Friday, September 3, 2010

Insidious politics of hate

Iran and Hizbollah are in full swing today marking "Al-Quds/Jerusalem Day." A gesture of support to the Palestinians? No. Think again.  For those of you unfamiliar with its history, Al-Quds day is an annual event on the last Friday of Ramadan, established by Khomeini in 1979:

"I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as Al-Quds Day and to proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of the legitimate rights of the Muslim people of Palestine."

Note that non-Muslim Palestinians have been conveniently excluded from the Grand Ayatollah's support.  Presumably such infidels don't deserve support. If his intention was to express support for Palestine at all, there is no reason why Khomeini could not have chosen to mark the same day as all Palestinians do (namely Nakba Day).  This day is different. It is simply about anti-Zionism. In other words, this day is not for something, it is just against something.  It is a bit like the political views of a "Facebook friend" of mine:

This fellow is not unique.  I never bothered to ask him what he actually believes in, as opposed to what he doesn't believe in -- it would be a futile exercise. 

To mark this fine occasion, Khamenei was busy on Twitter with his idea of constructive support to Palestinians precisely at the time they are negotiating in Washington: 

Nasrallah, meanwhile, is pretending to be a sage with words about the "big picture", namely that everything  somehow involves - you guessed it - a Zionist and American conspiracy:

"The American and Zionist intelligence [agencies] are connected with all the suicide operations that targeted the Iraqis."  

"What happened in Bourj Abi Haidar is pure loss..... This was an individual incident that developed in a regrettable way and has no background. Whoever considered the incident to be an expression of an Iranian-Syrian dispute is frustrated. They are little tools in the failed American project."

...and, of course,  the Special Tribunal is also a conspiracy targeting the "Resistance." etc etc.....

I suppose he is hoping for an end like Mel Gibson's Conspiracy Theory: if he keeps seeing a conspiracy in everything for long enough, at some point he may actually stumble upon one, in which case he will feel vindicated.  

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