On deconstructing the hullabaloo surrounding Finkelstein's tenure

Second Letter to the Leadership of DePaul University
On deconstructing the hullabaloo surrounding Finkelstein's tenure





The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., Ed.D.
President
DePaul University
55 East Jackson Boulevard, 22nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604 U.S.
Phone: +1.312.362.8000
Fax: +1.312.362.6822
president@depaul.edu

Dr. Helmut Epp, Ph.D.
Provost
DePaul University
55 East Jackson Boulevard, 22nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604 U.S.
Phone: +1.312.362.8760
Fax: +1.312.362.6822
hepp@depaul.edu


Subject:
On deconstructing the hullabaloo surrounding Finkelstein's tenure

April 29, 2007.


Dear DePaul U. President and Provost,

I hope you won't mind if I summarize what this issue is really all about rather straightforwardly. After this summary, I include below the open letter that I had emailed you on April 10, 2007, as well as a letter to the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education that I had emailed them on April 13, 2007. I was notified by the Chronicle this past Friday, when the letters on this topic were finally published in the Friday April 27, 2007 issue, that my letter was not among the two that they printed. Hence you can read this letter here.

What this issue is not about is Norm Finkelstein. And all this talk of suitability of scholarly credentials, etc., is entirely a clever red herring. So for instance, had NF only written about, say, the native American Indians' theft of their ancestral home lands of thousands of years of continuous inhabitation at the hands of the foreign settlers to the New World, or the military acquisition of California from Mexico - since these momentous events are now irreversible faits accomplis that we all recognize today as history long past, and which only serve the interest of torturing high school students in getting them to nod their heads in profound wisdom of how cruel some constructions of nations can be - this would not be an issue.

What this issue is in fact about is to continue permitting the full faits accomplis of a new settlement of another peoples' brutally usurped land that is now very much in progress, even as I write this in April 2007, in the supposed 'enlightened' modernity of the 21st century.

As evidence of the unimpeachable veracity of this statement, may I humbly point to the vehement attacks on the distinguished former American President Jimmy Carter by this same antagonist from Harvard Law School and his equally distinguished coterie of fellow intellectuals, 14 of whom presumably resigned in protest from the Carter Center, when the former American President dared to even speak out, as anemically as he did, against this new settlement in progress. A monumental crime against humanity that the world not only spectates silently at the expense of a suffering peoples, but the American public directly aids and abets in its commission by virtue of permitting their super power nation - a "populist democracy" - to financially, politically militarily, and culturally support it by being deliberately kept uninformed about it by their institutional ruling elite.

So if this wasn't Norm Finkelstein, but say Zahir Ebrahim, the plebeian ordinary me, and my heritage had as much distinctive weight to give my voice of conscience against this monumental crime any credibility before the American public, I would have experienced the same fate. As did Jimmy Carter. And so does Norman Finkelstein. Nothing either of them has written is so intellectually profound that one can not know simply by examining the thousands of books and documents that exist in the Israeli Government's own archives, in the victims' own archives, and by simply visiting the Holy Land of oppression - not the Tel Aviv side, but the West Bank side. Or simply by reading a narrative in a Palestinian victim's own voice who is born on that soil, whose father, grandparents, and great... were all born on that soil, such as the notable and heart wrenching "Refugees in our Own Land" by Muna Hamzeh, that one can purchase in any American book store. The best $25 you can spend in easily acquiring first hand knowledge of the incredible veracity and brutal honesty of the scholarship of Norm Finkelstein - his main and courageous virtue - of exposing simple moral truths in a mainstream of deception.

So what is Finkelstein's crime? It has to be examined in the light of his very first crime - a challenge to Joan Peters who had reproduced the Zionist narrative of "A land without a people for a people without a land" in pseudo scholarship and largely for consumption in this nation for the benefit of its gullible and uninformed peoples. For elsewhere, the people of the world are indeed allowed to hear the passionate narratives of the indigenous natives of the 'land without a people' themselves. But in America, such narratives are not permitted to be heard in the voices of the victims themselves - the unfortunate and forgotten children of a 'lesser god', the P-A-L-E-S-T-I-N-I-A-N-S - within the mainstream discourse!

So it falls to the lot of men and women of uncommon conscience, and uncommon moral courage, like Norm Finkelstein, to provide them a voice before the peoples of his own nation.

