Saturday, December 24, 2005

The idea of the marches, or fortified border area, is as old as the Romans. To protect against an implacable enemy, to keep those barbarians far from the gates, the state ideally holds onto some territory useful only or mainly as a buffer. That is what Gaza was. Though Israel had and has legal, moral, and historic rights to Gaza (see the League of Nations' Mandate for Palestine, see the history of international law, see the history of the world) the Israeli presence, civilian and military, in Gaza was deemed, by Sharon, a "practical" one. By giving up Gaza, however, Israel limited its "Limes Islamicus" or rather wiped it out, across the southern invasion route, altogether.

Stupid people, and stupidly-led countries, learn only from their own experience, and sometimes not even from that. Intelligent people, and intelligently-led countries, learn from the experience of the past, the experience of others, and their own past experience (every treaty the Israelis have signed with Muslim states and groups have turned out to be based on the model of the "Treaty ofAl-Hudaibiyyah," every yielding out of "practical" considerations -- as the withdrawal from southern Lebanon -- does only temporary good and results in increased long-term danger).

Israel's folly is not to be blamed on Israel alone.
The entire Western world, oblivious to the nature of the threat to Israel, and keen to throw the Arabs and Muslims some sop because it is not understood that this will merely whet, rather than sate, Arab and Muslim appetites (not least in Europe, where triumphalism will spur others on), has helped to confuse and demoralize the Israelis. But Israel's own confusion about Islam, understandable for a while (when they were attempting to have such Muslim allies as Iran under the Shah, and Turkey pre-Erdogan or despite Erdogan), and the inability of the Israelis to mount any campagin to properly identify the nature of the implacalbe, unassuagable, campaign against it as an Infidel state on land once controlled by Islam (but it is not Israel, Sicily, Spain, much of central and southern Europe that is the only target of Islam, for in the end, its requirements include the entire globe -- it can't be otherwise. The Qur'an does not say: stop at the limits of what you achieved in 1000, or 1200, or 1500. No, the Qur'an and Hadith tell us that Islam "is to dominate and not to be dominated." Everywhere. All over the globe. And hundreds of millions of people devoutly believe that. Why shouldn't they? That's what they read, that's what they are taught. What's the surprise?

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