The Arabs of South America; overwhelmingly Christian; lessons-history; a call to action; dangers ahead; what must be done

Posted on September 3, 2012


September  2, 2012

The Arabs of South America

By Mike  Konrad

Most  Americans are unaware of this, but there is a massive Arab community in Latin  America.  Overall, 5% of Latin America is Arab in origin, which corresponds  to roughly 25-30 million people.  This can vary from a low of 2% in Uruguay  to an astounding 9% in Argentina; but still you rarely hear about it, except for  the occasional arrest of an al-Qaeda member.  There is a good reason for  this.

Latin-American  Arabs are overwhelmingly Christian; usually they are Syrian Orthodox or Roman  Catholic, the older liturgical churches which blend in seamlessly in the  area.  Those who aren’t have often converted to Evangelical  Christianity.  Islam, though found, is not so common among them.   Overall, probably 97% or more of Latin-American Arabs are Christians, though  this can vary from country to country.

The  reason we rarely hear about these Arabs is because they are, for the most part,  Westernized Christians.  It was this Christianity which became the  instrument of their assimilation and success.

The  Arabs in South America tend to be elites.  In many ways, their rise has  mirrored the success of Jews in the United States, and even surpassed  them.

The  richest man in the world is a Lebanese-Mexican, Carlos Slim.  A president  of Argentina, Carlos Menem, was of Syrian origin.  Three presidents of  Ecuador were of Lebanese origin as well as one president of Colombia, Julio  Tubay.  A vice president in Uruguay and another in Brazil were  Lebanese.  At least two Central American presidents were of Palestinian  origin, and this list is nowhere  near complete.  The famous actress  Salma Hayek was born a Lebanese-Mexican.  Shakira is part-Lebanese, and so  on.  Dissertations have been written on Latin Arabs, but sadly, few are in  English.

The  Arabs started arriving in the mid-19th century.  Some, such as  the Lebanese Maronite Catholics, were fleeing the genocidal assaults of Turkish  and Druze Muslims, which would have exterminated them had it not been for French  intervention in 1860.  Later Maronites would flee PLO attempts at extermination.  Others, such as  Palestinian-Christians, fled Ottoman Turkish oppression and the military draft,  where it was not safe to be a dhimmi in a Muslim Army.  Syrian  Christians left for similar reasons.

Almost  none of this can be blamed on Zionists, whom the current fashion would  accuse.  The Arab flight started much too early.  In the case of  Palestinian-Christians, flight from Turkish rule removed a sizeable portion of  the Christians out of the Holy Land before the Israeli-Muslim conflict even  started.  Yes, a few fled in 1948 and 1967, but these are not typical of  the demographic.

In  Brazil, the Arab presence is so ubiquitous that a Lebanese dish, kibbe, is now  found all over Brazil, being sold by street vendors.  A fast food  restaurant chain called Habib’s has 300  outlets all over the country and specializes in Lebanese food, along with basic  fare.  Arabic food is now considered part  of Brazilian. cuisine, much as we Americans have adopted Italian  pizza.

In  Chile, which received massive Palestinian-Christian immigration, one family, the  Yarur family, rose to produce 60% of Chile’s textile manufacturing at one  point.  Palestinian-Christians are now 3% of Chile’s population, slightly  more than the percentage of Jews in the United States.  Another 2% of Chile  is either Lebanese or Syrian Christian.  Most are now monolingual  Spanish-speakers, with many marrying outside their communities into other ethnic  groups to finish the melting pot dynamic.  The process has gone both ways,  and Chile’s Syrian Orthodox Church now reports that “[t]here is also an  increasing number of non-Arab  Chileans who are joining Orthodoxy.”

The  Arabs are so thoroughly integrated into Chile that a commercial  honoring their history ran during Chile’s Bicentennial in  2010.

Chile’s  Palestinians, roughly 450,000-500,000, are the largest population of  Christian-Palestinians on the planet, outnumbering their Christian cousins in  Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank) by a ratio of 3 to 1.   Chilean-Palestinians are over 99% Christian, and they constitute about half the  world’s Palestinian Christians.  Only the Mideast has more Palestinians,  but these are mostly Muslim.  Chile is the world center of Palestinian  Christianity.

So  what can we learn from this?

The  first thing we can learn is that in contravention of both prejudice and  political correctness, Latin-American Arabs are proof that Arabs are not the  problem; rather, Islam is.  When the Arab is divorced from Islam, he cannot  help but succeed; where he remains in Islam, he cannot help but fail.  Even  in the Mideast, apart from oil wealth, the Muslims are almost always poorer than  the Christians.  Only the demand for oil sustains them.

Latin  America, until recently, was rarely a model of good governance; yet the Latin  Arab prospered and excelled.  He had native talent.  During this same  period, poverty was the norm in the Arab world outside a few oil  plutocracies.  The only difference between the two was religious  affiliation, and this cannot be ignored.  Nor is this racial prejudice,  since we are talking about the same people.  The only distinguishing  feature is that Latin America’s Arabs are overwhelmingly  Christian.

The  success of the Irish, Sicilians, and Jews in America demonstrated that their  impoverished condition in Europe was the  result of oppression, and not some endemic racial or religious  characteristic.  The distinguishing feature was liberty vs.  tyranny.

But   Latin-American governments were often as corrupt as any Arab one.  The only  distinguishing feature between successful Latin Arabs and Old-World Arabs was  religion, and we are forced to conclude that Islam is the source of Arab  backwardness.

This  is obvious, yet it remains unspoken.

