Beyond the Cusp

February 8, 2019

The World is Suffering with a Feverish Hate

 

We will make our disclaimer at the top of the article by admitting that the illness from which most of the world suffers has not taken over the world completely as of yet. The feverish hatred the world is suffering from has numerous differing but equally vicious strains which allows it to take on different forms, shapes and have differing symptoms. Sometimes the caustic form of this affliction simply jumps before you making some wonder from whence did such hate return. One form of this virulent affliction is often reported as being merely anti-Semitism. This also has become the catch-all-phrase by which some intending far more harm are simply represented as being merely anti-Semitic. This has even gotten to the deepest point with their condemnation of Israel, Judaism, Judeo-Christian ethics and all which has developed under the protective culture of the Western World insisting that they can structure a more equitable world based largely upon Socialism and an ideal means of sharing the wealth. They use the same bromides that Capitalism is the system the Jew uses to control the world and steal wealth from everyone. Then there is the accusation that the Jews are behind every war such that they can gain wealth by selling the weapons to both sides. Some have traced this canard back to Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim who invented the Maxim Machine Gun (see image below) whose basic design was utilized by both sides and all the armies engaged in World War I and took an inordinate number of lives on both sides. The actual sale of the designs for the Maxim Gun came from the arms merchants who procured the drawings from Maxim and then in turn sold these to Germany, France, Britain and other nations each one under a different name all while giving a commission to Sir Maxim which was included in the original licensing agreement each had signed. The only problem with blaming Sir Maxim for this reputed claim against the Jews in general is two-fold, first, the uncertainty of Sir Maxim’s actual religion and secondly, the accusation dates back far before World War I and the invention of the Maxim Gun. But whenever it comes to hate, who lets facts get in the way or reason to be employed at all, they would just get in the way.

 

Maxim Machinegun Trenches and No Man’s Land

Maxim Machinegun
Trenches and No Man’s Land

 

Modern anti-Semitism has its roots in the simple need to denigrate the Jews so as to allow for reason to portray the new faiths born of Judaism to become dominant and replace the Jews as the primary monotheistic faith. This became true of Christianity and their doctrine of replacement theology. Islam picked up from this claim of the Christians and amped it up to make their claim as being the final revelation and thus replacing both Judaism and Christianity. The problem is that both faiths, Christianity and Islam had a special and visceral hatred of the Jews and Judaism with both faiths for millennia being desirous of eliminating the Jewish faith and its adherents so as to complete their mastery over the Jews and proving that the Jews had been forsaken by Hashem. This is partially the reason that the Vatican refused to recognize the State of Israel because if the Jews have returned to their ancestral homelands, then maybe Hashem had not forsaken them and this would invalidate much that the Catholic faith held as true. This argument goes double for Islam for there is their claim that the Jews are accursed and secondly is that Israel came into being as a result of the defeat of the Ottoman Empire who allied with Germany and Austro-Hungary in World War I. During the Protestant Reformation, the new and claiming to be more pure faiths, which came into being, all held to be even more against the accursed Jew making for fertile ground for the massacres of Jews and their being hounded and chased from nation to nation and even continent to continent. In Europe, this hatred culminated in the Holocaust, the mutated child of the universal Christian hatreds and condemnations of the Jews. In the Middle East, North Africa and the remainder of the Islamic World, this hatred has yet to ferment into its final most virulent form, but it is rapidly reaching that phase.

 

