Originally Posted by Swift-Bass
To say that Israel is a innocent in any of these incidents would be radically naive. However, to say that muslims respect Christians and Jews may be true. But muslim extrmeists hold them in contempt.
Besides's, who "owns" the land of palistine is totally debatable. Especially since both Jews and Muslims clam Abraham as their father.
However, the Israeli state was created after World War II to give the Jewish religion a state of freedom. It was created by America (the great crusaders) and the land was essentially stolen form the inhabitants.
That very act was the starting point of the great American hate that precipitates throughout the middle east. That's also why the Palestinians and the Israelites (mostly the Zionists) fight over the land --amongst the other 'ideological' reason. Keep in mind, a peace treaty for Jerusalem, and the areas surrounding it, had survived from the 1300s until the 1940s.
Oh, and Muslim extremists do not hold any particular religion in contempt. Their fight is not religious, despite the many claims to the otherwise (fighting in the name of Allah, etc). Had Islamic extremists existed prior to the current era, you'd have a point. They, however, did not. Extremists any more view the war as retaliation against forces comprised of a plurality of religions. They don't target Christians, or Jews specifically --though many leaders, it is true any more, claim death to the Jewish religion. They fight because they believe they have been wronged, and in many ways, they have a point.
A brief timeline:
1922 -- Congress passed an agreement for the creation of a state in Palestinian land for the sanctity of the Jews, which was later adopted by the British as the British Mandate of Palestine.
1942 -- Zionist movement declared Palestine as a Jewish Commonwealth
1948 -- Jewish forces claimed independence from Britain, established a holistically Jewish state, and created Israel as a safe haven for Jews; thereby discluding Muslims and Palestinians, launching the first of many wars between Israel and Islamic countries.
1948 -- America became the first nation, followed closely by the Soviet Union, to recognize Israel as a country, for three primary reasons:
1. Soviet Threat to American Freedom
2. Ideological reasons (a predominately Christian America wanted sanctity for "god's chosen people")
3. The booming business of petroleum
1949-50 -- America adopts the foreign policy of "neutrality" in the Israeli conflicts (despite its armament and training of Israeli troops), establishing western friendly governments in the middle east for the petroleum business, and the combat the threat of Soviet communism (specifically in Iran and Turkey)
Early 1950s -- Iran nationalized its Oil Reserves
1953 -- America approves Operation Ajax, in collaboration with British forces, to depose the Iranian prime minister
1953-4 -- America subversively attempts to setup a west friendly government in Iran
1960s -- America begins to sell advanced missiles to Israel, but also arms the opposing sides, Egypt and Jordan, still maintaining a Neutral stance
1973 -- Yom Kippur war, where Arabic countries invaded Israeli land in an attempt to disestablish Jewish dominance. Israel armed by America, and backed by America as well. War ended with the withdrawal of Arabic forces.
1979 -- Iranian revolution begins, destroying American-Iranian relations by ousting the only semblance of western cooperation, the Shah.
Late 1979-early 1980 -- Afghanistan invaded by Soviet Union
1980-88 -- Iran/Iraq war began, where the United States decided to back Iraqi forces, as well as armed the Iraqi government with weaponry. The weaponry was used against two forces, the Iranians, and the Kurds.
1981-88 -- American covert operations, in concordance with Charlie Wilson, began arming and training Afghan fighters in order to combat the Soviet threat
1984 -- The United States begins dealing weapons to Iran, effectively arming both sides and possibly wishing no side to win. The profits were later used to combat Soviet forces in South America
1986-88 -- America promised to help Afghanistan rebuild their infrastructure after the Soviet invasion and destruction, yet, after the Soviets withdrew, so did the Americans, leaving a poor nation in turmoil.
1990 -- A once America backed Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, a stronghold of American oil business, claiming it a part of Iraq.
1990-91 -- America launches the Gulf War
1990s -- Lots of stuff happens
2001 -- America is attacked by Islamic extremists bent on retaliation
2001-present -- America launches Afghanistan War, deposed the Taliban, and failed to capture the man responsible for the attacks
2003-present -- America launches Iraq war, deposes Saddam Hussein, and fritters away a lot of lives and money
With all of that in mind, the Islamic extremists any more are not inculcated to believe the war they fight is a conflict between Christians, Jews, and the Muslims. Despite them throwing around the term "Infidel" their fight is a reaction to America's marionett'ing in the middle east. The movie 'Traitor' did an exceptional job at explaining this point, that the Islamic extremists are not destroying infidels primarily because of religion, but because of "the crusaders" invading their land, and the like.
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