Terry, a few more words about Muslim "logic"
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Submitted by Moshe (Israel), Jan 31, 2007 at 04:51
You see Terry, as I tried to explain you in my previous post: logic per se is not a dominant factor but rather a facilitating tool for preset natural inclinations and agendas.
Thus, if the plight of the so called "Palestinian people" would have been indeed a matter of genuine concern for the Arab/Muslim world, it could have been solved by now, but more than that, it could have been solved a long time ago:
The Jewish People has always been calling and striving for peaceful coexistence with its Arab neighbors even before the emergence of the Zionist Movement, and also in the framework of the Zionist Movement, and also after the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.
In the framework of the Zionist return home from the Diaspora of the Jewish people which started in the 19th century, they bought uninhabitable marshlands and deserts from local Arab landlords and turned them into prosperous farms. The Jewish investments in this till then desolate and neglected province of the Ottoman Empire, brought prosperity and modernity to Palestine. And the Jewish State of Israel has been calling for peaceful negotiations with its neighbors since its establishment in 1948.
But the Arab agenda was quite different. They were not prepared to accept a non-Muslim entity on what in their mind was a "sacred" Muslim Dar el Islam. This was out of question for them. On the very day of the proclamation of the State of Israel it was jointly and simultaneously attacked by all the armies of the surrounding Arab states, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, with the declared objective to "push the Jews back into the sea". They called upon the local Arabs to evacuate the Jewish populated regions of Palestine to make it easier for them to deal with the "Jewish invaders" without unnecessary Arab casualties. But as we all know, the Arabs lost that war, as well as all the subsequent wars started by them for wiping out Israel, and with it, all Jewish existence in this region.
The Arab world has wasted hundreds of billions of Petrodollars for waging these endless wars against Israel. And even in our very days, these Petrodollars are still channeled for funding exorbitant arms races and terror activities instead of building healthy economies and educating civilized societies.
Terry, just try to imagine, if only a fraction of all the billions wasted in these wars would have been used for peaceful purposes…..the Middle East would be a Garden of Eden of prosperity and of well being.
But you see Terry, the welfare of their people is not on the top of the Arab/Muslim agendas; it is not even at the bottom; it is not there at all. Their Jihadist agendas are calling for expanding their Dar el Islam by all means and regardless of price.
And in the light of their "sacred" agendas, and of their "culture", their actions are quite "logical"; at least for them!
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