But that voice is very inconvenient while the fait accompli is still incrementally in progress, and the support of American peoples - who know the history of how their own land was settled by the slaughter of 10 million indigenous natives very well - is crucial in achieving that fait accompli. As one of the main thinkers and former National Security Advisor of this august nation had candidly noted in his book: "Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization".

Thus that's what this hullabaloo is all about.

And as you will surely notice, the accomplishment of this fait accompli to its fullest realization is of such pressing concern to this antagonist from Harvard University Law School, that it does not even prevent him from usurping and mowing down the mandates of the most important contribution to the modernity du jour that this nation has made - her 2000 schools and colleges of higher learning, and their much coveted academic freedom of thought. For what was the battle that Socrates willingly drank the hemlock, and Galileo suffered?

Thus who is traitor and who isn't, who needs to be tried for treason against his own peoples for keeping them misinformed, and who needs to be awarded not just the simple tenure, but other distinguishing position in the university and other fair compensation for outlandishly being made to suffer this calumny simply for standing up to uphold the honor of his peoples by keeping them informed, I will let your own good conscience be the fair judge.

I don't know Norm Finkelstein personally. But as the moral voice of conscience, I claim him as my teacher, no differently than I claim Socrates as my teacher.

Thus in humble defense of my uncommonly courageous teacher, I hope you can lend due consideration to the following two letters and this summary analysis which has outright dispelled all the red herrings of this case.


Sincerely

Zahir Ebrahim

Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
PrisonersoftheCave.org





This letter was first submitted via www.normanfinkelstein.wordpress.com on April 29, 2007.

URLs of the two cited letters:
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/letter-chronicle-dershowitz-finkelstein.html
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/open-letter-to-president-of-depaul.html


The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.


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Letter to Editor Newton TAB

Letter to Editor Newton TAB
on furor over Chomsky's visit to High School





To Gail Spector, Editor
Newton TAB
Newton, MA.

April 16, 2007.


Dear Ms. Gail Spector,

In reference to your article 'The real story behind Noam Chomsky' you wrote on your blog:

I posted this column about Noam Chomsky's visit to Newton South. I have no doubts that many bloggers are going to disagree with my assessment. It sure would be nice to hear from some people who agree…

Just so that you don't feel entirely alone, please see my letter to Channel 5 WCVB Boston regarding their 'sensationalistic' coverage on my website http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org.

The Newton school's administration and its Social Awareness group must be congratulated for their courageous decision to go against the grain to inform their students!

As you excitedly noted in your column:
My spirits lifted further when I spoke to a few students after the presentation. They didn't agree with everything they'd heard, but they were awestruck by Chomsky's presence and the depth of his knowledge. They were stimulated and excited. They knew this wasn't your average smart guy. ... A student group raised the level of discussion yesterday, both in the high school and in my home. That, folks, is the real story.

Yes indeed! And there should be many more of these 'real story' happening all across America! Otherwise the moralists will continually be rewriting the 'Report on the Banality of Evil'!

It was indeed that last sentence of yours that prompted me to write to Chomsky and suggest to him that he spend at least 50% of his time within the high schools within his own Jewish community so that the youngsters can see and hear more of him while in their formative stages before they grow up and “United we stand” as 'Good Germans'. He wrote back saying he was always willing when there were “invitations”, to which I wrote back suggesting to him: “moses must go to the mountain”
(uninvited).


Zahir Ebrahim
Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

Letter to Channel 5 URL: http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/lettertochannel5-noamchomsky.html
Newton Tab Column URL: http://www.townonline.com/newton/homepage/x402958077


The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.

This letter (I believe) was accepted by Newton TAB and will likely appear in their Wednesday Edition, April 18, 2007.
http://www.townonline.com/newton/opinions/x775655430


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Letter to Channel 5 Boston 'Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School'

Letter to Channel 5 WCVB Boston News Team
on '
Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School'





To: News Administration WCVB News Team, ABC Affiliate

Subject: 'Writer Viewed As Holocaust Denial Sympathizer Visits School - Noam Chomsky Speaks At Newton School'

Date: April 14, 2007

Dear respected News Directors,


I would humbly like to submit the following letter/opinion on your coverage of the afore titled news report that appeared on April 11, 2007 at: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/11620591/detail.html

I hope you can publish it.

