15 Jan 2013
Hugh, you are the most insightful and informed person on the Middle East ever to put pen to paper. You are truly my hero! May you live a 100 years. If only it were you who was formulating ME policy....... Well, I can dream can't I?
16 Jan 2013
There is one caveat to the proposal that we step back and observe from afar the spectacle of the ummah devouring itself in internecine warfare (and, too, those roiling black holes of Jihad sucking in jihad-minded Mohammedans from the Mohammedan colonies in Infidel lands).
I would be content to stand back, seal the borders and watch, so long as
a/ we were sealing the borders (that is, not allowing into our lands 1/ any Muslims from those lands who flee the strife in order to carry the jihad onto our turf, by swelling the Muslim Fifth Column we've already got and 2/ Muslims who've left our lands, engaged in jihad within dar al Islam, and now - combat-hardened - propose to return here and put what they've learned against the wrong sorts of Muslim, into practice against us Infidels.)
and so long as
b/ we were finding ways to get the remaining Mandeans and Christians out of Iraq to places of safety within the Lands of the Infidels, and ways to get the remaining Christians out of Syria, also to places of safety in lands governed and dominated by non-Muslims.
The Jews are well out of Yemen (there are maybe 100 + left; but the vast majority of that ancient community were rescued years ago); the Jews escaped from or were driven out of Syria; there are no Jews left in Iraq.
I can see one, and one role only, for limited and strictly pinpointed non-Muslim intervention in Iraq and Syria. That is: to help the Christians (and in Iraq, also, the few surviving Mandeans) get out. An Operation Magic Carpet, an operation On Eagles' Wings, emulating what the Jews of Israel did for their co-religionists, decades ago. (And there is another community for whom the door of escape and the Gates of Hope need to be opened: the Coptic Christians of Egypt). I would happily send back to Egypt the current Egyptian-born Egyptian-indoctrinated Al Azhar-graduate Mufit of (most of) the Muslims in Australian, if I could only bring in, in his place, lots and lots and lots of devout Coptic Christians. There are enough nominally-majority-Christian countries in the world, that if we all agreed to take some of the beleaguered, terrorised, mortally-imperilled Copts, Assyrian Christians and Iraqi Christians, none of us would have to take in an impossible number...and we'd all, in the long run, be the richer, especially if, in order to make room for the Copts and Assyrians, we all announced, in concert, that oh so sorry, we just cannot take X thousand Muslim pretend-'refugees' anymore, we are taking the Copts and Assyrians because they are manifestly and imminently in danger of suffering genocide.
And then, once we have our fellow Infidels safely out of immediate harm's way - and people like Mark Durie have begun to assist them with the painful process of shedding their dhimmi conditioning - we get out, and shake ourselves, bit by bit, free of our various entanglements with the denizens of dar al Islam.
16 Jan 2013
Great comment Christina Mcintosh! May the force be with you.