Friday, March 31, 2006

What the Jill Carroll episode tells us about the Middle East

A huge sigh of relief followed the news that Jill Carroll, the American reporter for the chirstian science monitor was released by her terrorist captors yesterday. The joy was expressed both in the west and especially in the Middle East. But out of all the blog posts I have read on the subject, none of them seemed to have remarked something that was extremely obvious and sickening about the reaction.

Something that tells us a lot about the sick mentality that's gripped the Middle East for the past, oh I don't know, 100 years. All of her defenders in the Arab world called for her release on the basis that (a) she was sympathetic to the so-called "Arab Cause" (b) The fact that she sympathized with he plight of the Palestinians, (c) the fact that she opposed the Iraq War, (d) the fact that she has in the past denounced Western Imperialism in the Middle East.

But what if Carroll wasn't that sympathetic to the Arab problems facing the region today? What if she was an ordinary reporter who gave no opinion of the subjects which she wrote about? Or worse, what if she was a pro-Israel advocate? What if she was for the Liberation of Iraq from Saddam's totalitarian rule? Would the same people who called for her release in the Arab world, be equally passionate about lobbying for her release?

Don't count on it.

We've seen other hostage situations where those who were kidnapped whose fates were not as lucky as Jill's, without a voice of protest from the same group that called for the release of Jill. People like Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl. Who never had the luxury of many peaceniks and Arab nationalists calling for their release. At least not to the same level.

Showing us that in the Middle East today, people who don't exactly see eye-to-eye with the current Arab public opinion, risk being ignored or shown indifference for their fate if ever they get kidnapped. This matters because it is precisely things like this that give Arabs and Muslims a bad name. If the Arab world wishes to convey that it is capable to live peacefully with the western world, then ideology from within must be clear that ALL hostage taking, regardless of the hostage's political views, must be met with the same level condemnation and lobbying.

3 Comments:

At Saturday, 01 April, 2006, Blogger Winston said...

Was she an anti-war journalist?

 
At Saturday, 01 April, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Sort of, she wrote a few anti-war editorials prior to the invasion.

 
At Thursday, 15 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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