Mahathir’s Acerbic Bigotry

By Mahbubul Karim (Sohel)
October 17, 2003

Where is the outrage and where is the condemnation on Malaysian Head of State Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s deplorable delineation of the entire Jewish world? He made the following un-statesman like comment on Thursday at the Organization of Islamic Conference: "The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them…..It cannot be that there is no other way; 1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews."

Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s comment falls flat on the same dangerous slippery slope the bigoted Jewish and Christian leaders use to portray the entire Muslim world, the whole 1.3 billions of them as terrorists for the crimes of a few.

Dr. Mahathir Mohammad has enormous stature among the Muslims and Muslim nations for his brave and courageous previous statements in opposition to all the injustices, against war and oppressions, economic manipulations by the powerful over the powerless, but his instigating acerbic remarks slammed at the Jews at OIC’s meeting may put his bold legacy tarnished in the end.

Muslims are indeed going through troubling time. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are getting killed in forceful wars, state sponsored terrorisms and from economic ruin in badly run Muslim nations. Blaming all the problems Muslims are facing on the shoulders of Jews is pathetic to the least and overall ineffectual.

Indeed Jews had gone through one of history’s darkest time. Millions of innocent Jews were put into gas chambers, executed like ships and lambs in broad daylights. They were hurdled into train to be freighted to death soaked concentration camps. What did innocent Jewish child do to deserve such a gory fate? What did a Jewish mother did to the world to witness his husband and son’s head and limbs blown apart by Nazi mortars and machine guns?

There are bigotry filled Jews and there are bigotry filled Muslims and Christians and Hindus. And there are the mammoth majority of innocent world citizenry with varied religious belief and the thirst for a peaceful world. Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s bigotry filled words can only instigate more tensions between Muslims and Jews, and the extremists of both religions would certainly use these words to vilify each other, providing zealous causes for the unsusceptible minds of millions.

Mahathir calls the Muslims to use their “brain” over “brawn” or muscles while His Excellency remain oblivious in his brainless remarks.