Well Stockingfull I've never claimed to be a "expert" but have gathered enough information through the years through various articles, texts, world history (did I mention history was my favorite subject?), television news and documentaries to form what I think is pretty good rounded opinion on the matter. Even fiction if you want to throw that in, "The Source" by James Mitchener, fiction but excellent read nonetheless. I'm a voracious reader, fiction ,history, news.. I read it all.
I used to read the paper out of fifth grade front to back. I don't take one text and read it and see it as the ultimate truth... I try and get as many perspectives on the matter as possible and keep an open mind. For example i read the entire article you posted by Dr Sami Alrabaa, then found a few more articles written by him and came to the conclusion he's a dreamer such as yourself. I'll say one thing , at least he's honest about the facts about how these radicals aren't looking for peace.
As far as the Islam/Jewish/Christian issue goes as it relates to the "Holy Land" I'm sure you know this has been ongoing problem since the first two people started and argument over who's invisible man was more powerful, this has gone on for centuries. Each of these religions certainly has their gripes and things they can point to that the other has done to other since ancient times right up until the present all in the name of religion.
Lets get down to the heart of the matter, the Jewish occupation of "The holy" land. This is what it all really boils down to, that and the perception that we support the Jews which is true to some extent. What is really ironic though is that the state of Israel was created because the Jews took it from the Arabs as result of Arab actions, it wasn't handed to them as is commonly believed. The recognition of the State of Israel by the U.S. certainly played a role and I'd imagine is sore spot for Arab- U.S. relations, however prior to that the Jews were accepting of many proposals most of which were in favor of the Arabs All these proposals were rejected by the Arabs. They simply wanted the Jews gone.
After the end of the British mandate the Brits left "The Holy Land" to let the Jews fend for themselves, it was expected that the newly formed Jewish state would be overrun in short time. The Arabs had superior numbers and superior forces... This of course never happened, they got their asses handed to them and then some. I forget the documents name but i believe it's the Israeli constitution or something very much like that even after all this... offered believe it or not Palestinian autonomy in the the newly formed state of Israel. Rejected again by the Arabs. It's my understanding the Palestinians that ae citizens of Israel still enjoy the same voting rights as any Jewish citizen although they are certainly restricted in their movements.
... a few years later and a few wars after that if you want to call them that, again started by the Arabs only to have their asses handed to them again. I guess we can assume having some nut cake try to exterminate your race is quite an incentive to try and prevent it again. In any event the Israelis kept gaining ground and kept beating off the Arabs.
This brings us to the present day , you have Jewish state in the heart of Muslim countries sitting on top of some of their most holiest sites much larger than anything they would of had if the Arabs had simply accepted the proposals after WW2 or the many that came after that. I find it humorous that most of the Jewish state was begotten through the idiocy of the Arabs. These people hate the Jews, they think of them as less than dirt. They perceive us and the rest of the Western world as enablers so that hatred overflows onto us the "enablers". To some extent that is true but the Jewish people aren't going anywhere with or without our help at this point in time. If that was American tanks rolling into Tel-Aviv instead of Baghdad every last one of them would have fought to the death. So there lies the crux of the problem. An Islamic world that wants to annihilate the Jews... or at the very least get them out of the holy Land, and yes I said Islamic world, lets face it they all hate them.
Shaykh Abdur Rahmaan As-Sudays From wikipedia :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Rahman_Al-Sudais
Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais an-Najdi (Arabic: عبد الرحمن السديس (ʕabd ar-Raxman ibn ʕabd al-Aziz as-Sudais an-Najdi), born Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1961) is the leading imam of the Grand mosque in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the "Islamic Personality Of the Year" 2006. In some of his sermons, al-Sudais has vilified non-Muslims and has called for the annihilation of Jews.
Now I'm not a "expert" on the structure of the hierarchy in the Muslim world of Imans but I don't think we have to argue about this mans credentials, he is after all preaching at the Muslim world's holiest place....
There really is no need for me to say it, I'll let him speak for himself. The following quotes were all taken from this sermon:http://www.alharamainsermons.org/eng/mo ... cle&sid=71
Read the history to know that yesterday’s Jews are evil predecessors and today’s Jews are worse successors. They an ingrate people, they altered God’s words, worshipped calf, killed Messengers and denied their Messages. They are exiled people and the worst of mankind. Allaah cursed them and cast His wrath upon them. He turned some of them to monkeys and pigs and worshippers of creatures. They are worst in position and are astray from the right path.
Fellow Muslims! Today we are facing the most severe war against the enemies of yesterday, today and tomorrow; a war against the descendants of Banu Qurayzah, Banu Nadeer, Banu Qaynuqaa.* May everlasting curse of Allaah be upon them. Can our people now understand the true colour of these accursed and erroneous people after their evil have become widespread and their aggression has become well-known?
It is for sure that those who perpetrate this crime and those who collaborate with them will never escape the punishment of All-Powerful Lord. They will also not escape the wrath of nations and history, for the massacre is imaginable and words only are not enough to describe it and its consequences.
Your Intifada has gloriously recorded one of the most wonderful examples of bravery in the contemporary history and you have restored our hope. So be sure of the help and victory of Allaah when you help His religion. He says,
“If you help (in the cause of) Allaah, He will help you and make your foot firm.”
Our hearts are with you and may Allaah help you. Continue on your course and revive your aims. Congratulations on the souls you have sacrificed in the way of Allaah. We pray that Allaah accept those of you who are killed as martyrs, give the sick and the injured quick recovery and bestow on us and you the happy life. Do not despair of the mercy of Allaah, for victory is coming, Insha Allaah.
Nice guy eh? This isn't some half assed backwwods Iman from butt-*censored* Afghanistan saying this but someone with prestige and power within the ranks of the Muslim faith. There plenty more where that came from if you want to dig into it, from him and others... you only have to open your eyes and look.
The bottom line is..... these people have no respect for Jews, Christians or anyone else. That's the bottom line, they will never be happy as long as the Jewish state exist in the Middle East and since we are seen as the enablers we will forever be entangled in this mess. As I mentioned in an earlier post the only people that can solve this is the Muslim people themselves, having a religious leader who are the real holders of power in these Muslim states like the one above is not going to solve this problem. Him and everyone like him have to be neutralized in anyway possible. There will never be peace until the people of the Muslim faith decide for there to be peace and they are certainly NOT going down that path.
Until then we have to do what we have to do, if that requires us to babysit the entire world so be it. However that is not going to happen...
At some point in the what I believe is the very near future there will be another major attack on the U.S. that is going to make the thousands of people killed during 9/11 look like a party. Prepare yourself because its coming, this country is entirely too vulnerable at too many points to prevent it. When that takes place all bets are going to be off, this talk you hear about the poor people in Guantanamo Bay and the waterboarding is no longer going to matter. Talk about whos right and whos wrong? pffffffft Won't matter.... It's going to be us or them and that's it.
If you cannot read the handwriting on the wall I really don't what else to say, hopefully I'm wrong but I can honestly say that IMO that is very unlikely.