With terrorists causing conflict in Lebanon, the Gaza and Israel a brief summary of the history of the middle eastern troubles would be useful in the present ‘crisis’ as another conflict has hit the fan of change. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote a succinct analytical article published in the Washington Post Monday July 31st covering the general parameters of the present nexus, yet Mr. Kissinger neglected to mention the failure of American diplomacy created in essence by the lack of determination and intelligence at the top (the President being nursed by oil and conflict through his two terms in deficit production for the nation) that stifles whatever creative diplomatic skills the able-enough Secretary Rice might consider.
It is remarkable how the people of the United States suffer from a sort of political amnesia or aphasia occasionally regarding the political etiology of sundry Middle Eastern conflicts. For many years the left has essentially taken an ostrichian position of wishing those foreign troubles to just go away without serious work internationally to remediate the causal factors that precipitate and sustain the various crises.
The Jews have long sought to return from the Diaspora to their ancestral homeland since the 70 ad. dispersal, and in small numbers and at various times they have. Jewish people have always lived in Jerusalem even when it was under foreign occupation and eventually settled by Muhammad’s rampaging horse cavalry hordes. When the Ottoman Empire took over all of the Middle East through conquest they ruled for about 400 years with everything generally imperial property—even Iran or Persia was subject to Ottoman rule with their covert Shiist loyalties to fall back upon.
Rabbi Herzl stimulated the return of Jews to Israel to form a homeland late in the 19th century. Centuries of European pogroms had demonstrated that Jews were often unwelcome in Europe. Even the Spanish deported Jews after 1492 much to their financial miss investment of New World booty. The Jews of Poland were sent beyond the Pale district amidst ordinary Russian-Polish wars for regional rule. Jews continued to migrate to Israel with the hope of forming a nation in the early part of the 20th century, yet it was the allied victory over the Ottoman Empire and Germany that gave rule of the Middle East to Britain that gave the Jewish Zionist a chance to build their numbers and strength in Israel.
Jewish pioneers such as Moshe Dyan lived on Kibbutz’s upon land legally purchased from Britain and local owners. The Jews of Israel sought to live peacefully and harmoniously sharing technology and improved farming techniques with their Muslim and often a generation removed from nomadic herder brethren and often were repulsed, for some reason perhaps involving religion and Muhammedism the Jews were considered as invading outsiders by the locals. The Jewish movement into Israel in the 20th century and land purchases were entirely lawful, yet the Balfour declaration by Lord Balfour to separate or partition Jews and Muslims in Palestine was done after the holocaust of the Reich, the Mufti of Jerusalem’s partnership with Hitler and general Arab sympathy for the fascists because the strife between the peoples increased and weapons caches grew. Of course in time the Jews declared independence from Britain and were recognized by UN resolution 242, The Arab nations of the region warred to their defeat upon Israel as soon as it became independent.
The fundamental problem in the Middle East today, and with Hezbollah and its thousands of terrorist rockets arsenal, and of course with Hamas and its dedication to terror, is the inability to rationally live peacefully with the Jewish State. Of course many Americans and leftists fail to comprehend the problem either. Still the world has only about 13 million Jews and film stars such as Mel Gibson can declare that “Jews cause all the wars’, yet Mr. Mel Gibson at least had the courage to say he has an alcohol problem while most of the Hollywood pro-terrorist set, anti-Israel set cannot. It is remarkable that such vast wealth and numbers of people can find problems with Jews in the post-modern, post-holocaust era. The Brits and Japanese for example have more financial influence, and not all Jews are millionaires, nor are a variety of other cliché’s about various peoples true either a priori.
Iran was able to resupply Hezbollah terrorist with rockets since the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, and Iran of course is building up a nuclear program perhaps to give a bomb to a Hezbollah to take out Tel Aviv and Haifa some day in round three of the Muslim fundamentalist war upon Israel. The Washington Post in the issue cited above also had an interesting report on designer pathogen potential today and tomorrow. A German scientist named Eckard Wimmer built a homemade Ebola-smallpox virus from mail-ordered parts and internet data download that was entirely artificial yet effective. Evidently terrorist and others may be able to obtain and construct that sort of long-anticipated match for the powder keg room soon.
Iran surely has a complex history, yet their position in the world geopolitically is rather pivotal and potentially catalytic. Oppression and torture by the Shah’s Savak may color their thought, yet the world moves on and an independent, democratic Iran with neo-isolationism would be a better one that one that is a progenitor of Armageddon quality doom scenarios including it’s own. The Iranians are wrong in encouraging and supporting the Middle Eastern terrorist activities upon Israel, and will in time lose. Of course they have legitimate complaints about certain aspects of western conduct and the broadcast media is corrupt and owned by corrupting agents almost everywhere better replaced by internet usage.
So much for this brief post about the Middle Eastern troubles. As the terrorists attack Israel must defend for survival’s sake…they are on the interior lines. It would be desirable if the Muslims oppressed by terrorists and harboring terrorists were able to shake off that pestilence and allow prosperity to grow before the oil era is replaced by a cheap solar, fuel cell and wind power era and the money flow reduces, however political wisdom in that area was replaced some time ago by gangsters, and western diplomacy is unduly influenced by corporatism and the corrupt power-grabbing broadcast media offending people everywhere. (:cool:)