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Only the Horse of Him Upon Whom Israel Should be Trusting is Going to Win

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 17, 2010 at 16:11

In the underlying currents that are the simmering rivulets of the volcano that is the Middle East, there has got to be some understanding that as things continue in the course they are, one can only conclude that is it not going to end well for someone; that even the projected winner is going to take a beating before it all comes to its conclusion.

We can take Dr. Pipes analogy of the strong horse vs. the strong horse, and continuing with that theme from an American (after all, look where this reader hails from) context of reviewing the 'forms' before placing a wager, determine who will be the first, second and place mounts in the contest. The only problem with that analogy is, it's not about horses, and in the final analysis, first will be the only place that counts. The losers will be shot. So, yes, from that perspective, a Middle Eastern mindset of dealing with ones enemies from a position of strength is the only way.

Enter America, and in trying to intercede in Middle Eastern affairs, a political solution seems appropriate, from a democratic republican point of view. But what is missing in Middle Eastern politics that makes such a thing untenable, a democratic republican point of view.

We read here, and in another post about trying to think 'like an Arab,' of getting into a tribal mindset to help the turmoil to end and allow the varying factions to live in some kind of peace. Not only does that appear improbable from what we see today, but we should learn from history that such a situation has no more chance succeeding than trying to get Khalid Mashaal to embrace PM Netanyahu as brothers in a peaceful coalition.

In Dr. Pipe's article, we read of Khalid ibn al-Walid compelling the Persian regent to convert to Islam upon pain of death, apparently in a death for life exchange we see today. He must have been successful, for Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in a strange turn about, delivers the same message to those who would oppose him, including Muslim's of Arabic lineage, and even his own people.

Yet all of this is an aside, for the strong horse to be contended with is the 'dark' horse, the object of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's derision and defamation, Israel. No one considers to think that any effort to force Israel to concede more territory for some false assurance of peace is going to end badly for any who try. Israel will be brought to as much of a low as any time in history, yet this is only the storm they must endure according to the Biblical promises. Those same promises, though, carry a great foretelling of a victory over her enemies; so if there is a bet to be made, remember the same Almighty God that brought Israel out of the shadows of World Wars 1 and 2 is still in control, and the White Horse their God rides upon is going to be the only winner.

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