favored intervention in that country. But the report does say "Muslim countries". I conclude that that could mean Afghanistan as well. A country where both Spain and Turkey sent troops, and an intervention that aroused no protest from the UN. Do they mean that we should have left the Taliban in power?...It would be nice if our UN experts were more explicit on this crucial point and on the preceding ones. Otherwise one cannot speak of an alliance of civilizations but an alliance of hypocrites.
Note: The main thing of interest to me is the backing of the EU in the publication of those textbooks. Very ominous, albeit not surprising. The author speaks of Europe's essential values, but those values have undergone a metamorphosis, partly due to socialized education and the inflexible politically correct media.
The photos of the churches destroyed on Cyprus have been discussed at various French websites. The photo above is not one of them. It shows a column from the ruins of an entrance to the Church of St. Nicholas in Myra, Turkey and it comes from a website called Livius, devoted to ancient history with photos galore.