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The Small Kindness (Qur’an 107): A Magnanimous Solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Positive-sum westerners see “two states” as the obvious solution to the conflict on the land between the river and the sea. But analyzed in terms of honor-shame reasoning and the players involved, not only is that solution not going to work, but it’s actually designed by “two-stage” Palestinian strategists, to pursue the zero-sum dream: “Palestine from the river to the sea.” When we understand that the problem is not “how much” territory is Israel willing to concede to satisfy the Palestinians?” but “how do Arab Muslims overcome the humiliation that is Israel, and find their dignity in the global community without subjecting infidels,” different landscapes and alternatives arise.

First it becomes crystal clear that resolving this contest in a way that convinces Islamist supremacists to stand down becomes imperative not only for Israel, but for the West and all other peoples around the world, who, in the early decades of the third (global) millennium, are also the target of this zero-sum, honor-driven, imperialist version of monotheism: one God, one rule, one religion. The idea that “land for peace” is an option (much less the only true option), has progressives, Jewish and not, convinced that if only they cram this solution down Israel’s throat (for its own good of course, à la J-Street), they’ll solve the problem. They seem oblivious to the possibility that such a solution only pours oil on the Jihadi fire.

The alternative perspective, however, by considering real causes, opens up new thinking and new solutions. This means viewing the specific conflict not, as the Palestinians would insist, between the Israeli Goliath and the Palestinian David, but as the very term intifada means, the “shaking off” of a bug (Israel) by a great beast.

Who is the great beast? Obviously not the Palestinians. They may be that small part of the great beast’s skin that shudders off the bug. But they are proxies for a much greater and more powerful creature. In other words the conflict in Arab and Muslim eyes is not between mighty Israelis and poor Palestinians: if it were that alone, the humiliation of losing to the Jews might be less painful. It’s between Israel, the only state of the Jews in the world (and a democracy thriving in very difficult conditions), fighting off 22 Arab and 57 Muslim authoritarian states, and beyond them, a wide range of Jihadi and Da’wa non-state actors, all driven by a triumphalist, hard zero-sum vision of Islam, one that cannot tolerate the very existence of an infidel state in the midst of Dar al Islam. In short, it is a battle front in a war between Muslim theocratic, authoritarian political culture and the democratic West. And for the West not only not to understand that, but side with the triumphalist Palestinians (for whom no Jewish state is tolerable), against Israel, is more than foolish, it’s self-destructive.

In that framework, I’d like to suggest a Qur’an-inspired alternative, also an obvious solution, but one that addresses the heart of the dilemma, not only of the “local” Arab-Israeli conflict, but the global “Muslim-infidel” conflict, namely, the difficulty so many Muslims have in living peaceably with their neighbors, whether Muslim or infidel. The greatest challenge of this global generation – whether viewed as the first generation of the 21st century or the second of the 15th century) is to Muslims to effect major changes in the hard zero-sum way they have historically related to kuffar (infidels), and women, and anyone less powerful than they. Everyone’s life, on this increasingly connected planet at the beginning third millennium, depends on Muslims and infidels rising to this challenge.

In this sense, Israel is the Muslim’s Dreyfus Affair, their test of modernity. Can they shift moral paradigms and leave behind triumphalist religiosity? Can they live at peace with the rest of the world without trying to subject them? The test case, is how they get along with the Jews in their region, esp since these sovereign Jews have proven considerably more peaceful towards Arab Muslims (even the most belligerent), than these have even towards each other, mu

To those of Allah’s faithful who would like Islam to stand in a place of honor among the nations of a peaceful and peace-loving world, I make this suggestion that, I think, will set you on a fruitful path. In the Qur’an, Surah 107 explains to people that, at the Last Judgment, Allah will not smile on those who “would be seen (i.e., admired) yet refuse the small kindness.” And yet this is precisely what Arab and Muslims have done to the Jews for the last 66 years.

There are 1.x billion Muslims in the world, or about a fifth of the global population; there are 12 million, Jews, or about a fifth of a percent of the world population. Of the entire area occupied by Arab-speaking majorities in the world, greater Israel constitutes a fifth of a percent of that total. Given all that Islam shares with Judaism (dare one say, adopted from Judaism), do you Muslims really think that on the Day of Judgment, Allah will forgive you if they refuse us the “small kindness” of being allowed to prosper on this tiny sliver of land? For the sake of world peace – literally – do not refuse us this “small kindness.”

 

Glossary List for Medievalist’s Guide to 21st Century

The following is a glossary list of terms I (and others) have developed to help describe the civilizational dynamics of the 21st century. I welcome suggestions for my definitions and for others I haven’t included.

Accuracy: best approximation one can make describing reality/actuality.

Journalistic Accuracy: best effort to describe what actually happened.

Al Yahud: Arabic for “the Jew,” a pervasively derogatory phrase, sons of apes and pigs.

Analogic dyslexia: wild and inappropriate historical analogies. See: Cultural relativity/Equivalence

Chronologic dyslexia: putting cart before horse. See Cult of Occupation

Apocalypticism: urgent sense that time for the Final Events is now

Active cataclysmic apocalyptic: agents of apocalyptic destruction
Passive cataclysmic apocalyptic: outside force destroys.
Transformative apocalyptic: voluntary transformation into new world

Apocalyptic narrative: cosmic/global story/scenario: how good will soon defeat evil.

