Beyond the Cusp

November 24, 2015

Coming Death of Europe and the European Union

 

 

Finally British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin’s Peace for Our Time which started World War II can be put to rest just as it put the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg which started World War I to rest. That might indicate to many that German Chancellor Angela Markell’s announcement that Germany would accept 800,000 Syrian refugees which was the dropping of the European Union flag starting the final invasion of Europe as we know her, the bitter and painful death of Europe and the European Union.

 

 

Top Left) Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg which started World War I. Top Right) British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Announcing, “Peace for Our Time” Leading to World War II. Bottom Left) Angela Merkel Posing for Selfie with Syrian Refugee. Bottom Right) The European Union Flag Starting the Race of Refugees Overrunning Europe Coming not to Settle but to Conquer.

Top Left) Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg which started World War I.
Top Right) British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Announcing, “Peace for Our Time” Leading to World War II.
Bottom Left) Angela Merkel Posing for Selfie with Syrian Refugee.
Bottom Right) The European Union Flag Starting the Race of Refugees Overrunning Europe Coming not to Settle but to Conquer.

 

 

If those flooding into Europe were actually families of all ages with many being three, four or even five generations traveling seeking a sane and orderly place to rebuild their lives, then it would be acceptable. But these are not largely families nor are they all Syrians; these are refugees from the length and breadth of the troubled Middle East from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Yemen to Libya to Somalia. The problem is the non-Syrian members of the refugee hordes and those both planted and others simply the product of a poor education system who are easily influenced by those planted within these groups who will spread influence and others who are easily influenced by these placed within the systems.

 

The fuel which will sustain the fires, both literal and figurative, has been in place and willing to follow any leader who promises a better future. That better future which will excite the youths from the existing Islamic populations whose parents fled the exact same system as what will be promised as the solution to their problems, a system where these underprivileged youths who have received an inexcusably poor education or were raised in Islamic Madrasas which have been subverted simply teaching the promises of jihad and the redistributional systems where they will be given their shares of a new society which they will bring into existence through violence and revolution. The greatest share of the wealth they redistribute will necessarily end up in the pockets of the instigators and the real power gained will also be exclusively shared by the leaders of this grand jihad, this grand revolution which is fed by class and racial rhetoric which will stoke the fires of the inequality of wealth distribution and their inherent right to these riches after the conquest of Europe.

 

The real problem also lied in the freedom to travel anywhere within the European Union once one establishes residency in any one of the European Union nations. This will make the spread of the instigators and facilitators crossing from one country to the next always preaching the same story of how the riches of those who now rule have stolen from them and their right once the new order of the Sharia and Islamic rule has been established. Any Muslim who tries to prevent their youths from making the same mistakes which were behind the failures of the Arab Spring or committing themselves to instituting the exact same governments which have spread the misery equally to those being enslaved by a government that is all about submission; will be imprisoned, if they are fortunate, or executed. This includes but is not limited to submission to Allah, submission to Islam, submission to the Sharia, submission to the Iman and submission to the government which will claim be to be an extension of Allah. The Imans, the Sharia and the hierarchical system of a dictatorial theocracy control the real wealth and power. It will be vested in the few at the top and just sufficiently shared with the highest tier in the political and religious scale of a strictly ordered society and the Imans who tell great stories of the shahids who liberated the land for Allah. The state of affairs for the masses will be little different after the initial spoils are redistributed much as was true immediately after the French Revolution which soon led to a secondary revolution between the two then opposing solutions and the strongest but not necessarily the best side won and the French have been attempting to perfect their socialist order and their republic all the while missing the systemic problems within socialism, but fear not as the winds of change are about to blow and blow with the very fires of religious fervor and unprecedented zeal not seen since the Inquisition and sharing much of the same horrors.

 

The winds of Islamic Caliphate are coming to Europe and the only antidote has been forsaken to such a point as there is little if any hope that Europe will find the resolute will and G0d fearing faith to make the sacrifices necessary to combat the evil that is coming. The disease which fathered this change has been a long time building and its most apparent problem has been the cause of the necessity to bring in foreign sources of labor which will now extinguish all that Europe has built and either tear the signs of Western based systems and their most obvious symbols out by the roots or convert these monolithic cathedrals into Grand Mosques and take the statues and obelisks which festoon Old Europe out by their roots. The architecture will have to be altered to please the new masters and some obvious pillars to another time will need be torn asunder. The prime example would be Titus’s Arch with its symbols of Roman General Titus’ spoils from the defeat of Jerusalem and the putting down of the Jewish (Israelite) revolt and taking the spoils of war by taking the sacramental treasures from and sacking of the Second Temple back to Rome a sign of his triumph (see images below).

 

 

Islam in its current Jihadi form refuses to permit the colossal works such as Titus’s Arch on the Via Sacra in the Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy (above) or the Arc de Triumph stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, Paris, France (below) as such works either predate Islam, Titus’s Arc, or have no reference or meaning in Islam, Arc de Triumph, thus are simply distractions from Muhammad and Allah and as such are deserving of destruction. These also represent great victories or are standards or national monuments and as such must be brought low before they inspire some future generation to reassert their national pride. Without such reminders of a past independent from Islam it is far easier to keep the people in a state of submission.