Anti-Semitism has morphed in modernity into anti-Zionism and hatred for the Jewish State of Israel. The desire to believe the claim that the Jews swept out of Europe and stole Arab lands to build their state drives to further their hatred. The dates often used are in the immediate end of World War II and the Holocaust, though until the British left the region, they prevented most Jews from reaching the Promised Lands forcing them to remain in internment camps until after Israel was declared on May 15, 1948. What the propaganda does not bother to inform one of is that the Arab and Muslim States deported, chased out or made life so difficult that fleeing was the only real option, often with little or nothing of their possession their families may have accrued in the over thousand-years residing in these lands. These refugees very quickly became clearly half of the population of the State of Israel by the mid-1950’s. Since that time, there have been numerous other influxes of Jews of color, one might say. These include the Ethiopian Jews, the Bnei Menashe of India or any of our other lost brothers and sisters. When people speak about the Jews can simply return to the European countries they came from, they are ignoring a solid plurality of Israelis who are either natural born Israelis with many whose families trace their roots back to the era of King David and King Solomon with a few who go back even earlier. The Ethiopian Jews were facing horrid persecution to the point the government incarcerated entire villages for their protection, and most of these have been brought to Israel. While there remain many, Bnei Menashe are still residing in India and doing well, but those who have chosen to make Aliyah do not desire any return to India. The original eight-hundred-fifty-thousand Jews from across the Middle East and North Africa would also face extremely bad reception should they ever attempt to return to their nations of origins. The canard that Israel was born out of the consciences of the Europeans after the Holocaust is also patently false if for no other reason; they may not even be anywhere close to being a majority of the population.

 

The numerous accusations leveled at Israel in general and the Jews, both within and outside of Israel, have only become more heightened as the Arab World, with their oil wealth, has pressed hard in pressing the propaganda that Israel is simply European guilt imposed as punishment on the Arabs. The reality is that Israel was fought for in a political struggle which made great headway with the Balfour Declaration, a letter of assurances won by the Zionist cause. This was followed by the San Remo Conference, several other treaties, the establishment of the Mandate System, the White Papers leading to the formation of an Arab State (Jordan) and a Jewish State (Israel) sharing the Jordan River as their border. The Arabs refused this and immediately attacked the Nascent Jewish State with the armies of six Arab countries, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Miraculously, Israel survived and eventually, as it appeared that Israel was closing in on expelling the Arab forces beyond her designated borders and thus denying Arabs of at least some claim of victory, occupying regions, sections of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza. That is mostly what has led to the current fiasco with the claims that Israel stole Palestinian Land when conquering Palestine, a neat trick as such a nation has never existed and the only nations to use Jerusalem as their Capital City the Twelve Tribes of Israel and later Judea after the Assyrians conquered the norther Ten Tribes. But the Arab claim that the Jews have never resided in this region since they arrived. Well, oddly enough, that is mostly true, but it is mostly true about the Arabs as well. The Arabs did not arrive on the scene in Israel until after 625 A.D. The Jews were dispersed from Judea as punishment for being so rebellious before 150 A.D. and before that the Judeans, formerly the Hebrews, had resided in this regions, despite a number of conquests such as the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Caliphate (Arabs), and Ottomans and finally the British, as you can see it has been an active region with a myriad of changes. The Jews have been dispersed by Rome and yearning to return to our ancestral homeland ever since. The return was never honestly possible and it took a number of miracles which had been foretold by Torah and the commentaries from across the ages in several separate Talmud and other writings. Still, there are anti-Semitic people who will claim that the Jews are an invented people with no actual history of living anywhere special, they are an accursed people who have been sentenced for their grievous sins to forever roam the world being chased from place to place, country to country, always persecuted and always too weak to stand proud and refuse to be threatened any longer. This is the big problem many have with Israel, Jews, well armed and fully capable of defending themselves and their religious rights. There is this dichotomy between people claiming, ‘How could the Jews of Europe simply allow themselves to be herded and then slaughtered,’ against ‘Does Israel have to be so forceful and militarily powerful and fully capable of defending her people from attack.’ Come-on people, it has to be either one or the other, there is no middle ground as much as is claimed. Should the Arabs lose a war against Israel, which has actually happened at least four times and possibly much more depending on definitions of Arabs fighting and losing, the Arab world continues almost unchanged as it is enormous compared to Israel (see map below). On the other side of the coin, should Israel lose just once and then it is all over to be immediately followed by the slaughter of as many as seven or more million Jews should the Arabs defeat Israel. There is the reality, as far as the Jews being taken and absorbed into some other nation’s population. We are painfully aware of how quickly all of Europe and very likely the United States and Canada along with Australia and most of the remainder of the world would shutter their borders claiming they had taken in more than their share of refugees and the Jews should try any other country, just not them. This was the case more often than not during the Holocaust where a large number of the Jews who successfully escaped, they did so by undertaking perilous journeys over mountains and other natural and manmade obstacles’ all in the name of safety and refusing to give up on living free, with an emphasis on living. Another large falsification of history was that the Jews by a large majority did not fight back against the Nazis. In numbers approaching forty-five to fifty percent of Jews were members of resistance groups with the best known being the Bielski Brothers who managed to feed, clothe and support often as many as two-thousand Jews from toddlers to the extremely aged with quite a number requiring varying amounts of assistance just to walk or move from place to place. They did this while the Nazis searched for them often their daring exploits saved their fellow Jews. The reputation that Jews are timid little creatures who are afraid of their own shadow is another misnomer put to rest by the existence of Israel.

