On October 29, 2002, we presented questions as to why the Moslem world hated the United States so much in an article entitled “Bad Fruit Result of Decades of One Sided U.S. Policy for the Middle East.” We stated that the time has come for us to look hard at the reasons for the vast hatred of the United State by much of the Moslem world and the roots thereof.
We must not forget the Crusades. In Elizabeth Hallam’s Chronicles of the Crusades she states: “The Crusades were the long-term result of the rise of Islam.”
The Catholic Encyclopedia states that the Crusades were expeditions undertaken, in fulfillment of a solemn vow, to deliver the Holy Places from Mohammedan tyranny. It states that in 1095 A.D. Pope Urban II granted absolutions to whomever would reclaim the Holy Land for Christendom. This began a two century war of Catholic Crusades against Moslem tyranny including the elimination of political and territorial control by the more radical sects of the Moslem religion. The wars waged by Catholic Spaniards against the Moors constituted a continual crusade from the eleventh to the sixteenth century.
Webster’s Dictionary of 1828 states the Crusade was a military expedition undertaken by Christians for the recovery of the Holy Land, the scene of our Savior’s life and sufferings, from the power of the infidels or Mohammedans. Several (7 to 9) of these expeditions were carried on from Europe, under the banner of the cross, from which the name originated.
The effect of these crusade expeditions was two fold. They tended to unite the Arab peoples who were mostly Moslems against the Europeans and they resulted in the breaking up of some of the power generated by the earlier expansion of the Mohammedan religion and corresponding empires. Clearly, this history and religious warfare did not endear the Moslem world to the Europeans.
The struggle over the Holy Land, however, has roots which go much further back into history than the Crusades, the Catholic Church or even the time of Christ. About 1450 B.C. Joshua began the military conquest of the lands of the Canaanites which Moses had proclaimed to the twelve tribes of Israel as the land of milk and honey that the Lord God had proclaimed for them.
DEUTERONOMY 27:3. And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee.
JOSHUA 5:6. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
JOSHUA 3:10. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
Many chapters of Joshua involve the conquest by the army of the twelve tribes of Israel of the land upon which they founded the Kingdom of Israel.
JOSHUA 24:13. And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
But, Ancient Israel developed for themselves a civil war which greatly weakened them and broke the nation into two countries; the Northern Kingdom of Israel (comprised the Tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh, Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali and half of the Tribe of Levi and the Southern Kingdom of Judah (comprised mostly the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin and half of the Tribe of Levi). The Northern Kingdom of Israel was over run and conquered by the Assyrians about 722 B.C. and the Southern Kingdom of Judah was conquered by Babylonia about 598 B.C.
While the Tribe of Judah was only one of twelve tribes with ancient Biblical inheritances in the land of Israel, most of the Northern Tribes were carried away into captivity by the Assyrians and most of the Tribe of Judah was taken into Babylonian captivity. Some religious scholars believe that the Jews forfeited their religious claim to land of ancient Israel by falling away and that God therefor allowed their removal from the land.
When the Tribe of Judah was returned to Jerusalem 70 years later the country was called Judea, not the Kingdom of Judah. This area became known as Jerusalem under the Roman Empire. It is loosely called the Holy Land today comprising part of Lebanon, Palestine and Israel and being surrounded by Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
After the end of World War II certain powerful Jewish banking families, especially the Rothschilds, pushing through the Balfour declaration, moved to create a nation for the Jews in Palestine and re-assert their supposed ancient claims to that land based upon the days of Moses and Joshua in spite of the fact that for around 2500 years various other people, families, tribes and nations retained or bought and owned estates, farms, territory and infrastructure there. Great Britain, in accordance with the Balfour declaration, began transporting displaced Jewish refugees to Palestine.
Palestinian inhabitants living there were wrongfully and illegally displaced by force and terrorism, usually without any compensation. The Jews now claim historical land rights in the area of Ancient Israel based on the Biblical (Torah) accounts and they claim all of the land of Israel as their own, not just 1/12th of it. Europe’s support for this has not endeared the displaced Palestinians to the West.
