Op-Ed: What is Hillary Inhaling?
Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. She has published three studies about honor killing and is work on a fourth. Her new book, An American Bride in Kabul, (Palgrave Macmillan) has just been published to great acclaim. Professor Chesler may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com
In 2009, President Obama declared that America is really “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” He also bowed low to Saudi King Abdullah and proudly defended America’s stand on behalf of a Muslim woman’s right to veil.
Well, that didn’t stop Iran.
Next, the Obama administration tried to force the Israelis—who want peace—to give up…more pieces of land in order to further appease the Arabs—who do not want peace with Israel.
That did not work either.
Now, it is January of 2011, and Secretary of State Clinton is touring the Middle East. She claims that America is also filled with Arab
Anti-Zionist Israeli feminist leftists show absolutely no compassion toward, nor do they seek to negotiate “peacefully” with their own countrywomen with whom they politically disagree.
-style “extremists” (we are really all the same) and that family-oriented women can “press government and leaders to make decisions that will lead to a sustainable peace.”
What is Clinton smoking—and inhaling? I ask because she is suffering from extremely impaired judgment.
In Abu Dhabi, Clinton compared a mentally ill Arizona mass murderer to the kind of “extremists” that one finds in both the Arab World and America. In her view, such “extremists” do not represent most people. “The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that’s not who we are, that’s not who you are.”
She is wrong. Unlike America, the Arab and Muslim world does have millions of hate-filled political actors and hundreds of millions who both support jihad and who themselves practice religious and gender apartheid. Does Clinton really believe that the violence committed by one madman is equivalent to the violence which, according to Barry Rubin, “can be traced to hundreds of thousands of mosques, media, teachers, and mainstream politicians daily preaching hatred literally millions of times a day?”
In Oman, Clinton claimed that women played a “major role in pushing the politicians” to make peace in Northern Ireland. Indeed, in 1976, Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams won a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, but guess what? Their work alone did not exactly lead to peace between Ireland and Great Britain, nor did they create a large or lasting women’s peace movement. While violence lessened after 1976, literally dozens of terrorist attacks continued to take place each year. It is also crucial not to minimize the extraordinary moral power that Irish Republican Army soldier Bobby Sands’ prison fast-unto-death had in 1981.
More important: Clinton herself should know how “mean” some women can be when it comes to supporting other women. She herself was mocked and scorned by women journalists, many of whom were also leftist, peace-oriented feminists. Indeed, they also savaged Sarah Palin, another woman politician, without shame. Now just imagine how “kind” women may be to each other in the Arab world where, despite exceptions, so many women are routinely degraded, silenced, sequestered, forced to veil, forced into arranged marriages, genitally mutilated—and at the hands of other women.
Mothers and female relatives sometimes participate in the hands-on honor murder of daughters and sisters. Co-wives in polygamous unions can be bitter rivals. Arab, Muslim female suicide bombers choose to blow themselves up by standing near other Muslim women with children, who are often on a religious pilgrimage. As I documented in my book, Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman, like men, women also internalize sexism and racism. Arab and Muslim women have not been trained to “like” or respect other women, especially not Israeli or Jewish women.
Many anti-Zionist Israeli feminist leftists are committed to work for peace with Arab women—but they do not have many counterparts in the Arab world, where both men and women are tortured and imprisoned for saying anything positive about Israel or infidels or anything negative about Islam. Most international human rights and presumably pacifist organizations, including the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, are rabidly anti-Zionist. More interesting: These same anti-Zionist Israeli feminist leftists show absolutely no compassion toward, nor do they seek to negotiate “peacefully” or at all with, their own countrywomen with whom they may politically disagree.
Over the years, I have been involved in many all-women’s groups. They are no more “peaceful” or “tender” than are male groups.
Secretary Clinton: Put that in your pipe and please smoke it!
But there’s more.
Clinton spoke in Qatar, where she condemned “corruption” as “a cancer” and said that “the region’s foundations are sinking into the sands. People have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order.”
Corruption is the only way to get anything done in an Arab and Muslim country. Bribes and the hiring of relatives not only work—they are the only honorable things to do in a culture where people cannot count on the government, modernization, or technology for survival. All they have are their family connections.
Madame Secretary: Please have another puff! And welcome to the real Middle East.