If you want to keep up on what’s going in the Middle East, and what Islamists really think, MEMRI-TV is an excellent resource for accomplishing both.
MEMRI, which stands for the “Middle East Media Research Institute,” monitors Arab, Iranian, and Turkish media, schoolbooks, and sermons. MEMRI then translates them into English so we can know exactly what is being said in those cultures–unfettered by our gutless politicians and leftists media so punch-drunk on political correctness they feel the need to cover for those who wish us harm.
One of MEMRI”s recent clips definitely is worth watching. It features an April 1st talk given by former Jordanian Prime Minister Abdelraouf Al-Rawabdeh, who served from 1999-2000 and graduated from the American University in Beirut (Lebanon).
To fully understand the context of what that means, consider the American University in Beirut was originally founded by American Christian missionaries in 1866, U.S.-Jordanian relations have been close since King Abdullah II ascended to the throne in 1999, and U.S. taxpayers have provided at least $13 billion in foreign aid to Jordan as well.
In other words, American taxpayers both educated and put food on the table for the likes of Al-Rawabdeh. That means we’ve been pretty good to Al-Rawabdeh and his ilk if you ask me. In fact, many of us went to work to pay for our own food and education so that our tax dollars could take care of the Al-Rawabdehs of the world.
Explaining to a friendly audience why he and his fellow Islamist politicians often say one thing to the people at home when they don’t think the West is watching, and then are all smiles for the Western cameras when they know we are, Al-Rawabdeh said the following:
The preacher speaking from the pulpit, the philosopher, the politician, the university professor, the school teacher – they are all attuned to the conscience of the nation. Listen carefully to what I am saying. They are attuned to the conscience of the nation, and they are true to what they believe in, but they are not responsible for its implementation.
A preacher stands up in his pulpit and says ‘we must confront America the spearhead of heresy.’ Fine. What does he want us to do about it? He doesn’t say. Along comes the politician, whose job it is to understand the local, regional, and international balance of power, and he talks only about what he can accomplish.
Once, when I was running for office, someone tried to give me a hard time. He approached me and asked: “What do you think about America?” I asked him: “Are you asking me as a politician or as a candidate?”
He said he was asking me as a candidate. So I said “America is an enemy state, which provides weapons to Israel, kills our Palestinian people, controls our Arab countries, expropriates our oil, and destroys our economy.”
So he was pleased, but then he said: “And as a politician?” I said: “America is our friend. It stands by us and provides us with aid.”
(Crowd cheers and laughs)
He said: “Don’t you see that as a moral contradiction?” “No,” I said. “I say that America is an enemy in order to appease you, and I say it as a friend in order to get you food. Which one do you prefer?”
(Crowd cheers and laughs again)
Translation: When stupid American politicians are willing to confiscate the wealth of their own people to prop us up, we’ll wink and nod to go along to get along. But when push comes to shove, don’t believe the propaganda, we hate America every bit as much as you do.
In the West we have a saying: “never look a gift-horse in the mouth.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly feeling warm and fuzzy about seeing my prosperity redistributed to people that hate us no matter how much we pay them not to.
What about you?
Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.