By Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Hassan-i Sabbah of Nizari Ismailis founded a cult that presented a major military challenge to Persian Seljuqs and Holy Land Christians in late 11th century. These were the “Hashishim” (users of hashish); who assassinated political and religious enemies – mostly Muslims. A member of the Hashishim stabbed Persia’s prominent wazir, Nizam al-Mulk, for funding Omar Khayyam. The Hashishim were stridently against any form of progress, or anything or anyone different, with lethal zero tolerance.
In Middle Ages Europe, not a particularly saintly place, the Hashishim were known as a radical extremist cult. The word assassin was linguistically derived from Hashishim and describes a professional killer. Concurrently, blood libels accusing Jews of using Christian children’s blood in religious ceremonies were born in Norwich, England (1144) and then Gloucester (1164). This filthy lie spread across Europe and is still promoted by many ignorant racists. Hashishim killed persons. Europeans kill populations.
Some say the worst Middle East crime is support for the Arab-Muslim majority at the expense of its minorities. What few realize is that these ‘minorities’ are, in fact, the majority people, just not the majority of the money, because the imperialists control the oil. The EU insists all ‘others’ must assimilate into the dominant (domineering) race, which is blatantly racist. They think Assyrians vanished, have no idea who Circassians, Druze, Bahai, Yazidis or Ahmadis are, never heard of Arab Gypsies, think Zoroastrians are a circus. Not really different from the blood libels, except now expanded beyond the Jewish canaries. Erdogan’s recent threat to ethnically ‘re-cleanse’ Armenians doesn’t stir interest – while doing the same to Kurds; while doing the same to Cyprians.
Throughout the Middle East and Africa, Arabization (a euphemism for Arab Imperialism and Colonization) is based upon repression of non-Arabs and destruction of cultures, through insistence on racial unity. Europe’s regional agenda is the racist Arab agenda. ‘Arabism’ inevitably led to repression of ‘others;’ ethnic cleansing and genocide of the region’s native inhabitants by Arab Muslim conquerors. The left shouts racism when Americans empower Kurds, or when Israeli soldiers stand watch over tiny strips of land where the region’s oldest, most frequently oppressed minority shelters. The hypocrisy is heightened when combined with the fact that Israel is the only place Christians are allowed to live – and, in fact, are finally recognized as Aramians, and not Arabs.
Washington Post reported that Islamic State used chlorine gas on Iraqi security forces in Dhuluiya, 50 miles north of Baghdad; 11 Iraqi police officers were admitted to hospitals and diagnosed with chlorine gas poisoning. According to Iraqi government sources, this was the third such attack in 2014. Islamic State militants used chemical weapons against Shiites as well, causing 40 Shiite casualties. Of course, US ‘Liberals’ have a major problem because these facts put the lie to all they said about Saddam’s lack of gas.
EU’s worst Middle East crime is craven love for tyrannical grand empires built on race and religion; over the national and political rights of the indigenous majorities. According to misguided fools, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the cause of killing throughout former Iraq and Syria, the terrorist attacks in Canada, the shooting from Gaza, and your stubbed toe. This is the senseless behavior of racist hypocrites who think that if they call you “racist” first then they proved all arguments. Of course, everyone knows that the leader of the 11th Century assassins created his cult and perpetrated his crimes due to Jerusalem construction (hint: that was after the Crusaders had massively massacred all Jews in Jerusalem, burning them alive).
Whatever. But Israelis are probably to blame.
Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and an author of 30 book ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier. He currently lives in Jerusalem.