Uncle Boutros and Uncle Tom…A Lesson In Arab
by Gerald A. Honigman
My friend and scholar, Jerry Gordon,
sent me a note the other day alerting me to Diane West’s great article in the
The Washington Times referring to the essential historian, Bat Ye’or’s, writings
Having written somewhat myself on the subject of
the forced Arabization of much of the region’s lands and peoples since
Muhammad’s successors burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century C.E.
and spread Islam by their imperial Caliphal sword in all directions, events of
late sired in Denmark also had me thinking anew on this subject.
How deadly ironic, hypocritical, and worse that
Arabs and their lackeys--who habitually demonize both Jews and their religion in
the media, religious sermons, and elsewhere--explode in world-wide rage because
some Danes suggested that since many, if not most, of the conflicts going on in
the world today involve Muslims, that their religion might just have something
to do with this. And as if the age-old concept of the Dar ul-Islam
versus the Dar al-Harb was just a Zionist concoction or
A listening to or a reading of even the so-called
“moderate” Arab media in Jordan, Egypt, and Saudia Arabia routinely appears as
if it has been lifted right out of Hitler’s Der Sturmer. The same goes
for the land of the Arabs’ Iranian stooges.
While dhimmitude primarily refers to the
plight of conquered, native Christian and Jewish populations, the People of the
Book, keep in mind that Arab racist attitudes also extended to those who--to
jump on the winning bandwagon, escape taxation, and so forth--became Muslims.
And those who were not ahl al-Kitab either usually converted or were
The Abbasid Revolution in the 8th century C. E.
largely occurred because of the disgust of the converted Mawali
populations with the blatant Arabism of the Umayyads. And in the age of
nationalism centuries later, hundreds of thousands of Muslims--but
non-Arabs--would continue to be slaughtered in the name of the Arab
nation…Berbers, Black Africans, Kurds, and so forth.
Keep in mind that these are the same folks who
like to lecture about Zionist racism…you know, those same Jews who made Arabic
the second official language of their state, have Arab representatives in the
Knesset who routinely side with Hamas (which denies Israel‘s right to exist),
and so forth.
All of this made me think about some famous quotes
I had come across during my own doctoral study days.
In Amos Elon’s Flight Into Egypt (New
York, 1980), he reviewed his encounters with the late President Sadat’s Foreign
Minister, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The latter would later become Secretary
General of the United Nations.
A Copt--i.e. a descendant of Egypt’s now
subjugated, ancient, pre-Arab Christian people--it was largely believed that
Boutros-Ghali was chosen for this post precisely because of his unquestioned,
assured loyalty. Centuries of dhimmitude could be expected to have done
its thing. And it did.
Listen carefully to some excerpts regarding
this Copt’s advice to Elon, a prominent Israeli journalist:
In his office, there is a map of the
Middle East on which Israel is still blacked out…Israel must integrate by
accepting the nature of the area…that nature that is Arab…In a tape of a long
discourse delivered in 1975 to Professor Brecher he proclaimed that…in the vast
area between the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean everyone had to be Arab or
risk continuing strife…Still, Boutros-Ghali felt that there might be a solution.
How?…Well, Israel could become an Arab country. Most Israelis were (Jewish)
immigrants from Arab countries anyway ( pp.84-91).
While this might be a great answer to Iran’s
Ahmadinejad, who likes to claim a European origin for all of Israel‘s Jews,
please pardon my nausea anyway.
But now think about what’s going on all around
the Middle East…the subjugation and at times outlawing of fellow Muslim--but
non-Arab--Kurdish, Berber, and so forth languages and cultures ( i.e. Kurdish
kids being forced to sing songs praising their “Arab” identities today in Syria
and such), continuing slaughter of both Muslim and non-Muslim black
Africans in the Sudan and elsewhere, etc.
Meanwhile, the Arabs’ oil-addicted sycophants
and/or fellow anti-Semites look on and act as if they’re all deaf, dumb,
and blind. If Israel was involved , there would be trials in Geneva, United
Nations hearings, and so forth…and with the United States State Department
likely joining the chorus.
To learn more about all of this, other
scholars, besides the Egyptian Jewess Bat Ye’or, have also made important
contributions. One, in particular, Professor Albert Memmi, a Tunisian-born Jew
at the Sorbonne, wrote a short but powerful work also exposing firsthand, like
Bat Ye’or, dhimmitude…and what needs to be done about it. Memmi
supported Tunisia’s struggle for independence from France, and the mere four
lines on the opening page to his book, Jews And Arabs, say it all…
To my Jewish
To my Arab
so that we can
be free men at last…
Compare this to Boutros-Ghali’s pathetic
In fairness, in contrast to Copts who daily
fear for their very lives in Egypt, a reading of what they have to say about
these things when they flee abroad is telling as well. Ditto for Christian,
pre-Arab Lebanese, Assyrians, Armenians, and others.
In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe authored a
famous antislavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, in which she wrote of the blacks’
expected servile behavior towards their white masters.
Indeed, this is the Arabs’ predominant idea of
“tolerance”…a whole region of Uncle Boutroses.
So, the recent explosive episodes regarding
the cartoons in Denmark should really have not been unexpected.
Arabs and too many of their non-Arab,
but fellow Muslim wannabes typically believe that others may not indulge in
what they routinely do to others, often many times worse.
The litmus test for the Muslim non-Arab too
often becomes out-Arabing the Arab in hatred of the Jew, subjugation of the
dhimmi, and/or defense of the faith…a faith which, after all, was
shoved down their own throats, either directly or indirectly, centuries earlier
by the imperial conquests of the Arabs.
Hopefully, the eyes of even the most naïve
will at last open to the consequences of continuing to allow Arabs free reign
with their hypocrisy and double standards.
And that thorn-in-the-side state of the
scorned kilab yahud “Jew dogs”--as Arabs like to call it--is on the
front lines for all the rest of the Dar ul-Harb…the realm of war in
While there are Muslims who disagree with the
jihadists, the sad fact is that the militants are in the ascendancy, forcing all
but a relatively few brave souls into silence or to cower behind them.
Wise up, World, before it’s too late.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms,
and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His
articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the
world. His official website is:
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article.
A. G. S.