Thank you,

Zahir Ebrahim

(submitted via website www.thebostonchannel.com)


--- begin opinion ---


In response to the brief coverage of Noam Chomsky's visit to Newton's public school on April 11, 2007, by Amalia Barreda in her sensationally titled report 'Writer Viewed As Holocaust Denial Sympathizer Visits School', the reporter quoted one of the organizers: "We didn't invite him here because he had ideas we agreed with or didn't agree with. We invited him here because we wanted to hear what an expert on the war had to say", and also quoted the President of the Student Senate protesting the visit: "I think it is horrible that Mr. Chomsky would be invited to speak unopposed", may I just note that Noam Chomsky is the 'opposing view'. He is the rare gadfly who dares to go against the grain and does lend a different and often opposite view from those prevailing within his own community of Jewish peoples, and within the institutional and official governmental circles which are subsequently widely promulgated among the mainstream American society by the mainstream news media.

To have titled this piece so sensationally and suggestively, and then to have only reported in the 'he said she said' style without lending perspective to the significance of Noam Chomsky even being invited into a predominantly Jewish neighborhood school leaves the reader without any perspective as to what has just transpired in Newton where opinions and world views, as in any other mainstream dominated locality in the United States, are often very 'incestuously self-reinforced', where 'balance' is to choose between Republican and Democrat, or between two talking heads of the same coin. What these youngsters and the school officials have done is remarkable, especially in the prevailing climate where the sons and daughters of America are being sent to the slaughter house - never mind the slaughter they themselves are doing in the name of "United we Stand". For this, the school, the parents, and the Members of the school's Social Awareness Club must be congratulated.

Indeed to be fair to the minds of the 'populist democracy' during their formative years and genuinely presenting them with counterpoints to what they normally hear in their schools, homes, news media, and among their social circle of like minded friends, Noam Chomsky, and the handful of courageous moralist gadflies like him, should be allowed to directly engage with our school kids where the initiation of "United we Stand" as 'good Germans' actually begins - in the very first grade - so that by the time one grows up as an adult, the peculiar nationalist, religious, or ethnic/racial 'ubermensch' world views which otherwise get ingrained within one and entirely defines one, come out more 'plebeian' and 'ordinary' and entirely seeded in the Biblical Golden Rule which is this nation's Judeo-Christian heritage. Some evidence of this not being the case at the present time in this nation is presented in the essay "America's Shame" available on the website noted below. To make any difference towards this nation's good peoples becoming informed and rational citizens as engaging adults, such invitations are essential when the tree is being planted (and nurtured), and I applaud the Newton High School for showing much vision and courage and becoming a role model for the rest of the nation. This surely must have been an incredibly difficult thing for them to do.

So thank you Newton Massachusetts, and thank you Noam Chomsky for the courage to be a gadfly, whether or not anyone may agree with you, and whether or not you go far enough in being one, or being one efficaciously! And keep seeding the Golden Rule ('do unto others as you have others' do unto you') for who can disagree with simple moral truisms - the best way to teach! And no thank you Amalia Barreda and Channel 5 ABC Boston for not lending any deeper perspective to the significance of this courageous event in Newton!

In full disclosure, Chomsky was among my professors at MIT many many years ago. He taught me to think - even to the point of rationally arguing against even the "arguably the most important intellectual alive" - as in my essay on Israel-Palestine "The endless trail of red herrings". Perhaps Channel 5 may do well to become his students first before they become reporters!


Zahir Ebrahim
California
humanbeingsfirst@gmail.com
http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org

Cited Article URL:
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/americas-shame.html
http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/endless-red-herrings.html

--- end opinion ---



The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.


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Letter to Chronicle on 'Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein'

Letter to Editor Chronicle of Higher Education
on 'Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein'






To: Jeanne Ferris
Senior Editor
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your notification letter. Please find my revised Letter to the Editor in response to the referenced matter. I hope you are able to publish this one. The matter is unfortunately too serious to not receive considered input from the public, or to not be debated among the public themselves who are directly impacted by it, and too complex to be dealt fairly within the very few words that are generally permitted for 'letters to editor'. I hope that the Chronicle can publish this response despite it being a bit long, and despite Chronicle's understandably limited space, given the national and international importance of this matter and the sanity of America's Higher Education system and the society it serves.

Kind Regards
Zahir Ebrahim.

