December 13, 2006, - 11:50 am

ABSURD: USA Today Claims ART is “Victim . . . of Israeli Bombardment of Lebanon”; U.S. Tax $s to “Compensate” Muslims 4 “Destroyed” “Art”

By Debbie Schlussel
Back in August, USA Today devoted its entire op-ed page to Palestinian activist George Bisharat’s absurd claim that the “real victim” of Israel’s responsive war to Hezbollah were the “beauty of Beirut” (which were ruined LONG AGO by his fellow Palestinians, NOT Israel).
Since that didn’t fool anyone, USA Today is at it again. Today, the entire USA Today op-ed page is dedicated to Muslim Souheila Al-Jadda’s absurd article about how “Lebanese Art” (translation: Extremist Islamic “art”) is the real “victim” of the “Israeli bombardment of Lebanon.”

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Tragedy: Israel Only Managed to Destroy Part of Ugly Islamic Art; Didn’t Finish Job

Incredible. Two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hezbollah. They’re probably dead (likely after much torture). Hezbollah increased its decades old bombardment of Israeli with rockets, killing several. And USA Today, devotes two editorial pages to whining about Israel’s alleged destruction of the decrepit Beirut view and some art featuring women in hijabs. We’re supposed to care that some ugly paintings of ugly women were destroyed and the people of Lebanon were saved by the bombs of Israel from having to view this ugliness another day.
I’m waiting for the article about how the evil Jews destroyed Lebanon’s infected pets, insects, weeds, amoebae, and disease-causing bacteria.
Incredibly, there is a “donors’ conference” (translation: U.S. Tax Money!!!!!!) to “compensate” these violent Hezbollah lovers for their “lost” “art.” Un-fricking-believable.
And get this: Al-Jadda, who is–incredibly–on USA Today’s Board of Contributors–glorifies a woman’s song honoring Hezbollah leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. Regrettably, the song and its author were not “victims” of the “Israeli bombardment.” But apparently, USA Today has a new editorial policy: Hezbollah terrorists are no longer just “militants.” They are now “Lebanese resistance fighters.”
Here are some excerpts from this absurd thesis in Islamo-Psychobabblish:

