John R. Thomson

Throughout most of the Muslim world, in virtually all media and with hardly a whimper of demurral, the charge is leveled and endlessly reiterated: the United States, frequently with its hated accomplice Israel, is labeled the world's modern leader in genocide. Led by George Bush, supported by his Zionist accomplices, it is charged the genocide is aimed at one segment of society: Muslims.

In madrassas and mosques, in the press and on television, with hardly an American much less Muslim voice raised to counter the calumnies, we, who consider ourselves the defenders of life and liberty, are charged, tried and convicted as the perpetrators of massive Muslim massacres from Detroit's Arab community to Darfur and to all points east.

Imams in their Friday sermons, commentators on television and demonstrators' placards in Birmingham, Damascus, Islamabad and London berate our country for supposedly heinous crimes which make minimal whatever may have been done by the regimes of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and currently, Sudanese President and Field Marshal Omar al-Bashir.

The objectives of this unprecedented and thoroughly mendacious propaganda are clear. First, the campaign seeks to distract as much of the world's attention as possible from the real murderers, the true ethnic and religious cleansers. For the truth is, the perpetrators to an overwhelming degree are the Muslims themselves.

Simultaneously, the accusations are calculated to inflame the credulous Arab/Muslim street, in order to

• justify murderous Muslim terrorism,
• recruit gullible suicide bombers and
• attract covert support from Saudi Arabia, once a stalwart U.S. ally.

Well-researched and extremely revealing statistics, gleaned from publicly available sources, decimate what fanatical Islamists are telling the world about the two terrible, sadistic "Satans". Muslims have slaughtered millions of their fellow Muslims, for political, religious or ethnic reasons. Not incidentally, this frightening phenomenon is a principal danger in premature U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

From the end of the 19th century, when the first Zionists settled in Palestine, the Arab-Israeli conflict has produced some 60 thousand Arab fatalities. An estimated 6,000 were Palestinians, the majority soldiers, as in the Six Day war in 1967, and the Yom Kippur war in 1973 [in fact, most battle casualties were Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian and Turk combatants fighting in the many wars commencing in 1948].

In the 1954-62 Algerian war of independence from France, estimates range from 600 thousand to Algerian claims of more than a million Muslim deaths.

John R. Thomson

Geopolitical analyst John R. Thomson has lived and worked in Arab and other Muslim countries for four decades.

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