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Middle East Lessons of Today that were Not Learned After Twenty Years

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Dec 1, 2020 at 12:49

Reading Article Like Looking in Rear View Mirror of Time Machine-Nothing New to See:

There is nothing more frustrating for students of history, even for those who view it in avocational interest to get a sense of where humanity is heading, than observing in its study there is the perception that it repeats; and repeats to where nothing that may give an outlook of hope for better things to come is defeated for the lack of evidence that the human condition has any innate capacity to seek better things to live for; and base human capacity for such is hopeless.
The enemies of peace in the Middle East are legion and many, reveling that they have so many victims at their disposal and are always hungry for yet more opportunities to rage mercilessly against the indigenous peoples in order to satiate their appetite for more blood. There is glee in their rage. They do not seek peace; they are content in 'hudna,' yet always looking for more blood.
Lebanon has a pretty remarkable place in Middle Eastern history, one that traces into ancient times and actually has a place in history that eventually fits uniquely into the future of Israel. Maybe that is one reason it is such a contentious place now, even twenty years later and Israel was forced to concede to international pressure, much like Gaza, in order to buy time; though without hope of getting any concessions from her enemies for a chance of peace.
As inferred, Lebanon has a place in the future in Israeli determinations of future events, not the least of which is being included in the build-up of foreign antipathies of the Persian persuasion. This can be seen in the background as the visions of vain desires to see Israel destroyed are displayed against the useless efforts of the international community who think they are the arbiters of Middle East peace, but have no sense of the futilities that they attempt to placate while trying to impose their version of a Middle East that would leave the Jewish people out.
Peace in the Middle East without the Jewish presence is a useless endeavor that will produce no more hope for a contented life: the reason is simple; it does not follow the eternal plan. As long as humanity continues to reject the inevitability of a future that requires the Jewish presence and HaShem, we could be facing revisiting this question in another twenty years; or twenty centuries. But if the lesson is not learned, then the hope for peace remains frustrating.

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