A dozen of the most prominent Lebanese artists, and possibly more, reportedly lost their works in the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon this summer. Their numbers might be small, but the loss of such artworks can have lasting effects on Lebanese society and culture [DS: as apposed to decades of Palestinian and Hezbollah rape, torture, and murder, which had “no” lasting effects]. As in Iraq and other war zones, the nation’s identity falls victim to violence, sometimes to be replaced with a new, wounded culture that carries the resentments of past conflicts. “This war was very hard on us,” [artist Youssef] Ghazawi said in a telephone interview from Beirut. He has had artworks destroyed in conflicts three times during his lifetime. “I couldn’t save them this time.”
Rising Lebanese artist Nour Ballouk also lost her home (left) in Nabatiya and eight of her paintings inside during the war. Her workshop was severely damaged. Ballouk believes this war was partly aimed at erasing Lebanon’s Arab and Lebanese identity by igniting divisions in the country along sectarian, religious and political lines. [DS: So that’s why Israel went in to Lebanon and lost many soldiers–to erase Lebanon’s Arab and Lebanese identity. It had nothing to do with the kidnapping of two soldiers and the decades-long bombardment of Israel with deadly rockets, right?] . . . .
“I will not stop painting,” Ballouk said. “Rather than paint about peace, I will be painting about war, showing what happened in Lebanon.”
Ballouk’s resolve to portray Lebanese history through the arts reminded me of first lady Dolley Madison’s determination to keep American art history alive during the British-American war of 1812. In 1814, before British troops set fire to the White House, she saved the famed Gilbert Stuart portrait of President George Washington from destruction by ordering it removed from the frame and brought to safety. [DS: PUH-LEEZE. Dolley Madison and Gilbert Stuart are turning over in their graves.]
Museums of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Halls of Congress and the White House walls are all lined with similar paintings depicting U.S. history. First lady Madison must have understood the priceless value of the arts to a nation’s heritage. [DS: I repeat, PUH-LEEZE.]
Paintings by famed artists can be worth millions of dollars, such as Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night or one of Wassily Kandinsky’s Compositions. An estimated $100 million worth of artworks were lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. But no dollar amount can be assigned to the loss of a nation’s qualitative cultural and social identity. [DS: Van Gogh, his descendant Theo (murdered by Muslims), and Kandinsky, are turning over in their graves, too.]
How does one quantify the loss to Iraqi civilization after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, when art galleries and museums housing ancient artifacts and paintings were looted or destroyed?
How does one enumerate the damage to the collective conscience of the Palestinian people after Israeli forces raided the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in 2002, destroying and defacing art pieces and artifacts? [DS: Can’t be quantified. The tremendous service the Israelis performed by raiding this propagandist “cultural center” of nursery-school quality “art” is priceless.]
Conflicts can destroy relics of history, but they cannot destroy the human spirit to create a better future on the foundations of an often troubled past.
Saeed, a Palestinian farmer in the Gaza Strip, collects and paints the shrapnel from the hundreds of Israeli missiles that have landed in his fields, turning tools of war into instruments of peace. [DS: People in Israel collect shrapnel and body parts of hundreds of victims of Palestinian homicide bombings. Fortunately, human remains can’t be turned into crappy “art.”] “We should not be depressed by living among the weapons of death around us,” he told Egypt’s Nile TV. “Instead, we decided to use them as toys for children and artwork. … So we started painting the missiles.” [DS: Again, Israelis can’t paint and put on display the bodies of the innocent Jews and Christians murderer by Palestinian homicide bombers. Their “artwork” are the hundreds of headstones dotting cemeteries throughout the nation. And the labels on baggies of remains of blown-up bodies, after DNA testing has been done.] . . .
Perhaps to begin the process of national healing in Iraq, one prominent Iraqi artist, Qasim Sabti, opened his gallery in Baghdad for artists to exhibit their renditions of the Abu Ghraib scandal through sculptures and paintings.
In September, in a southern suburb of Beirut, under tents and atop the rubble of bombed-out buildings, artists showcased their creative works that were inspired by the Israeli-Lebanese war.
Several Lebanese music artists, such as Julia Boutros, composed songs about the war. Boutros released a single and music video, entitled My Loved Ones. The song’s lyrics were adapted from a speech made by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah to Lebanese resistance fighters [DS Translation: terrorists] during the war. . . .
For now, an international donors’ conference is scheduled for January in Paris, where representatives from countries throughout the world will meet to pledge funds to assist Lebanon’s development and reconstruction. Consideration must be given to artists such as Ghazawi and Ballouk to help them recover some of what they’ve lost. [DS Translation: U.S. Tax $$$$ soon to pay-off Hezbo “artists.”]
Such compensation will never bring back any of the destroyed works, but perhaps it could bring some consolation to the art community in Lebanon and the heritage of the Lebanese people.

A page from USA Today that could have come from the Islamic Republic News Agency of Iran.

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>>Al-Jadda, who is–incredibly–on USA Today’s Board of Contributors<<
That says it all.
What was I saying and repeating?
There are traitors in this country. Show them the money, they would sell you anything.
Shall we start by Jimmy Carter, a FORMER PRESIDENT?!?!?!

Independent Conservative on December 13, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Seriously… Who gives a s#!+ about this “damaged” or “destroyed” Lebanese “art”?! It’s all worthless propaganda. Thank you Debbie, for exposing this pathetic attempt by this Souheila Al-Jadda-Pinket Smith to seethe and whine about this garbage propaganda. Go ahead, and paint more of this crap, if that’s what you think identifies your nation or cultures artistic heritage and legacy.

Yiddish Steel on December 13, 2006 at 2:55 pm

The Leftist Mainstream Media is the voice of the enemy. Their hate-America propaganda is unrelenting. Resist the brainwashing.

