Skip to comments.CNN's Fareed Zakaria Casts Hezbollah as a Model of Religious Tolerance
Posted on 08/27/2010 11:46:40 AM PDT by La Lydia
..."Fareed Zakaria GPS" opened with a debate about the controversial mosque slated...in Manhattan. It ended with a monologue in which the host seemed to imply that Hezbollahs "respect" for Jews could be a model for Americans concerned with the mosque plans. In that final segment, Zakaria said:
I wanted you to see this. This is the Magen Abraham synagogue. It's not in Miami. It's not in Tel Aviv. It's in Beirut. That's right, Beirut, Lebanon. The synagogue is just now emerging from a painstaking restoration project...So why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious hostilities and hostilities with Israel, restore a Jewish house of worship? To show that Lebanon is an open and tolerant country.
And indeed, the project is said to have found support in many parts of the community, not just from the few remaining Jews there, but also Christians and Muslims and Hezbollah. Yes, Hezbollah -- the one that the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organization.
Zakarias...more immediate point that Hezbollah respects the Jews and is merely opposed to Israels "occupation of Arab lands" dramatically misinformed viewers about the radical and anti-Semitic nature of the Lebanese terror group. Hezbollah has repeatedly made clear not only its opposition to Israels very existence, but also its contempt for Jews....
Hezbollah has not been shy about admitting that, in its view, Israel occupies not just the West Bank but also Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and every other inch of its sovereign territory.
Equally misleading was the Hezbollahs claim, again unquestioningly accepted by the CNN journalist, that the organization has no problem with the Jews, and in fact "respects" them.
Hassan Nasrallah, a Holocaust denier, was quoted in Lebanons Daily Star saying that if the Jews "all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide...."
The Jewish state, he continued, must be "wiped out": Hezbollah's view on the renovation goes like this. "We respect divine religions, including the Jewish religion. The problem is with Israel's occupation of Arab lands ... not with the Jews."...
The group's ideology frequently spills into devastating violence. Hezbollah has been implicated, for example, in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were killed. This is one of many deadly attacks by the group.
CNNs Zakaria told his viewers he was giving them "food for thought." Unfortunately, with regard to Hezbollah, they got little more than empty calories.
Fareed Zakaria had to or be killed.
I guess China is tollerant as well as they allow churches to be built and Bibles to be printed, and Saudi Arabia is tollerant as foriegners can worship freely in the privacy of their home.
Iran recognizes Judaism as an allowed religion in their country, so it doesn’t surprise me that Hezbollah is tolerant of a Synagogue being restored.
But that is a red herring on this matter. Hezbollah will still seek for Islam to be the Master of all people on earth, willingly or unwillingly.
The building of a Mosque on a site of victory is well understood throughout the Islamic world. Building one on Ground Zero is a clear declaration of victory in the mind of Muslims everywhere.
This is exactly like someone from the Klan saying, "We love black people, we just don't want them living in our city, our county, our state or our country".
How stupid does he think people are?
And how did Lebanon get to be a place "teetering on the brink of religious hostilities with Israel"?
By Hezbollah coming in via Iran and killing Jews and Christians and destroying the only truly successful nation in the Middle East besides Israel.
Beirut, Lebanon was called "The Paris of the Middle East." It's where a young Osmam bin Laden went to party and vacation, as did much of the world. No one in their right mind does that today...all because of this "model" of "tolerance".
Either Fareed Zakaria is ignorant of recent history, or he is a liar and propagandist.
There is NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE for such ludicrous statements.
And the producers at CNN either know this full well or they completely incompetent at their jobs.
They give slight regard to other religions as the beginning line of the prophets in hope someone may subscribe to their lunacy and their prophet of crud, Mohamm..Mohamm took parts of other religions to form his own in order to have roots to deceive with..
I knew a Shite who constantly claim, the was a plank from Noah’s ark in a russian Museam which had all the prophets names on it ending with Mohammads, but he could never find out where it was, just like all the other bs they spew, no halocaust etc etc..Jesus was only a prophet and his message was corrupted so Mohamm had to come and straighten it out yeah yeah yeah..
