Fallacy of Peace: Palestine
Do Israelis seek peace and normalcy in Palestine? How should one view peace and normalcy when abnormal methods are implied to gun down innocent children, men and women wanting freedom from Jewish occupation? The obvious indicators point out that Jews will never accept peace as a principle of equality for living with the Palestinians. If Israelis were to opt for “peace” as a real policy aim towards the Arabs, their territorial ambitious and strategic supremacy would require urgent rethinking and adjustment. Jews desperately need an immediate perception of a constant threat and state of conflict to maintain their survival.
Need for Political Correctness
Do Muslims in general and the Arabs in particular, understand this policy aim of the Israeli government? To Israeli’s credit, they have multiple farsighted strategies at work to ensure fulfillment of their short and long-term strategic goals. Ironically, the Arabs after half of a century of repeated defeats and humiliation, failed to grasp the short and long term Israelis military interests and political ambitions. To many traditional Arab thinkers and leaders, political correctness does not appear to have any merits or priority. Most seem to live in self-inflicted misapprehensions only to undermine the interests and priorities of the Muslim Ummah. If history can serve as a reference point, time and again Arab leaders lacking strategic vision and intellectual foresights, disgraced the Muslim Ummah on issues requiring statesmanship and dedicated resolve. In many Arab quarters, disgusted masses appear resentful of the paper resolutions and official communiqués making no sense to what is needed in the real world. Concerned people, point out to timid and wasteful paper exercises, void of reason and reality. The harsh reality apparently missing in the Arabian mass media is that most of the Arab leaders are devoid of action and seemed to have outlived their usefulness.
“Change” and Leadership
Olivier Roy (“The Failure of Political Islam“, 1995), contends that Muslim societies start with their leaders. Could the French scholar be pointing out to a reverse psychology? The essence of time and formidable challenges call for a navigational change but how to bring change into closed traditional leadership structures – from political impotence to intellectual bankruptcy, is a critical question that concerns the Muslim Ummah all over the world.
Jews can never long for “peace” as the real peace will no longer appropriate large sums of funds and the supply of advanced weaponry from the United States and the West European nations. Undoubtedly, Israelis enjoin established institutions throughout the West to match the sophisticated needs of Jewish state – right or wrong. In 1989, the author proposed to one of the influential Arab Foreign Minister for the development of an Institute of Conflict Analysis and Conflict Management. Despite reminders, the Minister failed to respond and the Gulf War was a direct outcome of such a neglect. The hard facts speak for themselves that Muslim Ummah does not have any representative spokesmen to extend intellectual security in crisis management and conflict resolution. Most Arabs depend on foreigners from strategic thought to action. Whereas most Western leaders do share a sense of political accountability to provide a comprehensive system of psychological, strategic and political security to their own citizens.
A Conflict Planted
Muslim leaders use rhetoric without having political objectives, they emphasize demands from an enemy who knows well their weaknesses and military impotence. Viewing the history, British conspired to transfer the Jewish problem to Palestine – a new landscape, away from European premise of confrontation. Most Europeans viewed Jews as problematic in society and politics. Palestinian were the targeted victims of the British conspiracy. One wonders, from Balfour Declaration onward, how ignorantly most Arab policy planners continue to see the British colonialists as reliable friends who betrayed and deprived them of their homes and rights. How history is being misrepresented. While Romans displaced Jews from Palestine, Arab allowed Jews to re-enter Palestine and live harmoniously. After the Second World War, Jews embarked on a planned displacement of Arabs from Palestine. Arabs cannot ignore history. Americans and British are glued to the Zionist plans and their strategic priorities are working across the board: to occupy more Arab lands, terrorize Palestinian population, destroy their cultural, economic and political infrastructures and deny them the human rights and dignity. While serious crimes are daily routine against the besieged Palestinians, Western media continues to brainwash the viewers with questionable Hollywood images of holocaust. Most Arabs react emotionally to situations beyond their normal comprehension. By returning a token portion of land recently, some Palestinians see Israelis as equal partners in a negotiated peace settlement of the Palestine problem. Discarding a rush to judgment, one believes, Arab leadership failure to understand the realities on the ground is a major problem. With active American blessings during the 90’s, more than two million Jews were transferred to Palestine mostly from the former USSR and the Eastern Europe. Arab leaders did nothing to question the planned influx of foreign Jews into Palestine. This resulted in displacement of additional Palestinians from their ancestral homes and illegal confiscation of their properties by foreign Jews. If Arabs are overwhelmed with peace, but know little about the Zionist mind, obviously, it is their absence of rational foresight. Israelis are trained to disrespect the Arab culture, Islamic values and Masjid Al-Aqsa, one of the three holiest shrines of Muslims. To expect Zionist to consider Arab viewpoints on Palestine, is a folly of the Arab perception of reality. Then, what is the purpose of making repeated paper resolutions at the UN, Arab League Cairo and Qatar conferences? Would Arab leaders talk of candid military and political actions against the Jewish terrorism? How could the Israelis leaders care to see what Arab leaders have to say? Yet, most Arab intellectuals and editorial writers in the Arabian Gulf region somehow blame Zionist for being non-conformist to their official communiqués, Islamic conferences and worthless paper resolutions.
