Beyond the Cusp

November 18, 2014

Anti-Zionism and Anti-Israelism are the Modern Anti-Semitism

Filed under: 1949 Armistice Line,1967 War,Absolutism,Administration,Africa,al-Aqsa Mosque,al-Qaeda in Gaza,Amalekites,Ansar Bayt al Maqdis,Anti-Israel,Anti-Semitism,Anti-Zionist,Appease Islamic Interests,Appeasement,Appointment,Arab Appeasement,Arab League,Arab Spring,Arab World,Arabist,Arabs,Asia,Ayatollah,Ayatollah Khomenei,Balfour Declaration,Beheading,Bible,Blood Libel,Bombing,Boycott,Breakout Point,Cabinet,Calaphate,Capitalism,Cave of the Patriarchs,Checkpoints,Civilization,Clan,Colonial Possession,Condemning Israel,Conflict Avoidnce,Crusades,Czarist Russia,Defend Israel,Defend Palestinians,Disengagement,Divestment,Divided Jerusalem,Dome of the Rock,Druze,Economic Growth,Economic Independence,Economy,Egypt,Egyptian Military,Equal Opportunity,Equal Rights,Equal Treatment,Eugenics,Europe,European Council,European Governments,European Media,European Pressure,European Union,Executive Order,Farming,Fatah,Fatah Charter,Forced Solution,Galilee,Gaza,Gaza Blockade,Golan Heights,Golan Heights,Golden Age of Islam,Government,Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hussani,Green Line,Hamas,Hamas Charter,Hassan Rowhani,Hate,Hevron,Hezballah,History,Holy Cities,Holy Sites,IDF,Infiltration Tunnels,Inquisition,Internal Pressures,International Politics,Intifada,Intifada,Iran,Iraq,IRGC,ISIS,Islam,Islam,Islamic Jihad,Islamic Jihad,Islamic Pressure,Islamic State,Islamist,Israel,Israeli Capital City,Israeli Interests,Israeli Media,Jerusalem,Jewish Heritage,Jewish Home,Jewish Leadership,Jewish State,Jews,Jihad,Jordan River,Jordanian Army,Jordanian Pressure,Judaism,Judea,Judean Hills,Judge Salim Jubran,Kever Yosef,Khartoum Conference,Kidnap Soldier,Knesset,Koran,Kotel,Land for Peace,Lebanon,Leftist Pressures,Legal Blockade,Libya,Licenses,Local Government,Machpelah,Mahmoud Abbas,Mainstream Media,Meaning of Peace,Media,Media Bias,Media Intimidation,Mediterranean Sea,Middle East,Military Intervention,Military Option,Mount of Olives,Mount of Olives Cemetary,Murder Israelis,Muslim Brotherhood,Muslim World,Muslims,Myth,Naqba,Nationalist,Nuclear Program,Nuclear Sites,Nuclear Weapons,Nuclear Weapons,Old City,Omission,One State Solution,Oppression,Organization of the Islamic Conference,Oslo Accords,Palestinian,Palestinian Authority,Palestinian Liberation Organization,Palestinian Media,Palestinian Pressures,Partition Plan,Peace Process,Persians,PLO,PLO Charter,Pogroms,Politicized Findings,Politics,Pre-Conditions,President Obama,Progressives,Promised Land,Protect Citizenry,Qom,Quarantine,Rachel's Tomb,Rafah Crossing,Ramallah,Rebel Forces,Red Lines,Refugees,Regulations,Religion,Response to Muslim Takeover,Response to Terrorism,Right of Return,Rock Throwing,Rocket Attacks,Roman Empire,Rome,Russian Pressure,San Remo Conference,Secular Interests,Security,Settlements,Sharia Law,Six Day War,Smuggling Tunnels,Socialism,Stabbing,Statehood,Submission,Support Israel,Supreme Leader,Syrian Military,Taqiyya,Tel Aviv,Temple Mount,Terror,Theocracy,Third Intifada,Tribe,Turkey,Turkish Military,Two State Solution,United Arab Republic,United Arab Republic (UAR),United Nations,United Nations Presures,United States,United States Pressure,Uranium Enrichment,Uranium Enrichment,Victims,Waqf,War of Independence,Warhead Development,Wealth,Weapons of Mass Destruction,West Bank,Western Wall,WMD,World Media,World Opinion,World Pressures,Yasser Arafat,Yom Kippur War,Zionism,Zionist — qwertster @ 4:00 AM
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