Mohammad the deceiver, responsible for dragging millions of souls to the pit with His lies..Islam is the right arm of that tradgedy..puke be upon him
Does it matter? CNN is nothing but a cadre of skilled propagandists.
So why did this nation, often teetering on the brink of religious hostilities and hostilities with Israel, restore a Jewish house of worship? To show that Lebanon is an open and tolerant country.
And Hitler had his "model" community to show the "happy" Jewish musicians as well.
Saudi Arabia isn't a tolerant country. Where is a single house/temple of worship that is not muslim there? They are prohibited by law and there is death sentence for non-muslims who'd dare enter the segregated cities of Mecca and Medina.
Tolerance in a religion should be found also in the capital of that religion.
” Yes, Hezbollah — the one that the United States has designated a foreign terrorist organization.”
So, I guess Fareed doesn’t
Lebanon was the only predominantly Christian nation in the Middle East...which played no small part in it being the only successful one, and therefore in the eyes of Muslims the object of hate and HAD to be destroyed.
It's juxtaposition to Israel also made it the perfect launching pad for missiles into Israel, which began as soon as Hezbollah over-ran the once-idyllic nation.
Yeah, occupation by the Jewish community is bad, but only to Hezbollah because it involves the Muslims not being the ruling political class in that country. Because Israel does not run some religious tax on non-Muslims, because Israel tolerates people of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths. Only because Israel happens to be the one case of a state set up by the Western assistance that is not an outright fascist regime.
And there are hundreds of beautiful churches and cathedrals all over Moscow.
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The muzzies are required to lie to the infidel and hide their true intentions.
Then they come out and tell us that they are just a religion of peace and that they mean no harm.
Why does anyone believe these people?
I am not interested in the opinions of a Indian-born Muslim on how we natural born American’s choose to respond to the decades of unilateral attacks from his co-religionists.
Even if he is the editor of Time.
(BTW: is India’s oldest news magazine edited by an American Christian? Does an American Christian have a 1 hour Sunday news show on a major national network in India?
Why is he here lecturing us on tolerance when India is still so prejudiced?
He is a creature of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been placed inside our cultural institutions to further erode them and weaken our ability to resist whatever plans they have for us (like electing Obama).
Go back to India and fix Islam, then come talk to us.
The terrorist bombers have not been blonde, blue eyed Christians.
They are proof a graduate degree (in the case of Zakaria even an Ivy League PhD) does not make you smart, and it sure as Hell does not make you wise.
fareed speaks for satan.
A show of amazing tolerance to Muslims is allowing the construction of one synagogue or church anywhere in the country.
There are 1,209 mosques in the US. We’ll talk when there are even a tenth of that number of synagogues and churches in Saudi Arabia.
Most Lebanese would not venture into the areas of Lebanon that are full of Hezbollah supporters. Beruit itself is still has many urbane, educated people who wouldn’t care if Israelis lived next door to them. Many are not overly religious. The problem though is they let Hezbollah and Hamas rule over certain portions of the country and are too weak to kick them out. The fear of most Muslims to stand up against terror is their ultimate failing and means that they condone terror by their in action.
As for restoring a Synagogue that’s fine by Hezbollah as long as there are no Jews left to pray in them.
Fareed is so full of shiite and is an ugly little critter to boot.
Is that not the heavy hand of Syria upon them? I have always thought that Lebanon was a great tragedy, they had a beautiful, prosperous city that everyone admired and then boom.
And CNN and Zakaria are both smoking serious crack. I call BS on their assertion of Hexbollah as being an example of “religious tolerance” given the apparent fact that they have a hard time getting along with Judaism...you know...Israel.
BTW, does CNN and Zakaria both acknowledge that Hezbollah interacts with Latin America drug cartels by importing drugs into Lebanon? Idiots and Idiocy courtesy of CNN and Zakaria. =.=
Hezbollah have deep Syrian ties and Hamas are in bed with Iran. It is terribly sad for Lebanon but they are so conflicted by their religion that they let these people in and then can’t get rid of them.