I changed my registration to Republican so I can vote for Ron Paul in the primary here in California. The world will evolve favorably if the U.S. would withdraw its military might and its clandestine intelligence black-ops from all around the world. We could be free at home also. The people who have tried to dismantle our Constitution need to be held accountable for treason. Every member of the House and Senate who has been complicit and gone along with this needs to be held up to public shame and ridicule and swiftly voted out of office. Which means at least about 90% of them.
Comment by Douglas (Oakland, CA) — November 19, 2007 @ 7:58 pm
Lady luck brought me to your blog this fine sunday afternoon. Without flattering you, I must say I’m impressed. You are bold, intelligent and to the point. But you are quiet for more than a year now. No new entry. Hope every thing is OK.
I have a question about your statement that all Jews have no right to live in Israel bc of some kind of past irredeemable sins. Doesn’t that kind of thinking benefit the Muslims? Why do Muslims insist that Palestine should be theirs only and that no Jew is allowed to live there? Was that the “intellectual foreign” contribution of Muslim thought into Judaism that you mentioned in one of your articles? That it is God himself who has ethnically cleansed the Jews from their homeland, not the Muslim invaders of the 7-th century? Which in turn makes God(or Allah) himself the ultimate ethnic cleanser, and thus legitimizes Muslim thinking that Jews have no right whatsoever to return or live in Palestine, but instead wait for their Messiah “in humility”, and not even think of setting a foot there? This thinking may have worked for Muslims as a way to justify their exclusive claim to Palestine, but it will not and should not suffice today. It is wrong for Muslims to exploit the past like this. This way, it could be argued that Muslims only took advantage of the past misfortunes of the Jews, by claiming Palestine to be their sole possession, the same way Zionists do.
I ask this question not out of some great love for Jews, but out of love for fairness and justice. Jews may indeed have valid historical, maybe even genetic links to the people of the Middle East and today’s international law is not based on Islam, but rather on universal principles of morality and justice. Islamic law does not and really should not apply to this conflict. Making the conflict about religion is only going to prolong it. The conflict is about the land, not religion. Many Palestinians themselves may be and are descendants of the past converts to Islam from Judaism. Questioning and stating that Zionism is separate from Judaism, and not a legitimate part of it is one thing, but demanding that Judaism conform to a certain philosophy that it used to in the past simply bc it benefits and convinietly conforms to the Muslim corrupt and morally reprehensible belief that all Jews were justifiably cleansed form Palestine not by Christians and Muslims, but by God himself will not and should not pass. Also, neither you personally or Muslims in general ( as you have done in one of your articles) have a right to either demand or expect it. Judaism and Zionism are what they are today, and in fact Judaism as a religion maybe on its way out. Therefore, both peoples’ claim Palestine should be made on historical, ethnic, anthropological grounds, NOT religious ones.
God forbid the Jews to rule over the Holy Land in their own Bible. From a historical perspective, Jews have always been welcome in Palestine and will continue to be welcome as long as they do so as loyal citizens of Palestine and not as racist supremacists.