12 Oct 2011
The WCC consists largely of people who are not terribly interested in Christianity. They've lost interest. They've substituted Peace-and-Justice Campaigns. And the Christians in the Muslim lands -- Copts, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Maronites, and in Nigeria and the Sudan and Pakistan and Indonesia and Malaysia Catholics and Protestants -- do take their Christianity seriously. And thus it is that the Western "Christians" are a bit embarrassed about the Christians who, taking Christianity seriously, must suffer and endure to remain Christians.
As for Israel, there are several things going on with the disgusting way the WCC treats that country and its people, who are, and have been, and always will be, fighting to survive against a without-end Jihad that will never stop, but can be prevented from winning if everyone keeps his wits about him. One is ignorance. There are people in the WCC who know nothing or little about Islam, and do not want to understand what motivates the Arabs (and Muslims, unless those Muslims are non-Arabs and are distinctly hostile to Arabs, for both ethnic and secularist reasons, as were the Kemalist regime in Turkey and the Shah's regime in Iran) to work to destroy, through whatever means prove most effective at the time, the Infidel nation-state of Israel. They don't know, these people, the history of the Jews in Arab lands, they don't know the history of what they call the Holy Land during the past 2000 years, they don't know its more recent cadastral and demographic history, they don't know about the unbroken record of breaches of solemn commitments made by Arab states in all of their agreements with Israel (save for the lone exception of Lebanon, when it was still under Christian control). They don't know what the Mandate system of the League of Nations was all about, or how the therritory assigned to those Mandaes was carved out. They don't know the express purpose for which the Mandate for Palestine was created, nor the territory originally assigned to it. That's one -- Ignorance.
Second, there is antisemitism. It is a powerful and unexpungable force in the world. It can be, through constant effort, reduced in its appeal, and those who exhibit this peculiar mental pathology mocked and made embarrassed so that, at least, they will not be able to practice and express themselves with quite the deadly effect that the last unappetizing century permitted. If there is a rock-bottom minimum of 10% of the population in the West that exhibits this pathology, and in some countries the figure can rise to 20% or more, why should one not expect that within the WCC the percentage is that hight? And given that there is a certain self-selection, so that palpable lack of sympathy for Israel on the part of this or that NGO or goody-goody group such as the self-righteous WCC will lead, in the end, to like welcoming like, and those who are most outraged by the njustice of how the WCC treats Israel are unlikely to ever be part of the WCC, ever to want to have much to do with it.
Still a third reason is that the WCC just doesn't know what to do about Islam, and since the war on Israel finds its source in Islam, and there is no end to that war, the WCC, like many foreign ministers, can't allow itself to recognize this. It is too difficult a question to publicly discuss. Now that there are millions of Muslims living in the West, how can one -- so it is subliminally felt -- begin to mention these truths. Wouldn't it be better if we all play a game of lets-pretend since, that way, at least we will rock no boats in our own countries, and can make Israel pay whatever price has to be paid by the West to win, even if temporarily, the approval of Muslims, or at least we hope so.
It's the very opposite of what should be done. If Islam were rightly understood, and the psychology of Muslims too, then the WCC might realize that the campaign to pressure Israel to surrender territory, to abandon its own legal and historic rights or at least be afraid, as it now appears to be, to proclaim those rights (now Israel mostly declares its readiness, its eagerness, to "make peace with the Palestinians" rather than talk about the phoniness of both that "peace-making" on the part of the Muslim Arabs, and the absurdity of this invention, the "Palestinian people"), will make the chances of maintaining the peace, which has nothing to do with a "peace treaty" when it comes to those who follow the model of Muhamamd at Hudaibiyya, even more difficult.
That business of John Donne, about that bell tolling for thee. Well, it certainly is in the Middle East. If Israel is put under more pressure, so that it is reduced in size, and must exist permanently in conditions so hellishly difficult that many will leave the country, and the Arabs will have achieved, as Arafat always said they would, their goals "In stages," that will not make the Western world safter but far more dangerous. It will deprive that world of a military ally, its only certain one between Italy and the Philippines. It will deprive the West of easy access to the Holy Land, and will demoralize the West, if once again, within living memory of the Nazi murders, Jews are abandoned to their fate, the fate of being mass-murdfered. It took two thousand years for the Jews to resurrect their ancient commonwealth for the second time. There will be no third time. The demoralization felt all over the West among those who think and feel, will be significant. .
Finally, any Arab and Muslim victory over Israel -- a victory achieved through a diplomatic and propaganda campaign that has been conducted without cease for more than 40 years, since the Six-Day War -- will be a danger to Western Europe (and, consequently, to North America). For such a victory will whet, not sate, Arab and Muslim appetites.
The WCC doesn't know, or doesn't want to know, any of this. But others -- you and I, to start with -- know perfeclty well what is going on. And the continued spectacle of the Muslim Arabs, enjoying their freedom from despotism (in Iraq, in Egypt, and perhaps in Syria too) by making life as dangerous and unappealing for Christians as possible, surely is having some effect, not among WCC representatives, but among those believing Christians whom, supposedly, choose those delegates to represent them.