[i]Dr. Norman Berdichevsky (website: [url=http://www.nberdichevsky.com/]nberdichevsky.com/[/url], Ph.D. - Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974, is an author, freelance writer, editor, researcher, lecturer, translator and teacher with sophisticated communications skills.Dr. Berdichevsky can be reached at: [[email protected]][email protected][/email][/i]
Every night on a dozen or more West European television channels, (Americans, by and large are still unaware of this chaos because of the geographic separation of a continent), the news programs bring into people’s homes, heart wrenching pictures of tens of thousands of destitute refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other Muslim majority regions in Africa, about 98% of whom are Muslims, clamoring to enter Europe. They are risking everything - life and limb to flee from their Muslim homelands and leave what according to their religion (whether Sunni or Shia) is defined as the protected and preferential state of living in Muslim majority states regarded by their religion as necessary for them to practice their faith unmolested by the insidious, immoral and utterly corrupt Dar-al-Harb, defined as the communities of non-believers who have not accepted “subjugation” which is the literal meaning of Islam. How can any of the multitude of imams and mullahs across the entire Muslim world accept such a state of affairs?
Both “liberals” such as Hillary Clinton who recently compared Putin to Hitler and knee-jerk conservatives who see the crisis in the Ukraine as a Cold War II are in need of a more restrained, nuanced and intelligent view, taking into account both history and geography – two subjects that Americans traditionally disregard.
Shakespeare had Mark Antony comment in his funeral oration for Caesar that “the Evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones” – a wistful remark on the propensity of the Roman mob to forget the many benefits they enjoyed under his reign and how grateful they had been during his lifetime only to abandon him and join in the joy of his overthrow. The Bible too recalls how many exult in “How the Mighty have Fallen” 2 Samuel:27.
For those who would like a scorecard from 1948 to the present of violent Arab/Islamic heinous acts of barbarism for which the entire world (including innocent Muslims) are still waiting for an apology…
Nowhere in the history of recent political campaigns has a party (The Democrats) engaged in such hypocritical nonsense as the new party line that “Mitt Romney is out of touch with ordinary Americans in the 99% “(according to the Occupy movement) because of his earned wealth which puts him in the category of the 1 %.
The incomprehensible and shocking mass murder of scores of Norwegian young people following the detonation and destruction of an important government building in the center of Oslo by a lone maniac defies any analysis or comparison in real world terms. It is so grotesque that it simply cannot be put in any box. The lone killer was possessed with a lunatic logic that directed his wrath against his own people and neighbors as well as the country’s national leaders whom he believed had enabled turning Norway, once the most homogeneous nation in Europe (after Iceland), into a problematic and strife torn multicultural society.
Norman Berdichevsky (June 2011)
Two New Books out in June/July
A few days ago, I returned from a trip to Denmark where I visited my son and his family. I also made the trip to publicize my new book, An Introduction to Danish Culture (McFarland Publishing) and was interviewed by Tim Anderson of MyDanishtv.com, a weekly internet video program on different aspects of Life in Denmark. The 10 minute interview can be viewed on their website in early June. The book on Denmark will be available on July 5th. just a month after the publication here in the U.S. on June 10th by the New English Review Press of The Left Is Seldom Right.
It is worth dwelling on the Cuban story at greater length, if for no other reason than more than any other, it is so obvious and so close at hand, both geographically in its distance from American shores and by the presence of more than a million individuals who now reside in the United States and were personally involved and aware of how the Cuban Revolution came to power.
New English Review is pleased to announce the formation of New English Review Press. Our first publication is a book by Rebecca Bynum,Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion which will be published on February 1, 2011.
Coming This Spring The Left Is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
“Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”—/i>William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
For an English speaking/reading audience in the United States and Great Britain and the Commonwealth, the term Palestine and Palestinian were everywhere understood to apply to Jews only. There was nothing unusual or contradictory in the use of the terms Palestine and Palestinian in a Jewish context—they had been in universal use in English speaking countries for generations and from approximately the time of early Zionist activity under the British mandate, Arabs in the country were generally reluctant to define themselves as anything but “Arabs” and all the U.N. resolutions including the partition plan spoke only of Jews and Arabs. Ironically, the term ‘Palestinian’ was in general use only for the Jewish segment of Palestine. Yiddish radio stations in the United States frequently played what they called “Palestinian folk songs” to refer to the popular tunes describing Jewish pioneers (halutzim) working the land.
As a resident of Florida’s 8th Congressional District in the Greater Orlando area, and a former New Yorker who grew up in the Bronx a few blocks away from the childhood home of Congressman, Alan Grayson, I cast my ballot last week in early voting to help defeat a man who rightly deserves the title of “America’ s only Stalinist Congressman”.
Obama and scores of academics and ultra-liberal know nothings among inane/insane politicians such as Mayor Bloomberg and radio/television “journalists” do not, cannot acknowledge and prefer to remain willfully deaf, dumb and blind with regard to the Middle East, “allies” like our “friends in Afghanistan and Iraq and so MUST accuse us – ordinary, decent, law-abiding and patriotic Americans with charges of Islamophobia, and worse, bigotry of every sort that includes racism, homophobia, greed, and of course, INTOLERANCE and IGNORANCE.
A great deal of heated discussion and debate has followed in the wake of the conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq and now Afghanistan with much criticism directed toward the preponderance of American military power coming from erstwhile “friends” and “allies” of the United States but they do not differ significantly from the views of the social elites and ruling classes in Europe of more than 150 years ago when the United States had absolutely no overseas possessions or imperialist ambitions.
The strength of 1,400 years of history lies behind those who claim that our attempts to “nation-build” and reach accords with allies in Iraq and Afghanistan are implausible and doomed to failure. Those who still hope to justify “our mission” in both countries to create a stable government that is not wholly corrupt and subject to Islamic fundamentalism, rely on “statistical trends” purporting to show a reduction in mayhem since the departure of the majority of American forces “evidence” that our “mission” there ultimately may have a positive outcome.
“Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid“ by former President Jimmy Carter called into question the strong traditional and emotional support for Israel as a thriving and beleaguered democracy and raised the specter of an oppressed Arab population in the territories and within Israel itself on a par with the Black population under the previous Apartheid regime in South Africa.
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