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Dealing With the Middle East : Stupidity, Conspiracy or Prophecy?

Winston Churchill once said that dealing with Russia was like trying to solve “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

I get the same feeling when trying to make heads or tails out of the latest attempts to bring peace to the Middle East.

Israel is supposed to give up her historical territory, including half of her capitol, in exchange for peace.

Yet each time Israel has given up territory, her enemies have only been emboldened to demand more.

Israel is supposed to negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas as representative of the Palestinian people.

Yet the Palestinian people have shown their support of Abbas by voting in his sworn enemies in Hamas and chasing him out Gaza.

The United States, the European Union and the UN have given billions of dollars to improve the lot of  impoverished Palestinians.

Yet the provision of even basic services like electricity, water and education are sporadic at best in the Palestinian territories, while its leaders  salt away millions in Swiss bank accounts and provide their families sea side villas in the South of France.

What’s wrong with this picture?

There is no doubt that the people who have attempted to solve the Middle East crisis are well educated, experienced and highly skilled in diplomacy.

And yet, like the classic definition of insanity, each successive administration, each intervening nation has done the same things, yet expected different results.

Why the craziness?

There are a number of theories.

One is stupidity.

Or perhaps willful ignorance.

For instance,  experts insist that Iran would never use a nuclear weapon on Israel because they know that the response would turn much of their country into a parking lot.

But what these experts fail to grasp is the motivation of the mullahs.

According to Shia Islam, the arrival of their anticipated messiah, the Mahdi, will happen at the culmination of world wide war.

If the destruction of Iran is the price for starting the war that brings in their savior, to their way of thinking that’s a small price to pay.

One of the so-called moderates, Hashemi Rafsanjani, was famously quoted as saying, “The application of an atomic bomb would not leave anything in Israel, but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world.”

And remember, the heart of Islam is the love of death by “martydom”.  Dying in such a jihad the only sure pathway to eternal life with the famous 72 virgins.

So committed are the Iranian leadership to this twisted theology that they had no problem sending children to detonate mine fields in the 1980’s war with Iraq.

To ignore this spiritual motivation, made abundantly plain by the people who will potentially control a nuclear weapon, is quite simply stupid.

The other possible explanation for the amazingly ineffective and one sided attempts at Middle East peace is the notion that Iran isn’t the only one who would like Israel wiped off the map.

Consider how the UN has consistently tried to deal with the scourge of racism.

They hold annual conferences designed to get to the heart of this vexing world wide problem.

But rather than dealing with the multitude of ethnic, religious and racial clashes around the world (as in the genocidal policies of Muslim northern Sudan against the Christian south), the gatherings inevitably degenerate into a chorus of “Why do we hate Israel? Let us count the ways!”

In fact, a controversy has arisen just this week over the granting of a Presidential Medal of Freedom to one Mary Robinson.

Robinson took a lead role in the UN Durban Conference on Racism, which became so anti-Semitic the U.S delegation headed up by Colin Powell walked out in protest.

Nice work, Mary.  Here’s your medal.

Some would say the undeniable one sided-ness of the pressure on Israel to give up real assets in exchange for meaningless promises shows this same bias at work.

But there could be another explanation for the lack of meaningful progress on solving the crisis in the Middle East – prophecy.

The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:1-3)

In this passage we see a number of things that can make sense of the current situation in the Middle East.

First – Israel, against all odds, will come back to her land and stay there.

Second – The nations of the world will not like this arrangement one bit.

Third – The hostility of the nations will eventually boil over into a war of extermination against Israel.

Fourth – The nations will be ultimately and completely unsuccessful in their attempt to drive the Jews from Jerusalem.

So why is the Middle East the burning fuse of global conflict?

Why is peace so longed for, yet so elusive?

Why will any effort to subvert or even destroy Israel eventually fail?




The ironic answer is, all of the above.


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