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    By John Derbyshire

    Back in 1982 there were some horrible massacres at two Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. Christian Lebanese Arabs actually did the killing; but the Israeli army was in the neighborhood, and was responsible, at some theoretical level, for keeping the peace in the zone that included the camps. Because of this, the Israelis took much of the brunt of the world�s outrage at the killings. Commenting on these events, the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, remarked in disgust: "Goyim kill goyim, and they blame the Jews!"

    I've been getting the same feeling from some of my email. The fundamental reason America is under attack by Arab terrorists, several dozen people want me to know, is that the U.S. supports Israel. And the only reason we do that, several of them have said, or hinted, is because of the political power of the Jewish lobby here in the U.S.A. A few of my correspondents have expressed themselves more ... bluntly than that. Put it this way: while I have not yet encountered the word 'bloodsuckers' (perhaps my readership isn't 'diverse' enough), some of this stuff comes pretty close; though I should say in fairness, most is argued on cold national-interest grounds. At any rate, a lot of people feel that the mass killing of Americans by Arab terrorists is all the fault of Israel and those American politicians who, for low and disreputable motives, or from sheer blindness to America�s true ideals and interests, support her. Goyim kill goyim, and they blame the Jews.

    Setting aside the statistical certainty that some of the dead Americans are Jewish (as, in high statistical probability, some were of Arab origins), and at the risk of yet more ill-tempered or abusive emails, I am going to declare that I don�t think these recent outrages can be blamed on the Jews, nor even on pro-Israel American politicians. The root phenomenon is not American involvement in Middle Eastern affairs: the root phenomenon is hesperophobia.

    This word was coined by the political scientist Robert Conquest. Its roots are the Greek words '*σπερος (hesperos), which means 'the west' and φόβος (phobos), which means 'fear,' but which when used as an English suffix can also carry the meaning 'hate'. Hesperophobia is fear or hatred of the West. [While I'm in the classical stuff, by the way, I committed a breach of good manners in my last posting by inserting a Latin tag without translation. I am sorry. Oderint dum metuant means 'Let them hate us, so long as they fear us.' Seneca rebuked Cicero for saying it, though it seems to have been current among educated late-republican Romans.]

    Here is the news: a lot of people out there hate us. The name �Durban� mean anything? In China, in India, in Pakistan, in Indonesia and Malaysia, in Africa and in the Arab countries, European civilization � the West � is widely hated. Matter of fact, quite a lot of Europeans and Americans hate it, too, as you will know if you spend much time on college campuses.

    I can�t see any strong reason for believing that if the state of Israel were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, hesperophobia would disappear with it. Not even just Arab hesperophobia would decline. A common word for Europeans in the Arabic language is feringji, from �Frank�, i.e. crusader. Arabs don�t hate us because we support Israel. They hate us because we humiliated them, showed up the gross inferiority of their culture. To them, and similarly humiliated peoples, we are the other, detested and feared in a way we can barely understand. Things got really bad in the 19th century. When European society achieved industrial lift-off, Europeans were suddenly buzzing all over the world like a swarm of bees. They encountered these other cultures, that had been vegetating in a quiet conviction of their own superiority for centuries (or in the case of the Chinese, millennia). When these encounters occurred, the encountered culture collapsed in a cloud of dust. Some of them, like the Turks, managed to reconstitute themselves as more or less modern nations; others, like the Arabs and the Chinese, are still struggling with the trauma of that encounter. Neither the Arabs nor the Chinese, for example, have yet been able to attain rational, constitutional government. For a devastating look at the paleolithic condition of politics and society in the Arab world, I strongly recommend my colleague David Pryce-Jones�s book, The Closed Circle.

    The 1991 Gulf War showed how little has changed since those first encounters. Here were the armies of the West: swift, deadly, efficient, equipped and organized, under the command of elected civilians at the head of a robust and elaborate constitutional structure. And here were the Arabs: a shambling, ill-nourished, shoeless rabble, led by a mad gangster-despot. (That was their Arabs. There were also, of course, our Arabs � the Kuwaitis and Saudis, cowering in their plush-lined air-conditioned bunkers being waited on by their Filipino servants while we did their fighting for them.) Final body counts: the West, 134 dead, the Arabs, 20,000 or more. The superiority of one culture over another has not been so starkly demonstrated since a handful of British wooden ships, at the end of ten-thousand-mile lines of communications, brought the Celestial Empire to its knees a hundred and fifty years earlier. The Chinese are still mad about that: they are still making angry, bitter movies about the Opium Wars. A hundred and fifty years from now, the Arabs will not have forgotten the Gulf War.
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    Re: Hesperophobia

    your such a "PERP" as it is commonly known by the cops on duty!!and so much like OUR FEARLESS LEADER!!inventing NEW WORDS to create the SHOCK AND AWE of HOLLYWWOD!?hehe!!when will your endless tirade against democracy end!?hehe!!i'm sure YOU have the best intentions.......NOTTTT!?just kiddin!?hehe!!and what is your FINAL AUTHORITY by the way!?not open to PRIVATE INTERPRETATION!?just askin!?get out from behind your guilded cage and experience the world as it is!?join humanity and get off the pillar of pride and accomplishment and smell the stink of the dump and the morgue and the dirty little sex studios and the gun dealers and weapons peddlers and goverment handouts you make your money off of like a GOOD REPUBLICAN!?hehe!!just askin..........hehe!!
    Last edited by lexx; 02-23-2006 at 02:29 PM.