The final death of Lawrence of Arabia

by Reuven Berko

Peter O’Toole was a great actor, but the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” was nothing more than a Hollywood fantasy

Peter O’Toole, who was marvelous in “Lawrence of Arabia,” died recently. Many commentators and critics feel that Lawrence’s story and the movie about him influenced the actions of many European statesmen, politicians, and members of Western foreign ministries and security services. However, there is considerable argument as to whether and what, as a matter of historical fact, T. E. Lawrence contributed to the British war effort by collaborating with the Bedouin tribes of the Arabian Peninsula against the Ottoman Turks during the First World War. Not all historians agree to the truth of the glowing reports of his personality, moral stature and personal behavior.

Nevertheless, the enigmatic figure of Lawrence, an intelligence officer, became a role model for Western diplomats and statesmen, and he is revered as a master of mediating with the leaders of the Arab world. He seemed secretive and manipulative, with the rare ability and knowledge to exploit Arab ideology to achieve victory and foster the interests of the West, and to build inter-cultural cooperation and coexistence in a way that was both noble and romantic.

The Arabs with whom Lawrence collaborated were romanticized and made to appear exotic and other-worldly. The murder, grudges, blood feuds, treachery, deception, destruction, violence, theft, robbery and looting, all deeply ingrained in the psyches of the Arab tribes, were wrapped in romanticism and existentialist concepts explained and justified as necessary, forced upon the Bedouins by their daily struggle to subsist in the hard conditions imposed on them by the desert.

That was the foundation for utterly false and baseless concepts such as “Arab honor” and “his word is his bond,” from which the image of the noble, almost feral, desert Bedouin Arab was constructed. Tales worthy of the Thousand and One Nights were told about the loyalty of the Arabs, their honor, trustworthiness and other imaginary transcendental qualities, turning the Arab in to a paradigm on which generations of Western intellectuals were reared, especially those who eventually went to work for the British Foreign Office. Critics of the blind worship of Lawrence have always claimed that the image of the British officer and his Arab partners was constructed through an emotional idealization resulting from a general lack of expertise regarding the Middle East, a region veiled in mystery, wonder and enchantment.

Few people have bothered to read the Muqaddimah, orIntroduction, written by Arab historian Ibn Khaldun in the 14thcentury, in which he describes the Bedouins as destructive, lacking any sense of morality or values, and working only to destroy culture and world order. Even fewer have read Fouad Ajami’s 1998 book, The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation’s Odyssey, with its painful criticism of the pitiful Arab, whose inherent culture left him no shred of sincerity, creativity or courage. Worse, even fewer members of Arab society itself have dared to honestly criticize its faults for fear of reprisals.

In the West, however, there were scholars who did objectively study the weaknesses and faults of the Arab Middle East, but the lack of openness, jealousy and the dark, ancient tribal pride made the Arabs sneer at such scholars as “Orientalists,” unqualified pretenders who had the audacity to claim knowledge of the East. Those industrious, forthright scholars were accused by Arab “intellectuals” like Professor Edward Said of arrogantly patronizing the Arabs. The claim of Said, and others like him, was that they were not scholars but were in reality ignorant, stigmatizing the Arabs because of their imperialist-colonialist mindset and fanatical Christian hatred for the Arabs and Muslims, as well as their unjustified feelings of superiority.

Peter O’Toole was a great actor, but the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” was nothing more than a Hollywood fantasy which, like the imaginary story of Lawrence, swept away many romantics and for decades had a negative impact on the decisions made by influential Western officials and statesmen dealing with policy in the Middle East. The problem is that today as well, Western leaders and policy-makers view and discuss the problems of the Middle East through the prism of Lawrence of Arabia, romantic, distorted and nostalgic as it is, seeing only the unilateral Arab position of every conflict, and adopting paradigms, symbols and historical deceptions as the gospel truth.