 

 

Islam in its current Jihadi form refuses to permit the colossal works such as Titus’s Arch on the Via Sacra in the Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy (above) or the Arc de Triumph stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, Paris, France (below) as such works either predate Islam, Titus’s Arc, or have no reference or meaning in Islam, Arc de Triumph, thus are simply distractions from Muhammad and Allah and as such are deserving of destruction. These also represent great victories or are standards or national monuments and as such must be brought low before they inspire some future generation to reassert their national pride. Without such reminders of a past independent from Islam it is far easier to keep the people in a state of submission. Further, a people in submission without any signs, monuments, great works of art, literature, movies, music, or anything else not honoring Islam and declaring the superiority and completeness of Islam are inconsequential. A story, apparently first appearing in the thirteenth century (mentioned first by Abd al Latif, who died in 1231, and later by Gregory Bar Hebraeus, who died in 1286), says that the Arabs, under Caliph Umar, destroyed the Alexandria Library shortly after the conquest of Egypt in 639 AD. The story rumored that Caliph Umar stated, “This library, if the books it contains agreed with the Koran, then they are superfluous, and if they disagree, then they are heretical. In either event, they are worthless and should be obliterated.” The books of the Library were put to the torch being used to heat the palace baths. Such was the reasoning which led to the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban claiming they were the objects of idolatry and thus an abomination which must be destroyed. Similar claims have been documented for the actions of the Islamic State when they came upon items which were not of Islamic origins, especially if they were from religions which predated Islam.

 

 

The story rumored that Caliph Umar stated, “This library, if the books it contains agreed with the Koran, then they are superfluous, and if they disagree, then they are heretical. In either event, they are worthless and should be obliterated.” The books of the Library were put to the torch being used to heat the palace baths. Such was the reasoning which led to the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban claiming they were the objects of idolatry and thus an abomination which must be destroyed. Similar claims have been documented for the actions of the Islamic State when they came upon items which were not of Islamic origins, especially if they were from religions which predated Islam.

 

 

We covered the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in our article titled Israeli Choice Between Terminal Terror or Settling Our Lands which were one of a number of such desecrations committed in the recent past and if Islamic State, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda get their way, the destruction has just begun. The items which would stand a high likelihood of being destroyed upon Islamic, especially the ardently zealous, passionately obsessive and compulsively dedicated with a fanatical devotion to Islam and solely Islam, possession of Western Europe would include irreplaceable artwork originals including the entirety of the Louvre in Paris, France. So many victory and other celebratory arches and obelisks, untold statues, historic sites, religious monoliths such as Stonehenge and countless libraries, film collections and archives, art museums and so much more as to be unthinkable. Further, many churches would be transformed into Mosques or otherwise destroyed, the main cathedrals would have their ornate artwork and mosaics plastered over as was done to the Hagia Sophia, the complete destruction of the Sistine Chapel as that has solid irreplaceable artwork, much done by the greatest painters of the day such as Michael Angelo as well as the stores in the Vatican vaults, their artwork and so much more (especially if the rumors are true that the original vessels, sacrificial items, the candelabra and other artifacts taken from the Second Temple by Titus referred to above and came into the hands of the Catholic Church early in the formation of the church and have been kept hidden and official denials issued when approached on the subject. But there will be other events which will change the entire scenario long before it gets to the horrific stages expected to arrive sooner rather than later.

 

The main problem has been the split between Old Europe (Western Europe) and the former Warsaw Pact Nations (Eastern Europe) with the most forceful stances taken have been Poland and Hungary who have refused to permit any refugees from remaining within their borders. The problem will come to a head once the refugees are issued European Union National identity cards or Blue Cards to be able to work throughout the European Union. Once the refugees gain the ability to travel, work, reside and cross into any European Union country, those nations who have refused to allow them entry except to pass through on to Germany, France, Scandinavia or anywhere other than Poland, Hungary and the other Eastern European nations and European Union members for now will soon be leaving the European Union either by choice or dictate. We suspect that once this comes to a head that the United Kingdom, which is already about to have a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union, and the majority of eastern bloc European Union member nations will all flee from their membership or attempt to remain members and also be permitted to define who may or may not cross their borders for as long as the refugee situation persists. If the European Union decides to be stubborn and refuse the eastern bloc nations, then there is a good chance that we are witnessing the immediate death of the European Union. If exceptions are granted for the former Warsaw Pact nations, then the days of the European Union are numbered. The European Union cannot long survive once it has granted that as long as member nations insist, then there can be different rules for some and the binding rules for the others you have an untenable situation where all European Union nations are equal, just some are more equal than others. That never has worked very well.

 

This situation was partially brought on by shifting population numbers where replacement levels were not met for a number of decades now. Germany having one of the worst within all of the European Union member nations may have been spurred by the vital need for younger workers as their pension bill increases and the number of workers kept declining, not a situation with which any nation can long survive. The same problem but nowhere near as severe has struck the United States thus one of the reasons there is no great hurry to close the southern border. The situation in the United States is not comparable to that of the European Union as in the United States the situation is being addressed by ignoring the influx of illegals across the Rio Grande River. The United States is blessed in that their illegal immigrants are largely Hispanic Christians with a large number either Catholic or after reaching the shores of the United States discovering and becoming Evangelical Christians. That is a far smoother transition than what Europe is facing. Further, the immigrants to the United States are coming with the intent of becoming Americans and assimilating with the exception of their intentions to remain religious or at least more religious than the average American, sad but true.

 

The Europeans are facing an entirely different problem. The refugees and the illegal immigrants which have been flooding Europe from the south by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, have an entirely separate and different religious, social, and political background which is completely in every way incompatible with European history, European religious freedom, even freedom from religion for the majority, work skill levels, educational levels, morals, social ethics, and just about everything right down to food choices. Their inclusion will completely alter what it means to be European. These illegal refugees from across the Mediterranean Sea are far more likely to adopt at least some of the European ethos while those coming from the east out of the Middle and Central East from as diverse a set of nations as imaginable will be mixed with most being honest refugees and amongst them hidden in plain sight will be entire terror squads. On top of the Christian Syrian refugees and some Iraqi Christians who compose the smallest of the smallest percentages, there are influxes of Islamic, largely Sunni which may perhaps be the slightest of breaks, with refugees arriving other than Syrian there are also Iraqi, Afghans, Pakistani, Yemenis, Iranian Arabs, Saudis and even some Egyptians and Sudanese. This is a challenging mix and the fact that many of the refugees have little or no skills and at best a rudimentary education level, is a complete change from what the European Union nation are accustomed. This is a completely separate and alien set of backgrounds which will also present problems in finding them employment. This is a problem as the last thing the European nations and the European Union do not need is a workforce who require rudimentary educations and training on even what a time-clock is and the stress in European society will quickly hit the breaking point and soon thereafter the boiling point.

 

We may be about to witness the splintering of the European Union. The first ones to bow out will be the eastern and former soviet Warsaw Block nations who might return to Russian orbit or may strike out on their own. Should the Eastern Europeans decide to make their own version of the European Union then Israel should use her friendship with Poland, the Czech Republic, the Baltic States and any others to receive preferable trade relations and potentially membership in any group they might form but Israel should be careful that these nation are not taking their time to simply gain a better bargain in reentering the Russian orbit. Some of the Eastern European Nations favor Israel, even more so than many of the Western European nations who are behind the BDS in Europe and have taken the Western European nations and have been instrumental in financing NGOs which oppose Israel and support the destruction of Israel and replacing it with yet another failed Arab kleptocracy. The strangest thing was the admission by Mahmoud Abbas that he had refused to accept or even make a counter proposal, just as did Yasser Arafat before him, too he rejected an offer from Israel’s Ehud Olmert which included placing Jerusalem’s Old City under international control and granting his 99.5% of the lands he demands and a tunnel between Judea and Gaza for Arab use only. Whatever the reason he gave, it was most definitively a bald faced lie! Abbas was offered lands from the triangle to offset for the settlement area Israel was retaining. Still the Arab capital would have been in East Jerusalem. Abbas was basically admitting that he could not be made happy with a loaf of bread under each arm and a bag full of marmalade, butter and some India Black Tea on the pot waiting. There is no hope short of marching the population of Israel westward into the Mediterranean and then Abbas would continue to take millions and then complain to the world that he needed more to be held responsible and if they did not fill the coffers. The world will eventually tire of that petulant child and his temper tantrums and let him scream and pound the floor kicking and screaming until he passes out. We can turn on the televisions if need be, but this they would not cover, but no matter, most Israelis we have had enough with the suited terrorist and his lies and false claims, his projection and finally, his damage to the Arab people whom he supposedly serves. We guess that is what you get when you deal with charlatans who are only in the game for the terror and pain they can inflict and the dollars and Euros they are able to steal, all else be damned.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

October 14, 2015

New Day and Terror Attacks Increasing

 

There was a promise from yesterday to talk about a recent increase in Christian yielding to ascending Islam in the Western World, so first to make good on our word. When researching some information we found that we are far from the first to talk about Chrislam as a rising idea in many churches and that this concept has spread far beyond the Anglican Church where the Archbishop of Canterbury was one of the first church leaders to suggest that his church make some accommodations for acceptance of Islam and incorporate some Islamic acceptance and influences into the churches liturgy as a method for the church to survive. When Dr. Rowan Williams when he was the Archbishop of Canterbury stated the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable,” this was the initial start of an inevitable surrender to the inevitability of Islam becoming an integrated, inseparable and intractable force in Britain. This was followed with news later that the Anglican Church was considering making accommodations which could lead to a merging of the Church and Islam in a form which would incorporate both religions as a way of rescuing the church from lack of participation and filling the empty pews. There have since been Bishops and other high church officials from almost every form of Protestantism hinting or even insinuating or inferring, if one prefers, that some form of merging between their respective churches with Islam was the path for the future whereby both religions could and would gain from the incorporation of the best from each religion making the resultant faith the largest and most followed religion on the planet. Needless to say the reactions to these allegations that some truncated version of Christianity with an equally compromised form of Islam could be the basis for Chrislam and a stronger version of both Christianity and Islam combining the two religions were immediate and anything but cordial. The claim the union would easily make for the largest of all religions was said to be assuming that there were not mass migrations from Chrislam by both Muslims and Christians to churches and mosques which remained true to the source essences of each religion was being ignored and also likely to represent the majority of adherents to both religions.

 

The doubts that any idea of Chrislam becoming the newest religion by forming a marriage between Christianity and Islam were expressed by both faiths, though the reasons differed radically between the two religions. The main problem the defenders of Christianity gave revolved around the conflict which would ensue over the deity of Jesus Christ and the trinity being one of the criticisms which Islam held was polytheism which they explained showed the limited understanding the practitioners of Islam held about the trinity being the three forms of the wholeness of G0d and that there was really only one G0d in Christianity who had taken three facets representing the differing entities which defined the wholeness of G0d. The defenders of Islam simply insisted in the damnable beliefs and the corrupted verses of the Christian Bible which just as the Hebrew Bible differed from the Quran which was all the proof necessary to prove it was a corruption of the word of Allah and thus the religions of both Judaism and Christianity were false religions and their adherents would either be sent straight to hell or would be granted one last chance on judgement day to accept the Quran, Muhammad and to correct their erroneous ways and join the only true faith, Islam. As for whether anything such as Chrislam will ever come to pass, the probabilities are slim at best and completely impossible as the Christians will never compromise on the deification of Jesus Christ while the Muslims will never compromise on their Quran and their being the final word from Allah superceding Christianity just as Christianity with the New Testament was thus superceding Judaism.

 

What is more likely to happen is those Christians who are that unsure and not wholly committed to their faith and would be willing to form some bastardized version of Christianity merging with Islam be compromising and blurring the differences would just as easily continue down that slippery slope and soon come to rest as practitioners of Islam though their probability of being accepted by many Muslims would be remote as anyone that willing to compromise their religious principles obviously is incapable of true faith and dedication that Islam demands and cannot be trusted to be true to Islam as new Muslims than they had been to their Christianity. But all Chrislam would ever become would be a way-station for those Christians unsure of their faith and already inclined to try a different religion, particularly one with adherents so completely dedicated as the Muslims they have known or read about appear to be capable of being. Their view was and would continue to be to believe whatever was the going religion of the moment and as such not really any religion as much as a person going through the motions in order to be popular and in the primary and ascendant group, the dominant religion.

 

On to what was a horrific day of terrorist strikes all across Israel with the brunt of the attacks plaguing Jerusalem. It tears at one’s gut to have the holy and wondrous city of Jerusalem be the scene of such carnage and cruelty. There were at least a half dozen Israelis murdered and approaching thirty people injured. There was this attack where the terrorist rammed a bus stop with his vehicle and then proceeded to assault people murdering Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky and severely wounding a second person as seen in the video below. A security guard who was close to the incident intervened and initially wounded the terrorist with his firearm but the terrorist grabbed for his weapon and rose to his feet when he was pushed against the wall and refused to go down still clasping his knife or hatchet, depending on which report, was shot a second time and he still got to his feet and attempted to make his way to his vehicle when the security guard fired one last time killing the terrorist.

 

 

 

 

Another attack saw a team of terrorists attempt to commandeer an entire bus and when that failed they attempted to kill as many passengers as possible after locking the doors of the bus. The attack took place at a bus stop in the East Talpiot or Armon HaNetziv neighborhood in southeast area of Jerusalem. The two terrorists were armed with a knife and a pistol attacking passengers with one person killed and eighteen others were injured, with at least three being critically injured. Police arrived while the attack was in progress with one terrorist threatening people in vehicles which had stopped at the scene and by the time everything was said and done one of the terrorists was injured and taken into custody and the other terrorist was dispatched to Allah.

 

Rabbi Yeshiyahu Krishevsky, a member of the Pinsk-Karlin Hassidic sect, spent years compiling the book “Pearls of Yeshiyahu” on the Torah, and acquaintances had told Arutz Sheva about Rabbi Krishevsky stating that, “He lived alone for many years. All he wanted to do was study Torah and perform mitzvoth. At religious events, we always honored him with speaking because of his extensive knowledge of the Torah. Standing next to the deceased at the bus stop was one of the most important Hassid. He is the second injured person who condition remains defined as serious. May the peace and quiet return to Jerusalem.” Rabbi was on his way to study Torah as he had done every day for years. Rabbi Krishevsky is survived by one son. He was laid to rest today and we have included a video funeral service or at least the scene out on the street outside of the synagogue.

 

 

 

There were other attacks with one thwarted in Tel Aviv, two along the coast in Ra’anana, a town north of Tel Aviv, where a man stabbed four people with a knife on Jerusalem Boulevard with one in serious condition with stab wounds to the upper body. The three other victims were slightly injured, Baruch Hashem. The terrorist was arrested. Earlier in the day, another attack just a few hours earlier in Ra’anana was another stabbing attack in which one male victim was slightly injured being stabbed while waiting at a bus stop on the central Ahuza thoroughfare in the city. A spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said, “The victim, 32, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident.” It was reported by Magen David Adom and confirmed by police that the attacker, after being beaten by passersby to stop the attack, was taken into custody with serious injuries.

 

On an older front there was shooting at an IDF vehicle by snipers from inside Gaza. As usual it was not sure which of the terror entities was responsible though by default Hamas is the elected government and by default they are held responsible by Israeli authorities. This was not the first time since the resent assault wave in Jerusalem and throughout Israel as there was another incident on the Gaza border two days ago as Palestinians opened fire at an IDF force near Kissufim working on reinforcing the border fence. While discussing the border fence, the regional leaders from the four regions bordering Gaza on Sunday called on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to immediately advance stalled plans to build a barricade the entire length of the Gaza border. Their urgency was spurred by the recent event which saw dozens of Gaza Arabs storm the border fence attempting once again to break through to Israeli territory. IDF soldiers were able to keep the hordes back without incident despite their having some limited success in breaching the fence. The demand is for a barrier similar to the wall in Jerusalem and other points considered most dangerous in Judea and Samaria such as Bethlehem. Perhaps the fence pictured below may just be insufficient to contain the attacks which have begun to be implemented by the terror forces in Gaza and perhaps it is time to proceed with installing a barrier and make the border more secure and also to act as a bullet stopper rendering sniper fire a thing of the past.

 

 

Current Gaza Fence which has proven to be insufficient to prevent storming by large groups of terrorist invaders or in preventing sniper fire and related dangers

Current Gaza Fence which has proven to be insufficient to prevent storming by large groups of terrorist invaders or in preventing sniper fire and related dangers

 

 

Finally, in closing, despite almost receiving no coverage, as, by comparison, the stone and cinderblock throwing at passing vehicles with Israeli license plates continued and has not lessened in ferocity or murderous intents. The citizens and their friends or relatives who may visit them are still at risk of being ambushed and potentially having their windshield or other windows smashed through and the rocks, bricks and/or cinderblocks hurling through the vehicle injuring or murdering the occupants and should the driver be struck the car may careen out of control striking a wall or tree or slamming into a ditch threatening all riding within the vehicle. We could describe the times when there were serious injuries or death but that would take up too much of your time and most would not read such a list. Instead let us remember three complete innocents who paid the ultimate price. More information is available at the articles we wrote when these assaults occurred. Yonatan Palmer age one died when his father lost control of the vehicle after a large rock struck him in the head and he either lost consciousness or was murdered immediately. Chaya Zissel Braun three-month-old baby girl before she was struck in her tiny little head by a rock thrown in a stone throwing assault and died shortly thereafter. The final victim did not die but her life will be permanently scarred as she missed a year of life and school meaning she will not be graduating with the class who has been a popular member until she met tragedy on the receiving end of a Molotov cocktail. Eleven year-old Ayala Shapira was burned over almost her entire body with severe burns on her face which will always leave scars and deformations no matter how many surgeries she must endure. Pictures of Yonatan Palmer and Chaya Zissel Braun can be viewed at the links above while a video showing the vehicle minutes after the crash where Ayala Shapira received the burns and scarring she will never completely recover from. These may have been some of the most severe attacks from the rock and firebomb throwers but that does not lessen the intent of the current attacks as if given even the slightest opportunity to murder more people with Israeli license plates, note we did not refer to the targets as Jews as they would attack any Israeli where one out of five Israelis are Arabs, they would release blood curdling yells of exhilaration as they not only murdered but also continued to attack even the corpse in order to remove any identity and satisfy their bloodlust. Such is the true horror of these rock throwers as their lust to kill, to slaughter is insatiable and beyond any reason and these attacks have been pushed from any coverage as the stabbings and other attacks are more noteworthy and because of the ancient news slogan, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This may have been in use when Aristotle read his morning tablet.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

September 15, 2015

Who were the colonizers of MENA Pre-World War I?

 

We hear much talk by the mainstream media and especially the leftist editorialists about how the deprived victims the Arab populations of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) who were subjugated beneath the imperial European (and presumably American) colonizers. Exactly who were these colonizers and for how long had they exploited the citizens of MENA’s lands? Well, according to the liberal and mainstream media story line as they infer, though never quite say outright, were England, France, Italy and Spain. Further, there will be implications of over a century to potentially many centuries these colonial powers ruled over most of the MENA nations with many remaining under colonial control after World War I and even after World War II with the old dynasties lasting through 1970 or even 1979, and the most brash might even claim that there is a colonial power still ruling in the Middle East to this very day, though this last claim is as big a lie as they come. Perhaps a closer look is in order to get an honest picture.

 

Let’s begin with when the nations in MENA first came under imperial control and were placed under the presumed onus of foreign rule. Colonial rule came to the MENA nations in an early period which many of us first heard referenced when we studied the Bible. Perhaps some of the earliest colonial powers are not exactly what many of us would ever consider to be colonial powers yet as these were rulers who conquered other nations and subjugated them, these were the original colonialists. Terms can be applied to situations which most of us never would have considered applicable but when you are weaving a lie it is easy to go overboard in your definitions and apply modern terms to ancient events. The Egyptians would have been the first of the colonial powers many of us knew about despite there were others close to the same age such as the Hittites, Minoans, Mesopotamian, Persian and even Israel under Kings David and Solomon. All of these predated the better known Greek and Roman Empires and dates back to the ancient beginnings of China and Mayan cultures. A handy little timeline can be seen below. For the purpose of choosing a start date, why not begin around the year five-hundred which is after the fall of Rome and the Western Roman Empire while the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantine Empire was limping into the future feebly.

 

 

Timeline of World Civilizations 3700 BCE through 1700 CE

Timeline of World Civilizations 3700 BCE through 1700 CE

 

 

All the most ancient empires have fallen and for the most part there was peace with each city moving forward loosely attached to Constantinople across the entirety of MENA though the farther west one went across northern Africa, which had less the ties to the Byzantine rule. This left this area ripe for the pickings and a harvester was about to enter the scene. Shortly before the year seven-hundred a new force emerged under the banner of Islam and began its spread heading initially into the heart of the former lands of Babylon, Persia and into Egypt. There was little resistance as the Byzantine Empire was crumbling and unable to field a credible defense. Jerusalem fell in April 637 to the forces of the Rashidun Caliphate. The conditions for the surrender were understood to be the conquering Islamic rulers would give guarantees of civil and religious freedoms for the Christians under the rule from Jerusalem in exchange for Jizya, a tax on non-Muslims given in exchange for their protections which also included the Christians acceptance of Dhimmitude, a form of subservient lower class citizenship which was to be protected and tolerated and condoned. The spread of Islam took place largely in three stages, the first during the life of Mohammad, Next under the first four Caliphs, and finally under Umayyad Rule which was the basis for the Caliphate (see map below).

 

 

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

 

 

After the spread of the Caliphate which continued what was technically an empire which implied colonization over territories beyond the initial founding under Mohammad which was centered around Medina, the beginnings of Mohammad’s power, and included the Mecca region which Mohammad took partially as it was the closes power base, the Meccan rulers denied Mohammad’s claim to rightful ruler and had chased the early Mohammad from their territories as they rejected his preaching and teachings and determined he was a corrupting influence. The Caliphate had followed particular lines of succession which had split early after Mohammad’s death which formed the duality which still splits Islam into competing camps of Sunnis and Shiites. For the largest part the Sunni Muslims outnumbered and were the stronger camp though never quite capable, or more likely never made an effort to unify belief as beliefs can be near impossible to be completely defeated thus any effort would eventually prove fruitless and not worth the efforts expended. Instead the Sunni simply kept expanding their empire and largely tolerated the Shiites unless attacked and given no choice. When the two sects did engage each other the Sunni proved superior defeating and often killing the Shiites and their rulers in battle. The Caliphate continued to rule their lands after and expanding conquering Spain and headed into Frankish territory, early France, where the Caliphate reached is furthest advance. After taking Granada they advanced to the next major city, Tours, where a decisive battle turned the tides in the year 732 CE finally having a definitive defeat of the Caliphate forces. The battle victory is credited to Charles Martellus (the Hammer) Martel, who lost a mere thousand to fifteen-hundred of his forces, would later in history be granted the title of savior of Christianity. The vanquished was Abd Ar-Rahman Al Ghafiqi who was slain during the battle along with an estimated twelve-thousand of his warriors.

 

Beginning at the beginning of the fourteenth century the Ottoman Empire began to make its presence felt which would eventually lead to their conquering the entirety of the Caliphate at their most powerful. Until this point the Caliphate ruled over the near entirety of MENA and had spread into Spain and southeastern Europe. The map below shows the advances and periods of the Ottoman Empire conquering the Caliphate, bringing an end to the successions of Caliphs and temporarily ending the violence between Shiite and Sunni camps. The Ottoman succession follows the lineage of Ottoman Beylik who initiated the spread and domain of his family tribe in the year 1300 as his aim was likely like everybody before them, to conquer the known world. The expansions continued from his death in 1359 through 1451 when the next ruler of the Ottomans who expanded the borders notably during his rule through 1481 was Medmed II. He was followed by Selim I (1512-1520) and Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566). There was expansion beyond this period where the Ottoman Empire reached its apex before its fortunes began to wane.

 

 

Ottoman Empire Ascending from 1300 through 1683 includes Golden Age of Islam

Ottoman Empire Ascending from 1300 through 1683 includes Golden Age of Islam

 

 

The Ottoman Empire caught the Caliphate as it was in retreat after having lost Spain (Andalusia) during the Christian Reconquista which was part of the campaign to rid Spain of its Moorish Muslims as well as the Jews and any other group which was not Catholic and sworn fealty to the crown. This period of the Christian Reconquista was a logical following from the victory at Tours by Charles (the Hammer) Martel and spanned an area of time stretching from its earliest uprisings in the north and northwest in the Battle of Covadonga in the summer of 722, a full decade before the battle of Tours, but this revolt was the very beginning of the end of Islamic rule in Spain (Andalusia). The battles continued until finally the signing of the Treaty of Granada on November 25, 1491. This was the end of the fighting with the turning over of the city of the final southern coastal towns of Granada. It was during the final push that King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile that the infamous Spanish Inquisition was initiated. The Spanish Inquisition lasted from November 1, 1478 through to July 15, 1834. The Inquisition was the attempt, a rather thorough and successful attempt, to convert, drive out or otherwise deal with any residual Moorish or Islamic followers remaining in Spain along with ridding Spain of its Jews who either fled with the Muslims or were chased eventually across all of Europe ending up in Russia and Poland for a while until the Czar’s pogroms drove them into Poland and Germany which set the stage for the Shoah, the Holocaust.

 

There were other adventures which came from Europe somewhat as a response to Islamic Caliphate advances leading up to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. These were known as the Crusades which were an attempt to retake the Holy Land after the initial fall of Jerusalem in April 637. There were four separate crusades which took separate routes reaching the Holy Lands and gathered the troops from various countries, kingdoms and City-States they passed through and could find willing, or sometimes less than willing, forces to join in their ‘holy’ missions. The Crusader routes and periods of duration (shown below on map) began in 1095 with the First Crusade which continued until 1099. The Second Crusade began in 1147 and lasted until 1149. The Third Crusade was initiated in 1189 going into 1192. The Fourth Crusade began in 1202 and terminated in 1204. They had limited success and resulted in making some groups and individuals very wealthy, so much so that they remained in the Middle East despite having to live under Islamic rule. As far as having a definitive effect on the course of history, it is doubtful and at best might be credited with a residual effect of engaging forces which otherwise could have assisted with the attacks on Constantinople but not on events thereafter.

 

 

Crusader Routes I through IV spanning 1095 through 1289

Crusader Routes I through IV spanning 1095 through 1289

 

 

The Ottoman Empire final began to weaken while the European powers were feeling the results of the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and soon the industrial revolution. While these events were transforming Europe the Ottoman Empire mostly rested on their laurels and stagnated which would cost them as they began to be surpassed by Western technology and discoveries and inventions which led to superior weapons of war. There were three stages of decline for the Ottoman Empire as indicated on the map below. Parts of the Ottoman Empire were held by them for just over a half century, and were under Islamic Caliphate before that for another seven-hundred to almost a thousand years. The final areas of the Ottoman Empire finally fell during World War I and became the Mandate lands from which Iraq, Lebanon, Transjordan (currently Jordan), Syria and Israel were formed. The European colonialists held lands which were formerly under either Ottoman or Caliphate colonial rule for well over a century while the Europeans held these lands for periods of merely a decade or less to the longest being at most a century and those are the exceptions.

 

 

Ottoman Empire in Decline 1800 through 1914 and Start of World War I

Ottoman Empire in Decline 1800 through 1914 and Start of World War I

 

 

The next map depicts the lands as they were held by European nations after World War I had established their claims in the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. The area outlined in red depicts the mandate lands decided by the San Remo Conference in 1922. These demarcations were proposed initially by the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Russia. The United States observed the negotiations but was not a direct signatory as the United States desires no holdings, colonial states, mandate responsibilities and was hopeful that they could have assisted in ending this horrific war and had already made their feelings known concerning the restructuring of Europe and the redrawing of boundaries, founding independent states out of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. Eventually the United States was coerced into adding their approval of the Mandate System which many viewed as the most tenuous of the treaties despite the signature of King Faisal signing as the representative for the Arab League.

 

 

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

 

 

The final map below depicts the independent states and their dates when their current governments or their freedom from European colonial rule came about. These dates are meaningful as it puts to a lie the claims you will likely hear about how these nations were under colonial rule and only recently gained their independence. There will be other lies which will be half-truths or misinformation by giving one impressions knowing the reality is totally different.

 

 

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

 

 

The actual history which needs to be remembered is that many of these nations have been ruled by outside forces since the very early ages of civilizations while others were once inhabited by a nation which either was destroyed in history or faced a natural disaster which placed their population, that which survived, within another culture where they assimilated and disappeared from history though they often brought skills with them which benefited their host nation which likely made them more welcome. One example of the last occurrence was the Minoan civilization which resided on the Isle of Santorini in the Mediterranean Sea. Everything was going along really great as they had their religion and held their sacrifices, one of which is of interest if you know your Hebrew Bible. The Minoans had a spring ritual which was intended to bring fertility to their crops, their herds, their people and to benefit all parts of their society. In this sacrifice they had to prepare a feast using newly born calf boiled and then roasted and brushed with a preparation made from the calf’s mother’s milk. Anyway, the Minoans were happily fishing and enjoying the wonderful Mediterranean weather until the ground rumbled and the caldera erupted all but destroying the entire Island which has slowly resurfaced in the ensuing years. Santorini is located between the Greek mainland and Cyprus in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea (see picture with map insert below). Santorini is still a dangerous place and potentially threatened with another eruption. Like most volcanoes, it is not a matter of if but of when the next devastating eruption pours forth and erases all traces of human development or existence as the Island may be blown completely apart only to rise from the Mediterranean depths with a whole new look and geography just as it has done throughout all of history. The homes and island is beautiful and a jewel glittering in the Mediterranean Sea and we can only hope it continues to glitter from the lights on the porches of the homes and not from lava belching forth from out of the sea.

 

 

Volcano Thera Caldera Santorini Island Ancient Home of the Minoan Civilization until Eruption just ruined their day

Volcano Thera Caldera Santorini Island Ancient Home of the Minoan Civilization until Eruption just ruined their day

 

 

When we look at the history of MENA nations one need remember that much of the area was also the cradle of civilization and as such had a distressing habit of spawning great civilizations which came, expanded as far as they could reach, overreached or had a number of bad years or the next great civilization either defeated and overran their empire or the two had a merger of sorts as exampled by the Greeks being subsumed by the Roman Empire which did not exactly destroy the four Greek sub-Empires as much as they incorporated as the Greeks saw an advantage of being the center of education and philosophy while the Romans knew of the Greek intellect and their ability to fashion weapons. That is not to say there were not conflicts, but somehow both civilizations influenced each other for the better. But even before Rome, before the Greeks, before the Persians there were the Babylonians, the Israelite Kingdom, the Hittite, the Egyptian and the Mesopotamian Empires. Each ruled and the areas of MENA can be said to have survived as best the individual tribes, city-states, empires, nations and peoples could be expected. There were the Ancient Empires which lasted from prehistory through the Greeks of Alexander. Alexander the Great was the last of the ancient empire builders and his would be the first of the new age empires, the actual colonialists of history. From here many empires claimed to be setting out to conquer the world but they also knew that dream could not be realized in one’s lifetime. Even here the states of MENA faced the Greeks followed by the Romans then the Byzantines as Rome broke into two Empires, the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantine; and the western Roman or what became the Holy Roman Empire. Even European nations became colonized as there were the intra-European empires such as the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, Charlemagne, Napoleon and eventually the Nazis. After the Byzantine Empire collapsed there was the Caliphate followed by the Ottoman Empire, the two main Islamic Empires. During their time in power there were still the Mongols who came to conquer the world and instead converted to Islam by in large. China and India had their effect on the nations of the Middle East and also set up that area for who could take control of the trade routes. It was because of lack of access to these very trade routes which launched the European age of colonization which is the final or modern stage. Where the age of European conquest began in the late fifteenth century with Columbus and the other explorers heading to lay claim to the new lands in the Americas, then started an age of conquest as the natives were not as advanced when it came to warfare. The one advantage of living in the most contested lands in the world is you build up some formidable weaponry and tactics which the native tribes of the Americas were of no match.

 

The lands which form MENA were already colonized by the Ottomans who had a number of other cultures which also fought with their colonizers as all had a common bond which was Islam. This made these lands too much of a threat plus the Europeans had learned to have a healthy respect for the Ottomans and the followers of Islam through the Crusades and the wars which were barely able to constrain the Ottomans from sweeping across Europe. Much of that was due to the King of Poland and Lithuania John III Sobieski who came and relieved the city of Vienna from the Ottoman siege and brought that offensive to a conclusive end. Still, there was little attempt until into the nineteenth century before any assaults were waged on a by then weakened and almost backward sclerotic empire. Taking fair stock on the years of actual colonialization we see that the MENA nations, of which Syria is no exception except like Israel there was an Assyrian Empire which did not extend to anywhere near as vast an area as the more well-known colonizing empires, otherwise Syria has been a colony of somebody for a very long time. The ancient Empires spanned a good three-thousand years or more depending on sources. The middle empires which include the Roman, Byzantine, the Caliphate and the Ottoman Empires lasted almost two-thousand years. The final age was the European age of colonization of the MENA area which lasted less than two hundred years and when we speak of the Middle East itself it is even shorter barely making a century with Syria being far less and Iran almost untouched by the European colonizers. So, when the news reports tell of how these poor nations have been colonies for near an inestimable time and have not tasted freedom until only the most recent of times and even then most were brutal dictatorships, there is some truth. The problem is for the vast majority we were talking of Biblical era and pre Biblical times all the way through the Greeks and to the Roman Empire after the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire these lands were ruled by Muslims for the majority of the modern ages.

 

 

Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation

Mandate of San Remo for French and British including actual treaty demarcations for each nation

 

 

The Europeans only poured in at the end of the Ottoman Empire as it fell with the final areas which included Syria not falling until World War I thus not becoming a colony of the Europeans until around 1920 and with the areas of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel they were not colonies as much as protectorates being held secure from invasions by the British and the French starting in 1922 with the enactment of the San Remo Conference. The above map shows the League of Nations proposed British and French Mandates with the demarcations for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan and Israel. This mandate was carved from the remains of the Ottoman Empire where the nation of Turkey was what would remain as the originator of the entire Ottoman Empire while these areas above plus Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Oman were brought into being and Saudi Arabia gained complete and uncontested control over Mecca and Medina. These maps and dates should arm those wishing to have the truth behind their arguments readily available to speak to what exactly Europe owes the refugees and victims of colonial rule when in reality it is the Arabian Peninsula, the originator of the Caliphate, and Turkey as the original source for the Ottoman Turks who founded the Ottoman Empire. The Europeans as far as Syria is concerned were a brief caretaker that lasted barely twenty-six years, exactly the same as it did for Israel and Israel has only had to take in over one million Jewish refugees from across the lands that make up MENA as many of them drove their Jews from their lands during the late 1940s and through the 1950s with some from Ethiopia and Russia coming even later and still taking in the Bnei Menashe from India and Israel will continue to take in Jewish refugees from the world over and has also taken in other refugees including but not limited to the Vietnamese boat people and Christians seeking refuge from persecutions. It makes one wonder how many refugees have been taken in by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait (who after the Gulf War which freed them from Saddam Hussein thanked the Palestinian workers for the support which Yasser Arafat lauded on Saddam Hussein and flew every last one back to the Palestinian Occupied areas of Judea and Samaria), Qatar (whose Al-Jazeera news service so gallantly praised and supported the uprisings in the hopes of placing the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of as many nations as possible and almost won Egypt and really urged on the war in Syria until it turned so very ugly) or Bahrain. One might expect these wealthy nations to assist their Arab brothers and sisters but nary a word from them except to demand that Europe do their part because the Europeans had colonies in the area for an average of fifty years compared to the one thousand year rule of Islam as the Caliphate and the Ottoman Empires. Europe should offer to take in refugees one for every twenty that the nations of the Arabian Peninsula give refuge to, that would be fair and proportional but don’t hold your breath.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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