Israel?


Israel?

Is the two-state solution, like the entirety of the concept of a ‘Modern Israel” – a farce? Demographics, as well as rational science, as well as religion, altogether, show that Palestinians not only outnumber Jews – they are living under apartheid-like conditions; without sovereignty, dignity, and and natural human rights. The tale is that this is the Jews’ home. Even if that is true – why demand the existence of a 5000 year old zionist state? It is not only scientifically bewildering but even theologically inaccurate – according to both ancient Jewish, Islamic and Christian religious texts.

The horrors of the holocaust are now only being repeated in Palestine, which only serves to paint a new picture where the inhumane Nazi extermination plan eventually fulfilled the creation of another fascist state – Israel. The British ensured the creation of Israel, when the Jews could have merely enjoyed living as nationals in other countries, celebrating their religion – I mean, the Nazis were defeated eventually, were they not? You see, unlike the ‘concept’ of Israel, Palestine is a secular country belonging to all religions. Zionism, au contraire, is the new Nazism folks.

[LINK TO FP ARTICLE BELOW]

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/03/02/america_plan_israel_two_state


Mohammad Morsi is in no way representative of Egypt or the Arab people.

This is a sentiment shared by Egyptians around me, who, looking back on the ‘revolution’ that swept their country just two years ago, feel a sense of betrayal by both, the international community and their fellow egyptians back at home.

How has Morsi managed to consolidate his grasp over Egypt?

By playing on the ignorance of the masses, and by using religion, Morsi has been able to garner enough support to fully reign over Egypt.

Why is this a bad thing?

Morsi is not looking out for the Egyptian people. He is a religious man who has dues to the religious community which, impoverished as it is, is likely to take Egypt further back in history than it already is. 

A parallel can be drawn to Syria, where ‘revolutionary forces’ are echoing similar calls for extreme changes to the status quo. 

Are these changes good?

Revolutionary calls for changes to the status quo in the Middle East would surely be good for the Arab people if these calls echoed the genuine sentiments of the Arab World.

But how can Morsi be regarded by Egyptians as a genuine representative?

Regarded as the center of Arab freedom and liberalism, Egypt does not deserve to be insulted this way. 

What happened to the pride of Egyptian secularism? Since Naser, Egypt has been quiet.

Real democracy in the Middle East, real revolution, can only come when the people abandon extreme ideologies, embrace secularism, and learn to separate the sacred from the sociological. This duty is in itself sacred.

With foreign nations seeking to penetrate the Middle East at all times, from Israel, to the U.S., to Europe, to Russia, how can we begin to hope for a future of freedom and democracy?

How can Syrians, Egyptians, Palestinians, and the Arab World truly be free?

When it accepts that true freedom does not come promises of money or salvation, but rather, with promises of individual liberty and secular democracy. 

An objective constitution, an Arab Magna Carta per se, must be established, purging the Middle East of ignorance, intolerance, crime, poverty, social misery, and stagnation. 

The people must be socially free from religious fanaticism, and financially free from destructive feudal and/or over-bureaucratic systems. 

A free government, with elections, a permanent, secular bill of rights (constitution) guaranteeing liberal freedoms, and a functioning free economy. 

What prevents this in the Middle East?

Religious and ideological propaganda and foreign meddling. 

A liberal Middle East will one day come for the Arab people. 

What is the fate of Israel? Is peace with the Palestinians and the Arabs possible? Do the Israelis want peace? Do they want to expand?

If Israel wants to expand, the Middle East will remain militarized and politically unstable, killing hopes for a free, democratic Arab World. 

 

Crushing Liberalism in the Middle East: Foreign Intervention, Religious Fanaticism, and Freedom


 

The Middle East is lacking strong, secular, liberal leadership. Everything is extreme. Its either nun or libertine.

Where have all the liberal forces gone?

Let us not forget that they exist, although most religious and fundamentalistic forces would not mind if we did, and that they are currently facing extinction in the Middle East. This is mostly visible in Syria, in what seems to be another attempt by global forces to support unknown and possible extremist entities overthrow a secular dictatorship. It is also visible in Egypt, where Morsi and his supporters continue their Islamic campaign, and in Turkey too.

Since 1979, the country of Iran has been held hostage by the world, forcing it to be an artificial clerical theocratic democracy with no real ability to redistribute wealth due to its isolation.

In fact most of the Middle East is unable to redistribute wealth in the region democratically and in a fashion that protects western-like values such as individualism and natural rights. This is mainly due to the collective forces of religious fundamentalism and ideological fanaticism and their entanglements with foreign schemers.

Liberal forces brought Hafez al-Assad to power in Syria in the latter half of the twentieth century. I would argue that part of this was possible because of a collective Syrian identification with secular and diverse culture.

This culture of Alawites, Christians, and mainly Sunni muslims would become the subject of a rather subversive government for forty years, however, during this reign, the country remained stable, religious fundamentalism was squashed, religious minorities were protected and the economy developed. However these liberal forces were only allowed to go so far, as is usually the case in the Middle East and, arguably, the whole world.

The Middle East, and especially Syria, considering its geopolitical relativity, is in my opinion unable to take full strides towards liberalism as the West has been able to. I attribute this not only to mere differences in culture — namely the conservatism and religious significance of the Middle East — but moreso to the political landscape: on both ends of the world lie two self-interested great powers, the U.S. & China; just neighboring it are what appear to be modern Western satellites, or extensions of power and influence in the region, namely Israel, Saudi, the rest of the Gulf, Iraq (or whatever is left of it that is still under Western influence), and Turkey.

All these countries have one thing in common: very powerful religious forces which, if played right, can fall right into the traps of Western governments who easily use them to coordinate colonial plots.

How the hell are social liberal forces and economically liberal forces — which are not mutually exclusive in my opinion — going to exist in the Middle East — how is true happiness, freedom and social justice — these liberal values — going to prevail in a part of the world dominated by religious extremism and a constant foreign agitator?

How can democracy, individualism and the pursuit of happiness be implemented in a Middle East rampant with such ideological mayhem and economic disparity?

One begins to think that certain forces in the West, mainly corporations like oil companies, and the military industrial complex, are together working to influence their own democratic governments, like ours in America, to vote in favor or blindly support foreign initiatives such as invasions or supplying armed militants/terrorists.

There are individuals in this world who don’t care. They cooperate in order to reap the benefits of global wealth, such as oil and gas. Their enemy? Freedom.

So why have the liberal forces of the Arab world been crushed? It is because of foreign intervention and their little pawns. Foreigners will have the world believe otherwise, but of course, only those who wish to be their slaves.

American Utopia?


America is the Utopia of the 21st century. It is the ideal democracy although within it there are forces determined to take advantage of it. What fascinates me is American Exceptionalism, this idea of being favored, special, different, than the rest of the world. On one hand, it is the most beautiful political drama. On the other, it is an ugly tragedy. Still, America holds firm.

The startling question I have is what is the reason for this exceptionalism. I would argue it has much to do with religion, capitalism, and individualism.

It could be argued that other parts of the world exhibit these characteristics like Europe, Japan, Brazil, etc. But I find individualism a fleeting ideology in the world — a struggle rather.

America, is the last stronghold, or perhaps the most powerful one. That is a double edged sword.

I have faith in America though. Let’s see what comes in the future.