There are reports that the European Union has distributed a list to its twenty-eight member states detailing sanctions to be taken against Israel as punishment should the Israeli government refuse to bow before European demands regarding activities beyond the Green Line, the 1949 Armistice Lines, refusing to reengage in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, though there is no mention that such might be impossible as the Palestinian Authority has been refusing to negotiate until Israel surrenders to all of their demands granting them their state within the entirety of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) with all of East Jerusalem as their capital and total control over the Temple Mount and Old City, or refuse any other demands made by the European Union in the name of as part of agreement with the Palestinians. Of course the list was to remain secret and concealed from the Israelis as per instructions given, according to Haaretz, from the drafters and designers of the sanctions regimen, the European External Action Service (EEAS), who distributed these instructions to the numerous European diplomats. But this economic assault on Israelis as punishment for Zionist activities, defined as inhabiting and claiming the ancient lands of the Jewish ancestors, or Israeli defiance to European directives and demands for their submission to Palestinian demands, attempting to strike at Israel economically is simply the latest of those assaults on Israel and Zionism using economic punishments much as was used against the Jewish people both in periods of European and Islamic history throughout the many states and under numerous rulers within both.

 

Another economic assault on Israel is better known as it has been very public and have made their demands well publicized is known as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction Movement (BDS). The BDS movements is nothing but the modern-day interpretation to the medieval banishment against permitting Jews to own land which often forced Jews into the towns where they learned trades, dealt as money lenders and financiers, learned sciences and medicine or tended stores becoming the retailers of later ages. The BDS economic assaults on Israel have similarities to the barring of Jews entering many guilds, governments banning Jews from certain professions during the ages of the inquisitions and purifications across Europe or restrictions placed on Jews economically as Dhimmis living in Muslim ruled lands.

 

The history of economic and legal warfare against the Jewish communities during their existence within the Diaspora is well known, well documented and had numerous peculiarities making each episode and each age having their own identifiable peculiarities. There were often cases where Jews were restricted in where they were permitted to live, often in places referred to as the Jewish Ghettos while other times at one end of town separated by a short distance almost as if they were relegated to their own town separate from the non-Jewish peoples. One recent example of a generally held suspicion of Jewish perfidy which existed into the middle of the last century was that the Jewish People had some unfair advantage when it came to business acumen which gave them an unfair advantage over other business people. This suspicion was not actually valid as there were just as many Jewish businesses which failed and the percentage breakdown of Jewish successes and failures were just slightly over the statistical deviance. Still some back then pointed to that slight margin above statistical error as sufficiently significant that without some viable explanation there should be an investigation into why the Jews are more successful. I heard this argument made by some classmates (yes, I’m ancient) and could not help but laugh at which point I found myself challenged to explain what I found so amusing. I asked them if perhaps the obvious reason that Jews might be slightly more practiced and have a wellspring of knowledge within their community was due to the fact that while much of the Christian world was farming Jews were forbidden to own or work land and were forced into the towns where they ran were practitioners of skilled trades, or ran businesses such as money lenders (the predecessor to modern banks facilitating trade), taverns, provisionary, clothiers and other businesses which gave the Jews centuries of experience over those who held the wealth of land ownership or those who worked the farmlands or tended flocks.

