Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Hypocrisy of the Arab League Knows No Bounds

The Arab League preparing to ask UN to recognize Palestinian state when it meets in September. The Arab League always seems capable of issuing derogatory statements about Israel on a moment's notice and agreeing about any action that harms Israel, but it never seems capable of denouncing its own members when they engage in war crimes, crimes against humanity, or democide.

Where is their outrage about the ongoing slaughter in Syria? For that matter, where is the Arab League's concern about recognizing Kurdish rights to statehood? That would affect Kurds living in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, which means they get ignored, but Palestinians who never had a state (and which lived under Jordanian and Egyptian control from 1948 to 1967) are paid lip service in a bid to harm Israel.

The only thing all these regimes can agree upon is that Israel is a wedge issue that keeps all concerned in business as a relief valve and MacGuffin. It's a shiny object that gets tossed out there when things go bad for Arab regimes (and it's always bad economically and socially, so it remains persistent throughout much of the Middle East).

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