Beyond the Cusp

October 6, 2014

Will Europe Submit or Awaken?

There has been an immeasurable change in the fabric of European society with the influx of millions of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who have brought their customs and religious beliefs with them. Europe has survived waves of immigrants into the individual nations for centuries, even millennia, but those influxes were intra-European transfers and not people from outside of Europe. Those historical immigrant transfers were often caused by famines, large local natural catastrophes, societal collapse as a result of government dictate forcing certain peoples to leave their locations over religious or other societal defining identities. But this time it appears to be very different as the new immigrants are not seeming to have any intent to meld with the existing society as the previous immigrants had done. Instead they appear to be carving out areas where they are planning to enforce their own laws, permit worship only of their religion, the imposition of dress codes for men and women, though the codes for women appear stricter, and they post signs warning any who enter their areas that they are expected to obey these foreign laws and codes, often despite the native individual not being familiar or even remotely aware of these codes and laws. These neighborhoods, which have become small inserts of foreign national identities right down to law enforcement, courts, religious observance, social custom, dress and other alien actions and understandings across virtually every strand of societal structures, are growing as the need to find workers to replace the worker lost due to negative growth factors which have been afflicting Europe for the past few decades but showing signs of a population decrease that is accelerating. What might this mean for the future in Europe and will it eventually strike anywhere else?

The bigger problem which has started rearing an ugly side to this influx of foreign elements into Europe is they have begun to grow beyond their small communities and are demanding ever greater accommodations. These demands are of a different nature than those made previously when groups migrated across Europe. These demands are for societal level changes replacing existing norms and even laws with alien laws and practices rather than simple acceptance and incorporating tolerance and show acceptance for them as a new subsect within the society. These newest immigrants demand not just acceptance but to supercede and replace the existing society and the insertion and replacement of the existing laws with those laws they brought with them from their homes amongst the nations within MENA. These demands have been exercised through disruptive demonstrations often using a political correctness against the existing norms or conjoining their political viewpoints intertwined with their demands for societal accommodation by altering laws and societal norms. We have seen them take the forefront of demonstrations against Israel and using them as a springboard to press their views into the society. Some of the demonstrations have taken on a violent contingency which came to the fore in news coverage recently in Paris with the assaults by mobs of immigrants of two Paris Synagogues. Are these disruptive actions a prognostication of the future and foretelling of bigger and more destructive episodes should their demands meet resistance or even blowback and refusal? That such is a valid debate and one which leans towards a dark and disruptive future should worry anybody who values peace and quiet over societal unrest.

If history is any evidence of where this influx of immigrants who are refusing to adjust and accept the existing society and are insisting that their societal norms replace those which have existed with only periodic adjustments for centuries all the way back to ancient Greece and Plato and Aristotle and maybe further to Moses and Abraham, there will be only one result and the victor in the struggle will erase the existence of the other’s culture. The last historic influx into Europe by masses of immigrants from MENA was during the last push by Islam to conquer Europe. Those Islamic invaders reached across Spain (Andalusia) and reached into southern France only to be turned back by a German General commanding French armies. This was the famous Battle for Tours where Charles the Hammer Martel turned back the Moors who would later be vanquished from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella along with the Spanish Jewish population in 1492. King of Poland, Jan III Sobieski led the entirety of the Polish army to relieve the siege of Venice and beat back the Ottoman Empire forces threatening the city, and with the aid of German and Holy Roman armies who were placed under the command of the Polish King as his superior ability as a commander was well established, led the relieving efforts to push the Ottoman Empire forces from the gates of Vienna in September of 1683. Could the recent influx of MENA immigrants who are Islamic be the tip of a stealth conquest of Europe by immigration, conversion and finally subversion?

There are many Muslims who live, work and interact within Europe with no apparent designs on changing European society and appear to simply desire to live their lives and worship Allah and practice Islam while melting into European society. Some research has indicated that even in these families, once they reach the third or fourth generation in their new European home their children tend to be more likely to become radicalized. Some researches claim that this tendency is due to their removal and lack of knowledge of the difficulties and disadvantages of life in their former home nation. I have a feeling the real source of this radicalization amongst the youths from these families is actually due to the teaching they are getting in the radicalized Mosques, especially as in many instances the radicalization is not necessarily reflected during services but is clandestinely secluded in their youth programs in order to influence the most vulnerable amongst us. It has been known that Islamic Imams have targeted prison clerical programs to spread Islam in the prisons systems. But if this was the entirety of the problem it would be manageable as disaffected youth falling for the promises of a solution to all their questions and an end to the turmoil in their lives is an old problem which has haunted parents and society for eons but has yet to lead to the destruction of a society, well, except for in the book “Lord of the Flies” where the society was constructed by young boys marooned by themselves on an island.

