A Hypocrite Among Hypocrites? A Liar Among Liars? Or Is He Both?
Most Black African Anglican Christians are conservative Evangelicals looking to the Arch Bishop of Lagos, Nigeria as their spiritual shepherd, not Desmond Tutu. The true leader of African Anglicans. among other issues. is concerned with the plight of the more than one million Nigerian Christians that have been killed by the Moslems in Nigeria in the last generation (which Tutu characteristically ignores), and he decidedly opposes the ordination of homosexuals and lesbians into the Anglican clergy (which Tutu supports). In Africa among his own people, Tutu is in fact a politician who uses the robes of the clergy as a mere publicity tool, and who pretends a concern for human rights, protesting on behalf of the cause of Palestinian Moslems when in fact he is silent in the face of the genocidal extermination of his fellow Black African Christians by the Moslems from Sudan to Somalia, to Northern Nigeria.
Tutu also refuses to hardly utter a word as the Mugabe regime in neighboring Zimbabwe perpetrates a Stalinisesque tyranny right in Tutu’s own backyard in an abuse of human rights and dignity that leaves even the ugly injustices of apartheid wax shallow in comparison. At the same time the ANC government brought to power by Mandela with Tutu’s blessings have seen Black infant mortality skyrocket, Black longevity plummet, and Black unemployment mushroom, and corruption run rife. Not a word from Tutu either when the ANC government declared as a political decision (not a medical or scientific one) that AIDS was a social disease but not a retro-viral infection better treated with African potato than anti-retro-viral drugs ” “ a policy sentencing countless Blacks and their children to deaths. Tutu is such a strong moral voice in Africa that when the ANC vice president (ironically in charge of the nation’s AIDS program) said he did not contract HIV from an infected woman he was on trial for allegedly raping because “after sex with her he took a shower”, Tutu as usual kept silent.
Having conspicuously failed Africa as a moral and as a political leader, Tutu now turns to pontificate on political morality to the West and to Israel. The Western media has a mythologized view of this demonstrable hypocrite and gives him a platform ignoring the realities of his true track record on his own African turf, where the shameful legacy of the ANC government Tutu was instrumental in bringing to power replaced one evil with a worse one. Again, while Tutu still takes public bows to the press, after well over a decade of ANC power in South Africa, Blacks die younger, have fewer jobs, far worse violent crime, and bury more of their babies and children than they did under the racist government they replaced.
Teaming up with the former foreign minister of Indonesia (under the tenure of whose government persecution of Indonesian Christians reached astronomical proportions) and a court bureaucrat to the non-democratic royal court of Moroccan government (where the indigenous Berber population remain second-rate citizens after their Christian ancestors were exterminated by the Arab Moslem invaders who rule the country) ‚ Tutu drafted the statement below that The Washington Post was irresponsible enough to print without a due counterpoint argument being presented. Concerning the contents we can only reject it as an utterly ludicrous distortions of factual reality.
We respond to the three bogus points presented by Tutu and his colleagues.
- Any reading of the sermon texts of imams or curricular materials from Islamic schools proves we are in a collision of cultures. Much of the Islamic fundamentalism, (funded by the Wahabist Saudi Arabians and others) proves categorically that the conflict of civilizations in the words of Islam’s own clerics is defined as such even by them and is undeniable. In the UK alone, with 40% of British Moslems admitting to being anti-democracy and wanting an Islamic Caliphate, with 36% calling Western culture a threat to their Islam, and with very high percentages stating they would never report a planned terrorist attack to the police, with over 1,000 British girls forced into under age marriages annually by some good estimates, denials of two civilizations in conflict is implausible.
There are three times as many conflicts in today’s world involving Islam than all other religio-people groups combined. Anyone like Tutu rejecting a collision of civilizations is either an ignoramus or a liar, if not both.
