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Musharraf and Israel - a repeat of Mohammed and the Jewish Tribes of Arabia?

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Submitted by naim al khoury (United States), Sep 21, 2005 at 08:08

Do we know what motives lie behind those hooded faces, or for that matter behind those of the smiling faces of suave statesman like Musharraf who are reaching out to Israel?
On September 19, 2001, Mr. Musharraf made a televised message to the Pakistani people to explain how his nation would respond to September 11. Referring to "the first six years of the history of Islam," Mr. Musharraf said:

Mohammed himself went from Mecca to Medina to save Islam...when the prophet reached Medina, then he entered a friendship treaty with his enemies, the Jews...because of the peace treaty with Jews, he was able to fight the infidels of Mecca. After six years, the Jews noticed that Islam was becoming stronger. They got very irritated.

After 9/11. Mr. Musharraf then explained why Mohammed was willing to sign a peace agreement with the infidels even if it temporarily made Muslims look weak. On this occasion, a strategic decision is to be taken...if you are facing two problems and you have to choose one, then it is better to take the lesser evil....

Today Musharraf and all Muslims are in a position of relative weakness today vis-a-vis the West, as was Mohammed and his band of followers during the days of the Hegira (flight) to Medina. Mohammed used subterfuge to outwit and finally defeat and destroy all his adversaries one after the other. This is what Musharraf could be trying to do through an unseen determination in his inner-most being. His move to build bridges with Israel and pretence of an alliance with the USA could be a part of this grand strategy. After all Musharraf did invoke the memories of the treay of Hudaibiya immediately after 9/11 when he decided to cast his lot with the USA against the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden!!

More at: http://www.waronjihad.org/pakistan200905.html
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