Terry, these are indeed good questions; I hope that I have some answers…..
Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Jan 30, 2007 at 16:10
Logic, human rights, and the lessons of history are on the side of those who want to uphold freedom, democracy, humanistic values, cultural development. All that, and very especially history, are on the side of those who want to protect the West from Islamic encroachment, and also on on the side of those who want to protect Israel's existence and security, a tiny country in a sea of Arab lands.
Terry, sound logic. unfortunately was never a dominant factor in shaping human history. Even not in shaping individual lives of ordinary people. "Logic" is, and was always subservient to stronger motivators like basic instincts of survival, atavistic herd instincts, natural inclinations, and yes, as unbelievable as it may sound, even to faith.
But all this doesn't mean that "logic" is altogether dismissed. On the contrary, most people are convinced that their actions and reasoning are guided by pure logic, and as such they have no doubts about the correctness and justice of their actions. Unfortunately however in most cases this is a corrupted "logic", based on only partial knowledge of facts (sometimes on deliberate ignoring of certain inconveniencies), and actually driven by the above mentioned controlling (but not necessarily logical) factors.
Therefore, as sad as it may sound, we are left with no other choice than recognizing that we are in the middle of a hatred driven interfaith war (with all of its perverted "logic"), compounded by global political and economic interests.
In the face of logic and history, why do educated Muslims still continue to support their ideology and to believe in it? Is it just the seduction of power on the horizon? It can't be just fear of retribution if they reject Islam. They seem too convincing in their actions for that. Is it that they hate the West too much?
In spite of all I said above about "logic", you can still find a few educated Muslims who are bitterly aware of the satanic vain hatred of their brothers in faith. Among them you can find outstanding figures like Wafa Sultan (Video: Dr. Wafa Sultan on Al Jazeera), or Salman Rushdie, or even ordinary people like Dr. Qazi (see American weapons vs. Russian weapons (Israeli civilians vs. Arab civilians) ) whom I had the honor to meet on this forum. The only problem with them is that they are so scarce.
And what motivates Western educated minds, particularly those of the Left, to support Muslims, including Palestinians, and others who have declared themselves to be the enemies of the West and Israel.
My dear Terry, do you still remember Nazi Germany, and the wide public support it enjoyed all over Nazi Europe, and also in some other places, during its reign? Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945, but its ideological roots are still alive and thriving. The Western anti-Israeli left is driven by this Nazi anti-Semitic heritage, and also by a deeply ingrained traditional Christian anti-Semitic culture, compounded by guilt complexes from Europe's colonial past. Nowadays to be openly a declared Jew-hater is not bon ton anymore, but to hate Israel is OK.
But you are right Terry; this mind boggling, irrational anti-Semitic hatred doesn't make any sense, and in fact it is insane. And as such, it is bound to cost Europe dearly. Actually Europe is already starting to pay some of the price of its "love affair" with the Muslims. On the long run, Europe is doomed. See for example Europe is Finished, Predicts Mark Steyn.
What makes so many Israelis blind to the danger of a second Palestinian state (in addition to Jordan) governed by killing gangs. The Israeli Left has quite openly taken the side of the Palestinians against their own country. It makes no sense.
As you noticed quite correctly, the Israeli left is a blind elitist minority which is trying to nurture naïve, delusionary hopes of chances to find a "modus vivendi" with the Muslim/Arab world, mostly originating from wishful thinking and from blind disregard of the harsh realities. They cannot come to terms with the idea that even Jews (who in their mind must always be a beacon of peace, humanitarianism, justice, and morality) must be willing to fight back their enemies for earning the right to live freely in their God-given only homeland. In a sense, they have the same mindset like those Jews during the European Holocaust who went quietly and orderly to their death out of being unable to fully comprehend the satanic depth of the inhumanity of their enemies.
Their vociferous harsh misguided criticism is eagerly embraced and drummed up by our Muslim and Nazi enemies for justifying their own murderous agendas, and in order to create the false impression that this suicidal left is really a central force in Israel.
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