What Not To Do...
by Gerald A.
|Im ein ani li, mi li?
אין אני לי
|U’kh’she’ani l’atzmi, ma ani?
לעצמי מח אני
V’im lo akhshav, eimatay?
Pirkei Avot 1:14
The above quote from Rabbi Hillel, some two thousand years ago, has
been translated into English as “If I am not for myself, who will be for
me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
If there is a
people whose plight is analogous to that of the Jews prior to the rebirth of
, it is the Kurds.
Arabs, with almost two dozen states (acquired mostly by the conquest of other
native, non-Arab peoples), some thirty million Kurds remain stateless
to date, and too often they have been slaughtered and subjugated by their
the Jews, the Kurds did not find themselves scattered far and wide as a result
of their clash with enemies, their oppression is still all too reminiscent
of the Jew in the Diaspora. Mass graves are still being uncovered in Arab Iraq
today exposing the remains of Kurdish children and other innocents...scenes
right out of the Holocaust. Indeed, the book by the Kurdish nationalist, Ismet
Cherif Vanly, The Syrian Mein Kampf Against The Kurds (
, 1968), is telling on this subject as well.
So, it is
essential for Jews, while fighting to secure their own, sole, tiny state amidst
all odds and a coalition of wishy-washy friends as well as powerful enemies, to
still make room in their hearts for another ancient people whose ancestors, the
Hurrians, were contemporaries of their own and who have also been
victimized by Arabs.
world's hypocrites clamor for the birth of the Arabs' 22nd state and second, not
first, one in "
," all remain deaf, dumb, and blind regarding a roadmap for
. So, as Hillel would instruct us, let's look into this travesty a bit more
deserved to be overthrown.
His mass butchery warrants a death sentence as well...preferably by poison
gas, as thousands of Kurds died at his hands. He laughs now at the absurd notion
that he will actually get a real trial for his barbarism. His victims never got
anything near it. So
can praise itself for showing the Saddams of the world that it truly is better
than them...in numerous ways. The more he squirms while dying the better. A
bullet or the gallows is too quick a dispatch.
Having said this, there are and have always been problems with
's actions in
. The sad news is that
's experiences in that country during the first half of the last century
should have telegraphed at least some lessons to the geniuses at Foggy
Bottom setting policy. If those lessons were sent, they weren't received.
has always been an artificial nation...no more real than
Like the latter, which emerged as a result of the collapse of another imperial
power, Iraq was created out of the Mandate for Mesopotamia, which the
Brits received with the breakup of the almost five century-old Ottoman Turkish
Empire after World War I. The Turks chose the wrong side to be on and saw
most of what was left of their already over extended, evaporating,
multi-ethnic/national empire disappear as a result.
While related actions were occurring in
, the Balkans,
and the rest of North Africa, and elsewhere as well from at least the 19th
century onwards, we'll focus here on just the two post-war British Mandates,
Briefly, just for the record, given the massive world attention to the subject,
it must be yet again noted that Arab nationalism was awarded some 80% of the
Palestinian Mandate in 1922 when Colonial Secretary Churchill lopped off all of
1920's original territory east of the Jordan River to create the Emirate of
Transjordan for its Hashemite Arab allies in the war. The latter were in the
process of getting their derrieres booted out of the Arabian Peninsula by the
rival clan of Ibn Saud...hence
Twenty-five years later, Arab nationalism would be offered about half of the 20%
of the Mandate of Palestine that was left after the creation of what would later
. The Arabs rejected the '47 partition plan--which would have resulted in their
obtaining some 90% of all the territory--demanding the whole shebang instead. In
their eyes, kilab yahud--"Jew dogs"--could only be conceived of as a subjugated,
subject people (the ruled...not rulers), and they--like scores of millions of
other non-Arabs in what Arabs declared to be "purely Arab
patrimony"--were entitled to nothing when the Turks' empire collapsed.
The fuss over so-called stateless "Palestinians" thus depends upon
much of the world's ignorance (or worse) regarding the facts dealing with actual
and proposed compromises. Much has been written about this elsewhere (including
by this author), so let's move on.
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