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Samson Blinded

Samson Blinded

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Said decries the damage colonial powers, including Israel, do their
foreign subjects. He forgets the Arabs were colonists—and slavers to boot.
Civilized colonialism has done more good than harm to indigenous people.
Most of the territories that became European colonies were rife with tribal
warfare, and the peace the colonial powers imposed saved many lives,

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though others were lost in police actions. Colonialism let savages leapfrog
from the Bronze Age to modernity. Further, civilized rule was profitable for
the colonies, as it spared military expenses, maintenance of a royal court,
and various forms of corruption; and payment (which Said calls “colonial
extortion”) was usually taken in products of little or no value to the locals.
As far as Israel is concerned, Palestinians today live far better than their
ancestors did fifty years ago, better than other Arabs in countries without
oil.

Said often argues both sides of an argument. On one hand, he
favors Palestinian nationalism, but on the other he criticizes the colonial
partitioning of the Middle East, which destroyed Arab unity. The
Palestinian nation, however, resulted from that dissection, and Jews have
argued in vain that there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation, that
Palestinians are equally at home fifty miles away in Jordan. Beside, the
mythical Arab unity, whose loss Said laments, never existed, since the
region has almost always been split among different states and cultural
influences: Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Roman, Persian, and Turkish, to
name a few.

Palestinian society has never existed. The concept of a Palestinian
nation first appeared in the 1960s. Earlier references are to Arabs living in
Palestine. What kind of society was there in an always-occupied country?
History records no Palestinian home rule of their own, nor did they develop
any of the institutions of modern society. Similarly, Said’s claims that the
creation of Israel destroyed the Palestinian economy contradict his claim
that the subsequent Arab technological and scientific development—
presumably, based on decent economy—suffered because of the political
climate Israel created. There is little evidence of Arab science and
technology, none in modern times anyway—which Said admits when he
says Arab civilization reached its apex in Andalusia,161

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