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The U.S., Jews and Muslims

     Michael Toth, a fervent Catholic conservative, has spent a year in Spain and is now off to the University of the Americas in Puebla. He has sent a long message on the end of the millennium, attacking Marx, Darwin, and both globalization and regionalization, subjects too vast to go into here. I attach a brief extract from the remainder:
     "Around the globe, the inability for ethnic minorities to exist within a nation-state is becoming a cheek-reddening trend. Earlier this century Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon all included active Jewish minorities. Iran has gone from having 85,000 Jews at the time of the 1979 revolution to having 25,000 now; Iraq which had 140,000 Jews in 1948 has fewer than 100 now. Not to mention Cuba, which also once had a flourishing Jewish population, though currently is without a single rabbi.
     The United States doesn't seem to be a great help to these trends. It harbors within a peculiar paradox. It lends a hand to any Muslim separatist group eager to separate itself from the rule of another people (Afghan and now Chechnyan rebels, the KLA) so long as they are not Middle Eastern. Any Middle Eastern Muslim is in American terminology a radicalIslamicfundamentalist (that's all one word). Conversely, can one remember reading about just one ethnic Albanian that the American press described as fundamentalist during the entire Kosovo crisis?"

     My comment: As for the Jews in Arab countries, they were respected until the creation of Israel forced the Palestinians from their homes, with the inevitable Arab backlash. Otherwise they would still be in their homelands. The creation of Israel was a tragedy for them as well as for the Palestinians.
     I agree that there is inconsistency in the U.S. policy toward Muslims. It was silly to describe the Afghans toppling the Communist regime as "freedom fighters". Now the Taliban are using U.S. tanks and other military equipment.

Ronald Hilton - 12/31/99