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Another reason why there is no country called Palestine

Reader comment on item: Pretending There's a Country Called "Palestine"
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Submitted by PC Mani (United States), Oct 1, 2009 at 03:01

I completely agree that the Palestinian identity might indeed be an Islamic creation so the Islamic exclusive claim on the land that makes the current and ancient Israel can be continued. You see, any part of the world can be decorated as belonging to a "race" if a political purpose needs to be served. For example, eastern Pennsylvania can easily be declared to be an Amish country and a war of independence can be started and perpetuated. So can Utah be declared as a mormon land.

But there are other reasons why even legitimate Islamic countries cannot be considered as countries in the modern sense of the word. In a country there usually is a government that usually takes care of its people and people for the most part show a decent amount of respect for the government. These governments also represent the interest of the country in the time of war and peace. Citizens of these countries usually work to achieve mutually shared peace and prosperity. And they are protected by an organized military that is controlled by the people.

Almost all these characteristics of a country are glaringly amiss in many Islamic societies. Many times stable governments do not exist. Very often citizens seemingly belonging to the same religion and race are at each others throats for no apparent reason. Most of the times foreign governments have no credible representative governments to talk or negotiate with. And, yes, before I forget, if everyone is an independent soldier, how can there be an organized military? Islamic countries have armies and then they have parallel fighting factions.

Mine is not a random criticism of Islamic nations. One point five billion humans have created a pan-planet community to help and support each other at almost all costs. It is an invitation to these one and half billion people to reflect. The future of humanity depends on what and how they would think.

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