The total death toll in the Arab-Israel conflict since 1948 is somewhere around 50,000 dead, with about one-third being Jewish and about two-thirds being Muslim. In the past 22 months something like 60,000 people have been slaughtered by the Assad regime in Syria, which is double the estimated dead in the Arab war against the Jews in the last 45 years.
But who cares?
To most westerners a Palestinian toe is worth more than an entire Syrian, so long as that toe was in any way harmed by a Jew. The fact of the matter is that the west doesn't give a damn, period. The progressive movement certainly doesn't care. If they do not care about the hundreds of thousands of dead Darfurans or the millions of dead Congolese why in this world would they care if Muslims kill a gazillion other Muslims in Syria? They wouldn't and they don't.
The left only cares if Jews are doing the killing and then they will scream from the hillsides about how the Jewish Israelis are now Nazis and how Israel is a racist, imperialist, colonialist, militarist, apartheid, racist state.
David M. Weinberg writes:
Brahimi said that "if the war stays another year, we will not have 25,000 more, we will have 100,000 more killed.” This is because since last February, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has steadily unleashed ever-greater military firepower against his opponents, including tanks, heavy artillery, attack helicopters, fighter jets and Scud missiles. Chemical weapons could be next.A hundred thousand dead? Attack helicopters against his own people?
Who gives a shit? Muslims could kill other Muslims until not one is left standing and the western progressive-left, that bastion of human rights, would just yawn and turn over in bed.
Of course, the world is much more distraught about Palestinians in conflict than Syrians in conflict — because the Jews are involved in the first equation. The world is outraged when an Israeli soldier takes a swipe at a Palestinian protester with his rifle butt, but is not so incensed when Syrian troops rape, massacre and torture tens of thousands of their own. The world knows that Jewish housing construction is a threat to world peace requiring the Security Council's immediate attention, but feels no such sense of urgency when the slaughter in Syria threatens to spill over into Turkey, Jordan and Israel, or engulf the region in non-conventional warfare.We have to stop pretending that the left are the "good guys" because they care about universal human rights. They don't. You have been lied to for electoral reasons and reasons having to do with domestic political power. Most "progressives" probably believe that their movement does care about the well-being of other people, but that's entirely irrelevant because it quite obviously doesn't. The progressive-left doesn't care about the Chinese occupation of Tibet, nor about any number of ongoing wars and slaughters throughout Africa and the Muslim Middle East. The progressive-left even tends to be friendly to political Islam, a movement in which splashing acid into the faces of young girls seeking an education is not entirely uncommon.
And, yet, they will lecture the Jews of the Middle East, a people under perpetual siege, about morality.
It is quite simply grotesque and we must awaken from the delusion that western "liberals" are in any way allies to the Jewish state of Israel or, therefore, allies to the Jewish people more generally.