 

Back during those earlier times some Jews amassed varying degrees of wealth with some by the twentieth century had become extremely wealthy. The Rothschild family which owned one of the oldest and largest banks in France had amassed sufficient wealth to cause conspiracy theorists to accuse them and other wealthy Jewish families of controlling governments and having unhealthy influences. There were theories during the Middle Ages that blamed the Jews for plagues or other mass illnesses, such as the flu or other viruses, which struck towns which resulted in some instances in pogroms or even the burning at the stake of a town’s Jews. One could interpolate that the same may be behind some of the hatreds and conspiracy theories concerning Israel as simply the ancient hatred and accusations made against the Jewish People have now been adapted, possibly subconsciously, and applied now to the Jewish state. Part of this theory can be proven when one realizes that one of the current demands made of Jews in Europe and was made against the majority of the Jews within the Islamic world from 1947 through the early 1960s where Jews were told with all the hatred and ferocity a society could muster to take themselves to Israel with the rest of the Jews as they were no longer welcome amongst the real citizens and accepted members of the society within whom these Jews resided. Now the exact same thing in reverse is part of the Arab and Islamic demands for the Jews to leave Israel and return the lands to their rightful Arab owners, similar to the demands for the Jews to leave many nations, regions, localities or other dominion which resulted in the Jews often moving from one place to another only to need to relocate once again within a few years or maybe longer time and time again. The Jews were then told to take themselves back to where they belonged, which then was to the Middle East to Jerusalem or anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, exactly where Israel is today. But there are other similarities.

 

When Israel first established her independence she had to fight a war against over a half dozen Arab nations’ armed forces, many militias and forces under the command of the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini who spent almost all of World War II within Hitler’s Germany where he added his approval for the ‘Final Solution’ for European Jews and demanded Nazi assistance in dealing with the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa after they had conquered Europe and moved on to the Middle East and beyond, for which she received little assistance from Western Europe and the United States imposed an arms embargo and despite of which the tiny nascent state of Israel not only survived but gained some lands they had not initially held at the initial time of the intended genocidal invasion. After the initial survival of Israel she became a predominantly socialist, agrarian society which, despite hard work reclaiming their lands from the swamps, rocky terrain and desert which composed much of their new homelands. Early Israel was well received and accepted by most of the world and for the first time in almost two thousand years the Jews were free, in their own ancient homelands, had self-rule and were joining and had a belonging amongst the nations of the world and a member of the United Nations. Slowly the nation of Israel began to develop a more technically advanced society and economy. Upon the winning the release for Russian Jews to make Aliyah and immigrate to Israel the Israeli economy took on a whole new facet and the technology explosion erupted expanding the Israeli economy. Very soon after Israel became a much wealthier nation and also saw the turning away by many of the nations who not long ago were friends but now were siding with her enemies. Many of these nations had gone from their position which immediately after the June 1967 Six Day War had supported and fully expected that Israel would retain some, if not a fair amount, of the lands she had gained as a result of a defensive war started by Egypt and Syria and one day later they were joined by Jordan over Israeli warnings and pleadings for Jordan to remain peaceful, but soon after the October 1973 Yom Kippur War and the fuel embargo by OPEC, these nations started drifting to the Pro-Palestinian Arab position initially fearing further embargoes and eventually as representative of their hate for capitalism and wealth gained by Israel moving from a socialist society towards a capitalist free trade society. Israel returned all of the Sinai to Egypt upon making peace, a somewhat surprising generosity as many had thought Israel would retain the parts of the Sinai east of the central spire of mountains. The largely agreed belief was that Israel would retain the Golan Heights and all of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as retaining these lands would provide Israel with the security of defendable borders, the exact wording from the United Nations resolution which had called on Israel to return lands, not all the lands, just lands, and retaining those regions which would provide for Israel to have defensible borders. Today and since soon after 2008 Israel has been pressured to return to within the Green Line. Israel has been treated with great amounts of animosity from much of Western Europe, much of the Islamic world, the nations which make up the Non-Aligned Nations (NAM), and now even the United States, or at least the administration under President Obama. The increased levels of animosity and hatred from around the world against Israel had been directly proportional to her increasing economic wealth, much like what the Jews faced in many of these same areas as they individually gained wealth.