In addition to the disaffected youth there is the addition of thousands of immigrants who are adamant that they be permitted to not only bring their religion and customs with them from their homeland but also that the peoples of their newfound homes also adapt their lives not only to accommodate their way of life but to adapt their way of life in place of their current lives. As the numbers of these immigrants increase their demands are repeated in louder voices and with increasing violence. Currently much of their violence is limited to those who cross into their neighborhoods as they believe that within these communities their laws rule supreme. Where will these demands lead? Will Europeans be compliant and simply convert rather than resist the demands of their new neighbors or will the Europeans react as their history has demonstrated all too well throughout recorded history and even likely before? Earlier in this article were references to earlier European reactions to invasive Islam, but that was centuries ago and today’s Europeans are not your great-great-great-great-grandfather’s Europeans. Where this may be true, they are still Europeans with a rich history and age-old customs that lie as the basis for their societies and lives even today. The demands made thus far by the radical Islamic living in Europe have not crossed any societal lines or made any direct demands for actual changes in the basic societal norms as yet. What is likely to be the reaction when the demands change and start becoming more invasive on the culture? Imagine what will be the reaction of the average teen and young adult in Europe when the demand becomes they must no longer listen to any music other than the muezzins’ call. No more rock-n-roll or classical music or whatever your poison happens to be. What happens when dancing between men and women is demanded to be ended as the practice leads to familiarities which are forbidden. Further, what happens when included in newly forbidden actions demanded to prove the populations’ submission includes holding hands, choosing one’s own marriage partner, premarital dating, provocative clothing, and eventually forced conversion to Islam even if one has no religion.

How far will the demands need to go before Europe turns to what they do, what they historically have proven so capable at doing? There were those who took up the fight to force the retreat of the assaults on the Parisian synagogues which occurred after demonstrations became open riots which broke past police barricades and launched attacks on Synagogues numerous blocks away. There have been other incidents which have made the news as such resistances to the encroachments of Islam are currently the exception and not the rule. This may be partially because the Jewish population of Europe has been particularly sensitive as they have received a larger proportion of Islamic directed hatreds than any other group. This does not mean that there are not others who are sensitive to the encroachments but such are exceptions rather than the rule even in the Jewish European society. Any kickback to Islam may take some time before it becomes a reality in Europe and it may even come too late to rescue the European culture as it has evolved. And should Europe fail to resist the waves of change which are threatening to take place should Islam redefine European religion and culture, will Islam then take that victory across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and then Canada? If Islam should transform Europe and then both the United States and Canada, where would such a wave of Islamic be stopped or even would it be stopped. I guess that question need be answered in Europe first and foremost as they are currently sitting on the front lines next to Israel, or perhaps immediately behind Israel. Perhaps Europe will eventually see Israel as the friend they potentially are capable of becoming and not the cause of all Europe’s ills. One thing which is certain, if the current conceptions and suspicions are not repudiated by facts and such facts taken into serious contemplation, our world will be facing a seismic change which while it may not turn the calendar back more than the almost six-hundred year difference between the Islamic calendar and the Gregorian calendar but it will slow the technological advance into the future and possibly do so permanently. If that were the only change such an outcome would produce.

Beyond the Cusp

September 30, 2014

Is a Bloodbath Rapidly Approaching?

