A TALE OF TWO PEOPLES
By Dennis Prager
The long-suffering Tibetans have been in the news. This happens perhaps once or
twice a decade. In a more moral world, however, public opinion would be far more
preoccupied with Tibetans than with Palestinians, would be as harsh on China as
it is on Israel, and would be as fawning on Israel as it now is on China.
But, alas, the world is, as it has always been, a largely mean-spirited and morally
insensitive place, where might is far more highly regarded than right.
Consider the facts:
Tibet, at least 1,400 years old, is one of the world’s oldest nations, has its own language,
its own religion and even its own ethnicity. Over 1 million of its people have been killed
by the Chinese, its culture has been systematically obliterated, 6,000 of its 6,200
monasteries have been looted and destroyed, and most of its monks have been tortured,
murdered or exiled.
Palestinians have none of these characteristics. There has never been a Palestinian
country, never been a Palestinian language, never been a Palestinian ethnicity, never
been a Palestinian religion in any way distinct from Islam elsewhere. Indeed, “Palestinian”
had always meant any individual living in the geographic area called Palestine.
For most of the first half of the 20th century, “Palestinian” and “Palestine” almost
always referred to the Jews of Palestine.
The United Jewish Appeal, the worldwide Jewish charity that provided the nascent
Jewish state with much of its money, was actually known as the United Palestine
Compared to Tibetans,few Palestinians have been killed, its culture has not been
destroyed nor its mosques looted or plundered, and Palestinians have received
billions of dollars from the international community.
Unlike the dying Tibetan nation, there are far more Palestinians today than when
Israel was created. None of this means that a distinct Palestinian national identity
does not now exist.
Since Israel’s creation such an identity has arisen and does indeed exist.
Nor does any of this deny that many Palestinians suffered as a result of the
creation of the third Jewish state in the area, known — since the Romans
renamed Judea — as “Palestine.”
But it does mean that of all the causes the world could have adopted, the
Palestinians’ deserved to be near the bottom and the Tibetans’ near the top.
This is especially so since the Palestinians could have had a state of their own
from 1947 on, and they have caused great suffering in the world, while the far
more persecuted Tibetans have been characterized by a morally rigorous
doctrine of nonviolence.
So, the question is, why?
Why have the Palestinians received such undeserved attention and support,
and the far more aggrieved and persecuted and moral Tibetans given virtually
no support or attention?
The first reason is terror. Some time ago, the Palestinian leadership decided,
with the overwhelming support of the Palestinian people, that murdering as
many innocent people — first Jews, and then anyone else — was the fastest
way to garner world attention. They were right.
On the other hand, as The Economist notes in its March 28, 2008 issue,
“Tibetan nationalists have hardly ever resorted to terrorist tactics…”
It is interesting to speculate how the world would have reacted had Tibetans
hijacked international flights, slaughtered Chinese citizens in Chinese
restaurants and temples, on Chinese buses and trains, and massacred
The second reason is oil and support from powerful fellow Arabs.
The Palestinians have rich friends who control the world’s most needed
commodity, oil. The Palestinians have the unqualified support of all Middle
Eastern oil-producing nations and the support of the Muslim world beyond
the Middle East.
The Tibetans are poor and have the support of no nations, let alone
The third reason is Israel. To deny that pro-Palestinian activism in the
world is sometimes related to hostility toward Jews is to deny the obvious.
It is not possible that the unearned preoccupation with the Palestinians is
unrelated to the fact that their enemy is the one Jewish state in the world.
Israel’s Jewishness is a major part of the Muslim world’s hatred of Israel.
It is also part of Europe’s hostility toward Israel:
Portraying Israel as oppressors assuages some of Europe’s guilt about
the Holocaust — “see, the Jews act no better than we did.”
Hence the ubiquitous comparisons of Israel to Nazis.
A fourth reason is China. If Tibet had been crushed by a white European
nation, the Tibetans would have elicited far more sympathy. But, alas, their
near-genocidal oppressor is not white. And the world does not take mass
murder committed by non-whites nearly as seriously as it takes anything
done by Westerners against non-Westerners.
Furthermore, China is far more powerful and frightening than Israel.
Israel has a great army and nuclear weapons, but it is pro-West, it is a free
and democratic society, and it has seven million people in a piece of land
as small as Belize. China has nuclear weapons, has a trillion U.S. dollars,
an increasingly mighty army and navy, is neither free nor democratic,
is anti-Western, and has 1.2 billion people in a country that dominates
the Asian continent.
A fifth reason is the world’s Left. As a general rule, the Left demonizes Israel
and has loved China since it became Communist in 1948. And given the power
of the Left in the world’s media, in the political life of so many nations, and in
the universities and the arts, it is no wonder vicious China has been idolized
and humane Israel demonized.