(resubmitted April 13, 2007)


---begin Letter to the Chronicle Editor ---

The case of "Harvard Law Professor Seeks to Block Tenure for Adversary at DePaul U." is of significant public concern even beyond what is disclosed in Chronicle's article of April 13, 2007. Indeed, the article is significant for what was not addressed by its author Jennifer Howard, namely, the overarching social and political context that underlie this attempt to deny one of the few remaining gadflies in this nation a permanent perch that might enable him to continue freely doing his work of seeding 'radically independent' thoughts into the consciousness of a peoples who are dexterously being primed with "United we Stand", and any opposition to which is offered the binary god-fatherly choice "either you are with us or with the terrorists". That is indeed the primary context - the trumpeting elephant on the newlyweds' bed and unfortunately missing in the afore titled report - in the backdrop of which, this public hullabaloo is being raised.

As your reporter quoted Mr. Dershowitz astutely noting ' "For me, it's not personal. It's institutional." ' This space is too limited to do justice to this topic except to briefly note that the approximately 2000 American Universities in this superpower "populist democracy" serve a manifest constituency, its peoples. They also however serve another crucial constituency, its institutional ruling elite that run this nation. The topic is further expounded in the essay "Responsibility of Intellectuals - Redux" available on http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org. In that context, the empirically observed de facto modus operandi of many prominent academic institutions in this nation has come to exclusively serve the intellectual interests of the latter. Who will serve the interests of the former, if not the gadflies? Hence in recognition of this fact alone, all the red herrings of this case must be stripped aside, including charges and counter charges of "incompetency" and "plagiarism" noted by your reporter, and the real reasons for this opposition to tenure of a gadfly be brought into prominence. Namely, "Its institutional", whereby, it serves the interests of the 'institutions of the state' and its 'institutional scholars' - who are often the progenitors of the policies of the state - to not have any opposition voiced to them, especially from moralist academic like Finkelstein who also has a very special and unique heritage that sometimes lends his views even further legitimacy in the eyes of the plebeian peoples thirsting for genuine analysis in a reign of obfuscation and "false pretexts" by 'institutional scholarship' as witnessed for the drumbeat for the war on Iraq that has seen at least 3000 sons and daughters of America dead [1]. One such prominent governing political philosophy of this superpower nation was seeded by Professors Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington from the august halls of Ivy of Princeton and Harvard universities respectively, when they planted the "clash of civilizations" that has now become the all permeating mantra du jour and the distorted prism through which all foreign policy calculus, including the "war on terrorism" confronting the peoples of this nation, is informed. It is also the calculus that is being used to craft foreign policy alliances, such as the one with Israel, of which Mr. Dershowitz is among its many ardent and manifest institutional exponents, and Mr. Finkelstein, the most visible among its handful of gadfly critics. [2]

Thus the President of Depaul U must be allowed to freely identify his own intellectual position on which constituency he intends to serve by allowing him to make this tenure decision without prejudice or interference from any quarters. [3] Let the world witness how the "Zion that will light up all the world" [4] is being deftly constructed in the hallways of Higher Education in the United States of America in a disturbing and systematic trend of muzzling even the rare dissenting speech using similar transparent pretexts [5] [6], and who among its courageous peoples stood up to it, to defend the most valuable contribution of America's Higher Education system to modernity du jour - its academic freedom of thought.

With respect,

Zahir Ebrahim
Founder Project Humanbeingsfirst (http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org)
United States of America
humanbeingsfirst@gmail.com


Notes:

[1] Bernard Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern and Ottoman Studies, Princeton Univ., Committee for Peace and Security in the Gulf, co-author of CPSG Letter to then incumbent President Clinton, February 19, 1998, advocating war on Iraq on the pretext of 'weapons of mass destruction' from the hallowed corridors of the Ivy League, originally available on the CPSG website, and now from: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Committee_for_Peace_and_Security_in_the_Gulf