Augean Stables: bad practices accumulated over long periods. My blog on WMSNM

Caliphate: rule of Islam, of Shari’a applicable to all including infidel dhimmi

Global caliphate: world submitted to Sharia, triumphalist millennial goal.
See: Muslim Triumphalism, Global Jihad, Da’wa.
Global Caliphater:
Muslim believing the time for global Caliphate is now.
Caliphater’s three choices: conversion to Islam, death, or dhimmitude.

Civil/Demotic polity: substitutes fairness discourse for violence in settling disputes.

Cognitive Egocentrism: projecting one’s own mentality onto others.

Liberal CE (LCE): projecting good faith/positive-sum motives on others.
Dominating EC (DCE): projecting bad faith/0-sum, rule or be ruled.
Moebius strip of CE: interaction of LCE-DCE to the advantage of DCE.

Cognitive Warfare (Cogwar): convince a more powerful foe not to use his force.

Cult of “Occupation”: attributing world-salvific results to ending Israeli Occupation.

Dar al Islam/Dar al Harb: world divided into realm of submission, and realm of war. See: Triumphalist Islam, Jihad, Global Jihad.

Da’wa: “summons”, call to infidel to convert and Muslims intensify their devotion;

Da-i Caliphaters: those waging global Jihad non-violently, by Cogwar.

Demopaths: using human rights to protect enemies of human rights. See: Da-i Caliphaters, Cogwar, DCE.

Dupes of demopaths: people who cede to the demopathic argument. See HRNGOs, Halo Effect, LCE.

Demotic: of/for the people (demos), aimed at empowering commoners.

Demotic Values: egalitarian, dignity of manual labor.
Demotic Religiosity: egalitarian religious style of being in society.
Demotic Polity: based on equality before the law, voluntary, contractual relations. See: Civil Polity

Dignity-guilt culture (DGC): dignity from mutual respect not dominion, d. of labor.
See: Demotic Values, Demotic/Civil Polity; cf: Honor-Shame Culture

Dhimmi: status of favored infidels in Dar al Islam, protected as long as degraded. See: Triumphalist Religioisty

Proleptic Dhimmitude: submitting in anticipation of conquest.
Dhimmi Leaders: charged with suppressing criticism of Muslims in their communities. See: Islamophobia

Dominating Imperative: Rule or be ruled.

Empathic Imperative: judge others as favorably as possible.

Eisogesis: aggressively reading outside meaning into a given text, imposition.

Exegesis: deriving implied meaning from a given text, interpretation.

Global Jihad: Mujahedeen’s purifying destruction brings on the Global Caliphate.
       Global Jihadi Right (GJR): hierarchal movement of conquest and dominion.

Global Progressive Left (GPL): leader of humanity’s evolution to global civil society.

Halo Effect: HRNGO’s good reputation because of their mission’s moral nature.

Honor-shame culture (HSC): shedding blood preserves or restores honor. See: Zero-Sum Games, Prime Divider Society; Cf: DGC, Civil Society

Honor Killings: (see Shame Murders)

Hopium: addiction to misplaced hope in decision-making.  See LCE, .

Human-Rights NGOs (HRNGO): NGOs dedicated to global human rights.  See: Halo Effect, Moral Equivalence

Human Rights Complex (HRC): ignore victimizers of color; obsess about “whites.”
Humanitarian Racism: people of color as force of nature; make no moral demands. See: Victim Studies, Intersectionality

Icons of Hatred: visual embodiments of lethal narratives, powerful war propaganda. See: Own Goal Lethal War Journalism

Information Professionals: charged by public to inform accurately on relevant issues (academics, researchers, journalists, public intellectuals).

Intifada: “shaking off,” as in mighty beast of Islam shakes off Zionist fly.

Al Aqsa Intifada: first campaign of 21st century global Jihad. See: Intifada, Trojan Horse Intifada, Oslo Jihad, Y2KMind, Oslo Logic

Jihad: literally, “to struggle” (German, kampfen), also holy war to spread Islam.

Kalam Alnass: Arabic term for fear of others judging you negatively. See: Oneidophobia 

Lethal Narratives: false atrocity-charges hard to disprove, poisoned war propaganda.

Lethal Journalism: passing on lethal narratives about the enemy as news.
Own-goal war journalism: reporting the enemy’s war propaganda as news.
Patriotic war journalism: reporting one’s own war propaganda as news.

Livingston Formulation: complaints of anti-Semitism are merely efforts to stop legitimate criticism of Israel. Cf: Islamophobia

Mainstream News Media MSNM: major print, video news outlets, news agencies.

WesternMSNM (WMSNM): world’s most professional news production services. See: Augean Stables

Masochistic Omnipotence Syndrome MOS: everything our fault; if we do better, we fix everything.

Marriage of Pre-Modern Sadism and Post-Modern Masochism (MPreMoS&PomoM): Colonial Victim: “it’s all your fault!” Westerner: “How can I atone?”

