Palestine Forever

02/21/2012

Recently the United Nations voted as to whether or not to recognize Palestine as a member state.  The question that I have is not do the Palestinians deserve a homeland (of course they do) but on what basis the United Nations is addressing this at all.  Why is the United Nations the arbiter of this issue?  Who gave them the right?

Anyway, it’s a bit disingenuous of the U.N. to address the Palestinian issue before first addressing other more serious issues around the globe.  The African continent, for example, has been in a constant state of upheaval for decades where the genocide of millions has become commonplace and apparently an accepted practice.  More recently in Libya, the United Nations stood on the sidelines as NATO forces played a major role in the overthrow of that government.  Politics does make strange bedfellows.

The old saying about war is that to the victor goes the spoils.  But why is it okay to redraw country borders in certain situations but politically incorrect in others?  If we are to interfere in the affairs of other countries, who gets to decide and on what basis?  If we were being intellectually honest, wouldn’t we decide to give America back to the Indians?  Even in the Middle East, there is a larger issue that has been completely ignored by world governments.  The largest ethnic group without a homeland isn’t the Palestinians, it’s the Kurds and yet you never hear anyone suggest that they should get their own homeland.  Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Kurds can be slaughtered by the Turks and the Iraqis without the world community becoming offended.

But, back to the Palestinian issue.  Around the time of World War I, the Ottoman Empire came to an end and the Middle East was broken up into pieces via a secret pact between England and France.  As a result, an agreed-upon area was designated as being under British control and was then named Palestine.  That area was significantly larger than what is now generally referred to as Palestine.  Out of that larger area, three countries would eventually be formed, namely Jordan, Lebanon and Israel (some 20-30 years later).  During the Six Day War of 1967, Israel was attacked by the forces of several Arab countries.  As a result of that war, certain lands were ceded to Israel (to the victor go the spoils yet again).  Certain of these lands (The West Bank), which were previously part of Jordan, are now the subject of the discussion about forming an independent Palestinian state.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a moot issue.  The land has been under Israeli control for  almost 50 years.  It was land that Israel gained as the result of winning a war and needless to say a war that they didn’t start.  What moral authority do we have to redraw the boundaries of Israel at this point in time?  While we’re at it, why don’t we also redraw the boundaries between North and South Korea or how about between China and Taiwan.  To be completely fair, shouldn’t we also give Texas and California back to Mexico?

You could say that we have arrived at this crossroads without a compass and now we intend to right the ship by draining the ocean.  However, I would propose a much simpler solution to the dilemma.  Simply give Palestine to the Palestinians.  By that, I mean Jordan of course.  You see Jordan made up the vast majority of the original Palestine and, in fact, Palestinians constitute a majority of people living in Jordan today.  The country itself is ruled by an ethnic minority whose homeland actually hails from, of all places, Saudi Arabia.

However, I doubt that world leaders are truly interested in real peace in the region..  They created Israel to serve their own agenda and now they would like to destroy it (for the same reason).  Maybe that’s what Rahm Emanuel meant when he said that you should never let a serious crisis go to waste.  That’s exactly why the proposal for a Palestinian homeland will not go away and at the same time why there will likely never be a Palestinian state.  We’ll be forever discussing the Palestine issue and the hatred on both sides will provide fuel for the chaos.  Peace was never the objective of peace talks – chaos was.

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