The Vice President of the Jihad Watch Board of Advisors, Hugh Fitzgerald, comments on the talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which will resume soon:
Within a few days the farce -- farce from Israel's side, but most rewarding for the Arab or "Palestinian" Arab side -- will resume.
The Israeli leaders, especially Sharon, once had an idea -- "peace." Now the idea has them. There is no necessary connection between being a good soldier, as Sharon, we are told, was, and being a clever and cunning geopolitician. Still less in understanding the deep wellsprings of Arab opposition to Israel that will not be sated, but merely whetted, by any further reduction in Israel's control of territory, including invasion routes through Gaza or through the east once Israel no longer commands the heights overlooking the Jordan Valley. Legally, morally, historically, the Israeli claim is far superior to that of any other claimant. The specious and recent origins of the "Palestinian" people, invented purely -- and most successfully -- for the repackaging of the Arab Jihad as one of "two tiny peoples each struggling for its homeland, etc." which "struggle" is nonsense. The Arabs want what they have always wanted, and will always want: the elimination of Israel. It sticks in the craw. It is a "dagger in the heart" or a "cancer" -- these are the two metaphors used constantly (and examination of the metaphors that are employed, and that both express and fashion, deeply held views, can be instructive). One does not pull out a "dagger" part way. One does not excise just part of a "cancer." Similarly, Mahmoud Abbas and all of his well-wishers, if one actually examines what they say, rather than attribute to them all sorts of rosy views, are absolutely clear: the "violence" has not worked (never: the violence was wrong), that we have other and better means to accomplish the same end.
The naiveté of both Israel, and still worse, America, on the significance of the 800-pound gorilla in the room -- Islam and Muslim tenets -- is worrying. In Israel's case, it makes more rather than less likely a war, a war which will require, on Israel's part, unhesitating use of nuclear weapons -- and the Israelis, given their hyper-scrupulosity, are likely to waver and hesitate when no other country would do so (least of all, thank god, the United States).
Renewed focus of the American government on the "Arab-Israeli dispute" as it is demurely called, rather than on arriving at a clear understanding that the tenets of Islam, and the history of Islamic conquest, have entered a new and most threatening phase. Islam is the preferred vehicle for expressing one's alienation or hatred of the West, of America, of capitalism, of The System. Its appeal begins with the psychically marginal (John Walker Lindh) and the economically marginal (Jose Padilla, Richard Reid) and extends its tentacles outward. The vast campaign of Da'wa now being conducted, all over the Western world, without any organized attempt to stop it -- without even aid being extended, for example, to black churches so that in a place like Boston, where thanks to the exceedingly thick-skulled Mayor Menino, a gigantic mosque-cum-madrasa is arising right next to Roxbury Community College, and as part of the sweetheart deal the Islamic "community" has sweetly offered to provide both free lectures "on Islam" and a "5,000-volume library on Islam" to the college: what this will do to the power of black ministers, in reducing their flocks and influence, is clear. But no one cares; everyone pretends that Islam is simply untouchable and not to be criticized, and no one must dare to analyze what is in those texts, Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira, and where Muslims get their worldview.
The American government dithers, pays out huge sums and urges other Infidel nations to do likewise, transferring still greater wealth from Infidel into Muslim hands -- foreign aid to the hateful regime in Egypt, pensions for PLO terrorists and desalination plants and increased aid (why not: NO AID, until the $5-6 billion that went missing with Arafat is recovered? Is that simply an absurd demand by weary American taxpayers who do not wish to further subsidize, if they ever did, a PLO state, in order that it can thrive, and its population grow, and it can later go in, supported by others, for the kill, and not only destroy Israel, but seize the Holy Land for Islam, with all that that would do to Western and Christian morale?).