 

The ironies and insanities displayed by the nations of the world when it comes to Israel, Zionism and the hatreds of both and the Jewish People is astoundingly absurd. Just a few weeks ago Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called for the Jews in Israel to return to the nations from whence they had come. The Iranian leader implied that all Israeli Jews arrived from Europe and the United States. There is a gaping hole in this theory which the Ayatollah Khamenei is perfectly aware of, half of the Israeli population originated outside of Europe and North America and instead arrived from across the lands of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) including his own Iran. One must wonder whether or not the Ayatollah Khamenei would be willing to accept the return of the near one-hundred-thousand Iranian Jews and their descendants into Iran with welcoming arms? This has been one of the most persistent and ignorant errors and suppositions about Israel that all Israeli Jews originated from Europe, Russia, Canada and the United States. The truth is that half of the Israeli Jews arrived from the Arab world with many arriving with at best one suitcase, no funds, stripped of their valuable possessions, monies, jewelry, business stocks and other supplies and valuables, homes and anything else of value. This includes such nations as well as Iran of Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Turkey, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and numerous others. There are a residual group of Jews remaining in some of these nations but there are some which have completely lost their Jewish population just as the Palestinians expect there to be no Jews permitted to remain in whatever lands they make their nation just as has already been executed in Gaza where there are no longer even a single Jews, IDF soldier or Jewish person of any kind. This is despite the fact that Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian spokespeople and other sympathizers continue to claim Gaza as being under occupation. The same can be said for Area A in Judea and Samaria as at the same time that Israel removed all Jewish presence from every square millimeter of Gaza, Israel also removed every last vestige of Jewish or Israeli presence in Area A in Samaria which was made-up of almost a half dozen towns, kibbutzim and farming communities. Somehow, none of these sacrifices are recognized nor appreciated by most of the world with the European Union leading the charge ignorant of the real history of Israel, the British Mandate, Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, the San Remo Conference, or the entirety of the history of the ancient Jewish lands described in the Old Testament. These truths and the obligations of the world to respect their promises to Israel which are being ignored much like the reasons that the Jews were fist permitted to arrive in an area and the economic growth they facilitated when there came a crisis the local leaders found a need for a scapegoat which almost always became those Jews, those who are different from the real and original inhabitants of the lands. The difference is now the locality that is being defined where the Jews are no longer welcome is approaching the entirety of the planet as the Europeans and so many more want to grant the Palestinians the entirety of their defined homeland which they define in their chant which reads, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.”

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

March 31, 2012

What Could Happen if the Supreme Court Strikes Down the Health Care Law?

For argument’s case we will assume that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate specifically and then quoting the lack of a severability clause in the Affordable Care Act, rule that the entirety of the Law has to be voided and thrown out. So, the entire two-thousand-plus pages of the Affordable Care Act would be unconstitutional and voided by the ruling. This would include the employer mandate, the disallowing insurance companies using preexisting-conditions as a consideration when considering granting insurance, and every other item even those items which were placed in the law having nothing to do with healthcare but were inserted simply to get these items approved surreptitiously and without serious debate. Will such a verdict be the death knell of the government injecting themselves even further into controlling healthcare in the United States? What will the future hold and will the health insurance companies now need to undo those items they had adjusted in order to begin to comply with the Affordable Care Act? What will be the effect of the uncertainty caused by this strike down of the government’s attempt to set in motion laws and regulations which would eventually lead to their complete usurpation of the healthcare industry in the United States?