The sixth reason is the United Nations, where Israel has been condemned in
more General Assembly and Security Council resolutions than any other country
in the world. At the same time, the UN has voted China onto its Security Council
and has never condemned it. China’s sponsoring of Sudan and its genocidal
acts against its non-Arab black population, as in Darfur, goes largely unremarked
on at the UN, let alone condemned, just as is the case with its cultural genocide,
ethnic cleansing and military occupation of Tibet.
The seventh reason is television news, the primary source of news for much of mankind.
Aside from its leftist tilt, television news reports only what it can video. And almost
no country is televised as much as Israel, while video reports in Tibet are forbidden,
as they are almost anywhere in China except where strictly monitored by the Chinese
authorities. No video, no TV news. And no TV, no concern.
So while grieving Palestinians and the accidental killings of Palestinians during
morally necessary Israeli retaliations against terrorists are routinely televised,
the slaughter of over a million Tibetans and the extinguishing of Tibetan Buddhism
and culture are non-events as far as television news is concerned.
The world is unfair, unjust and morally twisted.
And rarely more so than in its support for the Palestinians — no matter how many
innocents they target for murder and no matter how much Nazi-like anti-Semitism
permeates their media — and its neglect of the cruelly treated, humane Tibetans.
A very interesting piece of article from FrontPageMagazine.com
Souls, perplexed and befuddled, drowning in our own making of hatred and wars, whether it’s ethnic divide or pure insane mad envy of each other or the innate power to dominate and possess, drives some of us to the brink of annihilating God’s creation, mankind. We are just lost and bewildered souls floundering and drifting upon the sands of time, searching and seeking for that fleeting illusion of power, fame and fortune, which we, sadly think is happiness. It is just only temporal glory because after each accomplishment and success, we hunger again for more praise and accolades of men and not forgetting that greedy need for more material things. What do we gain by all these? Why we do go through all the pains for it? Mere rhetoric questions by which we need to honestly ask of ourselves whether all these things will save us in the end. The end of what, some of you might ask, well, it’s the end of the system of evil, wicked and violent age, the end of Satan’s dominion on this earth till Jesus Christ comes to establish His kingdom here on earth with purity and love.
Ever since the dawn of man, Adam and Eve, the Devil has tempted, deceived and influenced mankind to every sort of evil conceivably concocted by him and managed that magnificently, just look at the condition of humanity now, a cacophony of corrupted lost souls everywhere. Satan has been doing his job superbly by diverting our attention from God with the busyness of living for the superficiality of power, fame and fortune. While some have attained it by sheer hard work and honesty on their part, others by envy and who are sluggards by nature will even resort to killing one another for it.
For every sin that we commit, we are held accountable for judgment by God and Jesus Christ upon the conclusion of this present ungodly violent pervasive world. Some might laugh or dismiss this belief but take note that the Devil is on the prowl all the time with his band of demonic angels seeking to devour our souls by influencing us to be evil and demonic as he is. A corruptible and sinful man will eventually lose his soul to the Devil if he does not desire to repent or feel the need to change his ways.
Time, we measure and live it day by day, but do we all really bother and care how we use our time? Just like so many things that we take for granted from God, the gift of life from the air we breathe, warmth of heat from the sun, water for hydrating our existence and resources we need from the earth, I think time is the most discounted and overlooked basics of mankind’s survival. Time, eternal time, is the most precious priceless untouchable commodity that we humans are lacking now and the clock is ticking much faster than before because the end times for this generation is already upon us and at it’s doors knocking loudly.
TIME IS A GIFT … from GOD to men.
So, mortal souls, count your blessings and value your precious time as time not used worthily to better our spiritual selves, it’s lost forever to the Devil.
© Keziah Boey 25th January 2008
If Satan had not desired to be on equal status and wanted to be God; Jesus would not have to be the atonement for mankind’s sin.
If Eve had not been tempted and Adam being influenced; mankind would not have to toil and toil and spin and spin.
If one third of the angels have not followed the Devil and mated with humans; magic and sorcery would not have emerged.
If humans have listened to the words of God; He would not have wanted humans purged.
If God wasn’t a merciful and full of loving-kindness God; He would not have kept Noah and his family safe from the Big Flood.
If the scribes and Pharisees weren’t eager for man’s glory and Judas’s blatant greed, Jesus our Lord would not have to spill His precious blood.
If not for the power and miracle work of God; Israel would not have birthed in 1948, as prophesied, as a nation again.
If time of the end is upon us soon and humans do not feel the need to repent of their sins, Jesus’ sacrifice in death would have been pointless and in vain.
If God and Jesus have not fought and battled hard with the Devil for our souls, we humans would have ceased in our own raging wars and sins.
If this present wicked violent world ends, it would be Jesus and His armies from the heavens having conquered the Devil and on that note, God wins.
© Keziah Boey January 16 2008
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