January 1, 2013 · 3:04 pm
In a word … a mess!
With Egypt, Syria, and Iran fighting or getting ready to fight, the signs aren’t good. While Iran hasn’t made headlines lately, you can bet they haven’t slowed their pursuit of a weapon grade supply of enriched uranium. Only time will tell whether the Palestinian efforts to establish statehood at the United Nations will be of any value or only destroy further attempts at an agreement with Israel. At the least, turmoil will continue.
The situation in Egypt is not clear. Many who voted for the new constitution only did so in an attempt to establish stability. The turnout was meager. Even though the majority voted for the document, the opponents vow to continue opposing it. From the standpoint of constitutional government, the military has remained neutral while maintaining a stabilizing factor. However, concern for the future is clearly on the horizon. Egyptians remain deeply divided.
Secular-oriented representatives in the parliament have resigned in protest. They charge that the constitution will enshrine Shar’a law. Women’s rights as well as those of the Coptic Christians will be in trouble. The parliament which has a 75% radical Islamists majority will not back away from the imposition of Islamic law. While the United States provides an enormous funding for the Egyptian economy, it also supported the Mubarak regime. Good news; bad news.
We already have learned that radical Islamists do not pay attention to the difference the dollar can make. The truth is that the Muslim Brotherhood will interpret matters considerably differently from the former Western-oriented, anti-Islamists state. the United States had best prepare for a rocky road ahead.
An ominous sign was the order for arrest of opposition leaders to President Morsi’s government this past week. Internationally known Mohammed El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, along with former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa are charged with undermining the legitimacy of Morsi. Such police state tactics reflect the Hosni Mubarak era. Moussa said, “if we accept the legitimacy of working within the system, they have to agree that the opposition is legitimate.” Egypt is far from out of the fire.
Hezbollah lost status because of the Syrian uprising. While the terrorist organization has been a dominating force in Lebanon, they are losing ground fast. When the Assad regime craters, there will be unsettling consequences for the entire region. Such conflict in Beirut has pushed Hezbollah to the side. After the fall of Assad, they will be diminished even further. The bottom line is that Hezbollah’s days of dominating Lebanon are numbered and the terrorist group can see the writing on the wall. Expect an explosive response.
Israel is caught in the middle of these clashes with anti-Israeli sentiments boiling in Egypt and Syrian. Every indicator says that an even more radical Islamic group is likely to gain power in Damascus. Meanwhile the Sunni’s and Shi’ites continue killing each other. This situation is somewhat like the Methodist and Baptist shooting rockets at each other’s churches because they don’t like the other’s missions program.
While the Obama administration has kept Israel from bombing the Iranian nuclear operation, that issue is from settled. More conflict will come soon. The next blog will address these issues.
Like I said … expect a mess. Stay tuned.
May 2, 2012 · 8:00 am
THE PROBLEM WITH THE UNITED NATIONS
I grew up hearing about the evils of fluoride in the water to prevent cavities and the United Nations as a Communist plot. The Joe McCarty faction propagated the idea there was a Communist hiding under every bed and you better watch out or Joe Stalin would grab you in the middle of the night. Fortunately, those days are gone with the wind.
Consequently, saying anything negative about the U.N. always seemed to come from the fanatic fringe of society. Therefore, it’s with reluctance that I bring up a subject that troubles many citizens in Israel. Nevertheless, the average Israeli is not only leery, but hostile about anything good coming out of the U.N. for their country.
Why the antagonism?
Let’s take a second look at recent events. On October 31, 2012, “Palestine” was voted into the UNESCO as the organization’s 195th member. A huge cheer erupted in the General Assembly room of the Paris-based UN educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The US, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel voted against it. China, Russia, and Brazil voted yes. Britain could only abstain.
Israel saw the vote as another lamentable example of the moral bankruptcy of the world organization. In a rush to support the Palestinians, the UN disregarded it own declared standards based on equality and mutual respect. The world organization (UNESCO) had clearly swung its weight behind Palestine in their struggle with Israel when the issues were only still in the discussion stage. Why would they do such at thing?
For years the radical extremist wing of Islam has worked to criminalize Israel. Distorting reality and the facts, they have attempted to paint Israeli attempts at self-protection as aggression. In Jimmy Carter’s failed book claiming Israel’s wall of protection was apartheid, he echoed the same line. The point is that many of the United Nations general assembly members have swallowed this same propaganda. Those member nations push this viewpoint in UN debates and oppose Israel on similar prejudicial grounds.
Some years ago, I was invited to deliver a lecture at the University of Amman in Amman, Jordan. I attempted to present an objective view of the history of the development of the nation of Israel and how prior conflict had developed. Some of the students became so angry they avoided the class and some completely dropped out of the course. There was some discussion about my safety. (And Jordan is a more balanced Arab state than most). It remains difficult to get a fair hearing.
Textbooks used in Palestinian Authority schools convey rabid anti-Semitic messages. An eighth-grade text book says: “Today the Muslim countries need urgently jidah and jihad fighters in order to liberate the robbed lands and to get rid of the robbing Jews from the robbed lands in Palestine and in the Levant.” By receiving “Palestine” as a member, UNESCO has put its stamp of approval on this sort of vicious going on in the West Bank areas.
The affect of these actions? Chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians becomes even slimmer. The world expects better from the UN. A vote for bigotry, hatred, and conflict won’t get the world to a better place.
Queston: Can we ever expect balance in the UN? If not, what is the future of the organization?
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