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From Realism to Idealism To Crack

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Submitted by Harrak (Canada), Jun 29, 2006 at 20:11

Dr Pipes's understanding of Israel and USA corporatism conflict with Arabs and Political Islam is unique. There is a reality called the Political Islam's ambition to eliminate Israel (or else how can a believer accept that his Messiah or Mahdi will need a Visa to go to Jerusalem. It is unthinkable) Dr Pipes may agree here. There is an other thing Dr Pipes may not agree with called corporate commitment to use Islam as an imaginary enemy to shift the real war from between the rich and the poor to become between the poors themselves. Here I mean making cross-religious conflicts reign and blame it all on religion and not on the IMF and World Bank. Now there is an other thing as well called the land given by god to the Jews...which can be seen in lights of the land given to Muslims by god as they other claims.

Dr Pipes's solution is realistic. The crack down and infliction of defeat on the other (may be here we are talking about Islam in the way they made it an enemy) is the only one solution to conflicts like this. Existential conflicts do not accept negotiations or bargains. I would like to underline here that Dr Pipes' suggestions are too late to implement. Yes they were good, but their goodness expired in the following way:

1- The Pakistani supported militants that fight against India are not that easy for India nor are they for the west. Here we deal with a regional nuclear military state called Pakistan. So crackdown is out of option and could be good in the 60s, but not today.

2- The Iranian supported Hamas and Hizbollah are not easy to crack-down on like one may think. Again, that solution expired in 1988. If the 1979 revolution was aborted and the 1st Intifada too and if the occupation of lebanon persisted and was followed by a regime change in Syria, in a crack down fashion, the other part of the conflict could have won. Now, you have a nuclear Iran and a Hizbollah that can cover Israel with clouds of missiles and a Hamas democratically elected with captives on hold and some military know how. I guess that is too late as well to crack down on.

3- Russia! yes they already cracked down on Wahhabism and I do not see the link suitable here. Russia is the only state that used the proper crack down and generated the support of Iran for that matter. Russia was a success and unless the USA unconditional support for Wahabism, long time ago Russia could have not suffered from Dramas like the theatre one.

Finally, I think that realism in this conflict has itself became idealism. Why! simply because it is not impossible to implement..

May be some one can crack down on me here! I prefer brick crackers not cracker bricks..

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