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Best to avoid a military "victory" over Palestine

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Submitted by Mike J. (United States), Oct 8, 2020 at 16:55

IMO, we should avoid "victory" over Palestinians, now or ever. Victory would only create a generation of victims, with rationales for retaliation, avengement and pretexts for war. Note how academics and politicians will play the "victim card" against any perceived group. A declared victory would also create a full house of victim cards to haunt the Middle East.

It would also allow some of our Western academics to use a declared victory, with its new victims, as more cover for their phony support of Palestinians. When in fact Judaism itself, not Israel, is the unspoken target, with it being the source philosophy of true democracy. And it has always been the despots, monarchs, dictators, and imperialists, that have tried, and keep trying, to erase that source ideology for democracy, namely Judaism. Today's politicians who focus on Israel use it as a decoy, or false flag, to weaken democracy to better empower politicians as the rightful rulers of the country, who know best what people need.

This is not theory. For instance, British legal historian Thomas Erskine May, one of the authors of the Constitution of the United Kingdom, wrote:

"Christians of every creed, throughout the world, pay homage to the higher inspiration of the Hebrews. . . . That a race more entitled to our reverence than any people of antiquity should have afforded an example of popular freedom, notwithstanding their Eastern origin, and the influence of Eastern despotism, by which they were surrounded, is a conspicuous illustration of the principle that the spirit and intelligence of a people are the foundations of liberty." (http://www.moses-in-history.com/democracy%20prototype.htm)

Israel is just a cover the concept of "antisemitism," which began in Europe during the Holy Roman Empire, was exported and grafted into the Arab world, and is mostly found in countries whose histories have never experienced anything resembling democracy. Democracy has always been a strange idea throughout Europe, which still often worships and idealizes its past kings and queens, and prefers rulers over the ruled. Coincidentally, almost exactly 400 years ago, British Separatists landed in the New World on the Mayflower, to establish what they considered the "new Promised Land." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower) Which is why John Adams, our 2nd president, would write, "As much as I love, esteem, and admire the Greeks, I believe the Hebrews have done more to enlighten and civilize the world. Moses did more than all their legislators and philosophers." (http://www.moses-in-history.com/founding.htm)

And learned Muslims know this also, since Moses is revered as a prominent prophet and messenger in Islam, with his narrative recounted the most among all the prophets mentioned in the Qur'an. Recall that the Crusades were a pretext for attacking Jews along with Muslims.

Like the U.S. is today, Israel should be a template and example of democracy, where any concept of "victory" is expressed most by its existence, not its military.

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You mentioned a military victory. I did not.

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