Lies told repeatedly, as the past has shown, become historical truths. Actually, Hollywood’s world of dreams and fantasy did not penetrate the wandering sand dunes of the evil and unjust acts perpetrated by the Arabs and Bedouins throughout the years of the jahiliyya (the era of ignorance before Islam) which left their indelible imprint of murder and theft. Those crimes accompanied the Arabs and Muslims from the rise of Islam and accompany them to this day. All the evil storms of history visited upon humanity did not expose to the people of Europe (who today host well-established enclaves of radical Islam in their midst) even the surface of the slaughter and injustice carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam, “the religion of peace,” against Jews and Christians. Europe is still influenced by the fantasies of Lawrence of Arabia, captivated by the specious charms of the Arabs and Islam and unaware of the catastrophe that will be visited on the world as soon as the Islamist genie is let out of the bottle, making the World Trade Center look like three minutes of “coming attractions.”

Emotionally identifying with Lawrence’s Arab narrative, the West is in denial. It disregards the warnings radiating from radical Islam and the tragedy of the persecuted, decimated Christian communities in the Arab Middle East as the threat to Europe steadily increases. As a collective blind eye is turned, the lives and property of the Christian communities is stolen, their churches are burned and their honor is defiled, exactly as the ancient Jewish communities in the Arab states were persecuted before they fled for their lives as refugees and eventually found a safe haven in the State of Israel.

Nevertheless, Lawrence of Arabia-style mythology flourishes, the paradigm of the “good, noble Arabs” balancing the paradigm of the “bad, Protocols of the Elders of Zion Jews” who oppress “Palestine,” helping to stir the smoldering embers of European anti-Semitism. The ancient European hatred of the Jews, dormant and in remission since the end of the Second World War, has reawakened in a new, politically correct form: Europe does not hate the Jews, but rather it is pro-Palestinian and thus anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli…

Europeans, who for generations (and until the end of the Second World War) evicted the Jews from their countries screeching “Go back to Palestine” now impose boycotts, divestments and sanctions on the descendants of the Jews murdered, tortured and exiled by their grandparents during the Holocaust, persecuting them even after they settled in their ancient home in the Land of Israel. Western leaders claim that as soon as the Palestinian problem, by which they mean the problem of Israel’s existence, has been resolved, peace will return to the Middle East. They blame Israel for the stalled negotiations, which have dead-ended simply because the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jew people, which would end the conflict, preferring instead to plot the destruction the State of Israel.

The leaders of the West are fully aware that the problem of the Palestinian refugees was solved long ago and that there are currently millions of genuine refugees all over the world whose lives are in danger. They know that the Arabs’ thirst for blood has a multitude of causes that are not even remotely related to “Palestine,” but nevertheless they delude themselves into thinking that the chaos in the Middle East will somehow disappear if the Palestinian issue is “resolved.” Israel, democratic and pluralistic, which has absorbed Jews from all the countries of the Diaspora, including Ethiopia, is castigated as “apartheid. Western leaders also ignore the critical role played by the Israel’s security fence in protecting the country’s civilians from Palestinian terrorism, and call it the “apartheid wall.”

Those same European politicians, using threats of economic, academic and political sanctions, are currently trying to force Israel into making concessions to the Palestinians that will endanger its future existence and expose it to deadly terrorist attacks. Politicians like John Kerry and Catherine Ashton, who have virtually no understanding of the Middle Eastern mindset, exert pressure on the Israelis in an attempt to rob them of the land of their forefathers, the only place on earth where they found a genuine haven free of anti-Semitism, and to expose them to existential dangers equaled only the 1930s and ’40s.

Fortunately for the West, what was mistakenly called the Arab Spring quickly turned into the Arab Winter, and the storms of internecine Sunni-Shi’ite terrorism and slaughter exposed the convenient lapses of memory for what they were and tore away the myths concealing the true face of the Arab-Muslim world. It is now a recognizable fact that all over the globe, wherever there are Arabs and Muslims there is slaughter, terrorism, mass murder of both brother Muslims and “infidels,’ pedophilia, the oppression of women, rape, the murder and persecution of Jews and Christians, the burning of houses of worship, and the use of weapons of mass destruction to kill civilians, none of which has the slightest relevance to the so-called “issue of Palestine.”

