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Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 8, 2016 at 11:09

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I cannot disagree with any issue you raised and analyzed. However, I wish to raise another emerging issue - Demography: Refugees and Immigration.

It is time to merge the UN Refugee split in which Palestinians receive a special status, superior to all other refugees of the world, including the 400,000 Syrians Arabs, and countless Iraq Arabs. Because in fact Iraq and Syria are a part of the Arab Heartland, millions of Palestinians dream of returning to "Palestine" should be made to consider migrating back to the "Islamic State" (of ISIS) where through Ethnic Cleaning new "vacancies" have been created for them. At the turn of the century there were 14% Christians living in the Middle East; now there are barely 4%. Not coincidentally, Palestinians are the most progressive of the Arab population (Gaza excepted), probably because of their national homelessness, which makes them resemble the Jews who lived outside of Zion for 2,000 years. Palestinian Doctors and Engineers would mage excellent citizens of Iraq and Greater Syria, the latter from which they hail prior to the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire by the British and French at the conclusion of the First World War.

Regarding the issue of "Settlement" by Israelis of "Occupied Palestine," Israel should be permitted to decide by itself whether or not the "Disputed Territories," particularly the neighborhoods of Greater Jerusalem, but also the "Liberated Territories" (from Egypt and Jordan), as within the new "Pale of Settlement" for Jews, namely 1948 Israel, is to be expended. The Myth of International Law, namely what the UN defines is legal for Israel to do, must not be propagated in contravention of Kissinger's Westphalian principles. The overwhelming international opposition to Israel's expansion through conquest in its Defensive "Just Wars" should be supported by President Donald Trump, as head of the last Superpower, the United States. The Start-Up Nation of Israel is a contributor to the world's economic and material progress, while all the Arab and Muslim countries of the world have succeeded into turning the Arab Spring into a Muslim Hell. Islam apparently is going through its own "Protestant Revolution," while having cleansed itself of millions of Christians and Jews, is now flooding Europe with Muslims. This versions of a "War of Religions" is conflated into the broadened interpretation of Racism, which it isn't. And the perpetration of the Moronic notion of Islamophobia is succeeding among the Liberals of Europe and the United States. However, Populism in both places is apparently going to put a stop to it, as is currently exemplified by Geert Wilders now on trial in Holland for stating that he wants less Moroccans (who are Muslim) in his county.

It seems that the phenomena of Multiculturalism has succeeded in probating us Westerners from using the notions of Superior and Inferior. Racism, in its "classic" form violated the Humanist traditions of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, when it was practiced by Hitler. However, Voltaire and Shakespeare themselves can be accused of being Racists (Candide, Merchant of Venice, Mendelssohn, etc.) if viewed out of context, when Jews just began emerging out of their Ghettos in Europe, and experienced their very own Jewish Renaissance.

Moving to the Present Bernie Sanders, Noam Chomsky, and Max Blumenthal are about to take a back seat in relation to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and that may be a good thing, particularly with respect to Middle Eastern American Strategy, giving Israel an opportunity to be Realistic (as in Realpolitik a la Kissinger) regarding the Failed State potentials of Fatah under dictator Abbas and Gaza under (Muslim Brotherhood) Hamas.

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