posted on Jul, 28 2014 @ 01:50 AM
It would be fair and legitimate - and even moral - to let Israel deal with Hamas as the government in the Gaza strip.
Can you blame them? Really? No. You can't. You make good and sound points that almost anyone who understands this situation can understand. Its being
daily repeated by military and political analysts on CNN. If Israel defeats Hamas, how does that effect Sunni Islamists elsewhere? In Iraq and Syria,
Obviously, Hamas' loss will not only embolden them - but super-charge their whacko conspiratorial and eschatological minds to find some deeper
theological meaning in the act: a call to arms. A fortification of the need to fight for Islam in the middle east.
To understand this situation means understanding the mentality of the two parties. Islamists (and by implication, all political groups within Islamic
societies) are essentially immoral brutes sucking from the teet of an 8th century mentality. And it shows by how unrefined - and dominating,
chauvinistic - they are as a society.
On the other side are Israelis. Jews. And they're justifiably tired of everyone always hating them. They got the state - and even began the entire
zionist enterprise - because of the ceaseless hatred and bigotry they lived amongst.
They fought, died, in what I consider to be a noble cause: to reclaim some sense of cultural "closure". I'm not saying that it was morally
unequivocal, but given the time and the era they lived in, it seemed to be an inevitable result of Europes head start on the Islamic world. And the
Arab worlds Jews, we must not forget, came to the country and helped found it.
So we can say certain things are "established facts". Israel is an established fact. Palestinians - to some extent - are an established fact. But
they are a "fact" in a rather tenuous sense, culturally and religious, speaking (not to mention, linguistically). On the othe hand, you would no
doubt argue that they are geopolitically massive fact. One that if not honored for "what it is' can blow up strong in our faces.
I respect that argument because its essentially true. If Israel called a one state solution tomorrow, how would the Arab world react? Given the
reality of Islamism and the force it has - and continues to grow - within the minds of the disenfranchised, how would the collapse of the goal - and
what it means to them - of "freeing the Palestinians' be taken? It'll be taken as a call to arms. Increased extremism. An increase in terror
attacks in western cities. No doubt. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict takes on eschatological importance to Muslims.
Problem is, Israelis are too intelligent for themselves. On the one side, we have the normal, psychologically aware (and therefore more healthy)
humanist civilization, and on the other, we have the Islamist worldview. To say that they were "different" would not do justice to the extreme
disparity in centuries and ideas between the two.
The former is constantly learning and never presumes to know anything "absolutely', certainly not any particular book, which is challenged worldwide
by other particular books. The latter thinks it knows all it needs to know and has absolutely no inkling at how perverted its values have become
because of their particular metaphysical and theological doctrines.
So that leaves me with "what to do?". Since writing is oftentimes a process of discovery, I've just discovered that what Israel does could have
mammoth consequences. However, I can't help but feel that Jews - and Israel - have gotten a mighty, and continuously unending, #ty deal from the
universe. If I took a pro-Palestinian (and therefore Hamas) view, my "system-wide" logic might be justified, but phenomenologically, the linkup
between Hamas and us feels wrong and morbid.
So frankly I do not know. Am I dealing with some dissociation? Maybe. I have a love-affair with Israel and the Jews (though not Jewish) that makes me
want to "do the right thing", stand up for the good values that Israel is trying to embody. But yet, I know - and they would as well - that their
existence is an issue for Islamists. And if were going to keep the Israeli state alive and well, It'll probably need a Palestinian state beside it.
So, deeper we go into the rabbit hole. How do we get the Islamists in Gaza to "cool down", and think rationally? How do we even bring Israel to the
bargaining table when they believe - quite justifiably - that Hamas and the Palestinians are trying to hoodwink them into more and more concessions?
Can the PA be trusted? Are they a humanist, and sincere organization? Or do they have a bad history of breaking agreements, stealing money, arming
militants, carrying out terror attacks etc?
You can see quite clearly why both parties dislike one another. The Palestinians see - and refuse to "unsee" - Israel as an aggressor, from the
moment Zionists/Jews came in and bought up land to the point that they declared a state and became the powerful player in the area. Jews/Israelis,
conversely, are demoralized by the cultural morbidity of the Arab world, in general. They have not transitioned well from the caliphate into the
modern era. They still are trying to find themselves - remake themselves, in a more reformed and humanistic way. But its being strongly challenged by
a fundamentalist and conservative interpretation of Islam that basically sticks to the books: the same mentality that led from theology to empire.
I believe the internet is doing much - and has done much - in changing the middle east (see Egypt for an example). But it's highly disconcerting for
those of us who dream of a better world to know that Islamists are doing what they're doing.
You say Islamism has no military solution. I think thats naive. Were not talking about a flimsy emotional stance. Were talking about a 1300 year old
religious tradition that promoted a theology that serviced empire, i/e the existence of caliphates. These people SPEAK IN THE LANGUAGE OF WAR. And
their cognitive dissonance is strengthened by their ceaseless and never ending exposure to theological material and a communal environment which
ENFORCES in a positive feedback loop the same mentality.
So, in the end, Israel has a menacing daily reality to deal with: rocket attacks into their cities. They can ignore it and treat it - and its
consequences on mental health, for example - as "normal". Or they can try to be normal human beings and chase after that thing we call "dignity",
as in, it's completely unjustified and unreasonable to have to live with a neighbour to the south of you who wants to kill you.
That being the case. The Israelis will (and in my opinion, are justified) in dealing with the problem. And, I think, the end-goal would be Hamas'
Eventually, the Arab world would get over-it.