Reader comment on item: [The Gaza Withdrawal:] A Democracy Killing Itself
Submitted by Paul la Demain (United States), Aug 26, 2005 at 04:23Daniel Pipes says: "the Gaza retreat was brewed in Jerusalem, not Washington."
Thank you for this information. But, is there any "proof" that the idea for this retreat germinated entirely inside an Israeli's head?If so, I would appreciate more information about this situation for my own edification.
Or--and I speculate that the following is more likely--An idea was put into the Israeli head either by dint of threat (force) or through
seduction (bribery) and that the sentimental Israeli instantly bowed to such pressure thinking this servile compliance would bind the U.S. closer to Israel. I say this because Israel has in the past served as Uncle Sam's footpad for to serve the ambitions of State Dept.
bureaucrats. Witness the Gaza Power Plant boondoggle which had Shimon Peres, Yasser Arafat, Enron International, Bahrain, and the Saudi bank all intermingling and clutching each other in greed. Peres, through his NGO (peace center) invited Arafat into Israel's tent knowing full well that Arafat's non-uniformed troops would accompany him. Peres even went so far as to help Arafat establish a Cayman Islands front company for to launder their future profits from future commercial ventures in the Gaza Strip, so how was this retreat from Gaza any different? I've heard reports about the Portland Trust being formed to front for the same sort of combination of "investors". Again with wealthy non-Israeli Jews (with connections to PM Sharon) and certain Israelis (directly connected to Sharon) and Arabs (Saudis) conjoining to skim away the cream from their developing certain lines of business in Gaza. And if this is so, it spells more fatal foolishness for the Israelis because their leaders are so much like Americans in that they grab for immediate profits while ignoring long-term debt to be paid in blood, meanwhile the dedicated Jihadim (Arafat's heirs) go for the the "non-believers" throats to ensure that blood will be spilled.
Further to this: When push comes to shove, I believe that every Saudi is capable and most probably will instantly revert to
Jihadism-Wahhabism when it serves his interests and will explain such behavior by resorting to high-toned religious prattle in order to justify betraying his non-Muslim partners and thus a Jihadim will eventually do so in both commerce and war.
I believe the U.S. is now deemed to have become a toothless tiger, a weak horse, (in the parlance of Osama) because it abandoned its ally, Israel, and did so for all the world to see. Sharon brought it on with his constant whining about "Israel has a right to exist"--which cleverly re-opened the matter for discussion when in fact the matter was closed 50 years ago.
(Israel has a right to exist. Period. No further discussion needed.)
It's partly a matter of America losing power through skewing perception, but still, the Jihadist world was watching and chortling at what they perceive as American moral weakness (betrayal of an ally (brother) is immoral in the judgmental Jihadist's eyes). Meanwhile, the Arab world continues to cement its ties with China and Pakistan and yes, India. In short, our betrayal of Israel weakened our stature in our enemies' eyes and this will embolden the Jihadim to surge ever more dangerously in South America.
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Daniel Pipes replies:For the case that the withdrawal was brewed in Jerusalem, see my blog at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/441.
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