My greatest fear is that the Supreme Court striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act will simply be the first volley in a war for the heart and soul of the future of health care in the United States. Any actions which have already been implemented by the government and as many adaptations the insurance companies have taken will be attempted to be cemented in place. We can expect Cass Sunstein to implement new regulations to shore up and make these changes and adaptations permanent fixtures going forward with healthcare in the United States. People who have chosen this as their fight to save individual rights and restrain the government from acquiring more influence and power over society and individual citizens’ lives will need to stay motivated and ever watchful to root out and prevent the passing of the mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act as individual regulations included in other pieces of legislation attempting to pass them stealthily. We can expect there to be a series over months of Executive Orders coming out of the White House which will be utilized as a single step-by-step implementation of the individual rules, regulations, and requirements which can be implemented individually as stand-alone regulations directly from the White House without even needing the Congress to vote or consider them. We can fully expect a coordinated effort to implement the entirety of the Affordable Care Act singular item after singular item which will later be woven together forming the completed legislation or a close facsimile thereof.

We have seen such actions in the past by those who wish to transform our country from its republic formulation of governance under which it was established into just another Nanny State top down dictated society controlled centrally with government imposed restrictions on individual liberties choking off our freedoms one small step after another. The one thing I have learned while watching the changes that have taken place during my lifetime and studying how the changes were rooted in actions from the past two centuries is that those who wish to control and regulate every small piece of our lives seldom are forced to step back and when such small wins have occurred, they are always followed by the use of incrementalism to accomplish the same ends one iota after another for as long as it takes. I have often marveled at their dedication to duty shown by those who favor government oversight and influence over all of society and life choices as they never take no for an answer and will settle for small baby steps when their sweeping legislative attempts are refuted or struck down. If those who are opposed to such a takeover of our lives and society by the busybodies of government honestly wish to hold their ground and prevent these usurpations, they will need to gather themselves and stand dedicated and unified in constant diligence guarding against the guaranteed onslaught by incrementalism. This is going to be the battle which will be fought and the sides have been defined. The end result will be totally dependent upon which side can remain relentless, dedicated, focused and determined going forward into the distant future as neither those wishing to regulate, tax, or subsidize every action, thought, possession and individual themselves will never stop proposing their nefarious schemes so those who will rally as the protectors of liberties and freedoms will need to be ready to make an even stronger effort to stir the people to their side and protect those rights spoken so elegantly of in the Declaration of Independence if those rights are to be continued to be enjoyed by our children and their children after that onto the last generations. As we were warned by Wendell Phillips, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!” Lest we not forget for as we were warned by Ronald Reagan, “Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” We must be patriots of vigilance such that we never need long for the taste of freedom and liberty we have lost.

Beyond the Cusp

November 29, 2011

Egypt and the Coming Power Struggle in the Middle East

By the time this article is posted the first stage of the three stage election process to choose a new Egyptian Parliament will have been counted. Should everything proceed as predicted by the United States State Department the moderate Muslim Brotherhood will have won a sizeable plurality of the seats if not an outright majority of the seats decided. The State Department of the United States, as well as the now retired Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, had stated that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was a multifaceted secular organization which had eschewed violence and would be a positive force in guiding Egypt into the future. The real problem is that we are more likely to witness the extremist Muslim Brotherhood which will take the elections by storm and steer Egypt’s future to include Sharia Law, an abrogated peace treaty with Israel, an Islamist-centric foreign policy, anti-American leanings and a likely bid to become the Sunni Muslim lead directly competing with Iran in an effort to establish a Caliphate.

In the bid to form the new Caliphate around Egyptian leadership will not preclude cooperation between Egypt and the Shiite state of Iran, who also has declared their intent to be the leader of the Muslim world. We can also expect more cooperation between Egypt and Turkey who are also bidding to lead the predicted coming Caliphate siting the past glory of the Ottoman Caliphate as proof of their rightful place in the lead. Despite initial cooperation between Iran and Turkey, the two competitors for leadership of Islam have been moving further apart which reached a pinnacle recently with Iran threatening Turkey should Turkey act on their threats to intervene to end the violence in Syria by removing President Bashir Assad. Just as the Islamist leaders in Iran and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been issuing a near constant stream of threats and saber-rattling towards Israel, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have issued similar threats and made promises to support the armed struggle of Hamas and the Palestinian people against Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood which will be taking the lead in Egypt is also well entrenched and poised to take the lead in Syria should Assad be removed from power. Such an eventuality would once again tie Egypt and Syria in close cooperation in their threats and potential violence against Israel just as was the case from 1958 and existed until 1961 under the title of the United Arab Republic (UAR). The closeness between the two allies, Egypt and Syria, kept their relations even after they went their separate directions after the dissolution of the UAR such that both countries coordinated their attacks upon Israel in both 1967 and 1973 Arab Israeli Wars. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

