Who would have thought it 6 years ago! It's one thing for Israel to respond to HAMAS rocket attacks, but doing so with the tacit approval of Saudi Arabia and Egypt is a new twist few are following in the news. As if this is unusual, the incredible outpouring of support for Israel from Americans is overpowering the usual loud noise of the anti-Semitic minority that can always be counted on to kvetch in times like these.
There is a reason for this. In short, there are few Arab League States that still have cohesive governments. The remainder are in a state of anarchy, largely due to armed revolt by Muslim Brotherhood groups. These Muslim Brotherhood groups come in many names and flavors, but they all have a basic goal: An Islamic Empire without borders ruled by a Caliphate.
In 2007, Israel, at the urging of President Bush, left Gaza. Within months, HAMAS, a Muslim Brotherhood organization, had violently taken over Gaza. By the end of 2008, Israel was at war with Gaza with the Arab League shrieking and shrying for Israel to stop. You know! The Arab League of Kadafi, Mubarak, Bashar Al-Assad, Nouri al-Maliki, King Abdullah etc.
Well don't look now, but most of those leaders are ether gone, going, or hanging on for dear life from insurgencies led by various Muslim Brotherhood organizations. After overthrowing Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the Egyptian Army because it was ignoring the country's dire financial crisis while focusing on restrictive religious edicts hampering the middle class. Muslim Brotherhood forces overthrew Moamar Kadafi in Lybia with absolutely no provocation save for some reformers who wanted "Democracy". Muslim Brotherhood forces (aka ISIS) have fought to a stalemate in Syria in an effort to overthrow Bashar Al-Assad. And lately, Muslim Brotherhood forces (aka ISIS) have invaded Iraq without provocation to overthrow the tenuous government there.
In short, every Arab League Leader left now realizes that the Muslim Brotherhood they supported to kill the Jews wants to kill THEM too because the nation-states of the Arab League are the antithesis of their goal of an Islamic Empire ruled by a Caliphate. Every Arab League leader, tryannical as they may be, now knows they are in the crosshairs of one or many Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
And then there's HAMAS always stirring up trouble. As if 140,000 dead in Syria aren't enough, these jerks start lighting off rockets at Israel bringing on a predictable Israeli response. As the remaining Arab League leaders look around at the company HAMAS keeps, they can't help but wonder why they should run to their aid. Moreover, when it comes to the national self-determination of Arab League States, NOBODY shows more respect than the State of Israel, the national self-determination of the JEWS.
The Arab League has never made a secret of their loathing for the Jews, but over the past 3 years the leaders see more and more of their nation-states under attack from barbaric imperialists. They've seen Hosni Mubarak humiliated and Moamar Kadafi brutally murdered. Does a similar fate await Bashar Al-Assad? Suddenly, this relatively benign nation-state of Jews doesn't look so bad. The Jews leave the Arabs alone. OK... they don't surrender to genocidal Muslim Brotherhood supporting Palestinian Arabs, but neither do the Arab League States.
With Arab League leaders concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran getting nuclear weapons, HAMAS is simply fighting on the wrong side and causing an un-needed burden. No matter what the Arab League leaders say about Israel, they know that the enemies that will knock them out of power are the Iranians and/or the Muslim Brotherhood. Why lift a finger to support a Muslim Brotherhood organization like HAMAS that needlessly starts a war? Why lift a finger to support HAMAS when they needlessly start a war with the ONE nation-state that respects the territorial integrity of all the other Arab League States? This is especially apparent given that Israel's respect for the territorial integrity of Arab League states is rarely reciprocated.
For the first time perhaps in 66 years, some Arab League leaders are finally starting to understand a basic relationship that has existed for decades. If the Arab League States want self-determination as individual nation-states, their best guarantor is the Jewish State. If the Arab League States wish to surrender their sovereignty to an Islamic Caliphate, then the Jewish State is in the way. Since no leader of an Arab League State wants to end up like Moamar Kadafy or Hosni Mubarak, the choice is becoming simple.
If one looks around at the Arab League, few remain that still have cohesive governments. Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya are all in some state of anarchy. At best, these states may enjoy a tenuous state of calm that can be broken at any time. Egypt and Algeria are on the edge of breakdown and it is in large part due to the activities of Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
For the remaining nation-states of the Arab League to survive, they will need Israel. Israel is the only nation-state in the region that respects the territorial integrity and self-determination of Arab League States. The Arab League States may have a manifest policy of anti-semitism, but as they look over their shoulders at real enemies with real plans to destroy their countries, they know the enemy is NOT Israel.
This may be a temporary glitch in the long enmity between the Arab League and Israel, but the growing strength of Muslim Brotherhood organizations coupled with the growing strength of Iranian imperialism suggests something different. For the first time since World War II, Arab League States may actually discover what many of us have always known: Their self-determination as individual states DEPENDS on them allowing and fostering the self-determination of the JEWISH State. Sadly, to the extent this happens anytime soon, it may be too little; too late.
But you know what they say: Better late than never.
So if you're wondering why the chorus of whining, crying, kvetching and moaning against Israel doesn't seem to be evident this time, you now have one theory to explain it. In short, everybody is pretty much sick of HAMAS.
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