Lessons From History?
If one probes into ambiguous policy goals of the Arab elite, it can be understood easily why the Arab-Israeli conflict should prolong. Some Arab leaders will welcome the daily carnage of killing machines in Palestine as it will divert attention from the real societal problems. Many so called Muslim leaders will find opportunities to show some sort of activism for an Islamic cause, not necessarily aimed at conflict resolution but to enhance their own leadership public image-making and survival in a problematic situation. Even some will forge conveniently “Jihad Talk” to make headlines in local newspapers. Others may heed to western notion of economic prosperity, an implicit formula to divert public attention from a crisis situation to an economically better future. Could these policy tactics work to quell the public outrage against Zionist daily atrocities in Palestine? In the absence of planned political and military response to Zionist ambitions, what other intelligent choices or alternatives could the Arab leaders offer to silence the voices of reason?
In a disdain political vacuum, Arab leaders do want to show their population, they have a role to play, even if it makes no difference in the real-world affairs. Masses have to come to live with this kind of leadership absurdity and nuisance where honesty and accountability are distinctively missing factors. Over the decades, Arab masses seem to have learned that their leaders are misfit to any practical leadership role in support of the Islamic stance for Palestinian resistance movement. While Zionist plans are working, Arab leaders have no aims nor plans and remain preoccupied with discussion on a basic response in a volatile situation imposed by Jewish extremism. How come one Aerial Sharon should be so resourceful to entangle the Arabs to endless reaction without thinking? How come one Saddam Hussein inflicted humiliating losses to the Arab brothers? After all, Saddam Hussein was a buddy of the United States and some of the Western imperialists for a long time. Who suffered the economic and political losses of the Gulf War? The U.S. and The West? Or the frontline Arab States like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait?
Unabated and unchallenged as is the Israeli terrorism against the Palestinians, Arab leaders pursue soft language of modesty and collaborative peace, making no sense in an open warfare situation. Zionist intellectuals mastermind innovative crises to manage political instability and external challenges, and to foster internal unity with the view to strengthen grip over complex situations ensuring full achievement of their strategic goals. Israelis know the smart game but the Arabs have never imagined its implication. While a crisis have beginning and end, Zionist aims guide the subsequent developments. Foreign Jews have endless aims and ambitions in Palestine and the rest of the Arab world, the Arabs have none, neither strategic ideas nor ideals to protect the Islamic interests anywhere. Arab leaders continue to live in the past, not wanting to know how the future will make the difference.
Besieged Muslim Ummah is outraged at the inaction by some of the secular leaders more akin to foreign masters then the needs and concerns of the Muslims. Did any of the leaders cared to consult the Ummah for its consensus on Palestine and other important issues? Are there any Muslim leaders who are working for the unity of the Muslim Ummah or its vital interests? Whose plans are working when Jews are firing in the flood of people – The Palestinian resistance movement? One wonders, when Muslim would have a dynamic leadership to see beyond the paper resolutions? A complete rethinking and a solid strategic approach is the essence of time, otherwise, Arabs will continue to lose both in face and reality.
Most Arab editorials on Palestine speak the language of palace, not the people. They patronize ambiguous solutions coming out of Washington knowing well that all American Presidents are committed to Jewish plans. Do Arab strategists have any plans to counteract the Israeli transgression? Aerial Sharon, the killer of Palestinian Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, is no stranger to the Middle Eastern politics. He wanted to fight the next election in Israel and instigated a new problem to assume a popular leadership role. He stirred the planned conflict by visiting the Holy site of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. Jewish leaders from all political spectrums have strategic objectives and they work together to achieve their short and long terms plans. They have successfully established the working systematic unity to promote their strategic goals. Is there any Arab or Muslim leaders with stated goals for Islam or the Muslim Ummah and its interest in Palestine? Israeli needed additional money and advanced weapons, whereas Ariel Sharon was the instrumental of this plan. Jews got 8 billion dollars and the unusual American Congress Resolution of public support, ill conceived if American should care for a befitting role in the Middle East peace talks. Israelis have the history of exploitation and manipulation of the United States. Palestinians and the general Arab reaction will be silenced or ignored with time and media coverage. Billions are spent on horse races, sport stadiums and of course, splendid palaces, but not a single mass media presentation exists today to explain historically knowledge-based Arab perspectives rationally to the Western audience on Israeli atrocities and firing in flood of subjugated human beings. Arabs can only challenge the Zionists from a position of strength, not weakness. When they have failed to listen to the voices of REASON in their societies, what logical position of strength do they have to encounter a well organized enemy in strategic games and innovative political maneuvers. Those who are part of the problem, cannot be part of the solution. Should the world care for the Arab viewpoints in a global culture when the Arabs masses are unable to speak freely and their leaders appear disloyal to Allah and to their own citizens and their security concerns?