The powerful banking families pushing this political/religious conquest of Palestine allowed the brutal killing and removal of the families living there and carved out a new modern state they called “Israel”. The predominant political movement behind this was termed Zionism. Much political and economic power was exerted among the Western countries to gain international acceptance of the Zionist idea and recognition of this new state regardless of protests and claims by the displaced Palestinians.
Much trouble has been stirred up over this new state of Israel. The United States and Britain were pressured int becoming major financial benefactors of this new state. In fact, huge sums of money (in the hundreds of billions of dollars) have been granted and spent by the United States (tax payer’’s money) in supporting and maintaining this new state called “Israel”. Many Jews have migrated to Israel from the United States, Europe and Russia to take advantage of this territorial aggression.
Various trouble was further stirred up by the Zionist leaders in Israel to justify Israel in militarily seizing even more territory from the surrounding neighbors and States in order to enlarge the territory of Israel (reminiscent of the Nazi Germany style of justifying their conquest of land in the 1940s for more living room). Surprisingly, the Zionists who were and are today the dominant political force in Israel took measures to exclude groups of Orthodox Jews and other persons of Jewish descent because of their more peaceful political views towards the Palestinians.
Twenty some odd nations (with mostly Moslem populations), namely Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Algeria, Iran, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia all became involved in fighting Zionist Terrorism and aggression being perpetrated by the State of Israel against Palestine. Wars have been fought involving most of these countries against Israel, but with the strong support of and military aid from the United States, Zionist Israel survives as a nation.
Generations of Moslem Arabs have learned to despise the United States for its apparent unfair foreign policy in supporting Israel in spite of her illegal actions against the helpless Palestinian people. Finally, although some Arab nations have come to recognize the right of Israel to exist, they also insist that the Palestinians be allowed to exist as well. Since these Arab nations and the Palestinians are largely Moslem, and since Israel seized the Holy Land including a key Moslem Mosque, it has developed deeply among the Moslems to oppose this Zionism which they identify as Jewish and thus the people, especially those under Israeli occupation tend to hate the Jews and their benefactors.
Several generations of Moslems have been raised under this general hatred of Israel, the Jews and Americans because we have been supporting Israel in such an obviously biased way. And now Israel has militarily invaded Palestine once again and has refused to pull its troops out in spite of a unanimous vote for that pull out by the United Nations and by direct insistence by President Bush for an immediate pull back of the Israeli Army. The Israeli military invasion of Palestine is fanning the flames of the Islamic Jihad against Israel and the West and will result in even more suicide bombings and possible military attacks by Moslem states.
The Zionists are trying to hide behind Bush’s War on Terrorism by claiming that the violent resistance being mounted by the Palestinian people against naked Jewish military aggression is terrorism. But, it is becoming rather brutally clear that Israel is a terrorist State fomenting some of the most severe forms of terrorism in the world today.
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Even some of the American conservatives (and liberals) who are blinded by the politically correct propaganda to support Israel no matter what are finding it harder and harder to swallow the idea that the Palestinian people (victims) are the terrorists (acting in resistance mostly within their own occupied Palestine) against the Israeli Zionist invaders with their tanks, machine guns, attack helicopters and jet fighters.
The stark similarities of Hitler’s Nazis of World War II and of Sharon’s Zionists of today are sinking in. It isn’t a pleasant realization. And we Americans are getting the blame, shedding blood and having to spend money because of it. In fact, our defense of Zionist Israel is obviously the most immediate reason for 9-11 and the hatred of Islam against us. The Islamic radicals are now waging a Jihad against the United States which could easily fan into a World Religious War with the Moslem world which could be very bloody and bitter.
Clearly, the establishment of an independent Palestinian State with secure borders, having its own tanks and jet fighters with world pressure upon them to cease the suicide attacks against Jewish interests, would provide the area a real chance to establish peace and even commerce. This would be in our national interest because it would take the steam out of the Islamic Jihad against the United States and preserve the West’s access to oil supplies in the Middle East.