More Middle East Madness

On the same day that Ariel Sharon and the newest Abu Radley shake hands and call a "cease fire", the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade fires a rocket into an Israeli settlement. At roughly the same time as this momentous declaration, Islamic leader Ibrahim Mudyris delivered an "official sermon" on one of the Arab television stations encouraging his followers to look forward to the complete occupation of Israel. Some translation of Mudyris' speech can be found here, but I'll reprint his "peaceful" commentary for your reading enjoyment.

"We do not love any land more than the land of Palestine. Had the Jews not expelled us from it with their planes, their tanks, their weapons, their treachery around us, we would never leave you, O Palestine. (Quotes Muhammad, who promised he would return to Mecca as a conqueror).

"We tell you Palestine, we shall return to you, by Allah’s will. We shall return to every village, every town, and every grain of earth which was quenched by the blood of our grandparents and the sweat of our fathers and mothers. We shall return, we shall return. Our willingness to return to the 1967 borders does not mean that we have given up on the land of Palestine. No!

"We ask you: Do we have the right to the 1967 borders? We have the right. Therefore, we shall realize this right with any mean it takes. We might be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1967 borders, but we shall not be able to use diplomacy in order to return to the 1948 borders.

"No one on this earth recognizes [our right to] the 1948 borders [before Israel’s existence]. Therefore, we shall return to the 1967 borders, but it does not mean that we have given up on Jerusalem and Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramla, Natanyah [Al-Zuhour] and Tel Aviv [Tel Al-Rabia]. Never.

"We shall return to every village we had been expelled from, by Allah’s will. Why? All the international laws deny the Palestinians their real borders. We might agree, but in the name of Allah, our grandfathers’ blood demands that we return to them [the borders]. Your fathers' blood was shed there, at the villages, at Ashqelon, at Ashdod, at Hirbia [a village between Gaza and Ashqelon, where Kibbutz Zikim is located today] and at others places, hundreds of villages and towns. [Their blood] demands it from us, and it shall curse anyone who will concede a grain of earth of those villages.

"Our approval to return to the 1967 borders is not a concession for our other rights. No!... this generation might not achieve this stage, but generations will come, and the land of Palestine... will demand that the Palestinians will return the way Muhammad returned there - as a conqueror."

I don't know about you, but I think Mr. Mudyris spells out a "road map to peace" loud and clear. So, why is anybody actually taking any of this cease-fire business seriously? Well because Israel fears for its existence. It seems that no government, ours included, has the balls to call out the rest of this backward section of world (as well as the anti-Semitic Europeans) on its outright hypocrisy.

Two pet peeves of mine regarding this middle east issue are; first, the term the "cycle of violence", and second, this myth of Israelis oppressing "Palestinians". The "cycle of violence" consists of Israelis defending themselves against terror attacks, so I guess the "cycle" ends and the terror attacks stop when there are no more Israelis left alive to defend against them. As for the oppression bit, I have no pity for those with self-inflicted problems. It seems absolutely simple to me that if the folks stop blowing themselves up in Israeli shopping districts, then Israelis won't have to search them at check points for bomber belts.

I personally have little for the plight of the "Palestinian" , and for that matter, refuse to refer to anybody as a "Palestinian". Anyone who knows the first thing about the history of this region knows this term is pure political trash applied to Arab refugees occupying Israel in the late 1960s. I say if they're shooting at civilians and blowing themselves up, they're terrorists. One man's Palestinian being another man's terrorist, if you will.

I did notice that today, more meetings are canceled following a Hamas mortar attack on Gaza. I also found this very relevant Serena Weil article that highlights some interesting items about the region. Perhaps when the time comes that we can really start scaling our troops back in Iraq, we should focus war on terror to those groups currently terrorizing Israel. Not that they need our help, because the truth is that little Israel has kicked the crap out of all who have come forward to attack her; leaving the attackers to resort to an obnoxious fable chock full really bad lies to cover for the fact that they can't actually fight and/or conquer anything.

I figure that as long as these terrorists can openly advocate the elimination of every non-Muslim in Israel, the least I can do is advocate this so called "right of return". Arabs currently occupying Israel should return to their home countries, of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan.


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