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The horror that a Palestinian state would be

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Submitted by Francis Miville (Canada), Feb 16, 2003 at 00:05

Whenever a people spearheaded by Muslim jihadis comes to some sort of sovereignty, however dignified its original cause, it always ends up as some sort of Taliban-style state, let's make no mistake about it. The Afghans had far more legitimate reasons to oust the Russians than the "Palestinians" have to oust the Jews, for the Russians were true invaders of a people having never had anything to do with them, whereas most Arabs of Palestine are descendants not from the few Beduins that roamed about the Turk-reigned Palestine, which was quite empty before WWI, but from Arab immigrants that came from neighbouring Arab countries as a workforce together with the Jewish settlers under the British mandate, the British policy being one of keeping the peoples divided when they build a colony as was the case. Arafat is a good personal example, having been born in Egypt, not Palestine.

Despite the fact of the Afghan cause's legitimacy, U.S. Intelligence's using Islam as a countervailing force to communism proved disastrous and ended up in the installation of a concentration-camp-style régime the U.S. Army had no choice but to bomb down. The Taliban's régime was not Islamic extremism, it was applied Islam, pure and simple, and we tend to forget that quite the same has been in place in Saudi Arabia, except for the petro-dollars. Taliban means students, and the Taliban were just run-of-the-mill graduates of Quranic schools as there have always been throughout the whole Ummah. In Palestine there are even fewer students and even more jihadis than there were in Afghanistan; that is portentous of an even starker régime whenever some sort of Arab sovereignty were declared in the West Bank. Both the Arab general population and the neighbouring Jews would be the losers.

Such a "liberated" territory of the Arab West Bank would not only be a living hell for most of its inhabitants (like Afghanistan, it is without oil, the only financial riches the Arabs seem to have been able to conceive of so far) but pose an even greater danger to Israel proper. The Palestinians Arabs are not in quest of a small homeland, they have never identified with Palestine proper, they have always identified with the greater Muslim Arab world which considers the very existence of Israel, small though it be, an intrusion in what had been up to the British mandate a purely Muslim realm. Quranic Islam is all about submitting the world to one totalitarian rule, comprising among other enforces sex separation, and the very presence of a western-style democracy among a pack of half-gangster, half-Taliban states is the symbol that that trend towards world domination by Islam can be reversed right at its heart: whence the special hate of the Muslim world for Israel. A hate that has nothing to do with the fact that now Israel has reelected a religious right not to be lauded for humanistic principles, as must be recognised on the other hand. But in face of a continuous volley of suicide bombers, it is no use to vote for doves who advocate a 100% sovereign homeland for the Palestinians Arabs. It would be a launching base for even more suicide bombers, for the very fact of its being as hellish as Taliban Afghanistan, that is to say more hellish and more devoid of escape ways other than suicide bombing than the present quite brutal Israeli rule.

In judging the Middle East situation, we must not cling too much to history, as regards for instance the injustices having been made to Palestinian Arabs, we must confront the present and near future situation and in the present situation the Palestinian Arabs are all being transformed by their own elite and by the neighbouring fundamenalist Saudi Arabian mullahs into ideal citizens of a Taliban-ridden régime. In terms of sheer historic justice the Afghans jihadis had all the good reasons to oust the Russians, but what ensued was even worse. The sad truth is that the Muslim countries are livable only in as much as their religious elements are asleep spiritually speaking, whenever they are awakened, even for seemingly good reasons, the gates of Hell are opened. Contrary to what Mr. President says, it is a question of Islam. Usama Bin Laden is a legitimate heir to Muhammad.

It is no use of finicking between Islam and Islamism. We shouldn't say, as in the politically correct parlance, Islamic terrorism but Muslim terrorism for behind each terrorist and suicide bomber stands and speaks a legitimate imam by nearly all religious criteria of legitimacy in Islam.
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