[2] And what does this minor gadfly advocate? The overthrow of United States of America or treachery against its good peoples or invasion of another nation? Should the plebeians be allowed to judge for themselves? Witness his 'moral crimes' in the curriculum description of the two Winter 2007 courses that he offered this year at DePaul: PSC 233.201 (http://condor.depaul.edu/~psc/syllabi/200-levl/233Finkel07w.pdf) and PSC 339.201 (http://condor.depaul.edu/~psc/syllabi/300-levl/339Finkel07w.pdf). And what does he advocate in his 5 books, if anything other than the essential simple moral truth that every fair American would be immensely interested to learn in order to avoid inadvertently becoming complicit in the "banality of evil" by only hearing one view point and then supporting it "United We Stand": 'Please don't abuse the unforgettable memory of the Holocaust and the hideous anti-Semitism that even my own parents were a manifest victims of, to construct other new innocent victims of Israel in the name of the Jewish peoples and their genuine suffering throughout the past two millenniums'? (in the words of this scribe)

[3] Project Humanbeingsfirst, "Open Letter to President of Depaul University - On the merit of Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein", April 10, 2007, http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/open-letter-to-president-of-depaul.html

[4] Interview with Shadia Drury, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Director of the Masters Program in Social and Political Thought and Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Philosophy, University of Regina, Canada, "Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neocons, and Iraq", October 16, 2003, http://www.opendemocracy.net/debates/article-2-95-1542.jsp

[5] Joseph Massad, Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History, Columbia University, "Response to the Ad Hoc Grievance Committee Report", April 04, 2005, http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mealac/faculty/massad/

[6] Baruch Kimmerling, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 'Can a “Patriotic” Mob Take Over the Universities?', March 29, 2005, http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Mar05/Kimmerling0329.htm


---end letter ---



The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.


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Open Letter to President of Depaul University

Open Letter to President of Depaul University
On the merit of Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein






To: President of Depaul University,
Subject: On the merit of Dershowitz vs. Finkelstein
Date: April 10, 2007.


Dear Mr. President of Depaul University,


Hello.

It is with much distress that I venture to write this brief letter on the above topic. This should not even have been an issue. Both Mr. Dershowitz and Mr. Finkelstein have very essential roles to play in the American society, the former as one of its premier institutional scholars, and the latter as among its few genuine gadflies. Both need a permanent home so that the business of society can continue moving forward - the former supporting its ruling elite, the latter providing some semblance of moral-activism for its peoples. I humbly expound on this topic at some length in the essay: "Responsibility of Intellectuals - Redux" at: http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org

May I humbly request that in this august position as the distinguished President of an up and coming Catholic university in America, that you show your mettle to your audience and to your students for whom you are a role model, and that you not succumb to special interests or to reasons of "pragmatism" by bowing to pressure or "practicalities" in making your decision on awarding tenure to Norm Finkelstein. Whether or not you agree with his positions, as an intellectual person shouldering the same responsibilities as outlined in the above referenced essay, do the right thing so that all in the world may know to which "Mecca" you pray.

For your kind reference and in order to help you make your decision fairly and without prejudice, as a concerned tax-paying plebeian resident in this nation, may I be permitted to offer the following additional information in the same spirit as Mr. Dershowitz has ventured to offer you in order to apprise you of the general concerns of the plebeian people of this nation whom you purport to serve, so that you can make a decision that is balanced and fair as you proceed to educate us and our children in your august university.

Please do take a look at my "Open Letter to former American President Jimmy Carter", and my humble essay "The endless trail of red herrings" on the subject of Israel-Palestine, both available on the above website, and you will surely be able to assess impartially where each of these two contestants reside in the intellectual spaces. Since I maintain that they each reside in opposite spaces as defined in "Responsibility of Intellectuals - Redux", as a fair minded concerned intellectual of this nation, you need to ensure that both spaces remain populated for the proper functioning and sanity of this nation. And as you can see in the past few years in this country with "United We Stand" mantra taking over the commonsense of its peoples feverishly as death and destruction is rained upon innocent civilians in other nations, that there are hardly any prominent voices of moral dissent heard anymore. "Jesus" - the first gadfly in the face of power of the Roman empire - is entirely absent in this country. Had these two prized antagonists resided in the same intellectual space, then only having one of them in it would have been sufficient, and the significance of your decision would have been a no-op. But in this case, your decision is pivotal, and of immense importance to this nation and to its future preeminence as a "moral Christian state" as opposed to a "barbaric Roman state". To understand this issue and to what's at stake in your decision, please see my essay "America's Shame" also available on the above website.

I will leave the adjudication of the matter in your informed and moral hands - anyone leading a Catholic or any 'divinely inspired' religious institution must have some element of non "ubermensch" morality in their decision making process that transcends co-optation to every power and each of its many incantations.