During most attacks and even murders perpetrated by Muslims, the perpetrator often shouts Islamic phrases and insults mixed with Quranic verses while stabbing, shooting or even beheading their victims. There are the same claims from authorities and Islamic leadership with statements released by authorities claiming the act had nothing to do with Islam and that immediate precautions are to be taken to secure Islamic neighborhoods and Mosques due to the fear of revenge attacks against Muslims. The authorities give admonitions that any violence against Muslims will be treated with the utmost seriousness. Then we are reminded that, and I quote, “Islam is the religion of peace.” Then, on the other side of the coin, often when figures are released depicting increased violence against Jews and anti-Semitism the statement is almost always accompanied by claims that there has also been a concurrent increase in violence against Muslims as if one excuses the other. All of this is probably not being done in order to show equality and equal treatment of all segments of society, even those which apparently are in need of special note whenever there might be the possibility that they might feel opposed in the slightest way. These actions treating Muslims with special kid gloves whenever an extremist Islamist acts as extremist Islamist tend to act are not having the intended effects. Actually they are having exactly the opposite effects than what I hope they are intended, namely to diminish any latent and gathering resentments and anger which eventually will cause a backlash that will be beyond any ability of the authorities to prevent or even bring to a stop once it begins.

 

It appears that the undertow builds towards a breaking point; it appears that the Europeans in numerous countries are experiencing it at a much higher level than in the United States or Canada. In England there has been a group of Christian youths who wear the Crusader’s Cross and patrol the bus, tubes (subways for the Americans) and other public transit on the routes which pass through Muslim neighborhoods, especially those which claim they enforce Sharia, and escort single women protecting them from any violence or harm. This is a laudable reaction to what had started to become a real problem but for every one taking the route of making a difference through positive actions, how many are simply not finding a constructive release and a seething is building inside? How long before such people explode in violent acts which will only serve to increase the animosities and friction between the two cultures. Such explosions when they are singular acts eventually fade except that eventually one such act will occur during a period of heightened emotions and sensitivities and lead to a domino effect which eventually explodes into a massive assault and breakdown of civility and law enforcement. The damage and other results of such a riotous explosion of violence pitting two communities against one another will result in heightened animosity and raw nerves which may never heal and simply lead to a constant and building violence erupting between the two communities eventually leading to a total collapse requiring the imposition of martial law before order can be restored. The question comes is what happens if the men and women in the military instead of reestablishing order break their ranks and instead act as individuals each joining their respected community which will add military weaponry to the violence and making it a war for the heart and soul of that nation. And the terrifying possibility is once such open warfare begins in one nation it then poses the possibility of spreading across the entire continent or even be the spark which, like the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, will be the spark which ignites the next global war with the division being down religious lines.

 

Such an explosion should be feared by every sane and rational people. How this eventuality can be avoided is something that people should start pondering and take the necessary actions and soon. The cultural differences are producing a growing emotional violence which will not remain suppressed forever and the government officials are in denial and refuse to recognize the stresses and strains which are about to tear the fabric of their societies apart, shattering the calm and pitting one side of the society against the other. For this to be avoided a path must be found to support and invigorate the reputed majority of Muslims who desire for Islam to truly be the religion of peace and desire for Islam to live in balance and peace with the other religions and even the atheists and to live and let live to take charge of their religion. If while on the path to empower the peace loving Muslims who are reputed to desire to coexist, even to the point of putting the rainbow coexiston their vehicle without fear of retribution, that their numbers are insignificant and that the Islamists extremists are a sizeable segment of the total and they are supported even if not joined by an even larger and frightfully significant percentage of the body of the Islamic faith, then we will know that there is no possibility for a reformation and transformation to bring Islam into the modern age where religions are no longer universally set on spreading their faith to all nonbelievers, even by the sword. The sooner the truth of the beliefs of the vast majority of the one to one and a half billion Muslims with whom we share the planet, the sooner we can understand what this struggle will require if we wish to retain out pluralistic multicultural world and honestly believe it is worth saving.

 

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September 1, 2014

The Imagined Figment of Moderate Arab Support for Israel

There is a misconception which has been growing even amongst many Israeli politicians and left leaning citizens as well as growing exponentially throughout Europe and the United States, especially amongst their Jewish populations. This misconception is represented to perfection by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and her fanatical opposition to the settlements or any Israeli claims which extend beyond the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines which were Israel’s demarcation lines which were the closest thing they had for borders pre-Six Day War. Minister Livni’s latest psychotic rantings came regarding the Israeli government’s decision to declare 4,000 dunams (about 1,000 acres) in the Etzion Bloc as state land as she said such moves as this drive wedges which drive away the moderate actors in the region from coming on board with Israel in forming a lasting and secure peace. This preoccupation of Minister Livni has become her near religious lamentation foreboding doom should Israel lose the support of moderates such as Mahmoud Abbas and many of the other members of the Palestinian Authority. The spread of this same unbalanced view of the direction Israel must take in order to avoid even larger and more violent confrontations such as Israel just experienced with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza is also the source of those from Europe, the United States and United Nations who claim that placing Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority in control of Gaza as the solution and sole path to peace. The Western nations claim that the same ability of the Palestinian Authority to control and prevent terrorism and similar threats such as have exploded repeatedly in Gaza where Hamas has initiated three wars in the past decade while no such explosions have occurred in Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Where Mahmoud Abbas has often made statements and voiced positions in English which have given many great hopes perceiving Abbas as the hope for peace but then those who listen to his comments almost immediately after such comments spoken on Palestinian media in Arabic reveal the ephemeral qualities of his promising lies. But there is more which is wrongheaded about Minister Livni and her fellow travelers’ claims there exists moderates within the Palestinian Authority who offer great promise for the future.

