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War, Land, and Islam

Reader comment on item: Israel's Domestic Enemy

Submitted by John R (United States), Dec 23, 2006 at 17:18

After nearly sixty years on the sidelines, Israel's third and final enemy may be joining the battle.

Foreign states are Israel's enemy no. 1. With the declaration of Israeli independence in May 1948, five foreign armed forces invaded Israel. All the major wars that followed – 1956, 1967, 1970, 1973 – involved Israelis at war with neighboring armies, air forces, and navies. Today, the greatest threat comes from weapons of mass destruction in Iran and Syria. Egypt increasingly presents a conventional arms danger.

And it is hairy now because, unlike the period of the previous wars. Israel's enemies are now in the nuclear age. In other words, it is now possible for Israel's enemies to possess nukes to attack. Wouldn't you say Dr Pipes that these past wars were instigated by the foreign states, that Israel had just been living peacefully, minding their own business, and suddenly gets provoked because these foreign states want Israel X'd out of the map? Meanwhile Israel does not wish the same for them but simply wish to live peacefully? I tell ya Dr. Pipes, a hell of a lot of people there want the Israelis driven out to sea. Like the Palestinians government declared, they do not recognize Israel's existence. And I am telling you it is because of religious beliefs, it's because of Islam, not some sort of political ideas. No, because the desire to wipe out Jews and Israel already exists before any political ideas mixed with Islam cropped up. Furthermore, since without Islam there wouldn't any political ideas you talk about, Islam then is responsible.

External Palestinians are enemy no. 2. Eclipsed for two decades after 1948, they moved to center-stage with Yasir Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The 1982 Lebanon war and the 1993 Oslo accords confirmed their centrality. External Palestinians remain active and menacing today, what with terrorism, missiles landing on Sderot, and a global public relations campaign of rejectionism.

I know, there are bubbleheads who say this is a land issue brought about by Israeli racism, but they cannot explain the fact that almost all Muslims in other countries are also hostile and demand their own land. What is it then? Those darn racist Israelis? Where are the Israelis in these countries? The Philippines, for example, experiences the same problem. Muslims in Mindanao killing non Muslims and demanding their own land. There is a pattern Dr. Pipes that makes the "Jews stole land from us"not the issue. The issue is that wherever Muslims are, perhaps with a few exceptions, they want separation and their own land, separate from those that are non Muslims because they believe non Muslims are... people not worthy and righteous to be around with. That's the true reason. They're above us. We're infidels. Allah is great!

John R

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