Predators, Prey and Pelosi: A Weasel Watching Perspective

Welcome back weasel hunters! Today we announce our winners from last week’s hunt in that vast wasteland known as the WeaselSphere. Our esteemed council members searched high and low for the best articles they could find that informed the world of weasels in their midst; what a great hunt it was!

But first let’s reflect on what a great day this truly is! Last night the Chicago Blackhawks took it to the Vancouver Canucks and tied up their playoff series, Nancy Pelosi was outed by the media as a liar on her knowledge of waterboarding (a claim that only the idiots at the Daily Kos still dispute), and we have the best and brightest collection of journalists, educators and opinion makers helping to shed light on those that would otherwise go unnoticed for their weasely ways.

I was reading this week’s articles and I was floored by how one winning entry summed up and expanded my thinking on the Arab/Israeli conflict. Non-Council winner Richard Landes at Augean Stables quite literally hit the ball out of the park with his answer to some Christian students about his perspective on why the conflict is so hard to solve and how he would resolve it.

For example, the following is an expert from his response to the question: What do you think is the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?

Here, I think the only viable explanation is to understand the blow to Arab/Muslim honor at the creation of a free and independent state run by non-Muslims in Dar-al-Islam. (For a larger discussion of this, see here.) As the Athenians explained to the Melians: “It’s not so terrible to be conquered by those who should rule (like the Spartans, or in this case the Christians), but it is unbearable to be defeated by those who should be subject (like the Melians or, in this case, the Jews).”

If you don’t know about the Muslim principles of Dar-al-Islam (the realm of submission where Muslims rule) and Dar-al-Harb (the land of the sword, with which Muslims are at war), you can’t possibly understand either the permanent hostility of the Arabs to Israel (including their refusal to recognize her), or the willingness of the Arabs to keep the Palestinians suffering in refugee camps so that they can be used as a weapon against Israel.

By Muslim standards, the very existence of Israel is a theological blasphemy and an unbearable affront to their honor. That’s what the Naqba is about. If it were about the terrible suffering of the Palestinians who had to flee as a result of the war (which is what the “pro-”Palestinian would have us believe), then the Arabs and Palestinian leaders would have done something to make their lives better (including using a tiny fraction of the trillions of petrodollars Arab countries have taken in in the last half-century). Instead they confined them to permanent refugee camps (no cement floors allowed, they had to live in tents and the mud for years).

It’s striking that during the Oslo peace process, when the Palestinian authority had control of both refugee camps and territory, they didn’t take one refugee family out of those camps.

This is just one of many great insights; a must read.

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