- Tutu’s abject assertion that the history of Islamic-Western relations is not primarily one of conflict and that Christians and Jews have been free to practice their faith in Islamic countries is preposterous. If Tutu is going to lie (I would personally not expect him to do otherwise) he should at least have the common sense to manufacture believable lies.
From the Siege of Constantinople, to the Crusades, to the Saracen Wars, to Charles Martel, to the Khazar Empire, to King John Sobolesky of Poland and the twice failed Jihadist invasions reaching Vienna, to the Barbary pirates, to Ferdinhand and Isabella driving the Moorish invaders out of Spain, to Napoleon’s defeat of the Marmalukes in Egypt, to the Anglo-Afghan War , to General Gordon at the Battle of Kartoum, to the Arab Islamic jihadist conquest of Berber North Africa, to Biafra, to the Greco – Ottoman War, to the incursion and division of modern Cyprus, ‚ to September 11th ” “ most of this history has been marked by wars and conflict. If Tutu is going to teach history, he should first try reading it himself. But Tutu proclaims not history but a revisionism of Orwellian proportions. Tutu plainly knows little if anything about history, or for that matter about Islam. If he did he would know that fundamentalist Islam is on the ascent subsidized from Saudi Arabia in its Sunni version and Iran in its Shia version, and the very pronouncements of the Islamic theocracy itself proves that Islam views their history with the West as an ongoing conflict. There is scarcely a single Islamic country in the world that gives Christians and Jews the same rights that Moslems receive in Western countries. Predictably, Tutu has lied.
- Tutu’s final claim that the present conflicts are not in essence religious or cultural but rather political, in light of the aforementioned jihadist polemics by Islamic clerics seeking the propagation of their religion, go beyond the absurd.
Tutu’s citation of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as causatives in the current environment of conflict ignores that Afghanistan is a direct self defensive result of a Taliban supported terrorist attack facilitated from that country whose Taliban regime was responsible for the most unspeakable suppression of human rights imaginable and the largest source of opium for the heroine trade (that kills more than twice as many Blacks in America and Europe as it does Whites).
Tutu likewise ignores the fact that the violence and killing in Iraq preceded Western intervention with weapons of mass destruction having been used by Sadam Hussein’s Baathists against thousands of Kurdish women and children in Halbja. He also fails to recognize the obvious fact that the current hatred and killing is a civil and religious conflict within Islam by Sunnis and Shias, the West is only there in support of an elected government trying to stop the Moslem on Moslem violence.
Tutu points to the Israeli-Islamic conflict as a source of problems ‚ causing conflict, conveniently forgetting that if Israel (probably the only democratic nation in region fully protecting the rights of Arab Christians) did not exist , we would still be confronted with the 3.3 million dead Black African Sudanese Christians killed in the last 12 years whose blood Tutu so strategically ignores. Tutu’s capacity to refrain from mentioning the far worse atrocities of East Timor (300,000 Christians murdered by Islam), the Southern Philippines (80, 000 Christians likewise murdered), the Molukkan Island (perhaps 30,000 or more so murdered) and the far worse human rights records of Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran, while turning his guns against Israel, is staggering and completely ridiculous. Israel had no sooner withdrawn from Gaza in a quest for peace when Islamic forces simply used evacuated Gaza as a base to continue their jihad against Israel firing rockets, exactly as likewise transpired in Lebanon.
Tutu’s faulting of the West for supporting non-democratic regimes is another point of factual distortion. When the West pressed for democratic electoral reform Moslems in Gaza and West Bank and Iraq only used their vote to elect promoters of terror, as did the Iranians and the Shia supporters of Hizbollah in Lebanon. ‚ It is probable that as polls show most Moslems are anti-democracy. None of Tutu’s biased ramblings take note of the fact that the archaeological record confirms the Jews are the indigenous people of that land, and that a so-called Palestinian state has never existed except that in 1970 King Hussein of Jordan , and in 1968 Yassir Arafat both stated that “Jordan is Palestine” . Nor does Tutu note that King Faisel of Iraq (displaced by the Baathists) and King Sharrif of Arabia (displaced by the Wahabist House of Saud that has decapitated people for becoming Christians) both proclaimed that Israel is the rightful homeland of the Jews. Tutu demands not an international effort to end the suffering of Christians at the hands of Moslems, but a resolution to the problems of Israel and the Palestinians who rejected a very generous peace when offered it by Ehud Barach and chose renewed terror instead. Tutu will not admit the only “Road Map” the Islamists want is a map without Israel on it.
