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“We Arabs must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region.”
Nine years ago, in January 2009, Farid Ghadry the Syrian-born co-founder of the United States-based Reform Party of Syria in an article published by the Australian think-tank ICJS Research (Issues of Concern for Justice & Society), declared it is the Arabs who “must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region.”
The destructive personal comments Ghadry would have received nine years ago for writing his article would no doubt have the same impact if it were to be published today, perhaps even more so. Why? Have we learnt nothing?
Here in part is what Ghadry had to say:
“Many ask why fellow Arabs would support the destruction of Hamas and Hezbollah. The answer is simple. Both organizations, in addition to the rule in Damascus and Iran, represent everything that is wrong in the Middle East today: Morally weak organizations or states seeking revenge, extolling resistance, and abetting violence against those who have surpassed us in knowledge and technology. . .
“How could Arabs and Muslims help their societies if their program for progress is built upon violence? When was the last time Hamas or Hezbollah issued their 5-year plan to improve the lives of their followers? It will never happen because the failed leadership of both organizations seeks power instead of duty, money instead of benevolence, and longevity in both instead of renewal for the good of their people.
“Hezbollah and Hamas must be destroyed and the regimes in Damascus and Tehran must be changed for all Arabs and Farsi people to survive and prosper in an ever-evolving world timed in nanoseconds and propagating through quantum physics. Their poisonous rhetoric of violence feeding a frenzied mass of ignorant Arabs leaning on their extreme religion to honour their incapacity to compete with the West is destroying future generations of hopeful saviours of our culture and traditions.
“We Arabs must be the ones to stop Hamas and Hezbollah, rather than support their demonic and twisted logic of resisting development, enlightenment, and progress of the region. . .
“So while we abhor violence of all kind, Israel’s campaign against Hamas must continue to the bitter end not only for the sake of peace but also to help Arabs realize they have a choice: Destroy like Gaza or develop like Dubai. Will this happen soon? Maybe not, but if a wake-up call and a nudge, once in a while, to pierce through the fog of deceit perpetrated by Syria and Iran is what it takes to see the light, then we stand by the West and Israel in the only hope that an Arab Renaissance in the Levant may actually have a chance of resurrection.”
The full text of Farid Ghadry’s article can be read at: http://www.icjs-online.org/index.php?eid=5238&ICJS=3195&article=1730