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Islamic world needs legitimate wars

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Submitted by Prashant, Mar 27, 2018 at 00:50

Dear Dr Pipes, Hidden inside Daniel Rubio's letter are many wise things. First, Mr Rubio correctly identifies that Jordan is Palestine and there is no Palestine tahn Jordan. Second, and even more prudent, is the possibility of a proper war between the Jordan/Palestine and Israe that Mr Rubio brought about. Rubio correctly predicted that Israel will once again beat the crap out of this future nation if such a war takes place. But I am interested in a deeper truth.

Wont the life be much simpler if Islamic countries start fighting real full fledged wars in which sensible armies of one side fight against sensible armies of the other and each army is to some extent is backed by a legitimate government. In the Islamic political world neither the armies make sense nor do the rulers backing them (or not backing them). Everything appears to be a mix-up in which every one want to kill everyone else (if you do not believe me, just think Somalia, Boko Haram, Pakistan, Afghanistan and, of course, ISIS).

You see, dear readers, these days we find a lot of Islamic apologists. These apologists come in both Islamic and non-Islamic varieties but they all forget that the Islamic world significantly lacks modernization when it comes to war. In the Islamic world today, as in the ancient times, the violence is fully franchised to individual. Every individual is a fully self sufficient defender of Islam and can attack any one he wants to attack to defend the cause of Allah (any one who does not believe what I said should just look at the calls for lone-wolf attack made by ISIS for Muslims around the world). Even the bona fide war between Islamic countries have been been rag-tag skirmishes than organized principled wars (the Iran Iraq war in which Iranian children fought against Saddam Hussain's republican guards comes to mind).

So if Jordan/Palestine becomes one country and attacks Israel at least it will be a proper war and will be a lot better than the daily skirmishes that today's, so called, Palestinian militias have against IDF and against
Israeli civilians.

So here I am wishing for legitimate wars within the Islamic world that can be understood, explained, and can be brought to a negotiated end. Is that asking for too much?

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