Beyond the Cusp

January 21, 2016

Stabbing the Heart of Israel

 

There are so many lies and falsehoods being sold as valid arguments, facts, realities and truths that it is difficult to choose just one or, once doing so, avoid straying to related lies and nearby fatal injurings of actualities that tempt and draw one to broaden the discussion. We will attempt to keep to the one horrific falsehood that has been sold as a valid reality and unarguable right for the Arabs that the vast majorities of people buy the deception as the foundation. The Arab claims to major or entire areas of Judea, Samaria and Benyamin, an area which includes not just Jerusalem but the burial places of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish People, the city which housed the Arc of the Covenant and served as the Israelites’ capital city and the main place for the priests, Mount Ebal to Mount Gerizim: From Cursed to Blessed* and the sites of numerous critical battles and miracles which, no matter the empty guarantees which will prove unenforceable. There exist no United Nations peacekeepers who have ever remained, including those from the United States in the Sinai Peninsula right before the Six Day War who fled as demanded by the Egyptians, to protect fronts or historic holy sites once challenged. As such, there exist no guarantees enforcing Israeli rights of visits to the Tomb of Joseph, the Tomb of Rachael and soon the Cave of the Patriarchs as the Arabs are building illegal buildings to surround and close off these locations, amongst the highest of holy sites in all Judaism. Using encouragement from and financial assistance from European governments, NGOs, charities and even wealthy individuals assisting the cutting off of this holiest of holy sites from Jewish ability to visit and at which to pray, the Arabs are finishing another project to remove the Jews from all the lands and its holies places.

 

*Deuteronomy 11:29

“It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you
into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you
shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim
and the curse on Mount Ebal.”

 
 
The basic claim which is a complete falsehood from top to bottom, left to right, front to back is that all they want is the lands stolen from them, just 22% of the land, just our rightful 22% free of any Jewish pollution, contamination, infestation and just about every insult one might think up. There are numerous groups many of which support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement which is attempting to impose financial destruction upon Israel just as the world had done to South Africa over Apartheid. Their claim is that Israel acts just like South Africa did because they are an Apartheid country in occupation of Arab lands which were taken by force in an offensive war by Israeli colonizers. They propose that the Jews have no connection to the lands and that the Arabs are the aboriginal peoples from whom the Jews forced them into secondary status citizens. They claim they were the Canaanites or the Philistines or that they came to these lands and settled them many thousands of years ago and were the very first inhabitants. Unfortunately for the Arabs none of these propositions holds even a single grain of truth.

 

The Arabs came to reside in the area soon after the first Zionists arrived and the land began to prosper and there was employment. In the area after World War II the British also began moving Arabs into the area in an effort to keep the Jewish population a minority such that the Jewish State could never meet the requirement for the Jews to have a majority in the lands and thus claim to be ready for statehood. The British plan would have continued to work just as it had since the establishment of the Mandate to create a Jewish State from the Mandate Lands. That was the original intent for the British Mandate. But by the time it came for fulfilling this obligation, the British proposed, and the powers drawing up the new maps after the end of the Ottoman empire and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and basically setting up the national states both in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, agreed to the British forming, and this part is crucial, an Arab State for the Arabs residing in the British Mandate Lands on the lands east of the Jordan River, on 78% of the area, leaving the 22% of the lands west of the Jordan River for the Jewish State once the Jews were a sufficient percentage of the population. The requirement was not for the Jews to be the majority but only capable of forming a state, the make-up of that state would develop over time. The British decided to define, being able to form a state, as the Jews being the majority population; something the British controlled as they were the officials granting Jews entrance to the lands which they always kept to a minimum or even closing the borders all but completely. During much of World War II the British limited Jewish emigration to the Mandate lands to 75,000 for the five years from 1939 through 1944. This was during the worst years of the extermination of the Jews in the concentration camps and the Jews were desperate for a place to run to and the only place which could have fulfilled an obligation for the formation of a Jewish State had such a restriction in place and even made the paperwork so onerous that not even the 75,000 were even granted passage. What makes this criminal, though not technically, but most certainly morally, was that the Nazis original plan was to send the Jews back to their ancient lands which were the British Mandate lands and the British blocked this as a favor to the Arabs who still desired to have themselves given another state west of the Jordan River which would have merged with Jordan as soon as the British left and more likely than not expelled the Jews from the lands west of the Jordan River just as had been done East of the Jordan River. So the Arabs desired to be granted their claims to the lands west of the Jordan River which made up 22% of the British Mandate as the lands east of the Jordan River, as noted previously, made up 78% of the Mandate lands.

 

This claim to demanding 22% of lands, meaning all of the lands west of the Jordan River, is exactly what Mahmoud is still demanding right now. When he claims to only want the rightful 22% of the lands, he means the rest of the British Mandate. When people claim he means only the areas that Jordan called the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas nods his head much like a bobble head doll in the back window of a car on an Annapolis cobble stone street. When Abbas speaks to the Palestinians he lets his true intentions out and tells them they will not settle for anything less than their rightful 22%, the entirety of the remainder of the British Mandate. When he claims that Jerusalem will be the Capital City of the Palestinian State, he means all of Jerusalem and a state on all the lands west of the Jordan River. Palestinian leadership has twice been offered a State on over 95% of the West Bank with all of Gaza, providing Hamas allows such and does not claim their own little fiefdom, once to Arafat and the other to Abbas, with land swaps compensating for the remaining amount and with its capital city in East Jerusalem and has turned it down both times. The Palestinians could have had their state at almost any time if they would accept a deal which meant sharing the lands with a Jewish State living side-by-side in peace and security. When Abbas is allowed to state what he is willing to accept to end the terrorist violence, his answer is always the cryptic, “All of Palestine.” He means the lands west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Whenever he is forced to reply in an agreeable compromise which the Europeans claim is acceptable and will be a Peace agreement, Abbas claims that such is acceptable as long as the Arab Palestinians are permitted to protest their loss of any lands to the Jews by which he is saying that the Arab Palestinians are to continue their terror war against the accursed Jews until they surrender the entire land to the Arabs as all lands belong to the Arabs, to the Muslims.

 

Word of warning to those Muslims who believe they are safe from the Arab demand that the entire world be Muslim, they do not actually include non-Arab Muslims. Once the Muslims create their global caliphate and all the kafirs have converted or been executed by beheading or whatever is convenient, then they will begin to purify the Muslim world in order to perfect the Muslim faith and dealing with those Muslims which are not pure. Ever wonder what they mean by pure? They mean Arab Muslims and then they mean each tribe fighting until they have purified Islam to that one tribe and then the clans will clash and in the end there can be only one true Muslim, the last human being on Earth. The Palestinians see no end to the fight to make the world safe for Arab Islam, be that Shiite or Sunni, something being discussed in Syria at the moment. For those who doubt the validity of the purification plans of the Arab Muslims simply ask why there has been no allying with the Kurdish Muslims by their Arab brothers. Yes, that’s right; they are impure Muslims as they are Kurdish and are refusing to live under Arab oppressions. If they refuse to share a small amount of lands with their Kurdish brothers in arms, what makes one believe that they would be treated any different.

 

Another little item is the refusal of any pro-Palestinian, meaning pro-Arab Palestinian, groups in the Western World refuse to debate anyone and defend their argument? Don’t believe me, try to set one up with any of the plethora of pro-Arab Palestinians, they often call themselves simply pro-Palestinian but in their heads they are saying Arab Palestinian, to debate a proponent for Israel and the right of the Jews to their homelands. They will not debate, they might agree and then arrange a demonstration which will disrupt the debate and never allow the Zionist to speak. On all too many campuses throughout the Western World no pro-Israel or pro-Zionist speaker is permitted to speak unless he can calm and eject the overly abundant hecklers demanding they be given equal time to rant. No such demonstration interrupts George Galloway, who refuses to debate Israelis as they cheat and win unfairly and practice other black arts such as quoting international law and that is just no basis for an argument which allows the Jewish People to have an autonomous state in their ancient homelands because, well, they’re Jews, you know (see below for his explanation). The recipe for a fair and unbiased debate is the Muslims for Palestine debating the Jew for Palestine with the while anybody representing the Jews for Israel are laughed at as they are run from the area with threats of all sorts, some actually illegal as it is oddly against the law to threaten to murder somebody, yes, even if they are Jewish.

 

 

 

 

The pro-Palestinians insist that when it comes to the situation in Israel that only they are permitted to speak and inform the world of the rightfulness of the Arab argument and the wrongheadedness of the Jewish State idea. There will be a speaker or many speakers who will speak of ethnic cleansing as if Islam is an ethnicity like being a Jew or an Arab or French, English, Turkish or Egyptian. Then there will be the claim that the Jews have been steadily and consistently killing the Palestinian refugees by refusing to allow them to work, leave the refugee camps and simply killing them. This is why since the 1949 Armistice the numbers of Arab Palestinian Refugees had gone from the original approximately half to three quarters of a million to the current five to six million. The Jews must be doing one really lousy job of murdering them off and preventing their numbers from increasing. Of course the Arab Palestinian Refugees are the only refugees to have their own private and equally inefficient United Nations agency called UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) which maintains the rule that if either of your parents are an Arab Palestinian Refugee then you are an Arab Palestinian Refugee which is why the great grandchildren of an original Arab Palestinian Refugee are also counted as Arab Palestinian Refugees. Arab Palestinian Refugees are the only refugees whose only permissible place of resettlement is within Israel. This explains why there are Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in places like Jordan, Syria (well, not since Bashir al-Assad leveled the camp with barrel bombs and artillery murdering thousands of Palestinian refugees but this was of minor concern to the media as this was Arab on Arab violence and did not include the Israelis in any manner so move along. There are more Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon. Then there are Arab Palestinian Refugee Camps in, wait for it, Gaza outside Gaza City and throughout places under Arab Palestinian control parts of Judea and Samaria where they are not permitted many of the freedoms the Arab Palestinian enjoy living right outside the camp. Further, these refugee camps do not have rows of tents but instead they have apartment buildings often surrounded by high fences and barbed wire such that these Arab refugees are not permitted such freedoms. In some locations they are forbidden from attending college and are permitted only the most menial of jobs if they are permitted to work at all. They are denied citizenship and are left to be used as a political tool to overwhelm Israel with Arab refugees and thus subsume Israel making it the Arab Muslim State and as soon as they are empowered the Jews cannot be permitted to stay on the lands. Whether they leave or not is not the question because there will be an immediate reaction once the Palestinians are permitted to take control of Israel and then disband the Israeli defense forces and using the licensing information on firearms ownership take all the guns from all the Israeli Jews, then rename the nation Arab only Palestine and no longer allow the Jews to live above the ground but six feet under the ground in their own tiny residence would be acceptable.

 

Just to set the record straight, after Israel got her independence the Arab and Muslim world forced over three-quarters of a million Jews out of their homes, businesses and taken their wealth to assist the governments for some reason or purpose, it was never clear, and they mostly went to Israel as other nations were not so accepting. Were these Jews placed in refugee camps to languish and produce more Jewish refugees to also languish in the camps eventually to be resettled who know where? No, the Jewish refugees were incorporated into Jewish lives and as Israeli citizens. There are no Jewish refugees residing in camps, just happy and productive Israelis. Meanwhile the Arab Palestinian leadership with the blessings of the Arab nations continue to demand their 22% of the land, the rest of the land would be more accurate, and demanding that the Jews return to the nations from which they came, except for the ones who used to reside in their Arab lands as they will need to go elsewhere. Odds are that many of the lands from whence the Jews came would also not welcome them back as they have Syrian refugees to start to integrate into their already unassimilated Muslim communities. The strangest of all maladies is the, “What do we do with those Jews,” malady. When they are in the midst of the rest of the world they are demanded to go to Israel, also known as where you people belong and not amongst us grander people and when they are residing in Israel they are told that they do not have any right to that land or any homeland. Add that Germany resumed printing Mein Kampf, but with notes about how wrongheaded it was and how the author was not exactly sane. I am sure these added commentaries will prevent anybody from taking the wrong message from reading the howling cries of a madman. Did we mention that Mein Kampf also became an instant best seller? Who’d have thunk that? We mean it is not like Europe was once again turning to flaming anti-Semitism, oh, wait, yes they are. The Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom has no idea how she got preferential treatment for housing in the capital getting a luxurious apartment but she is certain that the Jews are mucking it up wherever they happen to be. She has nothing against Jews as long as they are far, far away and that does not include allowing them to reside and have their own nation. Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallstrom would not be so odious except that even if she was forced from office there are still so many who have minded their words who are still in positions where they likely are causing Israel more harm than Margot Wallstrom ever could. One example from the past has the conversation between Sarkozy when he was President of France and President of the United States Barack Obama spoofed in the image below, but it really was no laughing matter. Then French President Nicolas Sarkozy told President Obama, “I can’t look at him [Netanyahu] anymore, he’s a liar.” In response to this Obama retorted to Sarkozy, “You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

 

 

Sarkozy and Obama discussing Netanyahu and by so all of Israel

 

 

There is no lack of politicians, NGOs and governments who work to destroy the Jewish State of Israel simply because it is Jewish and at the same time complain to the Jews that they cannot protect them from the many haters who in Europe have begun to attack synagogues and Yeshivas (Jewish schools). In Malmo the situation has gotten so dangerous that the 4,000 souls which made up the Jewish community just five years ago now numbers under 500 souls. Malmo will soon be devoid of Jews as will an increasing number of cities which used to support rather large Jewish communities. The Jews in Europe have been seeing the signs in ever increasing numbers with many of the Jews fleeing to Israel and for those Jews we would love to welcome them home. If this were the end of the story, that would be a happy note with a happily ever after tinge. But it is not the end.

 

There is still a large Jewish community spread throughout the United States though it is concentrated in the larger cities, especially in the northeast of the nation. These Jews are currently not feeling the heat. This does not mean there is no heat, it just means they are happy in their ignorance and it has yet to reach proportions where it becomes undeniable except Jews are very good at willful blindness and deafness. Many American Jews even when confronted with undeniable anti-Semitism will discount it so they can continue believing as the Germans Jews of the Weimer Republic had before them constantly believing despite the signs, “It can’t happen here.” The problem with that attitude is that it stands contradicted by reality and the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States. Is it at levels anywhere near as bad as in Europe, not yet, but it will get there within the next decade. Will the American Jews realize the danger they will be facing as it continues to mount and the attacks on Synagogues, Yeshivas and increasing attacks on Jewish businesses, homes and individuals. No, not even if they themselves are the victim of such a crime, it will be sloughed off as a rare and unlikely scenario and never the true sign of an increasing problem. The majority of the generation who could have sounded the alarms when they saw such signs have almost all passes and the rest of the Jews pretty much avoid history all together, let alone learning from it. No, seventy, eighty, possibly ninety percent will wait until it is too late to get out safely. When we returned to home and Israel has proven to be just that, a homeland where we feel at home, only a few people understood, a very few, but one was Rabbi who showed honest glee at our decision and joined those welcoming our choice. We kidded about how Rabbi was actually happy to be rid of his gadfly but we both know he had grown to really like us though our initial melding to the community took time and Rabbi was somewhat distressed with our overly conservative views. What warmed him was a confusion he felt when he and I saw eye to eye on issues though for somewhat different reasons. We suspect Rabbi knew we would be more comfortable in Israel and he was right. The American Jews will continue to tell themselves that those people doing these things are not the majority nor will they ever represent the majority forgetting that the Nazis were a minority and we now know that a dedicated minority can hijack an entire nation and half the continent will go with you even if you don’t believe you can just as long as you claim to have a plan. The time is approaching and this is all part of Hashem’s plans to bring his children home to Eretz Yisroel and the current violence and political oppressions are His challenge for us to overcome and the answer is simple and can be expressed in a single world, Torah.

 

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November 3, 2015

And Abbas Finally Speaks the Truth About Israel

 

While speaking to a special session of the Human Rights Council this past week, Wednesday, in Geneva, while Abbas requested the United Nations, the Security Council in particular as only they can provide what he is demanding of late, that the Human Rights Council demand and fully back his demand for international forces be sent to protect any Arabs, Palestinian or Israeli, from being prevented by police, Border Patrols, Israeli Defense Forces or Israeli citizens interfering in any way their attempts to murder freely Israeli citizens. Understand that these attacks may be targeting Jews but there is a statistical chance of one in four that the target attacked will be other than Jewish and a twenty percent chance of their target being a fellow Arab. Abbas’s speech had a number of goodies which we will post outtake pictures of the selected frames for ease of reading and include the entire video at the bottom for the less patient who are also fast readers, though one need not be too fast a reader I have been told.

 

 

Abbas Speech in Geneva October 28 2015 to Human Rights Council Demanding Peacekeeping Forces to Guard Terrorists Stabbing Israelis

Abbas Speech in Geneva October 28 2015 to Human Rights Council
Demanding Peacekeeping Forces to Guard Terrorists Stabbing Israelis

 

 

What is it that makes Abbas so irresistible that whenever and to whomever he desires to speak to, most especially United Nations, attached NGOs, and other Agencies instantly upon an Abbas request for special sessions are instantly coordinated? The next thing required to interpret Abbas’s brief brush with the truth is to do some rudimentary mathematics, a simple case of subtractions before delving into a little history.

 

 

Abbas United Nations Math which takes year 2015 subtract his desired 67 years erasing history to 1948 before Israel founded

This has been the never to be stated aim of the entire terror war from even before 1948 which was the year in which Israel was founded on May 15th, from even before the riots instigated and called for by the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin Al Hussein who made calls for the riots on Arab radio stations declaring that the Jews were desecrating the al-Aqsa Mosque and were also preparing to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque despite there being no evidence or potential truth to his claims. These broadcasts called for pogroms against the Jews of Jerusalem and Hevron as well as numerous places where the violence was somewhat muted but all in all the acts of rioting close to one-hundred-fifty Jews were murdered. In the main areas where any intervention might have ended the violence the British policemen did not open fire fearing that if they had shot into the Arab crowd, the mob would have turned their anger on the police. There will be those who may claim this source is tainted due to its presumed slant but we can attest that we have heard that it may have been a single shot from a British Officer which scattered the Arab rioters which was fired due to some of the Arab rioters coming uncomfortably close to the British section of troops who stood and simply witnessed the pogrom without any concern. The source Think-Israel tells a slightly different story themselves quoting with regard to Mr. Cafferata, both the Memorial Book and the testimony of the survivors record, with damning unanimity, that Mr. Cafferata did nothing for two hours. The Memorial book records: “From our knowledge, we say with certainty that it would have sufficed to issue a warning, or to fire some shots into the air, and the crowd would have scattered. It was only after there had been sufficient butchery, plunder and rape, and the pogromists were about to attack an English officer, that some shots were fired, and the mob dispersed at once.”

 

The 1929 rioting had been preceded by rioting in Jaffa in 1921 and on and off rioting and assaults since the first Jewish settlers arrived in Palestine in 1882 from Russia and which were also followed by further rioting incited in much the same manner in 1933, as well as consistently from 1936 through 1939 across the different places in what would eventually become Israel for one evening before the assault on Israel the next morning by seven Arab armies crossing the borders with Lebanon in the north, Syria the Golan Heights in the northeast, Egypt in the South, and Saudi Arabia and Yemen from the southeast and Iraq and Jordan from the east. Just in case anybody ever doubted what the actual real borders of Israel were as when she declared her independence, allow me to repeat without naming the armies which poured over them in the hopes of enjoying what was to be an easy genocidal murder of every last Jews but somebody forgot to tell the Israelis, they were Lebanon in the north, the center line of the Golan Heights in the northeast, the Jordan River to the east and a line extending from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea as if the Jordan River had continued that far as it most likely did a long time ago and the Negev Sinai border in the South with the Mediterranean Sea to the West. This means that Israel originally included the presumed ‘occupied lands’ referred to as Gaza and West Bank.

 

Well, as promised, the video itself for your viewing pleasure followed by some concluding remarks.

 

 

 

 

There are a fair number of people around this world of ours who are willing to grab ahold of any claim against Israel and run it into the ground and hopefully doing the same to Israel. Their blood lust to have Israel torn asunder, destroyed and further not all that likely to lose a moment’s sleep if every Jews were slaughtered in the process of Israel’s destruction. They will claim they have nothing against the Jews, only with Israeli policies and decisions and the violence they use to enforce their laws and protect the life of all Israelis, including the twenty percent who are Arabs and the other five percent who range from Bahá’í Faith to Hindus and from Buddhists to Shinto, from Christians to Mennonites and Jews to Zoroastrians and lastly also Muslims (all of which are growing populations in Israel and often Israel is the sole nation with growing populations as the rest of the nations in MENA have dwindling populations of all but for Islam for various reasons as they are all growing and enjoying the freedom of religion in Israel). These same people appear not to have anywhere near the same level of concern and critical spite for Syria, Islamic State, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan Nigeria, Cameroon, Ukraine, Myanmar, Mexico and numerous other places in the world; they just hold a special animus against Israel, the sole nation of the Jews. Many of these haters of Israel will claim they are not anti-Semites but merely anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Settlers who just happen to be Jews yet if asked if they would be willing and openly accepting to have a couple of million Jews emigrate to their country and they will suggest that perhaps a smaller amount, the percentage equal to their population against the rest of the world, crowding, you know, there is such limited space here and other reasons. Some might even use that all time favorite that the Jews would not be happy here and they would rather go elsewhere. There are claims that the Jews need to return to Germany, Russia, Poland and the other European nations and the United States, you know, where they came from, but that ignores close to half the Jewish population. The Jews who came to Israel when they were expelled, chased, nudged or elbowed out of their homes and businesses often permitted one or two suitcases per family or person depending on the nation and had their bags checked and any jewelry, monies or other items determined valuable like art or coin collections, were removed and not permitted to leave the country across MENA (Middle East and North Africa) most of which ended in Israel, all over eight-hundred-thousand plus of them over the decade that followed 1948 and they now make up close to half of Israel’s Jewish population. What are the chances that these Arab nations would accept them back and not simply exterminate them upon arrival and quite likely with the aircraft they arrived in? There is nowhere for the six and a half million Jews of Israel to go and there are about to be an entirely new influx of Jews from the Ukraine, Europe, and soon even the United States, Australia and the remainder of the Anglosphere. Israel with her original eastern border of the Jordan River straight down to the Red Sea as was promised by the British and that agreement signed onto by almost all of the Western World and even Japan and King Faisal. How much more is required to permit the Jews to have their nation returned, and not even the entirety of their ancestral home which crossed to over both sides of the Jordan once reached to the Litani River, and reached Euphrates River after the conquests of King David and the rule and management of King Solomon as depicted in the left most image below.

 

 

Left side map depicts the division of the Promised Land amongst the tribes and right side map compares the modern promised land from the Jordan west to the Mediterranean Sea compared to the maximum of area during King David’s and King Solomon’s reigns.

 

 

The right hand picture above depicted the aboriginal boundaries of the Jewish State which reached the Litani River to the North, straddled both sides of the majority of the Jordan River basin and surrounding lands and continued south crossing beyond today’s border into what today is referred to as the Sinai Peninsula. Considering the above pictures which defines the different states of existence of the Jewish State in its aboriginal state and the lands according to some decisions on aboriginal peoples and their rights to their former lands would allow for an enlargement of the boundaries Israel would be happy to see returned such that Israel return to her original lands the moment before the Arab war of annihilation which Israel survived but as she lost bordering on one-third of her land mass she cannot be claimed to have won, just merely survived.

 

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June 7, 2013

When the Going Gets Rough the UN Goes Running

The United Nations is once again displaying remarkable consistency. The Syrian border with Israel heated up even further today and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers began running. Actually the governments who sent their troops to be peacekeepers ordered them to start running; running straight home. The UNDOF troops had been monitoring a basically silent border since 1974 until the recent events actually might have required them to perform peacekeeping. This should not come as a surprise as this is basically what United Nations peacekeepers are renowned for doing in the face of violence. In their defense the initial decision by the Austrian government to withdraw their 380 peacekeepers came after clashes in which two UN peacekeepers were slightly injured. The Austrian government official statement stated, “The Austrian army’s participation in the UNDOF mission can no longer be maintained for military reasons.” Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and his deputy Michael Spindelegger said in a joint statement. “Freedom of movement in the area de facto no longer exists. The uncontrolled and immediate danger to Austrian soldiers has risen to an unacceptable level” This was the final death knell for the UNDOF mission as it followed the reduction of the troop numbers to 900 after the March withdrawal by Croatia which followed following similar moves by Canada and Japan.

 

This situation is not honestly much of a surprise as United Nations peacekeepers that have been stationed on Israeli borders have a history of either ineffectiveness or departing at the earliest signs of violence or immediately after the leader of the Arab nation bordering Israel requests they get out of the way of their attacking militaries. This was the case in 1967 when Egyptian and Syrian troops massed on Israel’s borders. Avoiding trouble and turning a blind eye to Hezballah activities has been the apparent mission directive of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). In all honesty United Nations efforts as peacekeepers have left much to be desired throughout their history but only when deployed. The other side of this unseemly coin is that in many instances where United Nations peacekeepers would have actually been useful and have saved innocent lives they have been reticent in sending them in in a timely manner. The genocides in Rwanda and Darfur are prime examples of too little too late if at all. The only thing less effective of this world depending on the United Nations to be a place where peace is kept by the cooperation of the member nations through reason and negotiations as the means for solving problems would be a world where even the ineffectual United Nations did not exist thus removing any recourse other than the historic means, open warfare at even the slightest of provocations. Unfortunately, the one accomplishment of the United Nations that has prevented far more world carnage is about to become violate, the prevention of the general proliferation of nuclear weaponry. Once that principal accomplishment is dashed and nuclear weapons become generally available to any country or other entity with sufficient funds and desire, then when the world enters another period of heightened tensions, any resultant conflict would contain a level of threat for an unacceptable conflagration of unimaginable destruction. I pray that such a future is avoidable but judging from human history where no weapon no matter how horrible has not only been used to end one war but more often than not became the principle weapon used in the next war. Some claim this is due to progress while others contend such progress will eventually result in the end of the human race and potentially an almost immeasurable percentage of life on the planet. May such a consequence be avoided though the current state of the world is not exactly promising when the organization responsible for mitigating such threats, the United Nations, refuses to have its peacekeeping forces remain in place running from even the slightest raised level of violence.

 

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