The Lawrence of Arabia syndrome Western politicians suffer from illustrates the limitations of people like Barack Obama, John Kerry and Catherine Ashton. Raised on Western values of pluralism and integration and influenced by British intellectual orientation, they have absolutely no ability to even imagine let alone appreciate or understand the manipulations of which Shi’ite Iranian Ayatollahs and Sunni Arab sheikhs and leaders are capable.

At the recent meetings held by Western politicians with representatives of Shi’ite and Sunni Islam and with the heads of the Palestinian terrorist syndicate, meetings which dealt with their various religious schools, it was obvious that not only are the Westerners innocents, but that every P5+1 leader goes to bed at night feeling that he, personally, is today’s Lawrence of Arabia. It is sad to see how pathetic they were, and how frightening, as they lead the Western world toward the brink of a Third World War.

Anyone who follows the misguided Middle East policies of the European Union and John Kerry in their dealings with Iran can easily understand the extent to which Lawrence of Arabia’s deceptive heritage is a dangerous illusion, a desert mirage. In Hollywood the movie ends with the credits, but in reality European and American innocence will end with catastrophic mass killings, with millions murdered by terrorism, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, a situation only hinted at by events in Iraq and Syria. Which of today’s Western leaders would like to be remembered by history as responsible, and credited with writing the script?

Dr. Reuven Berko has a PhD in Middle Eastern studies, is a commentator on Israeli Arabic TV, writes for the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom and is considered one of Israel’s top experts on Arab affairs.

4 thoughts on “The final death of Lawrence of Arabia”

  1. The only thing I remember about the “Hollywood” Lawrence of Arabia ….
    He was BUGGERED by (vile treacherous) Arabs!

    So absolutely nothing much has changed over the years.
    Just MORE of the same.

  2. I wish I’d written that one!

    I’ve become acquainted with Ibn Khaldun’s (correct) assessment of the Arabs, as dishonest bandits, as it was quoted in Patai’s “The Arab Mind” (which I have a copy of)! And it jibes with Salzman’s own more recent research as well. It’s the basis of my own assessment of Arab “culture” (apart from my own direct observations in Egypt a few years ago).

    What’s also interestingly serendipituous, is that I recently finally got around to re-watching Lawrence of Arabia – albeit unbeknownst to me, of course – on the very night, and at the very time, that Peter O’Toole died… and I came immediately to the exact same conclusions as this author!

    When islame was originally created, it was modeled on the Jews monotheism (whose twelve tribes are never at war with each other) because the pagan Arab tribes were always at war with each other; their so-called culture always was and still is only based on might-makes-right and us-against-them.

    And it was held to be “legal,” as some primitive form of evolutionary survival of the fittest competition, because the tribes had basically all agreed to it at one time, like this:

    “If allah (or whatever god/s) wants to inflict a drought on us, then it is our holy right and duty to attack your tribe to steal your goats, cattle, donkeys, camels and horses, and to plunder your women and children! Might makes right!”

    “Agreed! And if allah (etc.) inflicts the same on us, it’s our right to attack your tribe, too!”


    So, because they were too short-sighted to put food away as drought insurance, (remember what a revolutionary Moses was: when he became the original historical example of enough primitive forethought to advise Pharaoh to store grain in silos against the anticipated drought, he was hailed as a prophet) they in stead simply agreed to Submit to the inevitable shit-happens, and shit is almost guaranteed to happen to such people in such conditions, because failing to plan is planning to fail.

    Muhammad then simply codified that nonsense for all time, said god still wanted them to commit those crimes, “but only” against a common enemy: against anyone and everyone who refused to join Muhammad’s new islamic war and plunder cult. And of course Muhammad really only set this up to enrich himself, so he’d have an excuse to commit every crime known to man, enthusiastically and often. Needless to say, when not united in common hatred of non-moslems, all moslem Arabs (and moslems in general) still gleefully indulge in waging war on each other.


