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PostSun Mar 12, 2006 4:20 pm     TWO STATES LIVING SIDE-BY-SIDE IN PEACE - A "VISION THI    

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by Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst & Commentator

What’s wrong with that title?

In speech before the AIPAC, (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) Conference in Washington, Vice President Dick Cheney spoke about the Bush ‘vision’ of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. Perhaps he really believes that or it was merely a figure of speech reserved for meetings, formal dinners, conferences, ‘et al’.

The simple fact is that there is nothing of fact in such statements. Reality is what happens - not altered words that create a fantasy reality - otherwise known as "visions".

President George Bush had a ‘vision’ put into his mind by the pro-Arab technocrats in the State Department, by his father and by James Baker who have created an altered perception of the Arab Muslim oil world. These ‘vision things’ as George Herbert Walker Bush once described it - with contempt in his time - can indeed be worthy of contempt.

The world of Islam, Mohammed’s ‘vision thing’ and Koranic Law are indeed a world apart from the Free West’s civilization of freedom and peace for all. One may have ‘visions’ of taking such a world and attempting to make it fit with the world of the Free West but, it still remains separate and apart - deliberately.

Two States with no natural borders such as mountains, rivers, valleys or deserts, crammed together by mere words cannot possibly live side-by-side. Nor will there ever be any peace - no matter how often the word "peace" is repeated in speeches. It falsely creates the feeling of a warm, fuzzy blanket but that’s not reality. There may be mutual respect for your neighboring hostile state(s) out of fear, strength, even common heritage or national memory but, nothing exists today to bond the Jewish State of Israel with the hostile states of Muslim Arabs who believe their separate heritage is superior to all else.

Will either the Jews or the Arabs ever lessen their beliefs simply to compromise for the sake of peace? I don’t think the Muslim will abandon Koranic or Shariah (strict Islamic) law even when few Muslims even understand it.

On the other hand, many Jews desperately attempt to escape their Jewishness and deny their national memory. Like Shabtai Zvi, a false Messiah, they could be drawn out of Judaism and perhaps into Islam because they are empty of their own Jewish identity for lack of education and home teaching of their heritage. That may be because they have nowhere else to go.

Conversely, there are those called "Observant" or "Orthodox" Jews who know who they are by virtue of their deep education and heritage from their homes. They are imbued with their rich heritage from the time of Adam and Eve, Noah and Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

But, even those Jews who believe in absolutely nothing other than themselves will not be acceptable by Muslims in a companion or neighboring state. Words, declarations, treaties...are all meaningless to Muslims because they are implemented only as long as is necessary, according to Koranic law. The Jews, like the Europeans and Americans believe in negotiated, binding contracts. They cannot bring themselves to believe that all the weeks of negotiation, all their willing and painful compromises, all the words so carefully spelled out will evaporate at a time of the Arab Muslims’ choosing.

Promises of demilitarization, human rights, water rights, non-pollution of aquifers, restraint on not drilling too many wells which would inevitably lower the water table for all and allowing the seepage in of salt sea water - all are negotiated by them in good faith but mean nothing to the Arab Muslims.

While VP Cheney speaks of two states living side-by-side, he ignores what is already happening on the American-Mexican border. While many of the illegal Mexican immigrants are merely seeking work and have no hostile intentions, there are too many who are Terrorists or drug dealers. The U.S. has the Rio Grande River and is still putting us a huge wall so even in North America the fiction of two states living together in peace is merely that - just a fiction.

Even the most obtuse pacifists will recognize that there is a vast gulf between the relatively minor problems of America and Mexico as compared with Israel and Arab Muslim so-called Palestinians.

Even the way Israel and the Free West treat women compared to how they are treated in Muslim countries is not comparable. In Muslim countries women are treated as chattel to be totally covered and restricted both because of custom and Shariah law. A Muslim when speaking to an ‘infidel’ (non-Muslim) will claim Koranic law is fair and beyond reproach. In practice however, these laws are administered in a biased fashion. Cruelty plays a great part in their culture, particularly the way they treat women.

When George Bush or Dick Cheney speak of these two different and incompatible civilizations thrust together, cheek-by-jowl, clashes are inevitable and will probably be bloody because the Muslim culture thrives on the excitement of a blood cult. This is particularly true when one side has Koranic laws that mandate War and the annihilation of the other side. The West has refused to come to grips with this reality and instead insists that, with a little bartering, some gestures, a few signed agreements, the two can somehow live together.

Islam is a bloody, predator civilization that has a mandate called the Koran, given to Mohammed by Allah - or so they say. They are mandated to make war and exhorted by their Mullahs and Imams to conquer and convert all non-believers to create a World Caliphate dominated by Islam - very similar to Hitler’s Third Reich, intended to dominate the world for one thousand years.

Their war machine (Dar al Harb) moves forward into any space the infidel surrenders. If the infidel fights back, the Muslims will either retreat or use the ‘Hudna’ (temporary truce) until they are strong enough to attack again. Their M.O. (Modus Operandi) is Conquer, Convert, Kill or Enslave. The Sharon/Olmert blunder of giving space to Muslim Arab Palestinian Terrorists is already proving deadly as Kassem Rockets are launched into Israel almost daily, even hitting Israel’s main power plant in Ashkelon (or close to it).

‘Visions’ can come from many sources: Indigestion, Islamic fervor, epilepsy complete with flashes of light, hearing voices and trances from which one awakens, convinced that G-d has assigned you to rule the world. Then there are the voices that come from advisors such as those (the U.S. State Department) with the slogan: "Road Map" which had no substance.

So, Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in his global ignorance, bought into the Bush family ‘vision thing’. Little did Sharon think that Bush would crumble in the second half of his administration. All the promises, all the guarantees have become as worthless as deals formerly made with Yassir Arafat. Now Israel has as their leader Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who is woefully ignorant of geo-politics and the real world. Olmert was always a low level go-fer. (A go-fer is merely a messenger or someone who goes out for coffee. Messengers do not make reliable leaders.) Or you might describe Olmert as a "coat-holder", that is someone who holds the leaders’ coat until all the good leaders leave or die, and the "coat-holder" gets office by default - no one good is left.

These ‘visions’ are closer to hallucinations than to solutions. As a wish list, it would be great for World Peace IF the Muslims would disconnect from their book called the Koran that mandates world dominance under strict Shariah Laws. It would be great to see the Muslim world abandon their homicidal practices of beheading, martyr sacrifice (even by children) as a pledge to Allah - even their eager willingness to use nuclear bombs to eliminate the infidel.

The so-called ‘vision’ of two states living side-by-side in peace is much more of an hallucination than a ‘vision’ of achievable practical substance. Regrettably, Israel’s leadership has been spiraling downward for years to the point where office clerks and political has-beens are the only bodies available to run the Jewish nation. To observe a large number of Israel’s voters accepting a new party, composed of the lowest level of Israeli political society - those whom I would call "the coat-holders" - is indeed depressing.



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