The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Listening to Arab voices

February 1991): “A struggle for the Arab soul is taking place. If Western nations fail to account for this, the world will likely become a more dangerous place.”

I think most would agree the world has become more dangerous for many reasons. Perhaps the one I suggested is not least among them. When the Gulf War disappeared from TV screens nearly 12 years ago, Arab Muslims faded from our memory. The fact that over half a million infants died in Iraq due to U.N. sanctions was either not widely known or, following our government’s lead, blamed solely on Saddam Hussein, thereby ignoring our complicity or worse, our conscience.

Israeli military occupation and land usurpation continued unabated and was tolerated. When Palestinians resisted, sometimes violently, we too easily allowed Israel to cast the whole issue as “terrorism” instead of addressing it as one of human rights.

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