Tutu’s so called commentary cites one alleged point of blame after another on the West yet utters not a syllable of the anti-Westernism, anti-Semitism, and persecution of Christians or the abysmal human rights situation prolific in the Islamic world. Also omitted in ‚ his perverted reasoning is that while over 90% of the Tsunami victims were moslems, over 90% of the international rescue aid and assistance came from the Christian nations, yet despite a doubling of oil revenues over the year previous, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States hardly donated pocket change in comparison.
The only reason fundamentalist Moslems want a bridge across civilizations is so they can pursue the jihadist dictates of their religion and invade, They desire no peace (“salim” in Arabic), but rather Hudna – a temporary ceasefire until they can get the advantage to massacre the non-Moslem.
Worse still, Tutu makes no mention of the fact that it is irrefutable that the institution of slavery exists in four Counties – Chad, Sudan, Mauritania and Niger. All four are in Africa, all the slaves are Black, and all of their owners are Afro-Arab Moslems. Well done Desmond! If there was an “Uncle Tom” award for traitor to the cause of Black freedom, Desmond Tutu would have little competition. It is not the West or the Israelis who own Black slaves and sell Black African children into slavery, it is Tutu’s “Islamic brothers” .
While Tutu ‚ mentions the “cartoon crises” he ignores that the most vile and uncensored material fomenting hatred of Christians, the West, and Jews appears on a daily basis in the press throughout much of the Islamic world with virtual impunity. What can be said of a Black African political theocrat who resided in an ecclesiastical palace in the Bishop’s Court enclave of Cape Town ” “ (the Beverly Hills/Bel Air of Africa, actually taking its name from the salubrious abode), turning a deaf ear to the frantic suffering of his own kind? This indeed is the real Desmond Tutu. Now he imagines this somehow qualifies him to preach virtue to the rest of the planet, when he shows so little evidence of any virtue himself.
Given the indescribable cruelty and death Robert Mugabe is carrying out against his own people right next door to Tutu, (to Moshanna, Matabeili, and Whites alike) and given the despotic corruption and dictatorship in one post-colonial Black African ‚ country after another while Tutu says and does absolutely nothing, why should the rest of the world, or indeed anyone in ‚ their right mind, pay any attention whatsoever to the pathetic likes of such a devious hypocritical serpent like Desmond Tutu? It doesn’t appear to matter to Tutu if he maligns the truth theologically or politically. Just as long as the facts are twisted and misrepresented and the truth is maligned, Desmond Tutu is always happy to smile for the camera.
James Jacob Prasch
Building Bridges Across Civilizations
THE WASHINGTON TIMES – Commentary by Desmond Mpilo Tutu/Ali Alatas/Andre Azoulay – November 16, 2006 — When asked about current relations between Muslim and Western societies, most people are likely to think about the “cartoon crisis,” the controversial remarks of Pope Benedict XVI regarding the Prophet Muhammad, or the debates raging in many European countries over the wearing of veils by some Muslim women.
In addition, most would recognize that terrorist attacks on the one hand and military interventions in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan on the other have increased the climate of suspicion that seems to be spreading across the world. Staggering economic inequalities and the ever-widening gap between the haves and the have-nots also create new fault lines, dividing peoples and nations.
