PARIS, 8 Jan. (IPS) Iranians are both puzzled and horrified by the latest declaration of President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezjad wishing that Ariel Sharon is “dead, joining his criminal ancestors” and some radical newspapers that back him calling on the Iranians and other Muslim to offer sweets on the occasion of Israeli Prime Minister’s agony in a Jerusalem hospital, said to be “between life and death”.
If such a declaration would have come from a Palestinian, an Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian or Lebanese, one would not be surprised, given the way “Arik” behaved with them, mostly the Palestinians, letting thousands of them b slaughtered by Lebanese Phalange in the Sabra and Shatilla Camp after Israeli forces drove to Beirut in 1982, the ruthless elimination of tens of their leaders, the systematic destruction of their houses and entire villages and above all, the humiliation he reserved to Yaser Arafat, their first “President”, keeping him prisoner in his office at Mukata etc..
As a Muslim, I forbid myself to rejoice from the illness or the death of a human being
After all, did not many Israeli dance in the streets after the death of “Abou Ammar” in a hospital in Paris a year ago?.
“As a Muslim, I forbid myself to rejoice from the illness or the death of a human being, but an Arab proverb says you enjoy the taste of your deeds. And today, Sharon is savoring the taste of what he did to hundred of thousands of innocent people”, the influential French daily “Le Monde” quoted the Egyptian General Yehya Agami, the man who failed to kill Sharon, as he was assigned by the late Egyptian President Anouar el Sadat during the Arab-Israeli war of 1973.
That some Palestinians have wished Sharon remain alive, but suffering, as he made thousands of Palestinians suffer is understandable, but what he, or the Israelis, have done to Iranians, except responding to deliberate provocations of Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad, who wants to eradicate the Jewish State from the surface of the earth by trying his best to stop the Islamic Republic to build a nuclear weapon aimed at destroying Israel and killing millions of Jews?
Has he or other Israeli leaders, killed any Iranian or destroyed any Iranian village? Who then is a Muslim, General Agami, the officer who despite his “hate” of Sharon says he forbid himself to rejoice from the agony of his bitter enemy or Ahmadi Nezhad a fanatic Shi’a Muslim who wants to become the leader of all Muslims?
Why should Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad be determined to “wipe off Israel from the map of the world”, as he has stated in a conference in Tehran entitled “A World Without Zionism”? Has the Israelis killed any of his relatives or is he an Arab carrying on himself the bitter humiliation suffered in four wars with the Israeli neighbours?
Why should he base his policies on confrontation with Israel, which has no common borders with Iran while Iran has always been menaced by its Arab neighbours and why should a hard line, obscure Shi’a look to the leadership of over one billion Muslims 90 per cent of them Sunnis who consider the Shi’as as pariahs, unless he suffers from narcissus, as suggested by an Iranian commentator?
And why should Iranians, who share more than 4.000 years of common history with the Jews, distribute sweets over the news of Sharon fighting for survival while we have not heard other Arabs, or Muslims, suggesting such an inhuman rejoicing?
Why should he base his policies on confrontation with Israel, which has no common borders with Iran while Iran has always been menaced by its Arab neighbours?
That the Iranians, -- like many other people in the world, including some of Israel’s best friends, have the right to be critical of Israeli, most particularly Mr. Sharon’s policies towards the peace process and the miseries he inflicted on the Palestinians is one thing, wishing the repetition of the Holocaust, the slaughter of millions of Jews with a nuclear bomb -- as had been suggested some four years ago by former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – or dancing over the body of a man who might be crippled for the rest of his life is another thing that no normal human being can accept.
If Iranians inside the country can not voice their indignation over Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad’s evil declarations because of censorship of expression and fear for their lives, what is more surprising, if not tragic, is that we have not heard one single voice among the millions of Iranians outside, living in free societies and considering themselves as democrats preaching friendship among all nations and peoples, condemning such shameful statements, as if they are not concerned, as if they don’t feel the insult done to all Iranians!
Last but not least, it must be absolutely clear and without ambiguity that condemning Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad’s belligerent, anti-Semite, Don Quixotic policies and irrational declarations do not mean defending Mr. Sharon, the man and his policies, but defending the honour and the dignity of the Iranian people. ENDS SHARON 8106