"Concentration camps minus the gas chambers."
Sharon's regional agenda
By Khalid Amayreh
March 23, 2000

It is amply clear by now that Ariel Sharon remains faithful to his old
virulent views about the Palestinian question, the ultimate root- cause of
instability and insecurity in the Middle East.

Needless to say, these views are manifestly racist and unmistakably
pugnacious, and can be compared, with little exaggeration, with Hitler's
approach toward Jews.

Indeed,  Sharon's  behavior since he was elected Prime Minister of Israel
on 6 February indicates that he is  not the "changed man"  Zionist
propagandists and apologists have claimed he has become.

Far from being a rehabilitated man, Sharon actually seems intent on
pursuing a policy of saber-rattling, bellicosity and venomous incitement
all over the region, all for the purpose of making the Zionist state both
the police and master of the Middle East.

We all saw recently how the "hero" of the Sabra and Shatilla massacres
ordered his occupation army to impose a hermetic siege on Palestinian
population centers,  effectively reducing  the West Bank into as many as 45
crowded enclosures which some human rights organizations described as
"concentration camps minus the gas chambers."

That siege, the sheer barbarity of which transcends reality, is still
intact, and its nefarious psychological and other impacts on men, women and
children are endured  round-the-clock.

The Palestinians are still  the main target of Sharon's venom, but other
countries and peoples in the region are also on his agenda.

These  include  Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with
Israel, and also  Jordan, which the certified war criminal still  views as
the "ultimate Palestinian homeland," in addition to Syria, Iraq and Iran.

According to press reports, Sharon spent the bulk of his maiden visit to
the Washington D.C. as Prime Minister in fanning the flames of hatred and
incitement against the Arab states and Iran.

He reportedly urged the US to scale down arms supplies to Egypt, arguing
that the most populous Arab country shouldn't be allowed to achieve even a
distant military parity with the Zionist regime.

Moreover,  Sharon had the audacity to complain that Egyptian President
Husni Mubarak  was not doing what  the Zionist premier  said he  should be
doing, namely  hectoring and cajoling  Yasser Arafat to surrender  to
Israel by accepting her "generous" offer in the West Bank.

Sharon's anti-Egyptian remarks ought to be taken very seriously as they
are indicative of his intention to see Israel achieve unchallenged military
and strategic supremacy in the region.

His ominous intentions to that effect were  further accentuated by his
repeated insinuations about  Iran's alleged endeavors to acquire "weapons
of mass destruction," as if only the Zionist regime has that right.

  Of course, he didn't utter a single word about Israel's huge arsenal of
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, which, he would have us believe,
is for peaceful purposes!!

In short, Sharon is trying rabidly and frantically to use the American
sword to subjugate and subdue  Arab and Muslim peoples in the Middle East
in order to enable Israel to impose its hegemony all over the region. In
this, he is imitating the Biblical figure Esther who incited the king of
Persia to kill the enemies of the Jews in his kingdom.

In light, it is imperative that the principal Arab  and Islamic states in
the region make it abundantly clear to this impetuous war criminal that his
threats would definitely boomerang on him.

More to the point, Arab states, especially in the Gulf region, should
seriously demonstrate to the United States that her relations and interests
in the region would suffer irreparably if the US continued to back Zionist
aggression and bellicosity.

More importantly, the rise of Sharon to power in the Zionist regime and the
growing drift among Zionists toward  religious and fascist extremism
should serve as an appropriate occasion for contemplating some form of
strategic cooperation between the Arab states and Iran.

Indeed, this cooperation is becoming a pressing necessity as never before.