The Muslim world is a construct based on a false identity imposed by Islamic conquest. The constant fighting is the only way to reaffirm that identity. Islam only achieves its identity by fighting someone: whether it’s Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists or each other. Take away the conflict and there isn’t much left.
The vaunted solidarity is largely a myth because even Arabs, Persians and Turks despise each other. Never mind how they feel about Africans or Pakistanis.
“For the athletes, where will be the best place to be?” Inose said through an interpreter in a recent interview in New York. “Well, compare the two countries where they have yet to build infrastructure, very sophisticated facilities. So, from time to time, like Brazil, I think it’s good to have a venue for the first time. But Islamic countries, the only thing they share in common is Allah and they are fighting with each other, and they have classes.”
Asked later to elaborate on his characterization of Istanbul, a spokesman said Inose meant that simply being the first Islamic country to hold the Olympics was not a good enough reason to be chosen, just as being the first Buddhist country or the first Christian country would not be, either.
While Naoki Inose’s comments may seem out of character for what Americans expect from Japan, the Governor of Toyko has a tradition of speaking his mind and offending everyone.
The last governor, Shintaro Ishihara said so many offensive things that it would be impossible to keep track of. As a minor sample, he suggested that elderly women should kill themselves and that the tsunami was a divine punishment for Japan’s greed.
Naoki Inose was handpicked by Shintaro Ishihara but lacks his panache or his staying power. International diplomacy is not exactly his strong point, but it’s also not clear to what extent the New York Times chose to distort his comments. With Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul in the running, the left would love to see Istanbul win in order to make a statement about Islam and the European Union.
Inose is still insisting that the New York Times distorted his comments and while every politician claims that, when it comes to political correctness, the Times simply cannot be trusted. But whether or not he said what he said, the essence of it is true. There is no real solidarity between Muslim countries except against non-Muslim countries.