 

The first great misperception is that the lack of terrorist acts in the Palestinian areas is due to efforts by Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority Security Forces. This belief ignores the fact that there are numerous numbers of rock attacks and numerous other forms of attempted terrorism including stabbings, assaults, vandalism, pipe bombings and verbal assaults often leading to or accompanied by rioting. Another important fact ignored by those making these claims is that much of the prevention of more overt terrorist acts emanating from the Palestinian Authority areas is the efforts of the IDF and Shin Bet which operate within Areas B and C and if they have sufficient evidence they have even entered Area A in order to prevent serious terrorist acts which would endanger the Israeli public. Another truth is that despite the many agreements between Israel and Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority which requires extradition of terror suspects from Palestinian controlled areas to Israeli authorities, virtually every request for the extradition of a terror suspect has been refused by the Palestinian authority. Should the Israelis push the demand the Palestinian Authority will often hold a very public trial of the terrorist in question who will be given a long sentence of which they will serve days, or if really unfortunate, weeks before being released and then often granted a job as a member of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces. If one were to take time to conduct a critical investigation into the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorism they would find minimal cooperation and that the Palestinian Authority Security Force members were actually more likely to facilitate terrorist acts or actually commit a terrorist act than the average Palestinian resident. The main reason that Minister Livni and her fellow travelers appear to be so reasonable is a result of the fact of the regularity and consistency with which terrorist acts such as assaults, stabbings, and the other countless other forms take place in the West Bank. Because these acts happen daily and in cases such as rock attacks, assaults, verbal taunting and insults and even attempted stabbings at checkpoints often occur numerous times every day, the media no longer reports about them unless somebody is killed. Even if these acts result in injuries which are non-life-threatening they are often ignored by much of the media and especially by Haaretz, the leading English language new source from Israel. As everyone is aware, if the news does not cover something, then it never happened and that is why it is accepted that there is little or no terrorism emanating from the Palestinian Authority areas. A perfect example would be the terrorist act in which a Palestinian took control of a large frontend loader and attacked a Jerusalem bus overturning it killing one Israeli a couple of weeks ago yet it received minimal coverage despite the fatality. If you are scratching your head attempting to remember if you read or heard of this attack, then you likely missed it.

 

Another source of the situation is due to different perceptions and societal norms. Many Western politicians and citizens use their own societal behaviors, expectations, morals and motivations when judging their expectations of how the Palestinian will act in situations. There are some glaring inconsistencies and differences that exist due to foundational differences between Western society and Palestinian society, especially their leadership. Islam has a number of precepts which are completely foreign to the average Westerner and are beyond their ability to incorporate even if others have attempted to explain these concepts because they are so beyond normal accepted behavior in their minds. Taqiyya is one such concept which not only permits a Muslim to lie and deceive in order to promote or further Islamic control over people or land or to gain advantage but requires that they do so in such situations. This means that Mahmoud Abbas is required to say those things which he knows will be taken by Western leaders and people as proof that he is willing and anxious to work with them and Israel in forming a peaceful and secure coexistence between the Palestinians and the Israelis while turning right around and in Arabic making speeches which call for the slaughter of the Jews all in the same afternoon. This also explains how the Palestinians can say anything they need to and guarantee cooperation or willingness to concede lands to the Israelis or make agreements with the Israelis and then when the time comes to sign the aforementioned agreement they refuse and state that they had never agreed to these stipulations and that such a suggestion is an insult to their honor and they then leave often is haste and seemingly feeling great insult and anger. This was exemplified when Yasser Arafat stormed out of negotiations being overseen by United States President Clinton. This made news coverage but not for Arafat and his storming out but because of the spectacle United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made of herself as she ran after Yasser Arafat screaming and pleading that he return and resume the negotiations. Arafat ignored her pleadings. From commentary made later after President Clinton was out of office he reputed that Arafat became enraged when President Clinton insisted that Arafat deliver on the very items he had agreed upon during the earlier session of the negotiations and Arafat insisted he had never agreed to such agreements and Clinton called him on it as being dishonest at which point Arafat stormed out acting insulted.