As the Arab Spring continues to actually prove to be an Arab Winter (a phrase used first here on BTC in the article The End of Hope in the Arab Spring on May 20, 2011, which is fast becoming a popular term) we will see once and for all exactly how compatible Islam can be with the ideals of democratic governance. The first proof that this pair is incompatible came back in 1979 in Iran with the rise to power by the Ayatollahs, and has recently been reinforced by the election of Islamists in Tunisia and the coming elections that will result from the Arab Winter. Even the Turkish system which had held much promise as their Constitution appeared to have checks in place that would prevent a religious takeover control of the ropes of power finally succumbed to Islamists as the United States and the European Union prevented the Turkish military from performing their constitutional duty to remove any government that was approaching the implementation of religious rule. Now Turkey has been ruled by Erdogan and his Islamist party which has slowly but inevitably been moving Turkey away from secularist governance towards Islamist rule, possibly even full Sharia is in their future. In the recent past Lebanon fell and power has been taken over by Hezballah replacing their secularist government with an Iranian proxy government. Also along this line was the insistence by United States President Bush and his advisors forcing Israel to allow Hamas to participate in the Palestinian election, which Hamas won easily.

The root of the problem has been the insistence on democracy as the wondrous fix for all ills in a society. This is a fallacy which must be exposed. Democracy is only a tool for choosing governance which represents the will of the majority and nothing more. The old adage that democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding on what’s for dinner is all too accurate and so very true. As stated above, democracy is not the answer to the problems in the Middle East with Islamist rule. Since the people are convinced that Islam and Sharia are the answer for all of life’s and societies’ problems, the only result from democracy in these societies will be the rise of Islamic Sharia, not the ideals of Western societies. Even should we attempt to implement the rule of law, the result will be Sharia Law, nothing else. The reason trying to impose Western rule in the Muslim world can only end in failure is due to the root of the philosophies in the two societies. The Western world has been based on Judeo/Christian philosophy which teaches acceptance of those different than oneself since the Reformation. The Islamic world remains under a supremacist philosophy that does not teach acceptance but rather demands the complete surrender of all. If we wish to understand the guiding ethos of the Islamic world, one simply needs to study pre-Reformation Christianity. Even after the Reformation there were many instances of barbarity and intolerance practiced within the Christian world all the way into the twentieth century. Much of the resultant violence in the Christian world was committed against the rules of tolerance being taught by Christian philosophy yet we expect just by implementing democracy into the Islamic world to cause a massive cultural transformation simply because they are allowed to choose which Islamists they want to rule over them. We need to remember that the Christian world, though not Christianity itself, elected such luminaries as Mussolini, Franco, and Hitler within the past century. There are places where one could easily question the qualities of elected people within what we claim is the most enlightened of our society yet we are shocked when similar people with the same shortcomings in what is considered less civil societies. Perhaps we should look in the mirror more and make sure we practice what we preach. We would do well in making sure we live the example we wish to have others emulate and after we have proven that what we do is the same as what we say we can expect the same of others. Simply put, Live it, then Preach it; and if we do good we can demand good. But until we live up to the standards we wish to apply and we show we understand that it is not democracy which makes our society great, it is our accepting respect for all people which makes us great. Democracy is a tool to an end, not the end itself.

Beyond the Cusp

The Rubric Theme. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: