Beyond the Cusp

September 1, 2017

Growing Threat to Judaism in America

 

Charlottesville rioting gave cover for headlines blaming the alt-Right for all the hatreds in the United States. They allowed announcements declaring the hatred of Jews and Blacks as well as other minorities of the Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and the White Supremacists. These hate groups got coverage which was all aghast that these people were permitted to slide out from the slimy regions under rocks and march in the daylight, presumably the worst example of American allowance of free speech and an excellent argument for limitations on free speech. The limits are now demanded on free speech currently is limited to hate speech. There are demands that all hate speech by these types of right wing groups be made illegal and enforced exclusively against the alt-right. This became so powerful a call that a free speech rally in Boston where there were no alt-right groups or speakers as actually the police cordon around the organizers prevented attendees leaving at most two or three dozen people at the rally surrounded by hundreds of Boston Police holding close to thirty to forty thousand counter-protesters who were reputedly screaming epithets, threats and obscenities while throwing bottles with some containing urine as well as rocks and other objects at the police, none had an arm like former Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway thus were unable to throw any object two-thirds the length of a football field’s distance to hit the rally organizers and the few attendees who arrived early enough to attend before the police cordoned off the area from counter-protesters and attendees alike. Unlike Charlottesville, the Boston rally for free speech had no hate speech or alt-right speakers, but that does not matter to the far left as they knew there had to be hatred there, conservatives were claimed to have been invited.

 

This brings us to the growing threat to Judaism in America and the reason it is not the alt-right. The reason it is not the alt-right is because they are such a small segment and already so opposed by even the political middle and even apolitical people who are not aligned with either part or side of the political spectrum. Even the people who do not vote and remain relatively clueless and uninformed know enough to reject anything attached to Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and the White Supremacists. These people could not gain a following no matter how much effort they put forth because as soon as they would be unmasked for who they were, anybody fooled into joining them would walk away cautiously likely praying they did not get injured by the fanatics they were fleeing. That is the lack of acceptability of the alt-right and nobody regarded with even a modicum of respect would join those outcasts. The threat to Judaism in America comes from another group and through another channel which is often called post-Zionism.

 

The new anti-Semitism does not wear their hatred as an armband and exclaim proudly their hatred for the Jews. No, they wear their Jew hatred wrapped cozily in a righteous cause. The new anti-Semite is out to save the victims or defending the righteous and hold many concepts and ideals that many Jews hold themselves. You see the new anti-Semite is a Progressive and as a Progressive they are allied with the left-leaning Jews and that makes the Jews slow to condemn or even recognize these destructive haters. Most of the American Jewish communities outside the Orthodoxy have replaced the Torah and Jewish principles with those of the leftist Progressive movement. They have redefined Tikkun Olam as “save the world” by which they mean perfect the world by leftist standards and not improve one’s self and use their own actions as an example of how one should act. For these Progressive Jews, Tikkun Olam means removing all those considered not to be part of the Progressive solutions and all the while forgiving fellow Progressives of all sins no matter how repugnant they are to Judaism. One of the Capital Offences in Progressivism is love of Israel or Zionism. This forces the Jew to choose between being a good Progressive and being a supporter of Israel. For the Progressive, loving Israel means you now serve two masters and the idea of dual loyalty by the Jew with one loyalty, the forbidden loyalty, being Israel is in and of itself anti-Semitism. The Progressive Jew though views this as only natural and thus they place the Progressive cause before their love of Israel and their fellow Jews. This is part of being a Progressive, the hatred of Israel as a cruel and hateful oppressor of the downtrodden Arabs known as ‘Palestinians.’

 

Following the Progressive code requires the adoption of the Islamic view of Israel as the usurper and also requires that one recognize that all criticism of Islam is Islamophobia and another form of white suppression. This was much of why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has rewritten their bylaws and no longer protects Judaism or Jews first but rather fight all hatreds other than anti-Semitism, except when it is purported by White Supremacists, the KKK and Nazis. The Islamic hatred of Jews, as long as it is couched in anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, both of which are against colonialism, white privilege and oppression of helpless Arab victims, is totally understandable and totally natural reaction to the crimes committed by the Israelis. This is what was behind the ADL’s lukewarm response where they requested confirmation of what the Northern California Imam meant when he recently called for the murder of Jews. When he redefined his initial wording which included all Jews and narrowed the target to those Jews whose support for causes not Progressive such as Israel or those Jews living in the ever so evil state of Israel all was immediately forgiven. This was the prime example of the Progressive Post-Zionist leftist Jew in America. Progressivism is good and Israel is evil.

 

This Progressive anti-Semitism has a second and more pernicious angle of blind and total support for everything Islam. This includes the Islamic desire for the annihilation of the Jewish People. Of course, this desire is wrapped within a cocoon of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism, two of the fundamental leftist positions. American Jews have an ability in great reserves for complete and total blinding self-delusion. They can watch as an Imam declares total war against Jews and Judaism and hear only that the desire is to remove the Israeli cities in Judea and Samaria because these Jews are on Holy Arab Islamic Lands, are sitting on a Waqf (see below). The fact that Mahmoud Abbas has claimed openly that all of Israel is a sacred Waqf and that Islam must reassert total control of all the land and exterminate the Jew presence means nothing to the leftists and thus the American Jew denies this ever occurred. These American Jews have on blinders which restrict their vision to just a narrow definition of what they are shown and to accepting any definition no matter how absurd. But their delusions go far deeper.

 

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The Progressive American Jews have forsaken Torah replacing it with the Progressive calls for social justice, income equality, socialist principles, single payer healthcare and the platforms of the Democrat and Green Parties. They are oblivious to everything around them which screams hatred for Jews and their religion, their country and their survival. Whenever some sound disparaging Jews does finally reach their inner ear and be received by their brains, they interpret Jews to mean those crazed Orthodox Jews who keep the old ways wearing Tzitzit hanging off their beltline, Yarmulkes on their heads, curls of Payot framing their faces, the Black hat and the entire religious uniform, certainly not them as they are enlightened, assimilated Jews; why they are almost Christians with slightly different holidays. These are the modern American Jew who has a good high-paying job, respected in his community by his non-Jewish associates, has forgotten his roots, is all about being a good Progressive leftist American, has no desire to ever live in Eretz Yisroel, believes the customs of his Orthodox brethren are backward, modifies Torah as Moses had no idea of society today, and follows the leftist dogma as if it were the word of Hashem. These Jews value the good pats on the head they receive from their fellow leftists, including those who would prefer to see them gone be it by expulsion, or worse, annihilation. To many leftists the Jews themselves by the fact that they are Jews are a threat to them and to their Progressivism. They view every Jew as a ticking time-bomb who can revert to Torah and realize the errors they were making and then they would become a formidable force against their leftist goals. This is something which has happened all too often to the Jewish People as whenever the Jews have become complacent and disavowed their heritage, their heritage comes back full force and is thrust upon them. This was the case in Persia before Haman thrust the Jew back into the Israelites who remained in Persia and did not return to the Holy Lands. It happened with the Greek occupation until a small band, the Maccabees, rose up to liberate them from Greek rule, cleanse the Temple and bring many of their brothers and sisters back within the fold to confess their acts against Torah and against Hashem. But there are two recent times this has occurred and one definitely applies to the American Jews who have lost their way.

 

Orthodox Rabbis Meet in New York City

Orthodox Rabbis Meet in New York City

 

What is sad is this has been the view of the Jews before in Wiemar Germany and the early Soviet Union. It is in these histories we can divine what the future holds for these Jews. German anti-Semitism brought disaster through the Shoah, the Holocaust. The initial beginnings of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) began, obviously, in Germany as did the initial discussions which led to the founding of the Communist Party though the founders of Communism were forced to flee and much of their early work was performed in England. The origins of the Nazi Party emerged from the German nationalist, racist, and populist Freikorps, a paramilitary culture, which fought against the Communist Party. The Communists were expelled from nation after nation finally finding their home in Russia where they formed the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) or Soviet Union. The National Socialists, Nazis, were at odds with the Internationalist Socialists, Communists, and would fight one against the other during World War II just as they had when both were ascendant in the political struggles in post World War I Germany. Where many a political scientist will place the Nazis as right wing and the Communists as left wing, we find that measure to be a false difference. We prefer the more descriptive description where left is replaced by Statist or Socialist and Progressive where the state is seen as supreme in power and the right is replaced by Individualist or Conservative Libertarian. This places the Communist and the Nazi both at the left end as both believe in empowering the government over the governed (see below). Both fear the Jews because the Jew gave birth to the concept of man made in the image of the divine and thus a worthy and regal identity unto itself which required no ruler other than Hashem to guide them. This idea of the enlightened individual is an anathema to the Statist Progressive Leftist.

 

Political Spectrum Taught Versus Actual

 

Both the Nazis and the Communists took over countries in transition and where Jews were part of the national culture. The Jews in Germany were far more advanced than their cousins in Russia during the Soviet Revolution. Further, the Nazis took power through political infighting and maneuvering to attain power and then using that power to consolidate their power while the Communists simply deposed the standing governance and replaced it with their own powers. Both the Nazi and the Communists evolved centralized power and removed all rights and freedoms from their respective nations. The Nazis came to power partly on anti-Semitism where they blamed Jews for the problems Germany was facing. The Communists came to power with some Jews, such as Trotsky, in high regard and high places but that mood soon changed so much so that Trotsky was hunted down and executed for his perceived crimes. So, soon after taking power, both Communists and Nazis did turn on their Jews taking any wealth or weapons they found. They both placed their Jews in camps from which the vast majorities were not expected to survive. Yet, despite all the signs, in both instanced the Jews mostly never saw what was coming. Many a historian has claimed their belief was that they were an integral part of the German society and had been accepted. That is largely the view in Europe again today. Both Communists and Nazis blamed the Jews when things grew more vital of a threat to their ruling. This led most to turn Jews over for reward rather than risk the life of one’s entire family for hiding them. Those few who remain true to their religious teachings and chose to be their brothers’ keepers despite the risk are today immortalized enshrined at Yad Vashem, the memorial to those who perished and the righteous amongst the nations who preserved what souls they were able.

 

Where the Nazis came to power preaching hatred for the Jews, during the Communist revolution, there were Jews fighting with those trying to take power as well as on the other side. Despite the Jews supporting the revolution, the Communists blamed them of usury which was the presumed cause for the economic hardships. This brings both sides back in lock-step with one another persecuting the Jew as the enemy who was responsible for the downturn in the economy and the imprisonment of the mentally and physically disadvantaged along with others considered as undesirables. This included the Roma (Gypsies), Baltic Christians, Polish, and for the Soviets it was the Nazis and for the Nazis it was the Soviets as well as the Jews. The camps in the USSR were the gulags and the Jews were placed largely in Siberia which was tantamount to a death sentence. The Nazis sent their Jews to Concentration Camps where they were overworked, underfed, and treated harshly if not murdered outright. The Jews in the USSR believed that their assistance in the Communist Revolution would give at least those Jews protection. The murder of Trotsky in Mexico by Soviet agents put that notion to rest. The Jews were shipped off to Siberia work camps where people were written off by the government, as they were not expected to survive, let alone ever leave.

 

The American Progressive leftist Jews believe that they are going to play a central role in the restructuring of America. Perhaps initially, they will be utilized for their skills and knowledge assisting in making things function well. In time, there will come a point where the economy begins to falter and the problems will be traced back to the Jews. The rest is a story which has played out over and over and over again throughout history, especially Jewish history. Step one is always the collect the weapons, especially from the Jews. Then come the restriction against Jews working in certain professions, no government positions, no working towards any war effort, educating the youth cannot be permitted and on it goes. Then follows the travel restrictions and finally the shipping from the ghettoes to the camps where anything can be committed against them for the process has dehumanized the Jew. That is one idea from history which has never lost its attraction, the dehumanizing of the Jew. Christians made out the Jews were guilty of the original sin of deicide, the murder of G-d. The Muslims simply stated that the Jew was the embodiment of the stubborn who resisted the true faith and were the initial deceivers who had written the devil’s version of the Quran and celebrated their connection with hell and the black arts. These arts were considered capable of the destruction of the wonderful civilization which was to be built once Islam ruled the world. Of course that meant that such time as the Muslim end time were to arrive, first the Muslims must fight and vanquish the Jews. This is made far more difficult the longer Israel exists and the stronger Israel grows. That is why many Muslims believe that the Quran instructs them in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith number 6985, which became part of the Charter of Hamas, states the following:

 

The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharqad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.

 

Four Examples of Vegetation Thought to Represent the Gharqad Trees Mentioned in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith Number 6985

Four Examples of Vegetation Thought
to Represent the Gharqad Trees Mentioned
in Sahih Muslim Book 041, Hadith Number 6985

 

The real problem in Israel is that it was once part of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate before that and as such must never be permitted to leave the rule of Israel. Many people point to Spain as proof that this is not an article of faith in Islam as much of Spain used to part of Islam. Should one listen to numerous sermons of Imams they will hear of calls for the reconquest of Andalusia, the Islamic name given to the areas of Spain they had conquered. These pale when compared to the true end result which Islam, in the current dominant form which has the violent Medina verses to abrogate the less violent verses in the Mecca Quranic writings. This has led to such ideologies as those posed by the Wahabis, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Saudi Arabia with the Gulf States, Turkey’s President Erdoğan and the Mullahs of Iran where their particular version of the Quran and Islamic history eventually will result in a world conquered and subjugated only to be forced to convert to Islam or die. As has been seen from the Islamic State’s horrific videos posted into the Internet, the concept of convert or die is very much alive with them as is the concept that if your knowledge of Islam differs from theirs you are an apostate to be murdered on the spot.

 

Islam still need unify themselves behind a single ideology and where the Muslim Brotherhood spawned al-Qaeda from which ISIS was born which became the Islamic State, each of these variations of Islam do not match perfectly and would this end up fighting against each other for supremacy and then would face the Wahabis for the honor of being the truest form of Sunni Islam to struggle against Iran and their leadership of Shiite Islam. In the meantime, each group or faction of Islam would also demand that their version of Islam is the correct version. Currently, the war for control over the soul of Islam is being waged in Syria where Turkey’s President Erdoğan announced to be at war the Islamic State while actually fighting the Kurds who simply desire to form their own nation of Kurdistan and live in peace, a concept found to be unacceptable in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Then there are the Shiite forces simply fighting everybody else including the Kurds. These forces include Iranians, Bashir al-Assad Alawite militias and the remnants of the Syrian Army plus Hezballah from Lebanon and IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) troops from Iran all backed by Russian air power and artillery. They are also against the Sunni militias and the Islamic State all of whom are backed by Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and Iran are also slugging it out in Yemen. Egypt provides some support for the Sunni rebels in Syria and the United States arms the Kurds clandestinely. Until this imbroglio of competing versions and backers of Islam is resolved, there will be slowed progress on other fronts one of which is Israel. Still, the Islamists, who populate the darkened leftist corners of the Western political spectrum, will make every attempt to use political correctness, religious freedom, and civil rights for people of color, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism to make their case for the suppression of the Jews who do not belong. They will continue on their programs to place Islam into the school agendas wherever possible so as to instruct and indoctrinate American, Canadian and European school children on how to be good little Muslims. In the end, this too will be a dissemination point for anti-Semitism.

 

Conclusions are numerous but can be summed up fairly succinctly. American Jews, especially those who are not orthodox in their practices, have largely replaced the morals and teachings of Judaism with the relativism of leftist progressive ideology. They have assimilated to such an extent that they believe they are as accepted into the mainstream as their irreligious Christian friends. This is leaving them blind to and horribly vulnerable to being blindsided once again as their forefathers were by anti-Semitism. They ignore anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism often even believing that these are causes which they too must support. They see Israel as their enemy and a representation of everything they despise. They largely would rather die than move to Israel and become real Jews and Israelis. This will leave them no other escape when things go horribly wrong and even if they manage to escape to Israel, they will simply start their same leftist drivel in Israel and should they succeed they will bring destruction down on Israel causing a second and final holocaust and Judaism will become a small group about the size of the Mennonites. These Jews are a danger to all other Jews who do not share their beliefs because they would try to press their anti-Jewish ideas and ideals onto the Jews worldwide never realizing it was their politics which destroyed them the first time. They simply will claim that it was not carried to its conclusion and only required more effort and funding. They are blind and delusional, a dangerous combination.

 

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August 6, 2017

The Reason this War is Being Lost

 

It is very difficult to fight a war against a determined foe when much of the population simply could not care less and do not believe that there is any war being waged and that everything can be set right if we just express our regrets for perceived offences and spread sufficient love mixed with heart-felt apologies. There will be a small difficulty getting the governments involved in defending a people who hold protests claiming that we need to accept the enemy as our friends because they are simply misunderstood and that is why they lash out and commit terrorism. When a large portion of the people think that terrorism is caused by our own policies and that if we could just explain that we have changed and are no longer oppressing them, then things could be worked out and all would be roses and daisies. The reality was expressed well by Sir Salman Rushdie who said in an interview with the magazine L’Obs last June, “I am in fundamental disagreement with these left-wing people who do everything to dissociate fundamentalism from Islam. Islam has been radicalized for fifty years. When the people of the Islamic State attack, they do it by saying ‘Allahu Akbar.’ So how can we then say that this has nothing to do with Islam? It must be stopped.”

 

The French government tried a program which was doomed for failure even before the ink dried on the printout. The program, as described by Giulio Meotti, where Islamists desiring to enter this program could be assisted in what was stated as deprogramming as if they had been brainwashed by some cult. The problem is that a Salafist Muslim does not desire to be deprogrammed because they are doing exactly what Allah has commanded of them. They believe everything which was taught them by their Imams who, as the majority of Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) believe, told them that they were to follow the Medina teachings of the Quran and those teachings which contradicted the softer words of the Mecca Quran were considered abrogated. Abrogated, for the unwashed, means they may as well never have been written, but they do have a purpose which is why they have never been removed, they are there to fool the fools who rely on Muslims to teach them what is written in the Quran. The soft, peaceful words of coexistence are there so they can be quoted by CAIR and other presumably respected Islamic organizations in the Western World. The kind worlds are used to put aside suspicions and to enable Islamic organizations to claim that Islam refutes terrorism and is no different than Christianity and only want to live in peace and tranquility with their neighbors. When somebody does quote something from their holy Quran which purports violence against non-Muslims, they quote a calming Quranic verse and in a soft and reassuring tone lecture how the other person is Islamophobic and that is why they are telling such lies that Muslims commit terror attacks, after all, there have been Christians who committed terrorism against abortion providers and other such attacks. That claim is supposed to make one believe that there are just as many Christians committing terrorism as Muslims. This is propaganda which is defined in the Quran as Taqiyya.

 

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

Taqiyya defined in plain and simple easy to understand terms

 

Here is something the citizens of the Western World need to understand, there is a war of civilizations which has been waged in stages for the last fourteen-hundred-years. It began when Muhammad finally decided that his Islamic army could do far more than just robbing caravans and sharing the bounty. The idea likely came to him after his Islamic Army decimated two Jewish tribes living in the vicinity of Medina. He then returned with his army to Mecca where he took out his revenge against the very people who had rejected his religion when he preached there in his youth. After he took Mecca, he then spread across the entirety of the inhabited areas of the Arabian Peninsula and broke out into the Middle East. Then his Islamic army spread taking over Persia and pushed the weakened and failing Byzantine Empire from the Holy Lands continuing until they hit Constantinople whose walls refused their assaults. The larger part of the Islamic army took the path of least resistance across northern Africa. Soon his Islamic Army had conquered the majority of the MENA areas and had crossed the Straight of Gibraltar into Spain, which the Muslims renamed Al-Andalus (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

 

Eventually the Islamic army reached points where the resistance prevented their further conquest. From Spain that was at Tours where Charles “the Hammer” Martel won the war and sent the Islamic army retreating back into Spain. In Eastern Europe they were stopped twice at the gates of Vienna, the more noted time in history came when the siege of Vienna was relieved by King John III Sobieski of Poland who led his entire army after receiving assurances from his neighboring countries that his Poland would be safe and not invaded. Constantinople did fall once the invention of the siege cannon (see image below) which was utilized by Sultan Mehmed II to finally breach the formerly impenetrable and massive walls of Constantinople. The Muslims renamed Constantinople Istanbul and turned the great cathedral, the Hagia Sophia, into a mosque. This was a practice used often by Islamic conquerors when they took control of religiously significant places, they either changed the structures in question into mosques or built mosques upon these locations as in Jerusalem where they placed the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount, which they renamed the Noble Sanctuary, as they were unsure of the exact location of the two Jewish Temples and so covered as much area as they could. They have since in the recent past used heavy equipment to dig down and destroy any and all evidence they are able in order to destroy evidence of the previous Jewish presence.

 

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege and Breaking of the Impenetrable Great Walls of Constantinople

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon
Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege
and Breaking of the Impenetrable
Great Walls of Constantinople

 

So, why give this information about history as it is all behind us and nobody lives with such dreams of world conquest any longer. Well, that applies to the industrial and advanced Western World but not so much in the rest of the world. One example is North Korea’s Kim Jong-un who desires to take over South Korea and Japan, as a starter, and take down the United States so there will be nothing to prevent him and those he sees as friends, Russia and China, from conquering the world. The Muslims are of a different sort as the Quran tells them that Allah has commanded them to fight the unbelievers until none worship except those who worship Allah.

 

Qur’an (3:83) – “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?”
Quran (8:38-39) – “Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief) their past will be forgiven… And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.”
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

 

There is even a special abrogation which speaks specifically about the need for the warriors of Islam to fight and kill Jews otherwise the end times would never come. This is particularly troubling because the majority of Muslims desire the coming of the end times and the perfection of earth as these times are when the armies of Islam will be led to their final conquest of all the peoples of the Earth. But they will not be permitted this time where all they see becomes theirs for the taking in conquest but as this time can only come while they fight the Jews, guess what many Muslims desire to do in order to facilitate the coming of the Mahdi, the coming of the end times, they desire fighting and killing Jews and listening hoping the rocks and trees call out to them, that would be the finest of events they could ever experience. The verse is below.

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. The Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will say: ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allah! There is a Jews behind me, come and kill him!’ (All the trees will say this except for the Gharqad (box-thorn), for it is one of the trees of the Jews.’” (Reported by Imam Ahmad; it is a Sahih Hadith)

 

But all too many of the political class will continue to speak of Islam as the “religion of peace” because to allow the truth to be known generally would then mean the populace would demand protection and that something be done to force Islam to go through a reformation such as the one Christianity experienced with the coming of the modern world and the obvious conclusion that they could never conquer the world, no single Christian sect could conquer the world and were finally tired of murdering one another. The Jews had that realization when the Judeans were conquered by the Babylonians who were conquered by the Persians who permitted the Jews to return to their lands and rebuild the Holy Temple but only as a Persian province paying their taxes. The Persians were conquered by Alexander and the Greeks who were conquered by the Romans who dispersed the Jews in two separate waves, the second including the renaming of their lands as the Romans were intent on erasing the Jews as they had the Carthaginians before them. The Jews crime was simply, revolts which cost Rome dearly, one of which actually cast the Romans from the lands of Judea for a brief period until the Romans arrived with sufficient legion to decimate any resistance. It is unknown how many tribes of peoples the Romans dispersed in such manner, as the history of the Roman period is incomplete. We know of the Carthaginians because of the Three Punic Wars which are well documented in history and we know about the Judeans because the Jews remain a distinct people to this day and actually managed to return to their ancient homelands under their own rule after more than two-thousand-years.

 

The Islamic armies, as noted in the first map spread over time reaching a maximum sometime between 1000 and 1250 depending on whether you are looking at the eastern or the western end of their empire, their Caliphates. Then came an uprising of a tribe in northeastern Turkey, the Ottomans who spread over the Islamic Caliphate making the new Islamic empire called the Ottoman Empire, which is the empire that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan desires reestablishing. For the record, President Erdoğan is another of those who dreams of empire and eventual world domination for him and his nation which would likely rename itself the Second Ottoman Empire. Below are the maps of the expansion of the Ottoman Empire. Their empire ascended from 1300 through almost 1700.

 

Ottoman Empire Ascending includes Golden Age of Islam

Ottoman Empire Ascending includes Golden Age of Islam

 

The Ottoman Empire stood while slowly shrinking until it met its final run when they allied with Germany and the Austria-Hungarian Empire in World War I. They were among the defeated and their remaining areas carved up via an agreement between France and Britain known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement. The slow shrinking of the Ottoman Empire up to World War I is shown in the map below.

 

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

 

After World War I and through World War II and for years beyond until around 1962 the Europeans released their colonies leaving us with the current boundaries existing today. That map can be seen below with dates and whose colonies were whose. The two exceptions are Iran which had a revolution in 1979 and Syria which is in the process of dissolution presently. Another change is the dividing of the Sudan with South Sudan, the non-Muslim areas, breaking off in an attempt to end a civil war which had claimed numerous slaughters. Morocco is currently in conflict with Western Sahara and Iraq and Yemen are currently unstable.

 

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

 

There are numerous other conflicts which can be traced around the MENA nations on virtually every from where Islam exists and in the majority of world conflicts from the Philippines to Europe and Western Sahara and as far south as Nigeria, Mali, Sudan, Somalia and even into northwestern China, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Caucuses and the Balkans. But your leaders will claim that Islam is the religion of peace and it is their neighbors who must be responsible for these conflicts. The evidence is currently burgeoning throughout Europe where the same terrorist tactics which have plagued Israel since the 1920’s when the idea of a Jewish State was first mentioned in the Balfour Declarations and codified in the San Remo Conference and then the Treaty of Sèvres and finalized with the British Mandate with Israel finally receiving her independence in 1948. Look around the world, read the international news, search Boko Haram and Nigeria or the Philippines and Mindanao or just Islam and wars and allow your own mind figure things for yourself rather than believe the same politicians who lie and break promises like most of us change our socks. Trust yourself and not what you are spoon fed by a media which has been shown to promote an idea of their own making for what you need to know. Ronald Reagan said it best when he stated, “Trust but verify.” Why alter perfection.

 

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