 

Israel and the Arab World

Israel and the Arab World

 

Another reason that some hold a grudging hatred for the Jewish State is they fear the jews will turn around and inflict upon them retribution for the pains and injuries of the past. Trust us that Israel is not in the business of retribution of the grievous errors committed in the past, there are more than sufficient current problems to go after without digging up old and baring old wounds better left to rest in peace. The difficulty is that many of the people who the Jews have no intention of harming cannot believe that the Jews are not vengeful, as they would retaliate were the roles reversed. These fears then drive a form of pre-vengeance where they accuse the Jews of intending to do what they believe would be the normal actions were they facing a similar situation and finally had the ability to take the upper hand. This actually strikes to the heart of much of the anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism around the world today, often held by people who have never met knowingly a Jewish person in their lives, a completely error-filled belief in what it is to be a Jew and what a Jew, or Zionist or Israel collectively would act, think, feel, believe or even give a second thought. Ignorance drives much of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism.

 

New Jersey Representing Israel in Middle East New Jersey City’s name on the top Israeli City’s name on the bottom

New Jersey Representing Israel in Middle East
New Jersey City’s name on the top
Israeli City’s name on the bottom

 

The final misconception should have been dispelled by the map above nearer the top of the page. Immediately above for this discussion, we have a little gem of a map replacing Israel with something of common size which people, especially in the United States or have ever visited the central east coast of the United States, we used the state which most resembles Israel right down to being almost the same size, New Jersey. The locations of the cities are not exact, but they are referenced to matching places in New Jersey. The area of New Jersey is twenty-two-thousand-six-hundred square kilometers and Israel measures in at twenty-thousand-seven-hundred-seventy square kilometers, a difference of less than ten-percent. Many people believe that Israel is this fairly robust and expansive nation which had greatly expanded borders as they displace Arab after Arab and Israel expands her borders. This is so false it is almost laughable except for the fact that it is a real problem and a belief which many refuse to shake even when the reality is explained. Israel had an age of Empire under David and Solomon, and after the Six Day War and through the Yom Kippur War Israel held the Sinai Peninsula which is three times the size of Israel, and Israel returned the entirety of these lands including the oil reserves found beneath. This peace with Egypt and the return of the Sinai Peninsula was the origin of land for peace, a concept which has failed and left Israel vulnerable to the hatred spawned through lies and misrepresentations of who the Jews are, what Israel is, and what is the driving force behind the Jewish State. Here is a little something stated succinctly by Jay Leno in the picture below which a quote which cuts to the core of the situation with Israel and how the misconception can start.

 

Jay Leno Speaks Out

 

Of course, the average anti-Semite resists any and all arguments and simply refutes any defense provided by Israelis or Jews as simply misinformation or some form of that devious Jew propaganda we use to twist people’s minds. If the Jews had some form of propaganda which twisted people’s minds making them simply love Israel and the Jews without understanding why, do you really believe we would be permitting the attacks from the European Union, its member states, the United Nations and across the spectrum of their NGOs, Agencies, and agenda driven conferences whereby Israel is always condemned. The Group of 77, a block of over one-hundred developing nations which virtually always votes with the Arab block, especially when it comes to Israel, and this came to the fore when they selected Mahmoud Abbas and the Nations of Palestine to hold their leadership position. Add onto this the fact that the Jews are accused of being the leading figures in two spate groups who are mutually exclusive, but as the jews are a diverse group when it comes to politics, both sides can point to prominent Jews in both camps, as there are likely prominent Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and any other group found on both sides. This is the debate between nationalism and internationalism. During World War II, it was the nationalist Nazis and the internationalist Russian Communists. Both groups were supportive of forms of socialism, but one was German nationalist while the other were the internationalist Communists. Both nations desired world rule but the Germans desired everything in the name of Nazi Germany while the Communists desired the world ruled by the State which would set everything for every area in the world in the name of the people but actually serving an elite corps. Neither is the cup of tea for most Israelis but we do value the identity as a nation, the Jewish nation which has numerous minorities within and the sole nation where the Jews are the majority. While there are almost as many Jews residing in the United States, they constitute a mere two percent of the population, in Israel with a slight numerical advantage; the Jews are a whopping three-quarters of the populace. The Jewish People have had a consistent presence in Jerusalem and throughout the Shomron until after the 1948 war and Jordan evicted each and every Jews stealing their land and appropriating it to the Jordanians who they forced to relocate into these regions, an International crime. But, once again, when people decide to hate and blame others for their misfortunes and often self-inflicted difficulties, their chosen target will be the Jewish People simply for no other reason beyond old habits die-hard and will morph from being the view of the paleo-conservatives but is now pouring ever more quickly and in fierce torrents from the leftists. The new face of anti-Semitism can be found in the woman’s movement, with Louis Farrakhan, with the newly elected Muslims, particularly the Sudanese claiming they are Palestinian refugees, and they have likely been added to some lists so as to legitimize the claims. That is how much of this new version of an old hatred starts and it will only grow worse. There is an optimistic view, worse is better than some times from the history of the Jewish People, especially during the times the Greeks demanding the Jews forget Torah as they banned its use and went further in banning circumcision. This has been a trend in Europe along with making ritual slaughter illegal in other nations. These are all old tactics through which they make obeying Torah a crime and eventually the Jews will leave their faith, or they leave the region with such laws. Either way, these actions allow for segregation of the Jews by other means. These are the less than subtle moves to force Judaism from Europe once more which will only serve to be the final fall of Europe into darkness with their Jews all deported or having left of their own volition. Will the United States follow? Perhaps they might right along with Canada, and then the world shrinks if you are a Jew.

 

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June 22, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Al-Jazeera and the Gulf States

 

One of the places where that fabric of the world is stretched the tightest is along the Persian Gulf with the Straights of Hormuz being at the near breaking-point. The fabric was ratcheted even tighter right before United States President Trump’s recent visit when Qatar backed out of the deal made which made the Trump visit possible. Following right behind Qatar were both Oman and Bahrain, who also backed out of the deal, leaving Saudi Arabia in a predicament which has its problems and its rewards. The problem is now Saudi Arabia must foot the entire approximately four-hundred-billion dollar deal over three years. The good side is Saudi Arabia will be arming themselves to parity if not exceeding the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The next problem is that Saudi Arabian Military is great at marching and wearing fancy dress and intimidating mostly unarmed protesters and putting down any aspirations for the Arab Spring within Saudi Arabia, which took almost five minutes after the Friday launch date when protesters were outnumbered by Saudi Troops in the streets. Then there was the Shiite Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain which was appearing as if they might overthrow their Sunni rulers until, you guessed it, Saudi Arabian armored columns used all six lanes of the connecting causeway sending troops to end the uprising (pictured below). The Arab Spring ended in Bahrain with just the show of force and not one person was killed. Overwhelming force has its place and advantages. So, the Saudis will be the eight-hundred-pound-gorilla with sufficient armaments for two such gorillas. In case these arms are required to defend Saudi Arabia, which includes Mecca and Medina being in Sunni hands, the excess armaments owned by the Saudis will be distributed to well-trained Egyptian troops. Believe it that if the Saudis are in danger from outside forces that Egypt will provide manpower and, if necessary, Pakistan is in agreement to provide the technology to produce along with, some claim, as many as a dozen nuclear weapons. Now we have the chess table set with only a few other necessities which will be revealed as we follow a possible story-line, a scarily possible story line.

 

King Fahd Causeway is the bridge between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

King Fahd Causeway is the bridge
between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

 

Currently, Saudi Arabia is less than thrilled with Qatar for their pulling from the deal. There are some who believe they did this as a means of financially testing or even injuring the Saudi Arabian Royal Family who are not as affluent with money overflowing coffers as many in the West believe. Of course, it goes without saying, that Iran was behind this idea for their friend and sometimes, more often than not, ally, Qatar. There are many, ourselves included, who believe that Iran not only asked forcefully that Qatar pull out right before President Trump arrived such that the Saudis would have no recourse but to take up any needs. Then it is thought that Bahrain and Oman were also requested under threat by Iran to also pull from the deal. This has set up a very tense situation in the area around Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States and the length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz the shortest distance between the two rivals (see map below). Qatar is using their control over their news service, Al-Jazeera, which combines television, radio, cable, internet and print media. Much of their electronic media is transmitted via satellite making it next to impossible to block. Qatar has been using their visual media to almost constantly show the visit of President Trump and particularly his visiting sacred and sensitive Islamic areas with women not wearing hair cover or burkas. The women were modestly dressed but not to the strict demands of Islam. These pictures are being accompanied with charges that the Saudi Royal Family are not real Muslims and they have disgraced Islam with their reception of President Trump without forcing the women to be properly covered. These accusations and the near constant flow of the pictures are on order from Iran attempting to insult the Saudi Royals before the Islamic world. The divisions as they currently appear to be are as depicted below.

 

Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Gulf States and the Length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz

Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Gulf States and the
Length of the Persian Gulf with the Straits of Hormuz

 

The problem, and even possibly the intent, is the media assault on the Saudi Arabian rulers by Qatar can only end one of two ways. The first is that Iran orders an end to the constant attempts of insulting and defaming the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and Qatar along with Al-Jazeera move on returning to often broadcasting Iranian attacks on the United States and Israel with occasional mention of Saudi Arabia or Egypt, i.e. regular broadcasting. The other is the attacks on the Saudi Royals leads to their demand they stop or they will be considered as a declaration of war on Saudi Arabia and her allies. The stress of her allies is important. This could result in the Saudis sending troops into Qatar to close down Al-Jazeera and that could result in a reaction from Iran at the request of the rulers of Qatar. This has been the Qatari Ace in the Hole by which they are able to continue to attack their larger neighbor, Saudi Arabia, through their manipulation of their control of the media in the Arab world using Al-Jazeera. This has been their means of bludgeoning the Saudi leadership and governance in service of their Iranian sponsors. The problem is should there begin to be unrest and calls for the end of the rule of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family and things start to become close to a point where the Wahhabi clerics might believe they could take control directly through a popular revolt, the Saudi Royals would act before that point could come to be. This would force their hand and an assault on Qatar, and on the Al-Jazeera headquarters in particular, might become the most viable option.

 

Should things reach the point that Saudi Arabia uses their military superiority to squelch the media assault originating from within Qatar, this might be the flashpoint leading to a far larger military confrontation. Such an attack could result in an Iranian response attacking Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and counter the Saudi Arabian assault in Qatar. This might not even be the worst result. Should Saudi Arabia respond to such an attack with strikes inside Iran, the response could become a general attack by Iran across the Middle East on the heart of Sunni Islam striking towards Mecca and Medina from both Yemen and western Iraq using Houthis as their shock troops out of Yemen while they strike across Oman to Yemen and possibly land amphibious troops in Yemen for a pincher movement striking Oman from both ends and using Hezballah as their shock troops striking down out of Iraq getting a running start from Syria southward. There might be one feel-good side-effect; the Iranians may find it easier to simply eradicate Islamic State in the process. Jordan may or may not be amongst the targets of an Iranian first strike against Saudi Arabia, but they will be a target if for no other reason as they would allow Iran to surround Israel and Jordan has tens of thousands of Palestinian Arabs who might just join Iran if they were given the right promises. This would be the definitive war between Sunni and Shiite Islam with the winner taking all of Islam or at least a huge step towards that goal if Iran wins and the end of Shia Islam if Saudi Arabia proved triumphant.

 

The truth be told, if Iran were to defeat Saudi Arabia, their number one rival and quite possibly the top of the Iranian bucket list ahead of the United States and even Israel, they would control the two most important cities in all Islam, Mecca and Medina, and gain a treasure trove of weaponry. With the good relations that Iran has with the Sudan and the natural enmity between the Sudan and Egypt, almost a sibling rivalry between the two former British colonies and still Arab colonies, truth be told, Iran would have a natural front with Egypt, the sole power between Iran and total domination of all Islam. This would place Iran a stone’s throw from establishing the Shia dream for the past thirteen-hundred plus years, the defeat of the accursed Sunnis who murdered their leaders and actual descendants of Mohammad and true leaders of Islam, or at least that is their story. Of course, the Sunni will tell a different story about renegade Muslims who are merely apostates.

 

This is one of those pressure points upon which the world may turn upside down, or right-side up, depending upon how you view the world’s current state. Where this is but one of the far too many breaking-points where the stretched fabric of the world is measurably thinner than average and which makes it a point where even the smallest disruption could punch a hole in the fabric from which a tear would soon start if the violence spread leading to a series of events insuring an ever larger ring of violence. Leading to World War I there was an assassination which led to a state of war that even before it was declared began tearing the world apart. Each side began calling in their promises of mutual support and before you knew it, most of the world was engaged in a struggle which after the lines settled simply stagnated with intermittent slaughters when one side or the other sent their troops into no-man’s-land rushing from their trenches attempting to reach the other side’s trenches. Both sides had this little invention, though under separate contracts and differing names, known as the Maxim machinegun (see image below). Maxim became wealthy and by the time the war ended and all the treaties were signed and borders established with the movement of populations, the resultant death toll exceeded fifteen-million.

 

Maxim Machinegun Trenches and No Man’s Land

Maxim Machinegun
Trenches and No Man’s Land

 

Making matters worse, the impositions, including and specifically monetary, placed on Germany were all but directly responsible for World War II and another approximately eighty-million deaths. All told, an assassination of an Archduke and his wife led to close to one-hundred-million deaths and the toll is still being counted as the Sykes-Picot Treaty is responsible for much of the trouble and dissolution of the Arab world, where things are sensitive and reaching a critical mass. Even if the current crises are calmed, the entire situation will simply rise to another similar point of overt pressure in the future unless a permanent solution which recognizes the individual tribes and allegiances. Even then, who knows, and who can even believe they can know. Until humankind learns to live one with the others despite their differences and when the concept of world conquest is forever laid to rest, we will simply live from one crisis to the next until one ultimate crisis ends the existence of humanity leaving so few humans that all knowledge is lost within two or three generations and humanity has to begin again from square one. Who knows how many times we have come to this precipice and fallen, once, twice, one hundred, how many? There has been evidence found of a former cataclysm and there are the ancient Indian texts telling of weapons with unprecedented destructive powers. The world once again has such power, the power to end all civilized life on the planet and cause an unprecedented extinction event exceeded only once or twice in all of Earth’s history. In the famous T. S. Eliot poem, “The Hollow Men” ends with the following two lines, “This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but with a whimper.” He was close as the last sound will be a whimper but all but immediately before that there will be a series of Earth-shattering bangs of near unprecedented destruction in all of human history combined as all the secondary nuclear powers release their destruction on all who are not fit to live by their definitions, which will be against the others and each other ending all, then the few who survive for a short period will finish with the whimper.

 

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