Ashland (Ore.)–Your raconteur has found himself in the Siskiyou (Mountains) of Southern Oregon (about ten miles north from the California border).
This charming small city has been short-listed as one of the best â€œurbanâ€ areas in America with the right mix of (nearby) nature (Crater Lake National Park et al. is close) in balance with (Euro-American) culture. This municipality is home to the highest acclaimed Shakespeare Festival in the United States along with other festivals and individual events. Provided one is not working against a deadline, one does not have to be bored here â€“ with Allah (SWTâ€™s) awe-inspiring natural landscape during the day, and His arousing beauty of the human mindâ€™s creations during the evening! In the Middle East the vocabulary is stalemate. Libya, Syria and Yemen are in all-out civil war with no end in sight although Colonel Khadafy is â€œtesting the watersâ€ for an amnesty from prosecution if he steps down and to allow polls to determine the will of the people to conclude this status of civil war. It was reported Sunday (the 19th) a horrible bungled NATO (North Atlantic Treaty organization) sortie over the city of Tripoli missed its target slaughtering a large number of human souls. Although your author had originally supported the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty organizationâ€™s) intervention at the behest of Islamic organizations pressing for the end to these repressive regimes, I must question its methods at this time, for it is doing further damage to the Muslims there who have suffered so much.
On the 15th, the Lower House of the (U.S.) Congress passed a vote of â€œno confidenceâ€ for their support of the Executiveâ€™s activities in Libya; and, thus, also, of our orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan as well. Curiously, on Saturday (the eighteenth), (U.S.) Secretary of State Robert Gates admitted that the District of Columbia had recently had face-to-face negotiation with the Taliban, too, which is a positive sign towards solving an intractable confusion between the West and a less than attractive faction within Islam itself.
The current regime in Washington has shown a much greater restraint compared to France and Britain over the Tripolian desert, and the U.S. has served officially in more of a supportive than leadership role. The criticism of Obama in and out of Congress is from the Tea Partyers (â€œNo Nothingsâ€), and disgruntled Leftists who are unable to cope with the real-world; and, therefore, criticize almost anything practical.
(For the American populace of Islam, the bell-weather Representative Keith Ellis should be listened to determine a correct course for those of the faith, for he is a Muslim who has chosen to work within the highest levels of the System, and can guide all of us well!)
In Islamic South Asia, the ill-falling out between the District (Center) and Rawalpindi over the Punjab-related incident of the bin-Laden raid is inanely claimed by ill-trained (U.S.A.) J-School (Journalism School) graduates that the two uneasy long-phased alliesâ€”the U.S. and Pakistan â€“ now against the Taliban â€“ and even before the U.S.S.R. (Union of Socialist Soviet Republic) invaded the Afghans — are almost at the point of pugilism is pure rubbishâ€¦although the unannounced commando attack next to an Army base near Rawalpindi (and, thereby, Islamabad) against bin-Laden himself has provoked tension that will not go away quickly!
Let us continue, and move to the denouement of the view of what is happening within the Middle Eastern Hebrew State from the perspective of a dissident retired IDF General and a Ministry of â€œJusticeâ€ lawyer with the comments of the Director of a liberal American pro-Israeli group, J-Street, who are seeking a realistically striving for an acceptable peace with justice between our mutual Holy Landâ€™s inhabitants (from where Prophet Muhammad (s) made his Night Right from the Spire of Solomonâ€™s Temple).
Just this afternoon (the twentieth) the journal, Foreign Affairs, reported that there was a great uneasiness between the Tel Aviv establishment and their military (IDF) over the actual security situation over the Jewish State and their Islamic neighbors â€“ including the â€œOccupied Territories.â€ General Sharoni
Our discussants, who acknowledged the Palestinians just entitlements, were noticeably at odds with their Prime Minister (Netanyahuâ€™s) positions. It was interesting to hear a high-ranking Israeli military officerâ€™s comments regarding the defensibility of the pre-1967 borders from the perspective of his homeland. In his estimation, they are eminently defendable from his military view: â€œFormerly, we were threatened by the surrounding nation-States. Now that is not the case [theyâ€™ve made peace and/or understanding with their neighbors]. Today, the threat is terrorism, and having unsecured borders makes it hard for us to defend ourselves!â€ In the end, this interpretation of their security counters his governmentâ€™s claim that the Obama proposed borders are indefensible, and forces Tel Aviv to continue their policy of â€œunending Warâ€ which in the end is unsustainable. (It, also, demonstrates that the contemporaneous rightist establishment is more concerned with founding a â€œgreaterâ€ Israel which is a dangerous policy both to their dominantly Islamic neighbors.)
Ms. Hassan of Justice; therefore, urges all of us (Jews, Muslims and Christians, etc. alike) to request (our governments) to support the Two-State Solution as the only workable resolution!
The American-Jewish leader on the call, Jeremy Ben-Ami, rejoined his recommendation that the American Jewish Community support this resolution within the Halls of Congress, and to explain their assessment to their co-religionist landzmen! (Your critic behind the computer has advocated the best allies for American Muslims are progressive American Jews, for they have had to go through many of the same things American Islamic citizens/residents to become accepted on this Continent, and you must get to know each other better to build avenues for communication between each of your communities if you, personally, are willing to do so. Liberal American Jews and Muslims can do much to walk together to change things around in Washington for all of us born from Abrahamâ€™s seed! That is, we, personally, must resolve to be part of the resolution. We have agency!
There is still one more section to go before the final analysis and conclusions can be made from this rich experience your reporter stumbled upon. Hopefully, it will provide one of many possible scenarios for discussion.