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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

No Settlement in Sight

During a week in which half the Middle-East was in flames, the diplomatic chatter over a UN condemnation of Israel's so-called "settlements" showed just how irrelevant Western diplomacy is to the real issues in the region. The riots in Bahrain, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Iran were not about a few Jewish villages on one side of a line on a map that has been redrawn half a dozen times in the 20th century. The trouble with the Muslim world does not lie in the vineyards of the Judean Hills, the glass factories of Ariel, the academies of the revived Maccabean town of Modi'in Illit, the solar panel plants of Nazareth Illit, the dairies of Carmel or the fruit orchards of Gush Etzion.

Ever since ten Arab nations lost a war to Israel over six days in the spring of 1967, too many diplomats have acted as if it were its responsibility to fix the Muslim world. In 1973, Israel was set up to lose a war in order to bolster Muslim self-esteem. But Israel still won and while its people buried more of their dead this time around, Muslim self-esteem did not noticeably improve. In the early 90's, Israel was pressured into providing an autonomous territory for Islamo-Marxist thugs who had been trained and equipped by its neighbors to carry out terrorist attacks on its citizens. And year after year, for almost two decades, Israel has been held responsible for all the problems in the region because it has been unable to achieve a lasting peace with the terrorists.

Only a few weeks before the rioting started, American diplomats and journalists were being told by Arab leaders that a solution to the Palestinian problem would stabilize the region. It would be interesting to go out into the streets of Cairo, Manama, Tripoli and Tunis to find out how many of the rioters would be willing to go home if there were a Palestinian state tomorrow. The answer would be none. Palestine has never been anything but a myth used as a channel for Muslim anger. Like Al-Andalus or the Mu-Pan-Li myth, (which Muslims use to claim that they were the first discoverers of America), Palestine feeds the Muslim ego and its sense of victimization. And like all xenophobic myths, its emotional teeth cannot be pulled by any amount of appeasement or concessions.

The reason Western intelligence didn't see this coming, and Israeli intelligence did, is that the West was successfully gulled and deceived by Arab leaders who insisted that the only real source of regional instability was Israel. And now even when half a dozen cities are burning, Western diplomats wrangle over a few Israeli towns and villages as if they were the real threat to peace. European leaders like Sarkozy, Merkel and Cameron may be proclaiming the failure of multiculturalism, but they are still unable to stop pandering to it anyway.

When New Zealand's Clarke government wanted to sell some sheep to the Muslim world, Wikileaks reveals that it staged a crisis with Israel. Such second-hand bigotry has since become commonplace as nations already drowning in violent Muslim immigrants, queue up to inveigh against the peach tree orchards, olive groves and wineries of Israel's native inhabitants. But European leaders aren't selling sheep to the Saudis, they are selling themselves. The ancient cities of Europe have their own settlement problems. And it is not too difficult to foresee an age when London, Paris, Berlin and Rome are as Muslim as the former Constantinople.  
Ceding towns and cities to the Islam has not worked out for Israel or for Europe. And while many Americans may not be aware of the Little Mogadishus and the Dearbornistans in their own country, the fruited plain and   the purple mountain majesties set from sea to shining sea, are bringing forth mosques and terrorists out of the ground like thorns. The secular republicanism of France has faltered in the face of millions of angry Algerians and Moroccans. And Albion's bid for a multicultural New Britain has been overwhelmed by Pakistanis and Egyptians. Germany grits its teeth at the Turks and it is not the cold that sends shivers up Sweden's spine.

Israel is a convenient whipping boy for European leaders who know this can't go on, but also believe that it must. Their assents to denunciations of Israel by such solid UN citizens as Libya, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are acts of moral cowardice by men and women who would rather collaborate than lead. It is easier to condemn the settlements of Israel, than the settlements of Europe. Barking about the Jews of Judea and Samaria requires no courage, standing up to the Muslims of Birmingham, Goutte-d'Or or Essen does. Jews may write angry letters to newspapers, but Muslims lop off the heads of newspaper cartoonists.

And what goes for the millions of Muslims scattered across Europe, goes double for the billion or so Muslims of the globe. Western leaders have no clue what to do about the rush of events in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. But they still know how to push the automatic 'condemn' button when it comes to Israel. These events have shown the impotence of the post-colonial Western order when it comes to dealing with the Muslim world. And faced with that impotence, the gaggle of politicians, diplomats, foreign policy experts and journalists who in a space of a month have proven that they know less about the region than any child, revert to the known. To the proven and failed methods that are safe, because they are useless.