Millennialism: an age of justice, abundance, peace and mutual love is coming (soon).

Progressive vs Restorative: past perfect golden age lost vs. brave new world.
Demotic vs Triumphalist: bottom-up, egalitarian vs. top-down hierarchical.

Moderate Muslim: one who exchanges triumphalism for religious freedom. See: Y2KCompliant

Moral Relativism/Equivalence: equating very different levels of moral behavior. See: Dupes and Demopaths, HRNGOs

Moral Schadenfreude: taking pleasure in the moral degradation of another.

Nakba: 1948 “catastrophe” in Arab-Muslim world, among refugees, when Israel won.

Naksa: “setback” of 1967, Nakba 2.0.
Naksba: mentality of those who scapegoat Israel while abusing own people. See: Prime Divider Society, Negative-Sum Games, Strong Horse Politics

Oneidophobia: dread of public disgrace, can paralyze, can galvinize to violence.

Oslo Intifada: war begun by Palestinians who treated Oslo Process as Trojan Horse.

Oslo Jihad: first major successful campaign of Caliphater global Jihad in 21st century.
Oslo Logic: positive-sum logic of “Oslo peace process;” Land for Peace. See: 2SS

Palestinian Media Protocols Compliance (PMPC): measures MSNM’s adherence

Pallywood/Hizbollywood/Fauxtography: staged lethal narratives for WMSNM use purveying Israel-Goliath/Palestinian-Victim frame.

Paradigms: conceptual frameworks to understand Islam/West, Arab/Israeli conflicts.

Honor-Shame Jihad P (HSJP): triumphalist, honor through global conquest.
Politically Correct P (PCP1): underdogma, Palestinian/Muslim as victim.
Post-colonial P (PCP2): Whites worst imperialists; must atone. Israel is white

Peace Journalism: emphasize the positive about foe, encourage own side to trust.

PoMo-PoCo: Post-modern, post-colonial; combination weaponized against West. See GPL, Active Transformative/Cataclysmic apocalyptic, MOC.

Prime Divider Societies: fundamental cultural divide between elite and commoners. See: Zero-Sum Honor-Shame; Cf: Demotic/Civil Polities, DGP

Propaganda: manipulate opinion to accept what, better informed, one would reject.

Public sphere: arena for discussion of matters of public interest. See: MSNM, WMSNM, Information Professionals

rekaB Street (“Baker” backwards): analysts who ignore clues, dismiss key evidence.
See: Proleptic Dhimmi, ASSO21C, Own-Goal War Journalism

Religiosity: a style of living one’s religious beliefs in the social world.

Demotic Religiosity: egalitarian, treats all with dignity.
Triumphalist Religiosity: hierarchical, treats infidels with contempt

Replacement Theology: monotheist claim to replace predecessors as chosen.

Secular Replacement Theology (SRC): GPL values have replaced religion.
Supersessionism: claim to sit on top (supersedeo) of predecessor. See: Triumphalist Religiosity, Zero-Sum Games, Dhimmitude

Schadenfreude: The pleasure one takes in the suffering of another, malevolent envy.

Moral Schadenfreude: pleasure in another’s loss of moral “high ground.”

Self-criticism: ability to both generate self-criticism and hear criticism from others. See: MOS.

Semiotic Arousal: readily seeing signs and meaningful patterns in data/events.

Semiotic Promiscuity: anything means anything, connect with abandon. See also: Eisogesis, Moral Equivalence

Shame Murders: murder of family member (women) driven by peer-enforced shame.

Social Game theory: emotional aspects of zero-sum and positive-sum game-playing.

Zero-Sum games: one side wins, other loses; one only wins if other side loses.
See: Lethal Narratives, Triumphalism, HSJP, Schadenfreude
Positive-Sum games: win-win; voluntaristic; based on trust/trustworthiness
Negative-Sum games: lose-lose; losing 0-sum… make everyone miserable.

Strong-Horse Politics: actors seek out the strong horse, participating in his dominion. See: Prime Divider Society, HSJP, Zero-Sum Games

Triumphalist religiosity: “Our God True God because we rule.” Our dominion proves our Religion the True one. See: Replacement Theology, Supersessionism, Dominating Imperative

Muslim triumphalism: Destiny of Islam to rule over mankind.

Two-State Solution (2SS): positive-sum resolution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict. See: Oslo Logic, Y2KMind

Verbal Vegetarians: speech of conflict-averse Westerners avoiding confrontations
See: Muslim Triumphalism. Proleptic Dhimmitide.

Victimology: study of victims, impact of victim experience on their behavior. See: Demopaths and their Dupes, MOS, MoPreMoS&PoMoM,

Y2K: Year 2000, computer bug problem.

Y2KCompliant: capable of handling switch to 2000 (computers); capable of tolerating others in global millennium (religion)
Y2KMind: insisting Palestinians ready for Oslo Logic no matter how they behave.
Y2K Logic: Since 2SS only fair solution, Palestinians/Muslims will, under right circumstances, accept a deal. See: LCE, Demopaths and their Dupes, Oslo Jihad, PCP1.