    According to the books of such embedded cultural anthropologists as Rapheal Patai’s “The Arab Mind” and Carl Salzman’s “Culture and Conflict in the Middle East,” Arab “culture” (which is codified in the Qur’an) glorifies the tribe over the individual, so each tribe engages in us-versus-them, might-makes-right wars all the time.

    The best way to keep your tribal numbers up is to have each man marry four or more wives, which guarantees he will breed four (hopefully male warrior) children each year, while also depriving his enemy’s tribes of those same women and warrior-breeding ability.

    This is also why they marry their own cousins all the time (so the enemy tribes can’t steal their women and potential warrior-children, thus weakening their own tribes) and it’s also why they have “honour” killings (because if they can’t control even their ‘weakest’ members, then they will invite attack from other tribes AND they’ll have lost those women’s warrior kids to their enemies, too)!

    So if they don’t kill their own women, then those women’s actions will eventually get them all killed!

    Libtards in the West refuse to see this easy truth, and pretend it’s the moslems’ “cultural right” to out-breed and conquer everyone. So now I find I just have to ask them:

    Do you liberals believe in “Democracy,” in voting-might-makes-rights?

    Well, if you do, then consider this: polygamy destroys your children’s future rights.

    PS: Not surprisingly, the only non-Arab or non-moslem, so-called “Christian” countries which also have honour-killings, are all colonies which derive their cultures from Spain – because Spain was violently conquered and enslaved by islam for 780 (for almost 1,000) years, that’s why!

    “Honour” killings are demanded in the Qur’an’s Sura 4:89 for anyone who even gives a hint about attempting to leave islam – and that of course includes any women who show these signs by disobeying men and/or by wearing ‘Western’ clothing. And the only reasons they give for women having to wear “islamic” clothing in the first place is given in Sura 33:59 – the explanation being that they must cover up lest they “force” the moslem men to molest and rape them, like they “have to” do to all the non-moslem women (!)

    In fact, islam’s overall premise is, according to the Qur’an, sahih ahadith, Tabari histories, Ibn Hisham’s version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul allah (life of Muhammad) and of course as codified into the four Sunni and one Shia maddhab fiqhs of sharia crime (“law”) that all non-moslems are lying traitorous hypocrites, who all secretly already know that Muhammad is right, but have chosen to cover up the shiny-shiny truth of islam, and so are known as “The DIRT” (Kuffars, or al-Kafirun, as denoted in the Qur’anic chapter of that name).

    So, all moslems are so “superior” to these traitorous non-moslems, that it’s not only their right, but also their holy duty to allah, to extort, enslave, and murder them all for being guilty of the crime of not being moslems!

    So obviously, islam is ONLY an ancient, ongoing CRIME-syndicate, and the only “religious” part in it, is where they say:

    “God told us to commit these crimes!”


    We should simply BAN ISLAM – because everything the muslims consider to be “holy” is in fact already a crime!

    We need to pre-empt all the usual prejudicial slanders the “diversely inclusivey tolerant” libtards use against anyone who is against islam’s “religious rights to commit their culturally sensitively intolerant honour crimes,” because we know that the libtards always pretend that “racist” means whatever THEY want it to mean, whenever they use it!

    Of course islam isn’t a race… and even the nazis were really only White moslems!

    In fact, “multiculturalism” IS “racism!”

    (Why else would the libs demand we not be so mean to the barbaric culture of “THOU SHALT KILL!” which declares itself so infinitely superior to our civilized one, that it pretends it has the holy right and duty to extort, enslave, and kill all the non-moslems in the world, just for the crime of being non-moslem?)!

    THEY pretend it’s nature, or “race,” and not nurture, or cultural indoctrination (the hateful words of their war-manual, the Qur’an) that “force” them to act like violent animals, the poor oppressed little “People Of Colour” that they are! That’s why they never bother to try to educate the moslems out of their evil – they think the moslems are just naturally too stupid to learn anything!

