Op-Ed: Is Pat Condell Telling the Truth?
Dr. Phlip BrodieThe author worked at the University of Pittsburgh where he received his doctorate. He made aliya recently with his wife and lives in Maaleh Adumim.
Perhaps you don’t know Pat Condell. He describes himself as a comedian, atheist and internet personality. He does political commentary. An internet search reveals that he was born in Ireland and raised Roman Catholic in England. YouTube has attempted to censor at least one of his political videos.
He has taken up the subject of the Arab-Israel conflict. He is, to put it mildly, politically incorrect.
Like others who speak of the Middle East, he talks about racism, apartheid, justice and brutality. If you read about this subject, you’ve seen the vocabulary of racism and war crimes, and how such vocabulary is typically used. Unlike some, however, Condell’s political comments are not diplomatic. He has been called, ‘insulting and racist’.
Here’s a disclaimer: what you are about to read is a transcription of a recent Pat Condell video. I have edited the transcript. I do not know much about this man. You’ll have to judge him yourself.
Caveat: he is not polite. He appears angry. You may not like what he has to say—but I think you should hear him.
I apologize to anyone who takes offense.
The title of this video is, ‘Patronising [sic] the Palestinians’. It appears to be dated, January 4, 2013:
"I’d like to see a change in Western attitudes towards the situation in the Middle East. Right now, we patronize the Palestinians by holding them to a lower standard of behaviour because we are all racist. The West ignores the fact that Arabs deliberately target women and children while hiding behind their own women and children. This is a war crime which they commit all the time. We know there isn’t a chance in Hell that any of them will ever be tried in the Hague for these crimes because we have given them a free pass on indiscriminate barbarism.
"We don’t believe they are capable of civilized behaviour because we are racists. Being racist, we refuse to acknowledge the thousands of rockets that come out of Gaza; that is, we remain silent until Israel finally wakes up and retaliates to protect its people. Then, we start huffing and puffing and calling in Ambassadors. Israelis get no credit at all for avoiding civilian casualties. If the Palestinians ever did that, we would trumpet their virtues from every roof and shower them with Nobel Prizes. But they do not behave like that because we don’t expect them to—and they know that. They know they can blow up Israeli civilians all day long, and the free world’s racist double-standards will never hold them to account.
"We pretend that religion has absolutely zero influence on Arab behaviour, and that this is a political situation. We maintain the ludicrous fiction that the Arabs are fighting for justice and civil rights –even though we can see the kind of justice and civil rights that have been delivered to the people of Gaza under the jack-boot of Hamas.
We choose to ignore the fact that Arabs in Israel have more rights than they do in any Arab country, and that there are Arab Israelis in Israel’s government and Army. We ignore these facts because they are inconvenient to our liberal, racist prejudice. We ignore these facts because they shatter the carefully nurtured propaganda myth of the apartheid state.
Being racist, we choose to ignore the history of the region, and the fact that every time the Arabs feel strong enough, they attack Israel unprovoked with the intention of committing religious genocide. They make no secret about this. That is their agenda. It has never changed.
Nothing will change in the Middle East until we pay the Arabs the complement of holding them to the same standard as everyone else. If we don’t do this—if we carry on indulging their primitive, caveman hatred by treating this as a political problem and not a religious one—then we are, effectively, underwriting permanent war in the Middle East.
Israel is the front line between Islam and civilization. We should know by now that there is no compromise with Islam. You either win, or you lose—and if you lose, you lose everything, especially if you are Jewish. Palestinian leadership has made it crystal clear that, as long as there is any level of Jewish autonomy in the Middle East, nothing that Israel concedes will ever satisfy them. They don’t want peace. They want to drive the Jews into the sea. They never stop telling us that!
There’s more, but you get the picture. This is not the ‘full’ Pat Condell. This transcript has been sanitized for your reading comfort.
During the first 5 days after uploading, this video received more than 68,000 hits. Clearly, someone is listening to Pat Condell.
He holds strong opinions. He is not politically correct.
Does he tell the truth?