‘I don’t hate Mahathir, I just despise him’
A reader using the pseudonym ‘2nd class’ responded to our Saturday posting Rebutting Mahathir, the ‘proud to be anti-Semitic’ hypocrite by saying “Your anti-Mahathir opinion is clearly based on your hatred towards him and not based on fact.”
2nd class also added: “Mahathir may have done injustice to some Malaysian but this is not the reason for you to deny the justice for those Palestinian and support the cruelty of Zionist!”
Our guest writer Maz who wrote the rebuttal to Mahathir has replied to 2nd class in the comments section.
However, we feel that what Maz says about addressing facts [and not resorting to accusations like “you’re a hater” or “you’re anti-Islam” or “You’re an Islamophobe”] deserves to be put up as a Hartal posting proper so that Malaysian blogosphere will realize their bad habit of making personal attacks on writers.
Do I hate Mahathir? No. Hatred is defined as an all consuming passion of negative feelings for an individual one knows well. I do not know him well (only ran into him one too many times… mostly at KLCC).
I despise Mahathir. Despising someone does not require you know them well, hatred does. If I knew him better, then I would hate him.
Everything written here — see also Did Mahathir ask the Saatchi family if they were Zionists before hiring them? — is based on fact except where I used adjectives to describe Mahathir which is clearly subjective.
You do not refute any of my comments about Israel; you merely ape Mahathir’s tired old anti-Israel (anti-Semitic) nonsense. You do not state what about Zionism is cruel, that [which] separates it from “Pakistanism’ or Iranian theocracy.
You bandy about ‘Zionism’ as an epithet as all anti-Semites are wont to do without a clue as to what it means.
You are ignorant of the fact that Israel agreed to partition British-mandated Palestine into a Jewish component (Israel) and an Arab component. Had the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs agreed, Israel would have been reduced to the 1947 borders and the ‘Palestinians’ would have had a lot more land they will ever hope to get now.
Don’t even mention that the British handed the East Bank (Transjordan) to the Bedouin (Badawi) Hashemite clan of Arabia (King Abdullah II) who are no more indigenous to the present-day Jordan than elephants are native to Antarctica. In fact Canaanite Arabs (the real Palestinians) are native to Jordan; why did the British not just hand it to them even though they refused compromise with Israel and later assassinated King Abdullah II ?
It is the Hashemites that usurped Canaanite Arab land, not Jews who do not, and have never lived in Amman or Irbil or Petra. When Jordan controlled the West Bank and East Jerusalem prior to 1968, why didn’t they give the Palestinians a homeland in part of the West Bank if King Hussein was such an ardent supporter of the Palestinian cause (or maybe because the Jordanians are hypocrites)?
Before you go mouthing off about Zionism and the ‘poor Palestinians’, better do some homework first or you will end up looking just as foolish as Mahathir and his patrons in Tehran, Riyadh, Damascus, Tripoli and Khartoum.
And Hamas is far, far more cruel to their Arab citizens in Gaza than Israel is to Arab-Israelis in the Galilee region (though Israel could improve its human rights record as Israelis themselves frequently point out).
As for ‘inhumane’ Zionists: If they are so bloody inhumane why are so many Muslim Darfurians, Muslim Sudanese, Muslim Eritreans so desperate to come to Israel to work and live and beg the Israeli border guards not to send them back home or [to send them] to the arms and guns of the awaiting Egyptian border guards who will shoot them on sight?
Why has the Muslim Darfurian and south Sudanese Liberation Army transitional government stated that they will establish relations with Israel no matter what any Arab government says or threatens because they have stated how thankful they are to Israel for the aid it gave to (Muslim) Darfurians while they were being slaughtered by Arab Janjaweed militias directed from Khartoum.
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