Caught on Tape: The Middle East's Culture of Cruelty.
June 9, 2009 8:06pm CST
by Daniel Pipes FrontPageMagazine.com May 15, 2009 Some of the bravest and most distinguished analysts from the Middle East emphasize that region's culture of cruelty. Kanan Makiya titled his 1994 book about Arabs Cruelty and Silence. Fouad Ajami writes about Beirut being "lost to a new reign of cruelty," about Iraq's "plunder and cruelty and sectarian animus," and about the region's "cruelty, waste, and confusion. "That cruelty, usually at a remove from outsiders, became cinematically vivid on April 22, 2009, when ABC News aired a tape of a prince from the United Arab Emirates sadistically torturing an Afghan merchant he accused of dishonesty. No less instructive were the passive reactions of his government and of American officials. The story reveals much and is worth pondering: Issa met Nabulsi in Houston, where Nabulsi provided him with hotel and limousine services. Their relationship developed into a business partnership that lasted over twelve years. But Nabulsi is now suing Issa for breach of contract in a federal court in Houston; to support his accusations, Nabulsi made public a 45-minute tape of Issa torturing an Afghan grain dealer named Mohammed Shah Poor in 2004. Issa accused the dealer of cheating him of a grain delivery to his ranch worth about US$5,000 and assaulted him at night in a remote spot. Asked why neither he nor his brother didn't report the torture he saw on the tape to authorities in the UAE, Nabulsi said, "I mean the whole government is all brothers. I mean the president is al Nahyan, the crown prince is al Nahyan, the foreign minister is al Nahyan, the foreign minister is al Nahyan. What can you do?" ABC News ran an initial television story of the tape (which can be seen here) http://tinyurl.com/ckagrz . Its accompanying print story, "Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh," http://tinyurl.com/lsgqhm summarizes the gruesome details:Read the rest of the story here http://tinyurl.com/owpffy
• United States
10 Jun 09
But Muslims are peaceful people and wouldn't hurt anyone. They are victims of an anti Islamic propaganda agenda... and they are all ready moderate, nice, and don't believe in violence in any form. At least that is what some people on this site claim. They are of course... lying.
• United States
10 Jun 09
The culture of peace, love, and do what I say when I say it or I will kill you and if you don't follow every one of my extremely anal and undoubtedly biased laws I will kill you and then probably force myself upon your wife because there's no one to stop me and Allah says it's cool and while I'm at it I'll even kill your children if I don't want to keep them for slaves and I will teach the world to kill all infidels if they cannot be converted because there is only one way to live through my god and that way is righteous and if you don't agree I will chop your head off and find whatever context I want to justify doing it so that at least my indoctrinated followers will believe I'm going to paradise to meet up with the 72 girls ugly enough to remain virgins. A lot of Americans spend large portions of their lives trying to do away with the word "Christmas." No wonder they're so extremely inconvienenced over some water dumping. This kind of thing needs to stay out of their line of sight. They'll just blame it on America somehow because it's easy.