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|25/10/03||Mahathir, have they bitten off more than they can chew? by Joh Domingo|
Mahathir's speech to the OIC has been quite revealing. While he has been excoriated in the Western Press by every "spokesman" that wants to remain one, the reaction in the "unfree" world has been the opposite. Few Asian Leaders have bought the Zionists line and the only "Asian" leader to denounce him has been Australia's Prime Minister, John Howard. Colin Powell, after reading the full text has conceded that it makes very good arguments and reading the full text gives his speech an entirely different complexion.
Like many people in Asia, Mahathir has had very little interaction with Jews. His baptism came when George Soros tried to play monopoly with his currency. He swiftly learnt a great deal; enough to protect Malaysia from being scoured by a "free" market. He placed his currency under tight controls. Those that were most affected by it, the Chinese community in Malaysia and the Diaspora, were heartened and gave him more than a little support. They were happy to undergo a little inconvenience, as they were well aware of the losses they had to endure during the Asian meltdown. Many Korean and Thai industries had become Jewish owned in the fallout of the Asian Crisis. They did not hate Jews, they simply liked their money more. The Jews of Asia are more circumspect, and have perfected the art of diplomacy over 10,000 years. They long ago learnt that you do not shit in your own nest. As a result, they have always had a policy of sustaining the societies they live in. Even going so far as to concede that theihegemony bestows on them an unfair advantage and submitting to handicaps in order to provide their host country a platform on which to achieve parity.
I have learnt this in discussion with Singaporean and Malaysian Chinese when I questioned them about accepting discriminatory laws in Malaysia that prohibits Chinese ownership of Malaysian industry. They are limited to 49% and must have an indigenous partner. They explained that if this was not the case, they would control everything in Malaysia and it would endanger them as a people. This way, they are forced to make the pie bigger. As a result, the Malaysian economy is the envy of the East and is the 27th most industrialized country in the World. The idea that one group can dominate another in an Asian context is disastrous. Even the dominant recognize this. The Jews of the West would do well to take a few pointers from the Jews of the East.
Mahathir's social experiment in Malaysia is not a complex one. He exhorts his people to be positive and apply themselves. He provides them with a few incentives. They do the rest by osmosis. His people are free, and freely submit themselves to his rule. He is voluntarily stepping down and has resisted any urge to create a dynasty. The law is universal and applicable to everyone. What more can anyone in the West want?
The answer, is that they want Malaysia to disassociate themselves form the rest of the Muslim world. They don't want a beacon to rally Islamic people. They don't want a positive role model for Muslim countries. Hence the beat up. Mahathir does not have views about Jews that Muslim's in general do not have. A poll after the fracas found that 96% of Muslim's share his views. If there is a problem, it is not anti-Semitism, but a perspective that Muslim's have of Jewish hegemony and the consistent rabble rousing that Jews engage in. The result is that Muslim's are constantly being bombed in country after country. Is it that surprising that Mahathir and Muslim's in general see Jews as the enemy? If Jews don't like these characterizations, then they should work to change the perception with words and deeds. They cannot pretend a convenient outrage while continuing their Jihad against Islam.
Just a reminder, Jews do not face any danger in speaking out against this mini-holocaust being perpetrated against the Palestinians by Jews. Quite unlike the brave and selfless Polish, Ukrainian and Catholic people that who assisted Jews during the Holocaust. They always found themselves in the ovens alongside Jews when they were caught.