    It’s the liberal’s secret belief that ONLY White, Western folks are INTELLIGENT enough to be judged guilty of being truly evil (and of course that includes all the Jews in Israel) while their swarthy pets (like the “palestinians”) must always be defended and be given a free pass for their 1,400 year history of lies, extortions, robberies, tortures, arsons, kindappings, slaveries, rapes and 270 million murders (that’s OVER A QUARTER-BILLION INNOCENTS SACRIFICED TO ALLAH so far – a larger death-tally than that of EVERYONE ELSE, both
    secular and religious, COMBINED, and with an historical average of less than 1% of the global population, too) much as one indulges the new puppy as it pees on the rugs!

    Obviously, these cowardly traitors only do it so they can get behind the biggest threat out there (islam) so that threat will be immediately over – for THEM, anyway! They sacrifice our lives and even the lives of their own children, only to save their own worthless skins, so THEY won’t get firebombed or beheaded by the jihad.

    I’m sure their corporazi sales-masters’ desire for cheap oil has something to do with all the official lies we’re fed by these complicit sales-puppet ‘politicians’ and media presstitutes, all the time, too!

    It should never be allowed by backwards people to be considered “illegal” to accuse these criminals (moslems) of their crimes, allegedly because the painful truth might offend them or hurt their feelings, & so “make” them commit even more crimes!

    No problem was ever solved by ignoring it, & nobody is doing even these moslems any favours, by indulging their historic lies that islam is a “religion” (at all, much less one “of peace”) or a “race” (much less one of poor oppressed People Of Colour”)!

    Pretending there is NOT a Muslim problem but only a white racist problem accepting diversity, is criminally negligent TREASON.

  3. Actually, john Daniel, he was BUGGERED … by the TURKS, not by the Arabs – but then again, (potatoe/potatto) they were still all muslims!


  4. Second Look at my Original Comment

    The only thing I remember about the “Hollywood” Lawrence of Arabia ….
    He was BUGGERED by (vile treacherous) (not)Arabs (but)Turks (could also read muslim)!

    So absolutely nothing much has changed over the years.
    Just MORE of the same.

    [corrected (after verification ) from information provided by Uncle Vladdi January 9, 014 at 1:24 am] Thanks 😉

    Dear Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO, (T.E. Lawrence)
    My original posted comment (in italics above) was made about a scene from a “Hollywood” made movie I had partially watched about your life.
    This scene was one very small (albeit painful) part of your life – and was a faint memory I hastily committed to today’s public electronic data storage – and reflected how I remembered “Hollywood’s” portrayal of your treatment when captured by Turkish troops.

    T.E. – I know very little about you or your life – and it will probably remain so. But what I do know is that a LOT of people have suffered and are suffering a similar or worse fate than yours at the hands of Islam Thugs.

    The amazing part of my recent “Lawrence” research is that it has reminded me of previous considerations on how Islam works . I could now consider most non-Arab muslim OR Islam assisters are suffering – a classic case of what is called “Stockholm Syndrome” (capture–bonding).

    This is (perhaps) the only rational explanation for the expansion of
    Islam. Because – consider ….
    • Only an Arab can be a REAL/TRUE muslim.
    • A non-Arab (eg black African) can only ever be an Islam Slave (even if
    they are a practising muslim)
    • Yet “non-Arab muslim” abound in a political ideology that totally subjugates them to Arabs.

    Every thing a non-Arab born/convert muslim does is ….
    • SO THAT THE ARAB (the real muslim) WILL NOT HURT THEM!
    This (perhaps) explains why these non-Arab born/convert muslim are VERY willing to obey COMMANDS from their enslavers that are absolutely
    irrational – (so [Black] Obama – you REMAIN what you always were – a slave – to Islam).

    Could “Stockholm Syndrome” be used as the scientific term for when ….
    a muslim (COWARD) explains/defends [usually via a HISSY fit] their COWARDICE.

    Think about – Anders Behring Breivik – who denied criminal guilt and claimed the defense of necessity – targeted the children of
    the non-muslim Norwegian Political elite who are enslaved to Islam.

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