The Israeli-Arab conflict...why it IS a conflict about religions and cultures, not territory.
Naomi Ragen (in her May 30th column) shows how this conflict clearly is about Islam fighting everything non-Islamic. And this is why this conflict will not be resolved at the negotiating table. It will only be resolved when Islamism has been defeated by the sword once and for all. It will be resolved when all fundamentalist branches of Islam (Wahhabism, Islamism, etc..) have been destroyed before they destroy us.
The Real Conflict By Naomi Ragen
Like most people in the world, for years I assumed that the conflict between Arabs and Israelis was a conflict about land. I assumed that this conflict had something to do with people losing land, wanting land, feeling disenfranchised, deprived of rights…
Recently, I began research into terrorism, Saudi Arabia, and Islam which has given me some startling evidence that everything I’ve believed in the past couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
The fact is, the conflict between Arab and Israeli is a conflict between Muslim and Jew. Moreover, it is only a tiny part of a much wider conflict between Muslim and all other religions, and those countries that treasure freedom of religion. It is the conflict between fanatical and intolerant and ignorant hordes bent on converting the world to their vision of the one and only true faith: Islam.
The first inkling that this was the case were in the books I read on Saudi Arabia. Did you know that it is a crime to own a Bible in Saudi Arabia, and that people have been jailed for it? Did you know that no one is allowed to celebrate Christmas or Easter there, and that no churches of any denomination can be built there (let’s not even talk about synagogues…)? Did you know that Jews are not allowed into Saudi Arabia, and that all things Jewish are a crime? Did you know that even those who practice Islam according to the Shia tradition are also considered criminals and are persecuted?
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia has been using its American-provided oil wealth to build elaborate mosques in places all over the world which have very few Muslims. This is what Peter Theroux (certainly no friend of Israel) wrote in his book Sandstorms: “Even the least observant Muslim in Saudi Arabia measured power and influence in religious terms—why else did the kingdom spend vast fortunes on palatial mosques in places where there were almost no Muslims? It was a subtle and informal way of marking territory. When the city of Rome decided in 1984 to grant a building permit for a mosque near the Holy See, the reaction of the Riyadh press [was] jeering articles [that ] applauded this “tanazul”, relinquishing or surrender, on the part of Rome and the Vatican…Europe and all Christendom were gloatingly shown to have caved in to Islamic machismo.”
Unlike the shrines of almost all other religions who welcome visitors of other faiths, the Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina are forbidden to anyone who does not practice Islam.
The deisre of the Islamic world to take over Jerusalem has one reason and only one: Islamic intolerance. Before Israel took over the Old City in 1967, it was closed to Jewish worshippers. The outbreak of violence in Pakistan , Indonesia, and parts of Africa are also being portrayed as territorial disputes by the press. But anyone with eyes in his head can see they too are Muslims against Hindus, Muslims against Christians. Muslims against anyone who isn’t Muslim.
Of all the freedoms we hold dear in the West, none is more precious than freedom of religion. Muslim immigrants are using that freedom and Saudi petrodollars to build an Islamic empire that will threaten religious tolerance in the West. We can already see the results with the rise of antiSemitism in Europe, led by Muslims who attack Jews, burn synagogues, and target religious schools. In Israel, the turnover of Christian Bethlehem to Muslims led directly to the destruction of the Christian community and the desecration of one of its holiest shrines, the Church of the Nativity, which was defiled by Palestinian gunmen, raped of precious artifacts, and then trashed.
When the West urges Israel to allow Muslim fanatics to mark more territory, it is rewarding Muslims for their crimes against humanity. Already, Muslims have lowered the standards of decency and brought all of the civilized world to new lows, convincing so-called intelligent and moral people to accept the outrages of supermarket killings, playground bombings, school bus bombings, flying baby carriages, murdered grandmothers, blown up Seder nights as a legitimate part of some moral equation in which the Muslims are always the ones with the understandable grievance that one can accept. “The Israelis murdered my brother,” they’ll explain after killing the baby, forgetting to mention that their sibling belonged to Fatah, or Islamic Jihad, or Hamas. And that is the way the press will present it. The Israeli or settler (baby in the carriage) against the idealistic young freedom fighter willing to risk his life for…you name it…any word that falls easily on Western ears and sensibilites. By allowing this propaganda to succeed, barbarous acts become palatable with the help of their journalistic apologists, helping the West to engage in its own brand of moral suicide, preparing itself for the day when the norms of Saudi Arabia will soon be the norms of us all.
Every inch of land Israel surrenders, gives that Muslim vision a new victory, infusing new strength into its megalomania. Every compromise Israel is forced to make by the world, or its own foolish leadership, strengthens the cynical resolve of the Muslims to expand the theatre of their conquests, and to turn the world into the hateful prison that is Riyadh and Jeddah, places where women walk like black ghosts, unable to work, or drive, or go out without permission from their husbands and fathers; a place where music is outlawed, and movies, and theatres; and where the worship of Jehovah or Jesus is a jailable crime.
Should Israel cease to exist, there would be no peace. It would simply whet the Muslim appetite to gobble up the next country and the next and the next, until they achieve their vision of one God, One Prophet; that is the Muslim God, Allah, and the one Muslim prophet, Mohammad.
Those of you urging Israel to compromise, should look out your own windows and think of the morning after. (NaomiRagen.com May 30)