posted on Aug, 24 2007 @ 01:49 PM
I have little to no regard for the War on Terror (2001), not the War on Crime (1941) nor the War on Poverty (1964) nor the War On Drugs (1969), none
of which WARS seem to have accomplished much except for those who are commanders in chief and their sycophant underlings.
I am not an anti-Semite. In America anytime you plan to use the word “Jew” you feel impelled to start off by saying you are not anti-Semetic. If
that is the case, of course. I offer as proof I most often use the calendar designations, BCE , before the common era, and CE, common era, in
deference to Jewish people. I prefer the term, Jewish people, rather than the equally correct word, Jew, because Jew has a lot of baggage that Jewish
people does not carry. End of disclaimer.
I have read there are 613 commandments in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. The Ten we know about and 603 others. Most of the others relate to food, its
preparation and to methods of worship. Some of the others relate to social offenses. Our own American constitution has one very important provision
taken almost directly from the Old Testament. It’s in our definition of treason. See US Con. Art. 3, Sec. 3, Clause 1. “ . . No person shall be
convicted of treason except on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act . . “ See Foot Note 1.
Note. In the Hebrew Bible, before stoning a person to death, it says that “no person shall be stoned but on the testimony of 2 or 3 witnesses.”
Loosely quoted. Although adultery is a death penalty offense, how often will there be 2 or 3 witnesses? This same provision also implies a public
trial. That in turn indicates a judgment of guilt must be reached. Perhaps by a show of hands of all the adults in the group? All of this predates
King John’s Magna Carta (1215 CE) by 2,000 years. End of note.
I have said a lot to say this. We - the West - stirred the hornet’s nest in 1948.
Discounting as ridiculous any claims that GOD gave the Holy Land to the Israelites and that modern Jewish people are the legal beneficiaries by right
of inheritance to that Land Grant, we could ignore it but for the fact that American foreign policy is predicated on that proviso.
How we got to 1948 is important. Where do we start? I don’t know when the first Christian religiously inspired persecution of Jewish people began.
We know a papal edict of the 1490s required Jews living in Spain to choose, 1) Leave the country but leave their possessions behind, or 2) convert to
Catholicism, or 3) be executed. We know the Russians had the first “pogrom” against Jews under Ivan the Terrible. I am old enough to have heard
with my own ears the words “Christ Killers” in Protestant pulpits. Shamelessly alluding to contemporary Jewish persons. Anti-Semitism is not
unknown in the US. To summarize, it was us Christian types who laid the foundation on which Hitler built the Holocaust.
Not Radical Islamic Terrorists.
In 1948, Harry Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt - and millions of others - felt great remorse over the scenes of horror photographed for eternity at
Auschwitz - the largest facility - and several dozen other similar Nazi encampments of death. Aside: Today’s Germans to their good credit, require
the teaching of this material in all their schools just the opposite approach taken by the Japanese.
To give to the Holocaust survivors a homeland seemed the right thing to do in 1948. Places such as Uganda had been considered but probably not
seriously. It was settled on Palestine, which was the historic site of the ancient Hebrew people. Prior to the United Nations action, about 15%-20% of
the land in Palestine was owned by Jewish persons outright or by others who served as proxies for Jewish owners.
The wishes of the remaining 80%-85% of the Arabs who lived there were not solicited and were totally disregarded. Racism reared its ugly head! We -
white people - regarded Arabs - dark people - as inferior people. We superiors do not consult with inferiors. (Say Hello, Iraq! Hello Iran!) It was
true Arab technology was inferior to ours. Hey,1 American in 3 had a car, but only 1 Arab in 6 had a camel! That is superiority Western style!
The 1948-1949 War of Independence - Israel’s name for it - ended with an armistice and a very meticulously drawn line between the Jewish and Arab
populations. In 1956, Israel joined the British and French in the Suez Crisis War. All 3 countries were “ordered” out of Egypt by US President
1967. June, the famous Six Days War. A preemptive strike by Israel. Using blitzkrieg tactics learned from old German generals, Moshe Dyan then
Israel’s one-eyed Defense Minister - wasn’t life simpler when we had a War Minister instead of a Defense Minister - planned a strike that would
have made Hitler envious. Israel first destroyed the Arab’s air forces on the ground. Israel’s tanks swiftly captured the Sinai Peninsula.
Following on quickly, the IDF overran Jordan’s much vaunted Desert Legion taking not only the West Bank but East Jerusalem, the prize of the Ages.
Finally, the IDF captured the aggravating Golan Heights from Syria. And on the 7th day, they rested.
In a 1977 election, Menachem Begin became Israel’s 6th prime minister in an upset that surprised everyone. Israel’s first Likud Party prime
minister Begin was first to refer to the West Bank as ‘Judea’ and ‘Samaria.’ A sea change in Israeli politics which pushes us towards 2007.
Over the years since 1967, various well meaning people have proposed a two state solution to the intrusion begun in 1948. It is so geographically
logical. Readily identifiable borders that are easily controlled or defended. Leaving East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount for later. For Jewish
people around the world, it was the greatest thing on earth since the legendary King David united the two kingdoms.
OTOH, for the 300,000 Arabs and their descendants, it is not much. Their property taken and no compensation was paid. They were forced out of their
homes. Where they and their ancestors had lived, in some cases for centuries, but are now gone. And now faraway albeit well meaning people propose
they “forget it” as “times change” and “new realities” prevail. And so goes the Right of Return? Not likely.
For all the War on Terror fans, the Arab Jewish problem in the Holy Land is either the No. 1 or No. 2 motivating grievance for Muslim Arabs around the
world. People you casually label “extremists” or “radicals” because you are unable or unwilling to look at the realities as they unfolded.
Foreign troops on Holy Arabia soil - Mecca and Medina - is alternatively either No. 1 or No. 2 grievance. Solve those and you end the motivation.
Everyone knows the United States has given Israel a free hand in the region. Lebanon 2006 is another sad example. Only the United States can rein in
Israel. Notwithstanding the long list of mistakes, America has made dealing with Arab nations the US still has enough respect it could compel both the
Palestinians (Arabs living in Palestine) and the Jewish inhabitants of Israel to make peace. If the US leaders so desired.
A workable settlement. I suggest paying the dispossessed Arabs a flat $1 million each on proof of ownership of confiscated property. I further propose
that a commission of Arabs be allowed to designate 100 pieces of property from a UN prepared list of 1,000 pieces confiscated by Israel. Palestinians
could participate in a lottery which would be a symbolic Right of Return, the winners being allowed to return to the property or sell it as they see
East Jerusalem should be returned to the Arabs as of June, 1967, with the proviso that unimpeded access to the West Wall (a/k/a Wailing Wall) must be
under the singular control of Israel and exercisable without interference by any Arabs or others.
And then there will be peace in the Middle East and the War on Terror will be ended.
Foot Note 1. Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 - June 19, 1953) and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg (September 28, 1915 - June 19, 1953) were American
Communists who received international attention when they were executed for passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union. They were not
convicted of treason but of espionage.
[edit on 8/24/2007 by donwhite]