posted on Jan, 19 2007 @ 03:18 PM
posted by DalairTheGreat
All this discussion on the problems between Jews and Muslim over who should control the country. Instead of saying they should compromise or why they
shouldn’t be there I wanna know who you think should control the country as a whole. [Edited by Don W]
You are talking Lebanon, South. A so-called "confessional" democracy. Look that up. (This may be how Iraq ends.) Prior to 1918-1922, the Ottoman’s
controlled the region for more than 500 years. A benign caliphate. Damascus was the religious center, Istanbul was the political center, Beirut was
the commercial center and Baghdad was a regional center. After WW1, that was changed as the victorious Allied Powers divided the spoils of war. Oil
was the lingua franca. A left over area was assigned to the British. It was divided into Palestine (west of the Jordan River) and then what we called
Trans-Jordan, meaning “across” or east of the Jordan River, but later changed to just Jordan. Palestine and Jordan are bereft of natural resources
unless you count rocks a resource.
In 1948, the Allied Powers, again the West but this time including the United States, at the United Nations, decided to pay homage to the 6 million
Jewish persons destroyed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. Instead of giving the surviving Jews half of New Jersey, for example, we - white Christian
Euro-types - decided to give them (the Jews) half of Palestine but we never thought to ask the people who already lived there what they thought about
Already (1948) about 15% of the land was owned by Jewish persons. In the late 19th century, a Zionist Movement began and it encouraged Jewish
re-population of the ancient Land of Israel. There never was a time when all the Jews were out of Palestine. Almost all of the remaining land was
owned by Arabs who were predominantly Islamic. The majority population of Palestine was Arabs. They resented the influx of new European Jewish
immigrants who were themselves proclaiming their ultimate goal of restoring the Temple of Solomon on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Solomon’s Temple was destroyed around 570 BCE by the Babylonians (Iraq) and Herod’s Temple was destroyed in the First Jewish Revolt of 66-70 CE,
by the Romans. Historic Masada held out until 73 CE. Secular historians dispute that Saul, Solomon and David were real people, bur rather, that they
were legends from the good old days.
The current locations of Holy Sites in Jerusalem were chosen at the instigation of Helena, mother of Constantine, Emperor of Rome, around 330-340 CE
and are hard to prove today. It seems early Jewish Christians had little or no regard for the holy sites over which 1000s have died, especially post
the Crusade era starting around 1100 AD.
More To Come
[edit on 1/19/2007 by donwhite]