These tensions help fuel the damaging yet powerful myth of a “clash of civilizations” — an ideological boon for all those who share an interest in shoring up hostility between Muslims and the West. A year ago, the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan created the Alliance of Civilizations High Level Group to help challenge this myth and recommend concrete measures to build bridges among communities worldwide. Our Group’s report, which we presented to Mr. Annan on Nov. 13, debunks a number of misconceptions and confronts some uncomfortable realities.
” ¢ First, there is no basis, in our opinion, for the claim “civilizations” are set on an inevitable collision course. Civilizations are not solid, monolithic blocs; rather, they are the result of complex mutual exchanges and constant cross-fertilization among cultural groups. Growing polarization between the West and the Muslim world is undeniable but not unavoidable. Fatalism denies individual freedom and mistakenly portrays human beings, communities and nations as mere pawns of history.
” ¢ Second, the history of relations between Muslim and Western societies is not primarily one of conflict. Despite periods of war, Islam, Christianity and Judaism all benefited from each other through trade and intellectual exchanges. Historically, under Muslim rule, Jews and Christians have largely been free to practice their faiths and many rose to high political positions in Islamic empires. Similarly, in recent centuries, political, scientific, cultural, and technological developments in the West helped influence the Muslim world in many positive ways.
” ¢ Third, we firmly reject the claim that the roots of the widening rift between Muslim and Western societies lie in religion or culture. Rather, they are to be found in politics. In our view, there are two key factors feeding the current climate of suspicion and fear that mars relations across communities. In the first instance, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has become a key symbol of the rift between Western and Muslim societies and remains one of the biggest threats to international stability. We passionately believe the international community should turn its attention to this festering conflict with a renewed sense of urgency. In addition, military operations in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan contribute to a growing climate of fear and animosity. The spiraling death toll and violence in both those countries help swell the ranks of terrorist groups.
The other factor is the oppression of nonviolent political actors in the Muslim world, which strengthens the hand of extremists. Denying peaceful opposition movements the freedom to express their views and jailing their supporters generate anger and resentment, encouraging some, especially among the young, to join violent groups. And when Western governments lend their support — tacitly or overtly — to authoritarian regimes, they become part of the problem, stoking the fire of extremism. These issues are compounded by resistance to reform and limitations placed on intellectual enquiry which deprive many Muslim countries of the impetus and energy needed to achieve social progress.
To help address the Middle East conflict, we propose development of a White Paper analyzing the Israeli-Palestinian landscape dispassionately and objectively, giving voice to the competing narratives on both sides, and establishing clearly the conditions that must be met to find a way out of this crisis.
Among the issues feeding tensions between Muslim and Western societies is the potentially destructive impact of inflammatory language sometimes used by political and religious leaders and the effect such language can have when disseminated by the media. We urge leaders and shapers of public opinion to behave responsibly and do everything in their power to promote mutual respect of religious beliefs and traditions. We also request the U.N. secretary-general to appoint a high representative to assist in defusing cross cultural tensions, build bridges of understanding and create pathways toward reconciliation, especially in times of crisis. In addition to these critical steps aimed at addressing political conflicts, we believe initiatives in the areas of education, media, youth and migration are necessary to build bridges and promote a culture of respect and understanding among Western and Muslim communities.
In today’s interconnected world, nobody is immune from the growing danger of polarization between societies and cultures. As global neighbors, we all share a responsibility in building a common culture of respect and promoting a rational debate about issues that threaten to divide us.
We will achieve progress not by attempting to ignore or deny our differences, but by acknowledging them openly and by celebrating our diversity. We must also recognize that these differences are not primarily religious or cultural, but political. In other words, they are not insurmountable and can be overcome through determined leadership and sustained negotiations.
Only by engaging in this path will we be able to work out a common way forward, one that builds on the goals we share and rejects the doomsday scenarios of clashing civilizations.
Desmond Mpilo Tutu is the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town. Ali Alatas is former foreign minister of Indonesia. Andre Azoulay is adviser to Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.
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