Sunday, March 30, 2008

The tough life of a 'terrorist' turned 'Zionist'

The phenomenon of jokers and clowns like Waleed shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani and the recently famous new-born ex-Muslim Magdi Allam, is very amusing. And and time goes by, more and more is becoming known about the intricacies governing the metamorphosis from being an ex-terrorist, or more frequently ex-nothing, to being a symbol of courage and hope for the enlightened world.
Once you announce your intent on becoming an 'ex-Muslim' , the world opens its arms to welcome you as if you were a long lost child. Past sins are instantaneously forgotten and you become the darling of freedom-loving, democracy-promoting defenders of the Western Civilization. And, on the spot, you are pronounced a world expert on something that confuses the heck out of the civilized world: Islam, and the 'Islamist Terrorist' mind set.

Of course, there are some provisos:
  • First: you need to have been born a Muslim (ex-converts need not apply - see second proviso for explanation).
  • Second: You must be able to claim that you were raised by evil people that fed you hate for the Jew from the moment you took your first breath (converts to Islam are usually lacking this important qualifier, hence, they need not apply - see first proviso).
  • Third: you must be able to show your undying love for the State of Israel, and your conviction that there is nothing called 'legitimate resistance to Israel'. The evil Arabs should surrender to the will of God. Being righteous means not resisting what Israel wants.
  • Forth proviso is sort of optional. You get bonus points if you convert to Christianity. It makes you more appealing to the Christian Zionist folks. Note: Conversion to Judaism is a demanding process, and is a move that has not been tried in the arena of ex-terrorists before. Play it safe, and stick with Christianity if you are in the market for a new uniform - I mean faith.
A lot of practical tips can be learned from the lives of the great ones. A nice collection of facts about that unique 'life form' known as Waleed Shoebat was published yesterday in the Jerusalem Post. Excerpts (in italics) are presented below, with my added headings.

Poor baby - He lost his innocence early:
When he was 16, says Walid Shoebat, he was recruited by a PLO operative by the name of Mahmoud al-Mughrabi to carry out an attack on a branch of Bank Leumi in Bethlehem.
But fear not for him. He now make a lot of money and for a good cause.
Shoebat is sometimes paid for his appearances, and he also solicits donations to a Walid Shoebat Foundation to help fund this work and to "fight for the Jewish people."
He also made some political connections:
Now he and two other former extremists are set to appear along with US Senator Joe Lieberman, Ambassador to the US Sallai Meridor and other notables at an annual "Christians United For Israel" conference in Washington in July.
Last year, Shoebat spoke to the BattleCry Christian gathering in San Francisco, which drew a reported 22,000 evangelical teenagers.

His ignorance and amnesia of what he did were not an impediment to his success

Asked whether word of the bombing made the news at the time, he said, "I don't know. I didn't read the papers because I was in hiding for the next three days." (In 2004, he had told Britain's Sunday Telegraph: "I was terribly relieved when I heard on the news later that evening that no one had been hurt or killed by my bomb.")

Shoebat could not immediately recall the year, or even the time of year, of the purported bombing when talking to the Post by phone from the US. After wavering, he finally settled for the summer of 1977.

His uncle and wife do not even know what he is talking about, but that is not an impediment either.
The uncle and his wife both said firmly that there was no attack on Bank Leumi [as he claims].
Incidentally, half his blood is American blood.
The uncle, interviewed at his home, said he remembered little about his nephew, because Walid left for America at the age of 16, and because his American mother always kept a distance from the rest of the family.
And he cares a lot about the Jews.
He argued that Israel should retake the Gaza Strip and rehouse Jews there, regarding Gaza as Jewish by right. "If a Jew has no right to Gaza, then he has no right to Jaffa or Haifa either," he said.
He also knows what is good for the Jews better than the Jews themselves.
"The Jews are not aware of the true threat," Shoebat said. "They are still fighting dead Nazis. It is easy to fight dead people. But they don't have the will to fight the living Nazis, the Islamic radicals."
He is a multi-tasker: He can enlighten Americans while defending the Jews.
He told the Post he had set up his Walid Shoebat Foundation to educate Americans as to why the US should support Israel. Shoebat said the foundation had reached out to over 450 million people.
Despite all his efforts to make the world a better place, there are those who simply find faults with him. Every prophet has their doubting Tom, I guess.
A New York Times report last month on the Air Force Academy event, headlined "Speakers at Academy Said to Make False Claims," noted that "Academic professors and others who have heard the three men speak in the United States and Canada said some of their stories border on the fantastic, like Mr. Saleem's account of how, as a child, he infiltrated Israel to plant bombs via a network of tunnels underneath the Golan Heights. No such incidents have been reported, the academic experts said. They also question how three middle-aged men who claim they were recruited as teenagers or younger could have been steeped in the violent religious ideology that only became prevalent in the late 1980s.
Yet, there are those who want to tell him how much they really value his effort to save humanity, and they let their wallets do the talking.
The Times said the three men were to be paid $13,000 for the Air Force Academy event.
And they do not let minor details get in the way of great charitable work
Asked by the Post whether the Walid Shoebat Foundation is a registered charity, Shoebat replied that it is registered in Pennsylvania. [But] The Pennsylvania State Attorney's office said it had no record of a charity registered under this name.

Oops! another lapse of memory. I guess it is not easy being an ex-terrorist superhero trying to save the world.

Questioned further, Shoebat said it was registered under a different name, but that he was not aware of the details, which are handled by his manager.

And if the whole ex-terrorist life story was a fantasy, it was for a good cause.

If the Bank Leumi bombing claim is unfounded, it is unclear why Shoebat would have wanted to manufacture a terrorist past. True or not, however, it has plainly brought him some prominence and provided him with a means to speak in favor of Israel and be paid for doing so.

So, I was wrong, not just one cause, but three good causes :
  1. 'Some prominence': qualifying his prominence as 'some' is the under-statement of the year. He is more popular the Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak with American Jewish right wing nuts, and more than John McCain among the Zionist Christians.
  2. Speaks for his favorite country, Israel: although it has been troubling me that many of those nut cases of ex-terrorists and ex-Muslims, despite of their great love for Fundamentalist Jews and Israel and their unlimited desire to "fight for the Jewish people", they convert to Christianity instead of Judaism. Yet fundamentalist Jews are their most ardent supporters! Interesting, but see note on forth proviso.
  3. "be paid for doing so": Well, we all have to earn a living some how. And $13,ooo for a few hours of ranting nonsense in front of the Air Force cadets is not bad money at all.
Prominence, money, and a chance to fight for God's chosen people from the comfort of his own charity organization. He does not even have to give up pork, or to honor the Sabbath.
Boy, some people do have it all.


Excerpts are from an article in the Jerusalem Post. There is a lot more interesting facts their, so click below to read the full article.
The Palestinian 'terrorist' turned 'Zionist'- Jerusalem Post

1 comment:

  1. Great article, we need that to exposes the liars who go around and make a "high paid profession" of lying.
    However, I think this guy and others like him have existed, and will keep popping up, no way to prevent that. It is up to the rest of the community, to stop that phenomenon.
    So you can't blame thoses who sell bad merchandise -they seeling stuff and making money, and getting fame-, we have to blame those of us who knew about the nature of the goods displayed, and could smell the rotten smell, and see how ugly is that merchandise, and we still pay top dollar for it.