No Peace In Our Time
Since the year 622 when Muhammad left Mecca to preach his philosophy, there has been no peace in the Middle East. Muhammad taught the principle of the Holy War—the Jihad—and insisted that such a war must be waged against the infidel, the non-believer, until such a time as all infidels are either dead, converted or have taken the status of dhimmi, a sort of low-class slave with almost no rights.
Christians, Copts, Jews and others who wanted to retain their religion accepted this humiliating status. They became a protected people according to the instructions of the Koran and for this dubious protection had to pay a considerable tax, were not allowed to bear arms, could not live better than a Moslem, and could not testify in court against a Moslem. The protected status could be withdrawn at the option of the local ruler, usually resulting in a massacre. The dhimmi became a scapegoat for Moslem anger and frustration.
Islam, by its very nature, is antagonistic to all people who do not adhere to Muhammad. Christians and Jews, Kurds, Druze, Bahais and Armenians have all been the object of Islamic wrath over the centuries.
What is not generally understood today is that the Jihad is in full swing and its targets are not merely Jews but the entire Western world. Most of the Arab world is ignorant of all the teachings of the Koran but are easily provoked by religious and political leaders who know precisely how to harness the volatility of the Muslim masses into instant rage. We have watched the anti-American riots in Iran. We have seen various groups hurl themselves against Americans in Lebanon. We observe terror, suicide bombers, and hijackers and we learn nothing from this wave of bitter hatred.
Our administration and particularly the U.S. State Department continue to believe that it can coax a bit of paper from the Arabs and that will be the end of it. When they see the treaty torn up at the whim of an Arab leader, they merely start negotiating for another bit of paper. Do we really believe that those who espouse a totally different set of values can be induced into abandoning a history of brutal “justice” and religious intolerance?
Egypt signed something called the Camp David Accords with Israel and America played midwife. No sooner was the ink dry than Anwar Sadat was called a traitor to Islam and assassinated. His successor continued to accept U.S. loans and military equipment but abrogated the entire agreement by not implementing one of those hard won points of the Accords. Today, Egypt and Israel stand precisely where they were before the agreement: no peace, no war. Egypt however, has gotten back the entire Sinai and paid nothing.
Historians who understand Islam and the law of Jihad could easily have predicted this result because to use any means to beat the enemy is not only taught but mandated in the Koran.
The probability of Israel negotiating a true peace treaty with the Arab world is very low. The presence of what Moslems consider a foreign element is enough to keep the coals of war hot and the sight of a thriving people they considered dhimmis, who beat them in several wars, drives them to a state of intense anger and rage.
If war will not work then treaties will continue to be enacted and broken at will or when the enemy grows weak. Any means to destroy the enemy is acceptable when one is engaged in a Jihad. There is an old saying which speaks volumes: “Kiss the hand of your enemy until you can cut it off.” Policy makers in the West fail to understand this rationale, so they continue to accept in good faith Arab leaders’ promises of peace.
Regretfully, as much as we desire it, peace will not be won through appeasement but only through strength. Viewing the Arab world the same way we do other totalitarian regimes would be a constructive first step in creating a more logical and coherent foreign policy. Further, countries that contribute to international terrorism and regularly vote against the U.S. positions in the U.N. should not be the recipients of billions of dollars of American aid. Israel is beginning to come to terms with the fact that its Arab neighbors are never going to become real neighbors. We Americans are just beginning to sense the first glimmer of that tragic truth.