Gaarder’s World – hazards of speaking out!
Jostein Gaarder, the renowned author of the Sophie’s World has spoken and rather boldly on the current crisis in Lebanaon particulalry on the underpinnings of Israeli State’s motives. His scathing attack was published in Aftenposten, Norways leading paper.
A friend sent the text from Islamabad. And, then discovered Sirocco’s blog that has much more in there. Text of full article – translated by Sirocco is available here. Here are some extracts:
“There is no turning back. It is time to learn a new lesson: We do no longer recognize the state of Israel. We could not recognize the South African apartheid regime, nor did we recognize the Afghan Taliban regime. Then there were many who did not recognize Saddam Hussein Iraq or the Serbs ethnic cleansing. We must now get used to the idea: The state of Israel in its current form is history.
We do not believe in the notion of God’s chosen people. We laugh at this people’s fancies and weep over its misdeeds. To act as God’s chosen people is not only stupid and arrogant, but a crime against humanity. We call it racism.”
He further adds:
Unscrupulous art of war
We acknowledge and pay heed to Europe deep responsibility for the plight of the Jews, for the disgraceful harassment, the pogroms, and the Holocaust. It was historically and morally necessary for Jews to get their own home. However, the state of Israel, with its unscrupulous art of war and its disgusting weapons, has massacred its own legitimacy. It has systematically flaunted International Law, international conventions, and countless UN resolutions, and it can no longer expect protection from same. It has carpet bombed the recognition of the world. But fear not! The time of trouble shall soon be over. The state of Israel has seen its Soweto.