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AN EQUITABLE TWO-STATE SOLUTION
Editorial by Harry Hunter
(Jan. 15, 2010) — Once on a different website, I got myself pretty much consigned to hell by different-minded patriots because of my views on Israel and Palestine. I beg your leave to perhaps differ with you, too, Gentle Reader, without invoking similar condemnation. My preference is to live and let live, preferably in peace.
But today the United States is at war with Islam at multiple levels, from hot missiles and roadside bombs to a cold cultural conflict of deeply-held beliefs. I was teaching a class on the terror-ridden morning of 9-11-2001, and I told my students that morning, “We are now in a religious war.” I never believed former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld when he said that our subsequent military actions had nothing to do with Islam. I believed then and believe now that both the actions of Islamic terrorists and our own military actions had everything to do with Islam—and Israel.
Statements made by Osama bin Laden indicate that an important reason why al-Qaeda declared holy war (jihad) on America was that U.S. support of Israel enabled Israel’s confiscation of Palestinian land and Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people: “We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation.” – Osama bin Laden – to CNN in March 1997, as quoted here .
If you doubt the religious nature of the war in which we are embroiled, consider these further statements by bin Laden:
“We should fully understand our religion. Fighting is a part of our religion and our Sharia [an Islamic legal code]. Those who love God and his Prophet and this religion cannot deny that. Whoever denies even a minor tenet of our religion commits the gravest sin in Islam.”
“Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be rewarded for it by God . . . . I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the so-called superpower that is America. Time Magazine
“We–with God’s help–call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.” Feb. 1998 – Bin Laden edict
“We are seeking to incite the (Islamic) nation to rise up to liberate its land and to (conduct) jihad (holy war) for the sake of God.” — al-Jazeera, June 1999.
“I’m fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God. Our fight now is against the Americans.” — Osama bin Laden, quoted by Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper
[The above quotes are found here].
After 9-11 I recall hearing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak say that 90% of terrorism would stop if there were an equitable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But long before 9-11 Mubarak was warning the West that terror and Israel were inextricably linked. In July of 1996—more than five years before the hellish attack of 9-11—Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviewed Mubarak on PBS’s NewsHour, and Mubarak made this stark statement: “Believe me, terrorist actions . . . will never stop unless we reach a comprehensive settlement.” (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/july96/mubarak_7-30.html) Mubarak was talking about the kind of peace agreement that would return Golan to Syria (perhaps as a demilitarized zone), withdraw all Israeli occupation forces, close down illegal Israeli settlements, share Jerusalem among Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.
To anyone tempted to evade the issue here by an ad hominem attack on Mubarak, please note that I am not holding him up as a model of virtue but as a knowledgeable source. Let us consider the substance of what he said instead of attacking the man. Does President Mubarak’s July 1996 statement on PBS comport with the history that has played out before us since then? Yes, it most certainly does. Does his July 1996 statement make sense given the known facts of the Mideast conflict? Yes, I believe so. Has the U.S. suffered more or less from terrorism in the 13 ½ years since Mubarak starkly told us what had to happen to stop terrorism?
Well, then, might it not be in the best interest of the United States to do everything possible—and I mean EVERYTHING—to bring about an equitable comprehensive Middle-East solution ASAP? I say it would be, and that is why on this one issue I support Barack Hussein Obama’s pressure on Israel to come to reasonable terms. Demanding that a disarmed Palestinian state be perpetually subject to oversight, inspection, and approval by Israel, which is what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done, is not reasonable. Demanding all of Jerusalem for Israel is not reasonable. Occupying the Golan Heights forever is not reasonable. Continuing to build Jewish settlements on Palestinian land is so outrageous that virtually all other nations in the world oppose it.
I carry no brief for Islam. As I have written rather freely, I consider Islam a criminal religion. Neither do I subscribe to Zionist delusions about holding God to ancient scriptural promises about territory. I believe in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, and I believe the Creator is more interested in the condition of human souls than in deeds to real estate. Both Islamists and Zionists, including the Christian Zionists who can be even more aggressive, belligerent and land-hungry than Jewish Zionists, must tone down their respective Grand Visions so as to permit peace in the Middle East.
And please, don’t talk to me about Armageddon, the Global Caliphate or the New Jerusalem. Let us leave all that to God. If we are that close to The Foreordained End, nothing we mere mortals can do will stop your preferred prophecy from fulfilling itself, but I vote for doing EVERYTHING we can to keep the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from becoming a great cataclysm for humanity. We didn’t have atomic/hydrogen/thermonuclear/chemical/biological weapons of mass destruction all those centuries and millennia ago when religious wars were a favorite form of entertainment. Nowadays, we cannot allow such warfare to develop to its logical conclusion of mutual destruction. The hostile parties must be brought to terms, even if they have to be literally dragged kicking and screaming to the conference table.
Barry Soetero/Steve Dunham/Barack Obama is an illegal POTUS. He is not a natural born citizen (cf. this link for more info.) as required by the Constitution, and he should resign or be removed immediately. Since there is little chance of that happening immediately, why not support Obama on the one initiative of his that would actually serve the best interests of our nation—an equitable two-state solution in Palestine? If Obama can midwife an equitable Middle East peace, his otherwise sorry legacy will include at least one worthwhile accomplishment. He needs to move fast, though, for his White House days are numbered.