 

Another difference comes from having diametrically opposite definitions for terms and concepts. The easiest to present is how the Western world defines peace and how Islam defines peace. Western definition of peace is the lack of hostilities and usually implies an end to any conflict. Islam defines peace as the lack of opposition, the surrender of their opposition. Peace does not mean a finding of a middle ground where both sides give some and receive some in an exchange seeking to end disagreements and restore healthy relations in Islam. Their concept of peace is they get everything they demand and you simply fold and take a subservient position. Peace means the defeat of their enemy by means other than open conflict though the threat of open conflict can be a part of the exchange which brings the Muslim forces unrestricted superiority granting them superiority over their adversary. In Islam there is no term for a ceasefire or peace treaty, they have the concept of a hudna which is defined according to some agreements made by Muhammad with the enemies he fought. The best known example was the hudna he reached with the rulers of Mecca when Muhammad led his forces from Medina to take his city of birth and claim it for Islam. Initially the forces in Mecca were sufficiently armed and capable that Muhammad’s army was equally matched or facing a possible loss. This led to the hudna which was defined as a peace treaty which would last for a decade. Within two years Muhammad had augmented his forces giving him a definitive advantage so he broke the hudna and mercilessly attacked and destroyed the forces in Mecca. This became the model for Muslim armies from that date forward. This was one of the reasons that Hamas broke nearly every ceasefire they presumably agreed upon with the Israelis during the Cairo negotiations. The current ceasefire between Israel and the forces of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the others terror forces in Gaza will probably not last into the presumed open ended time frame as many in the west have predicted. My estimate is if it survives to its first birthday I will be very pleasantly surprised and figure six to nine months at best.

 

Perhaps you have heard or read about the great solution proposed by the United States, Egypt (reluctantly), the European Union and many member governments, numerous Western NGOs (many with the required word ‘peace’ in their names) and leftist within Israel who never seem to miss an opportunity to become surprised when their plans go awry. This ultimate and ingenious plan centers around placing the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas in charge in Gaza and having them inspect all incoming shipments for arms and assuring that all building supplies are utilized for rebuilding the Gazan infrastructure, residential buildings, schools, hospitals, clinics, mosques and other civilian buildings and not put into reconstructing the Hamas infiltrations and smuggling tunnels. This will definitely work this time around and there is absolutely no possibility that it will end in another coup in which hundreds of Palestinian Authority Security Forces being murdered followed by a purging of Palestinian Authority and Fatah employees and members by throwing them from the roofs of the taller buildings in Gaza as happened in 2007. We know that such a result is beyond the expectations of any reasonable person as Hamas has been weakened and joined the unity government with Fatah because it was a virtual surrender. It could not be because Hamas planned to take over control of the unity government and bring their rocket attacks and other terrorism to Judea and Samaria and be capable of really forcing the closure of Ben Gurion International Airport and destroy much of Israeli infrastructure and threaten three-quarters of Israeli population from the high ground overlooking central Israel called the Judean Hills. Of course those who believe that Hamas is facing collapse and is so spent that they must play nice and surrender all control to Mahmoud Abbas suffer from the blindness of wishful thinking. These true believers in the rosy future scenario are ignoring the coup attempt by Hamas just last week which was prevented when Israel’s Shin Bet with the assistance of the IDF arrested ninety-three Hamas members in the West Bank and also captured caches of arms, explosives and other tools of the trade preventing the coup which would have provided Hamas control of the entirety of the Palestinian Authority and be able to expand their rockets and other terrorist activities to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) to augment their forces in Gaza. The end game planned by Hamas is a unity government named Hamas and with the financial support from Qatar and arms from Iran is something not to be refuted as having no possibility of becoming reality; it is definitely possible and probably inevitable if Abbas remains in a unity government.

 

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