Friday, November 24, 2006

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.


At November 24, 2006 4:06 PM, Anonymous Hephaistos said...

I am a Hellene. For us, mainland Greeks and Cypriots are interchangeable. Allowing Turkey anywhere near the European Union will THE gravest mistake it has ever made. Europe, and particularly France, is only now waking up to Turkey despite the continual threats to our territory and the diminution of the remaining Greeks left in Turkey - there are now only about 3000. Nevertheless, it is never too late.

However, let's speak the truth. Israel and Turkey have had close military ties (along with the United States) for many years. Many of the weapons used to threaten Greece have been sold to Turkey by Israel. And the Israeli Lobby in the United States has worked very closely with Turkey in blocking many Greek and EU initiatives. You should know this.

At November 24, 2006 5:39 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ hephaistos

You're right. I certainly should know this. I agree completely that Turkey should be barred from the EU. One of the most shocking positions of the current American government has been its push for Turkey to enter the EU, probably for strategic reasons. In general America in recent years has been showing pro-Muslim tendencies that are troubling to say the least - for example Clinton in Kosovo, and now Bush favoring Turkey.

As for Israel selling arms, I can't answer for the Israelis. I would imagine their motives were purely monetary, however if there is a strategy behind it please enlighten me. Are they enemies of Greece for historic reasons or is it more recent? Possibly they feel they must stay in America's good graces? Or is it that, without being overt enemies of Greece, by selling arms to Turkey they become so?

I'm a "friend" of both Israel and Greece for historic and cultural reasons. I want both cultures to survive even if they were bitter enemies in the past. The two form the spiritual and rational/philosophical backbone of Western civilization. Therefore in this time of alarming decay it is all the more imperative that a power like the US take a courageous stand against Islam. But courage they do not have.

I thank you for your message.

At November 24, 2006 6:01 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

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At November 24, 2006 11:05 PM, Anonymous Hephaistos said...


You forget to mention that the United States has done nothing to solve the problem of Cyprus. Actually, it aided and abetted the rape of the island in 1974. I find it interesting that the problems of Cyprus are finally finding their way into the European radar screen. We have known about these problems for ages.

"I would imagine their motives were purely monetary, however if there is a strategy behind it please enlighten me".

Regardless of whether it is for monetary reasons or for strategic gain, it is wrong. However, I would speculate that is has something to do with the traditional Arabic and Persian enmity towards Turkey. Rule 1 of geopolitics: Support your enemy’s enemy. However, there is some evidence there were designs on Cyprus, and even Crete, by certain Zionists. Lately, there has been some reapproachment; however, any meaningful progress remains to be seen.

Modern Greece and Israel have never been 'bitter' enemies. Even in antiquity there was both conflict and confluence. For example, there were massacres of Greeks in Cyrenia and Cyprus by Jews. However, the two people usually lived peaceably. Often they also lived in very close quarters with each other with some cross fertilization.

Anyway, I am glad that you are capable of objective discussion.


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