As the Camp David accords, the original treaty that paved the way for all the others, is being disowned by Egypt's liberals, the push for a settlement goes on. A settlement with Mahmoud Abbas, who refuses to stand for elections, gets most of his money from America and is about as popular as Mubarak was in Egypt. That Abbas looks exactly like all the tyrants who are being overthrown across the region has yet to come up, because it's another of those inconvenient observations. The last time Condoleezza Rice pushed for democracy, Abbas nearly lost his head to Hamas. No one will be making that mistake this time. Instead Israel is expected to turn over half its capital and large portions of its country to a flimsy dictator who remains in power only by the grace of American assault rifles and an Israeli blockade of Gaza.

With the Egyptian peace treaty going down in flames, Israeli leaders would have to be out of their minds to stake half their country on a deal with Abbas, an unpopular terrorist group's office boy. Signing an agreement with an Arab leader is like buying stock in a bankrupt company. And Abbas' stock is that of a telegraph company after the invention of the telephone. The only thing left to do is lay down the law, but a leader with the brass to do that is as hard to find in Israel, as in Europe. They exist, but are invariably treated as dangerous warmongering pariahs on every continent, when the real dangerous warmongers can be found shouting the Koran from the floor of every mosque.

For America and Europe, the settlement comes down to the settlements. A term that has been defined so far down that Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities on earth, is now being called a settlement. Turn them over to the terrorists and there will be peace, the diplomats and the pundits pant. But is there actually a way to settle this?

Israel could sign yet another agreement with the terrorists. But which terrorists. Like a Sheikh in a preschool, there are too many to choose from. There is Abbas, who might be willing to negotiate and sign an agreement, but won't abide by it. Then there's Hamas, who run Gaza and will eventually run the rest of the Palestinian Authority, but the only agreement they're willing to sign is a temporary truce. Islamic Jihad won't even go that far. Jaysh al-Islam, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Israel, has condemned Hamas as a bunch of Zionists for offering a temporary truce. Instead it's bombing coffee shops in Hamas run Gaza, because all the other terrorist groups have cornered the local market on everything else.

The pundits assured us a month ago that if Israel signs a deal with Abbas, it will stabilize the region. Now that the region is burning, they tell us that if Israel doesn't sign a deal with Abbas, he will be overthrown by Hamas. And then if Israel doesn't sign a deal with Hamas, it will be overthrown by Al-Qaeda, and then if Israel doesn't sign a deal with Al-Qaeda-- that is proof positive that Israel doesn't want peace. Somehow the burden is never on the alphabet soup of Muslim terrorist groups to reach an agreement, but on the civilized nations who must somehow find a way to accommodate them-- instead of shipping the whole bunch back to Egypt, Jordan and Syria marked, 'Return to Sender'.

Israel can dig up Hitler's corpse, wrap a turban around his skull and sign an agreement with him, and it still won't make a bit of difference. Land for peace is as dead as Goebbels and twice as useful. So is blaming Israel for the New Brownshirts and Blackbeards striding around Berlin, London and Paris as if they own the place. Bashing the Jewish state may sell sheep to the Saudis, but it won't make the 16 million Muslims of Europe sit up and Baa. Instead the Muslims are the ones holding the shears.

The Muslim world's problem is not in the vineyards of the Judean Hillside, but in the demons fluttering around their own skulls. The Arab Street is angry, but it's been angry even before it had actual streets. Perpetual anger is not righteous, it's just plain mental. People who are angry all the time are not in the right, they are out of their minds. For too long the Arab Muslim world has solved all of its problems by blaming them on someone else. This hasn't resolved a single problem, but it has led to most of the wars fought over the last 50 years.

Now quite a few of them have decided to pile together all their social dysfunction and cultural malaise into one heap and call it a Caliphate. Women will know their place, so will Jews and Christians and anyone else who doesn't lift his arse high to heaven five times a day. That will fix the Muslim world, about as well as Nazism fixed Germany and Communism fixed Russia, but as usual it will get a lot of people killed. It already has from Russia to Israel to America to Afghanistan to Iraq, to less likely places like Thailand, the Philippines and Nigeria. And it won't stop there. Because for all the talk of settlements, there isn't enough wine in the Judean Hills to put a stop to all this-- even if someone could talk the Muslim world into drinking it.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Partitioning of India in 1947 into India and an Islamic state (Indian land where political power lies in Muslim hands alone) did not bring peace. It lead to the religious cleansing of all non-Muslims Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jews (yes there were Jews in the lands that went to create that "Land of the Pure" Pakistan) Hindus were 25%, now the number is in the single digits. This rapid religious cleansing happened after WW2 and the creation of the UN and Declaration of Human rights, and no one spoke up except Hindus but no one listen. That experiment of land for peace brought not only religious cleansing, but 3 wars started by Pakistan, and never ending state sponsored terrorism by Pakistan. And thanks to China the world has a nuclear Islamic state that is basically a failed state surviving on American jizya which they use to fund terrorism and build up their nuclear weapons. They now have more nukes than Britain. Before 9-11 the world thought Pakistan was just India's problem and did not head India's warnings. They were wrong. All land for peace with Muslims does is give them land on which to wage war for the rest of your land, all of the world's lands in Dar-ul-Harb.

mindRider said...

The present situation in the ME however chaotic it looks, may be still seen as a devine intervention as it shows that the ever present islamic "anger", caused the islamic world to create a bubble of what I would want to describe as "inevitable self-destruction". This force finally reached such a proportion of negativity that, as is shown now, it makes their societies to implode. We do not know who shall emerge as the political power in the final outcome be but for the time being the wave of destruction is pointed inward and shall keep the tribal factions very bussy killing each other. If finally Islamism would emerge victorious at least the veil of acceptability that these previous regimes had in the eyes of the cowardly, morally debased western world's leaders vision shall be finally lost hopefully awaking them to the inevitability that we have to forcefully defend our freedom instead of have it nibbled away in dhimitude.

HermitLion said...

I really like the idea about Hitler's corpse. Wrapping a turban around his head would be very insulting to Neo-Nazis, and I'm pretty sure that a skeleton would be a much better partner for a peace agreement than any of the terrorist leaders in the region.

On a more serious note, my usual bravado about standing up like Jews, instead of licking boot as pawns, is useless, so I'll say the best thing for Israel right now is to not act at all, and hope that the winds would change direction: that the despicable actions of muslims around the globe would remove their mask of lies sooner than they'd be ready for an actual take-over.

Since the barking dogs of the media and the EU would themselves be meat under the fangs of islam soon, their pressure should be withstood; their demands - ignored.

Edgar Davidson said...

A quite brilliant analysis - what a shame that people like David Cameron will never read it.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Israel though has the same problems as Europe. The same bad leaders, the same bad academics and a business-elites culture which says tolerance at any price

HermitLion said...

Indeed, but the business-elites, at least, seem ok with the status quo. They don't actually need a Palestine, only to maintain the show that it's going to be created eventually.
In the current atmosphere, the best we can hope for is an Israeli government that draws time, without actually changing anything, but you are correct, Daniel, this is like a dam that can break at any point, and I can't say how long until that happens.

Sharon's worst legacy was creating a rift between the settler population, and other Israelis. This division makes sure that even if a viable alternative leadership sprouts from one group, the second is going to treat it with suspicion.

So, right now, only a war can unify the factions.

smith.and.sons said...

Brilliant. I shall print it and send it to my MP ( British ) He may read it. I can but hope.
Dave S

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

every israeli leader has tried to run out the clock, I don't think that has worked too well and it has made Israel's position worse year after year

it will only get worse from here on in

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

thank you smith

John K said...

This article is one of the most open and forthright about the truth of the matter that I have seen yet.

Let me put out some thoughts that I have put to other columnists and forums that I have not had any feedback on yet.

I think the breakdown in the abortive Obama-Clinton peace talks is a historic opportunity for Israel to take the initiative. The original Mandate for Palestine envisioned an Arab homeland on the east of the Jordan River and a Jewish homeland on the west side.

The checkerboard pattern approved by the UN was ridiculous, but I guess Israel was just grateful for a state and accepted what was offered it. Those would be today's borders if the Arabs would have peacefully accepted it. The Arabs rejected peace for war, and they lost land.

The 1967 War was over 40 years ago now. No one is asking Europe to restore Germany to pre-WWI borders, or the US to return land to Mexico. It's time for Israel to make their own unilateral declaration that all lands west of the Jordan River are permanently annexed to the nation of Israel, including Gaza.