Christianity,  until the 7th century, was the dominant religion among the  Arabs.  Over time, it has dropped off.  Today, 90% of Syrians and  Palestinians are Muslims.  Lebanon, which used to be Christian, is now  majority-Muslim, with the Christians fleeing.  It has been offered that the  Christians have a lower birth rate, but the fact is that most just fled.   Were the Syrian Orthodox and the Maronites in Latin America reintroduced to the  Mideast, Syria and Lebanon would be majority-Christian; but no sane Latin Arab  would want to return, especially now that stable democracy is the norm in their  Latin countries.

Twenty-five  to thirty million highly successful Latin-Arabs who prospered under a range of  governments which ran the gamut from tyranny to liberty, from European Argentina  to Mestizo Mexico, prove that the only thing which can hold an Arab back is  Islam.

However,  something is arising which is troubling.

Iranian  and Islamic oil money has waltzed in to South America on a campaign of  Islamization and anti-Zionism.  Being overwhelmingly Christian, one would  expect Latin Arabs to be immune to Islamic persuasion, and every indication is  that they are.  Yet, though the Saudis and Iranians can’t convert many of  these Latin-Arabs to Islam, they have successfully converted a number of them to  a virulent anti-Zionism.

The  Saudis have financed the building of the King Fahd Mosque in Buenos Aires, even  though only roughly 1% of Argentina is Muslim, and the vast majority of those  are non-practicing, according to the  Argentine academics Pedro Brieger and Enrique Herszkowich, who wrote, “a realistic guess for  the Muslim population of Buenos Aires might be around 4,500, far fewer than the  number projected by some Muslim officials.”

From  this mosque, the Islamic  Center of the  Republic of Argentina (CIRA) has already been  instrumental in   the cancelation of a popular secular Arab-Argentine program to make way for a  Saudi-financed Muslim show called El  cálamo y su mensaje (The Quill and Its Message).  The show is now  on Argentine Public TV, even though the Arab-Argentine community wanted no part  of it and protested the  cancelation.

The  Iranians have now set up HispanTV, an  Iranian propaganda network aimed at Latin  America.  Iran’s English equivalent, PressTV, was banned from broadcasting  to Britain recently because of it propaganda excesses.  But HispanTV  marches on.

We  should not be surprised to find that Chile’s Palestinian community is starting  to be radicalized against Israel, and in favor of an increasingly Islamic  Palestinian cause.  Though their ancestors fled Islam, they have now become  the Western Christian face of pro-Palestinian propaganda in South  America.

What  has to be remembered is that in Latin America, while there are Jewish  communities, particularly in Argentina, they have nowhere near the clout of  AIPAC or the ADL, and so this Islamic propaganda can float in uncontested — and, in Venezuela’s case, with the support of the Chávez government.  If  one thinks Zionist groups have too much power in America, one should examine  South America, where Arab lies go unaddressed, and see the difference.  It  is quite ugly.

The  West has to fight for Latin America.  The Islamic groups came in almost  unopposed to propagandize the area.  While the USA and Israel slept, the  propaganda machine marched in.  We cannot lay blame for all of this on Hugo  Chávez and his partnership with Iran.  Politics, like nature, abhors a  vacuum, and we ignored the arena.  The Muslims knew they had kinsmen in the  West — albeit infidels — and sent out feelers.  Al-Jazeera  regularly reports on South American news.  Why don’t our  networks?

The  USA, and Israel, must march in with a concerted effort.  They must remind  the Latin Arabs why they fled to South America in the first place.  They  must be as politically incorrect about it as the Muslims are.  The USA must  dispense with religious neutrality on this issue, or we will  lose.

Right  now, Chile’s Palestinians are an elite, and they should be disabused of their  anti-Zionism.  They have the potential of greatly helping or hurting  Israel, as they are the standard-bearers of the Palestinian cause in South  America.  Some hard bargaining should be attempted.

Jewish  organizations might consider sponsoring some Christians in the contested areas  to emigrate to Chile.  These Christians are stuck in a nasty situation,  between two camps to which they do not belong.  Whichever side prevails in  the Holy Land, the Christians have to know they will be a minority.   Prosperity in Chile would be an attractive alternative.

Brazil  has surpassed Britain in economic power.  Chile is now first-world.   Argentina is borderline first-world.  South America is rising.  It  should not be left to Muslim propaganda to determine its  worldview.

Mercifully,  the history of the Arabs in South America is helpful.  They need only be  reminded of why they are in South America in the first place.

As  for the West, we should be apprised that South America is living proof that  Islam is what is destroying the Arabs.  In South America, the Arabs, freed  from Islam, have risen to an enviable elite status.  This has to be  trumpeted to the world … and to the Islamic Ummah.

South  America presents the world with a different view of what it means to be Arab:  successful, rich, elite, and respected.  All of this springs from their  Christianity.  There is no reason why the Muslim world should not be told  the reason for their own failures, and the solution:  Christianity.

There  is one shining spot in all of this.  There is a massive Evangelical revival  going on in South America.  It has even swept  up some Arab Christians.  Brazil is about ready to flip from  Catholicism.  Chile is now 15% Evangelical.  Even Catholic Argentina  is being affected.  These Evangelicals are very  pro-Israel, and Israel is starting to take notice, albeit far too  late.

The  author goes by the pen name of Mike Konrad.  He is American — not  Hispanic, Latin, or Jewish — and runs a website latinarabia.com,  where he examines this Latin-Arab subculture.   The website is in  preliminary stages.  He first has to improve his  Spanish.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/the_arabs_of_south_america.html#ixzz25PY3Wd7P

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