Steve Jobs And The Muslims
The minnows live by the ‘rule books,’ the greats write their own. Steve Jobs, a tech-god for hundreds of millions of cult like followers, who would stand in queue for days to have a glimpse of his latest gift to them, was a man beyond comprehension by people of ordinary intellect. He was a Zen Buddhist who created the vast company that eclipsed Microsoft to rise only next to Exxon, the largest business ever built.
He ruled his empire with iron fist, his cloak of secrecy shamed secret services, and his verbal assaults on staff were terrifying in temper and foul in language. He broke every norm to ask French President Mitterrand if he could eat pasta in dinner while accepting his invitation. He interrupted a female business partner during a negotiation asking if she was really a natural blonde. Interviewing candidates he asked questions, ‘How old were you when you lost your virginity?’, ‘How many times have you taken LSD?’, and chanted ‘gobble, gobble, gobble.’
When Jobs died, the Syrians mourned more than people of any other nation, for Steve was one of them they surmised. One twitted, “The wrong Syrian died today,” obviously referring to the despised Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad . Another commented, “A sick world we live in when Steve Jobs has to die of cancer and Bashar al-Assad remains Syria’s cancer.” More importantly, however, the twitter mentioned had Jobs been born in Syria he would never have accomplished what he did. What he actually meant was Steve would never be the icon that he was had he lived in Syria.
Muslims are proud for Jobs and they would like to call him one of their own. The Huffington Post scribed: Steve, born Abdul Lateef Jandali, was the son of Abdul Fattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslim, and Joanne Schieble, an American Christian mother whose conservative father refused to let them get married.
The story of Jobs' Syrian origins was first brought to attention by the Syrian Magazine, Forward when it published a report in 2007 revealing the local origin of other illustrated personalities that included Bob Marley, Paula Abdul, Paul Anka, former Argentinean president Carlos Menem with Steve Jobs. Jobs’s biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali, was born in Homs, a city that is the focal point of the ongoing anti-regime protests.Continued on the next page