So, what do we do with the Arab populations? I certainly wouldn't make them citizens. If you want to keep them, they can be heavily regulated foreign guest residents with terms of residency conditioned on good civil behavior. Anyone who commits the slightest civil infraction loses guest residency and is deported. If you want to go hardcore, there is historical precedent with Germans who found themselves living outside of Germany when borders were redrawn being relocated to West Germany. Who was it who said, it's time for Jordan to give land for peace. Jordan is where Palestinian Arabs are supposed to be living anyway.

Regarding the Muslim mindset, it is essential to read Ali Sina's book, Understanding Muhammad. This is a psychological biography which explains Muslim character attributes such as arrogance, haughtiness, and supremacy in terms of their emulation of Muhammad and the symptoms of his psychological disorders as revealed in the Koran, etc. Dr. Sina says that the more Muslims dig into the Koran, the more they enter Muhammad's psychological bubble universe and acquire the symptoms of his sickness.

http://alisina.org/understanding-muhammad/

I'm grateful for your work, and hope that you have enough ears in the right places for these ideas to percolate up to the powers that be.

John

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

I agree of course, the problem is that there's a shortage of leaders willing to do the right thing or the bold thing,

HermitLion said...

Israeli leaders will get another chance to do the wrong thing: less than thirty minutes ago, two 'Grad' missiles landed in Beersheba.
For the media, it is a 'brave new middle east', while on Earth, Hamas and other Gazan terrorists have been bolstered by the Egyptian turmoil.

Since nobody was killed this time, and because Beersheba isn't Tel-Aviv, no politician would be required to act... but for how long?

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

learned helplessness has no expiration date

Tina said...

Okay....I cannot throw chairs and such, so I'll just throw anyone who tries to usurp my rights as an American woman the California Howdy...

Anyway, this is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

DP111 said...

On February 16, 2011, the Church of St. George in Rafah was torched, the walls of the church had writing saying “No to Christians in Muslim Land”.

What this has to do with Israel, I would like our esteemed MSM commentators to explain.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

thank you Tina,

Dp111, clearly they were angry over the GPS Zionist shark

Keli Ata said...

There's been virtually no coverage by the major networks in the US about the attacks on xtians in the middle east the past few months.

In all honesty I see the world heading down the path of Nazi Germany. Things are going to really bad before the US and the rest of the world decide to do something.



(BTW, I can see the comments now)

Anonymous said...

My view from Israel: Israel needs [ and most of it wants] to separate from the Pal's as soon as possible , but the Pal's don't want it. How else would they get all the attention and money they are getting now ?
With regard to Islamic "Caliphate" I think that the severe shortage of water, the lack of anything that helps you survive/compete in the world today, when Africa is moving forward ahead of the Arabs. makes their dream less of threat. Unlike some of the comments before, I think that Israel should be quiet and try to contain the conflict with minimum interventions.

Anonymous said...

"There's been virtually no coverage by the major networks in the US about the attacks on xtians in the middle east the past few months."

Welcome to being a Hindu in Pakistan and Bangladesh the last 60 odd years since partition. Now expect to be called a religious fundamentalist or a fascist or be unbelieved like Hindus were (and are) when you point out this religious cleansing by Muslims. The only suffering that matter are that of Muslims even if they are the ones doing the religious cleansing, because what matters is identity politics and not universal human rights. Identity politics = Muslims are always the victims and all acts are seen through this lens. If a Muslim kills then the one killed must have been oppressing him somehow. If Muslims religiously cleanse the land of non-Muslims it is not worth speaking about. Only in Muslim lands do minority lives not matter at all to the 4th estate, and those who profess to value universal human rights.

Anonymous said...

Keli Ata I have been saying the same thing since 2000, when the last "intifada" started and seeing the world media's response, including US.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant analysis. How to disseminate it? Watching Cameron flitting around the Middle East, desperately trying to sell arms while at the same time hoping and praying that the oil wells don't stop churning, is gut-wrenching. No leadership. No intelligence. No guts. No morality.

HermitLion said...

It's good to see my assessment of Israeli ignorance about the threat of the Caliphate verified. Sometimes I accidentally give them credit that they don't deserve :)

Hitler's dream was also not much of a threat, until it became a reality, but hey, let's all pray for Africans and droughts. I think there's an anti-rain dance that covers both things.

Keli Ata said...

Some have written that Israel should take a non-interventionist approach. I can see merit in that, especially with leaders who seem to bungle everything and end up doing more harm than good.

Remaining in a holding pattern might be a good idea but how long would that be feasible?

Fight or flight? I don't know. I just don't know.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

the holding pattern is decaying, nothing remains up forever, it either rises or falls

and Israel is falling

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