A grasp of what is happening all over the world -- the march of political Islam, which is essentially Islam tout court and not, as soothing voices well-versed in denial would have it, "a handful of extremists" or perhaps just "extremists" or perhaps just "Wahhabis" or perhaps just "Sunnis" or perhaps just "Shi'a" or...In every case, the texts, the commentators, the jurisconsults of Islam, absolutely all of whom are in total agreement on the necessity and rightness of Jihad, on the fact that Jihad can be undertaken with a variety of instruments, on the recognition that Da'wa and now demography can help to spread Islam where military conquest would be impossible -- all of this is not hidden from Infidel view, but so many Infidels simply will not bother to learn. "They know" and will not be confused, either with facts, or still more demanding, such long acquaintance with facts that they acquire a historical sense, akin to what in regard to languages is called sprachgefuhl, so that they cannot be fooled by taqiyya, tu-quoque, or much else American campuses have been successfully taken over, in their Middle Eastern studies (where Islam is never forthrightly engaged, and the works of K. S. Lal, or Sarkar, or Schacht or Jeffery or Muir or Lammens or Huart or Fagnan or Dufourcq or Snouck Hurgronje will never ever be mentioned, much less read by the ignorant and impressionable students, so mightily impressed by the apologists who take care to "pretend" to offer a bit of criticism, or even to introduce some straw man whom they can knock down for the sake of those same naive students, who thus become convinced that the instructor was "fair and gave both sides." How would they know, knowing so little?
Israel is of moral importance. If there were such a thing as justice, the case would be clear: the Jews deserve a state of their own. They bought land in two Ottoman vilayets, and inherited the state land owned by the Ottoman government. Every single visitor from the 19th century on testified to the extraordinary ruin and desolation of that land. The fact that aside from the wandering Beduin, who moved across territories, from Sinai to Arabia, there were no more than 100,000 inhabitants in all of Western Palestine (west of the river Jordan) until the Zionists returned, and that many of those inhabitants were not Arabs or Arab Muslims, and that in any case a good many Muslims -- veterans of Abd el-Kader's campaigns in Algeria and of Mehmet Ali's invasion force (ho simply stayed in what the Western world knows as "Palestine"), and that still others were moved wholesale, as the Ottomans had great experience in moving ethnic groups around (as in the manner of the Seljuk Turks's "surgun" system), from Ottoman territories in Europe as the high tide of Muslim power receded, and some place needed to be found (what better than the largely-empty and desolate vilayets that were later to become part of the Mandate for Palestine).
But there is a much larger question. If Israel is put in to a position where it cannot defend itself without recourse to nuclear weapons, and if there are a sufficient number of Muslims who think as do the current rulers of Iran, that in order to destroy the "cancer" within dar al-Islam that is Israel it is appropriate to use their own nuclear weapons, even if tens of millions of Muslims might die in retaliation, one is guaranteeing a nuclear exchange. Is this what everyone wants?
And what about Europe? For the past 30 years the Europeans, even as they allowed large numbers of Muslims into their countries, especially in Germany, where it was naively assumed that Turks not only were 1) permanently secular but 2) likely in the German environment to become ever more secular and 3) were "gastarbeiter" and would not set down roots (there are mosques and madrasas all over Germany), and in France, with a decadent and corrupt ruling class, of which the crook Chirac is a perfect example (he should never have been permitted to rise above soda jerk at that Howard Johnson's he worked at in 1954 during his famous stay in America), which not only allowed in Algerian men but then, in order to quash their "antisocial behavior," allowed their families to follow, with wives, and the enormous families, and the results that we all see in France today.
Unless the Europeans, too, get off the fixation with the "Arab-Israeli" dispute, now tendentiously renamed "Israel/Palestine" in order, with that "Palestine," to reify a non-existent country which, if Infidels had their wits about them, they would be moving heaven and earth not to bring into existence, but to prevent by all means -- for it is a sure guarantee of further trouble and unrest.
Everyone should take an hour out of busy schedules, agendas bristling with appointments, and learn what the Treaty of al-Hudaibiyya is all about. And then another hour, to review the precise history of all treaties and solemn commitments made under other agreements between Muslim Arab states, and Israel. And then, let us see how many, with straight faces, can still welcome any further emphasis on that little affair with Israel -- just one example, admittedly the one that the Arabs and Muslims would like us to believe is the source of their hostility to the entire Infidel world (they, of course, pretend it is only "the West" or even "America" to which they are hostile; the record with Hindus, Buddhists, African animists, and Christians everywhere, in Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, and so on, is simply finessed, with the willing cooperation of many "analysts" and "scholars" and "government officials" whose behavior is proving the equal, in its idiocy, to that of the ruling elites in Europe between 1933 and 1939, when it was too late to stave off total disaster.