With Kind Regards,


Zahir Ebrahim
Founder Project Humanbeingsfirst.


P.S. my brief bio is at the end of each of the above cited articles for your reference.

This letter will also be made available at http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org


The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.


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Open Letter To Daniel Pipes



Open Letter To Middle East Scholar Daniel Pipes



Zahir Ebrahim



April 03, 2007.



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To: Distinguished Middle East Scholar Daniel Pipes, Esq danielpipes.org

Founder of Campus Watch (http://www.campus-watch.org),

and The Middle East Forum (http://www.meforum.org),

and the lead cheerleader for war on "radical Islam", Iran, and all things "terror".

From: Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

Subject: A Plebeian's response to 'Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam'

Date: April 03, 2007

Cc: text of this letter was also submitted on April 03, 2007 as a comment to the above titled article at: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/4410

Dear Mr. Daniel Pipes

In reference to the article: Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam, it is indeed positively shocking how 'so many people in the West still don't believe that they are at war [with] .. radical Islam'. Especially this fellow who writes so pompously at http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org.

Take a look at his essay "War on Iran and Responsibilities of a People": http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/responsibilities-of-people.html

or "America's Shame": http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/americas-shame.html

And not to be outdone, he even has the gall to suggest this for resolving the Israel-Palestine festering blot on humanity in "The endless trail of red herrings": http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/endless-red-herrings.html

And the further gall to even write an Open letter to Amnesty International, and to the Former American President Jimmy Carter asking them both to concentrate on the real mastermind super criminals in their respective quest for world peace:

http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/open-letter-to-amnesty-international.html

http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/open-letter-to-jimmy-carter.html

Some ignoramus is he, wouldn't you agree?

He even contends that indeed it's "Not [even] a Clash of Civilizations, It's a Clash between the Civilized World and Barbarians", and is busily trying to identify which is which!

And he argues that a genuine war on terrorism be immediately waged upon the properly identified real terrorists with all of America's superpower might and with the recruitment of all of the silently bespectating American peoples, as well as the world's peoples. It's a shared burden of humanity and of all human beings first to collectively fight the "banality of evil"!

Do please enlighten him as he scandalously seeks out a "Robert H. Jackson" by seeking to apply the very same Patriot Acts for "all the evil that follows" with "God on your side" against all those who have manifestly usurped this august Republic for their own vested war mongering interests with the "Bush Doctrine" to create a "Zion that will light up all the world"!

He has the chutzpah to even leave a message on your blog! Why? Because he strongly feels that all the world must urgently unite in waging the genuine war on terrorism - "United we stand" - so that mis-identified innocent civilians, men, women, and children, grandfathers and grandmothers, babies and parents, do not once again become the fodder of America's anger against the wrong peoples!

He invites you into a fair court room at the World Court to adjudicate which is which, or before the mainstream American audience on world wide television in a no holds barred marathon but illuminating discussion according to the rational and commonsensical rules of dialog developed at: http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/03/dialog-among-civilizations-whytalksfail.html

where no axioms are allowed to remain unexamined, and no one is allowed to run away without conceding!

He hopes that you, as one of the key drum beaters on "war on terrorism", and as a profound scholar of the Middle East, can join him in this endeavor in order to locate and indict all the real monumental criminals and the hidden in plain sight "ubermensch" masterminds in a trial by the innocent victims themselves, as Eichmann was tried in Jerusalem! How dare there still remain complacent and silent bystanders in the world when the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel already issued the curse of posterity for "never again":

and I still curse the killers, their accomplices, the indifferent spectators who knew and kept silent.”

How dare the world not see the parallels with Nazi fascism! Positively shocking indeed!

And what makes this even more shocking is that this bloke coherently argues that the "Nazis" are being confused, and an imminent war is about to be launched against perhaps the wrong peoples! As a profound scholar of the region and as a humanitarian, you surely wouldn't want the blood of the innocent children on your clean hands now would you? The American bombs aren't exactly known to distinguish between innocent civilians and the monumental "evil doers"!

So let's clearly disambiguate between them, shall we, for the benefit of the rest of the bespectating world? What do you say? The recruitment effort in the West against the "evil doers" will surely become more productive and exponential!

Zahir Ebrahim




The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at http://PrisonersoftheCave.org. He may be reached at http://Humanbeingsfirst.org.

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