FreethinkerNY on December 13, 2006 at 3:18 pm

ART IS supposed to celebrate life and the beauty of living.
ìWomen in hijabsî celebrates ISLAMIC SLAVERY of women, and can NEVER BE art ~
ONLY ìvessels of hateî WOULD CONSIDER ìwomen in hijabsî as art.
WHY DONíT you look at a nude womanÖand see the ìliving piecesî of art God has created.
MUSLIMS blame the Jews for everythingÖthatís why MUSLIMS are the ULTIMATE LIARS and INCAPABLE of the truth!
MUSLIMS greatly surpass even COMMUNISTS in their ability to ìreviseî history, and thus change it until it has a ìsuitableî Muslim ending ~
Basically, I see Muslims as non-persons.
I mean Iím nice to them, in the same way Iím nice to people, or clientele, we occasionally get from the local asylumÖyou listen, you smileÖyou hide your disbeliefÖYOU KNOW theyíre ìcrazyîÖbut THEY donít know that!!
Since Muslims are so thoroughly brainwashedÖyou simply have to dismiss anythingÖthey individually sayÖas a kind of ìpsychological economyî for your own peace of mind.
ÖI mean, theyíre ìwell-entrenchedî, infantile and violent ìzombiesî, incapable of freethinkingÖand THEREFORE that related qualityÖFAIR APPRAISALÖof the situations THEY ALWAYS find themselves inÖbecause of the hate and violence THEY ALWAYS initiate with themselves, or others!
Debbie, thank-you for pointñby-point DEBABELIZING the latest Muslim assertions of the ìabsurdî.
I want to close my post with a new song:
IMAGINE 2006
(Sing to John Lennonís Imagine)
Imagine thereís no ISLAM,
Itís easy if you try,
No hate around us
Above usÖthe Lord on High,
Imagine all the worldís people
Living in peace todayÖye-ah~
Imagine they are no MUSLIM countries
It isn’t hard to do
No false prophet or imam to kill or die for
And no Islamic religion too
Imagine all the worldís people
Living their lives in peace
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But there are MILLIONS of usÖso I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the Muslim-free world will be as one
Imagine no murderous Islamic terrorism
I wonder if you can
No need for Islamic hate or murder
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the free people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But there are MILLIONS of usÖso I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the Muslim-free world will be as one

The Canadien on December 13, 2006 at 3:57 pm

What a travesty! There is no such thing as Lebanese art. It’s an oxymoron. Name me an Arab artist, composer, choreographer, playwright, etc. of any value. Just as I thought… none

lexi on December 13, 2006 at 6:46 pm

i will buy a spray paint can a hammer and vise grips and fix it and then lighter fluid to finish it off

PNAMARBLE on December 13, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Hey Canadian,
Good song!!!!

CarpeDiem on December 13, 2006 at 11:27 pm

Everything about this is backwards. It’s Orwellian, it’s like living in bizarro-world.
1) Attempting to erase Lebanese identity? are you kidding? What is the Iranian leader talking about doing to Israel? What did Hitler attempt?
2) I believe (correct me if I am wrong please) that reports of looting, stealing etc of the Iraq museum were greatly exaggerated. Didn’t they find out that a lot of the items had been moved by the staff to a secure location, in an attempt to avoid looting. I remember seeing a US soldier with a high rank in charge of recording and keeping track of all of the items, FOR the Iraqis. After Bagdhad fell, it was the Iraqi people who looted and stole all kinds of things from their gov’t bldgs. Remember, they carried out furniture, plants and anything they could steal. Yes, steal.
3) As far as calling that crap “art” well-it’s basically grafitti. Glorifying a woman in a hijab. It’s like what the poster above said, they are infantile. They cannot comprehend anything in a rational way. If they were rational, and took a look at themselves, they would be horrified. This could stem from not being able to self examine. They can’t question anything in the Satanic Koran, so they never develop any of that in any other way. They are perpetual victims, always externalizing blame. All of this aside, why is USA Today in business? To help the victim culture along? To help with the Jihad? Freedom of the press will mean nothing if the Jihadists win. They are helping the enemy, no doubt. Blame America (and Israel) first, that’s all we ever hear these days.

CarpeDiem on December 13, 2006 at 11:50 pm

Pffffffffttt! This stuff is simple minded folk art and bad folk art at that. What a joke. It would be laughable if not for the fact of western media lefties exploiting this to bamboozle the masses.

J-Lin on December 14, 2006 at 8:35 am

I vote we send them some Andy Warhol pop art posters. It’s better than what they had before.

sultan_knish on December 14, 2006 at 9:51 am

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