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Submitted by Geno M. (United States), May 9, 2008 at 11:09

Sam asks a thoughtful and intelligent question paraphrased as "[W]hy is there so much antagonism to the existence of a single Jewish State". I too have pondered this question for most of my life.

I have come to a sad and chilling conclusion that as a species, man has yet to fully evolve beyond a thirst for brutality and blood-lust. Throughout the scope of human history these tendencies have erupted with disturbing regularity--and typically against the more highly evolved and less violent elements. Sadly, Jews have long filled this role.

The Jewish faith is grounded in an ethos of learning, quiet contemplation, introspection, respect for self and compassion for the other. The fact that Israel today represents the sole example of a stable democratic entity in a roiling sea of Middle-Eastern discontent is evidence of this principle. In a perfect world, noble Aristotelian qualities, largely exemplified by Jewish thought (e.g. Maimonides), would be lionized as a model for human development.

In the world in which we find ourselves, those who embody these characteristics are mocked, ridiculed, feared and hated. We are but one generation removed from the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Tragically, the Jewish people faces even greater peril today. In 2008, the blood-lust against the Jew primarily manifests and is institutionalized within the principle and practice of Islam. Historically, Islam has cloaked hatred, inhumanity, intolerance and misogyny with the patina of religious imperative. "The Koran commands it so we must fulfill it". And because the Koran is littered with sunnah calling for the castigation and ultimate destruction of Jews, those who practice the Muslim faith have little to guide them in any direction other than the most vitriolic.

This backdrop sets in motion a remarkably dangerous momentum. Unlike Germany under Hitler, a frighteningly high proportion of contemporary Muslims believe that they are, quite literally, commanded by God himself (Allah) to defeat and destroy the Jews. Therefore, one begins to appreciate why the continued existence of a Jewish State in the midst of the otherwise Islamic hegemony represents a slap in the face to the Islamic Ummah. It is within this dynamic that perennial Islamic antagonism against the State of Israel churns.

Perhaps the only hope for the continued survival of Israel lies in a growing recognition by Christians, Buddhists, agnostics and all others, that Islam, like a deranged and insatiable wild animal, is intent upon the conquest of the entire non-Muslim world. To my mind, humanity is at a crossroads. We shall find ourselves on one of two paths. Either we will find the wherewithal to protect and defend our precious Western civilization against Islamization, or we will descend into 7th Century barbarism as specified in the holy Koran. I do not perceive a compromise solution exists between these two eventualities.

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