ZioNation - Progressive Zionism and Israel Web Log

ZioNation home Archives Site map Policy Definitions FAQ timeline history documents Links Photos Contact

Articles and Reference

History of Zionism and Israel
Zionism
Middle East Encyclopedia
History of Anti-Semitism
History of Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Six Day War
War of Independence
Bible
Bible  Quotes
1948 Israel War of Independence Timeline Christian Zionism
Christian Zionism History
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Learn Hebrew
Jew
Anti-Semitism
Pogrom
Israel
Zionists
Israel Boycott?
Boycott Israel?
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Jew Hate
International Zionism
Commentary in Russian
Middle East
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al Husseini
Albert Einstein
Palestine: Ethnic Cleansing
History Arab-Israeli Conflict
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com

An article in Al-Jazeera caught my attention because of its intriguing title. "Was the Iraq war religiously motivated?" asks Ahmed Janabi and he answers, "debate still rages over whether ideological or religious concerns were the real motives." Maybe debate is not raging in your part of the world, but in the Middle East, such ideas are taken seriously.

Janabi quotes Dr Muhammad al-Sammak, an "expert on Christian Zionist affairs" who says, according to Jannabi:


Christian Zionists believe they can bring about the Second Coming by influencing critical current events.

"They believe that the Christ will not descend to Earth unless Greater Israel is achieved and all Jews in the world gather in it. They think they should work to pave the way for that to happen," he said.


So far so good. There are people like that. But then he continues:


"Helping in creating Greater Israel was one of the main reasons why Iraq was under 13 years of sanctions which ended by launching a devastating war that wiped out the Iraqi government and army, which did not accept any peace terms with Israel."


The invasion of Kuwait apparently had nothing to do with the sanctions imposed on Iraq. Presumably, in the period before 1991, Saddam Hussein was a big supporter of the ZOA, Mrs. Saddam belonged to the Hadassah and Uday was a fan of Maccabi Tel-Aviv. That explains why the US supported the Iraqi regime throughout the 80s. Suddenly, in 1991, Saddam changed his mind and decided not to support Israel. That explains the sanctions, right?

The expert (the world would be so confusing without experts, no?) Al Sammak also discerns an additional reason for the US invation of Iraq:


They [pro-Israel US politicians] do want to take revenge on the Iraqi Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar who invaded the Jewish territories in Palestine some 2500 years ago and brought Jews as prisoners to Babylon," he said.



There is irrefutable rock solid proof that this is so of course, given by Al-Jazeera:


On 21 November, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Iraq, and Democratic Senator Joe Biden chose Babylon to announce their support for the Iraqi constitution and launch a reconstruction initiative.

Liqa Makki, an Iraqi political analyst, believes Babylon was chosen rather than the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad because of its politico-religious importance.

"The visit proves that the slogan of establishing Greater Israel from the Nile river in Egypt to the Euphrates river in Iraq; this is still a goal," he said.


By the beard of the prophet (PBUH), Al-Jazeera has brought to light a dangerous Zionist conpiracy!

Yes, it was really published in Al-Jazeera, and not in "The Onion."

Ami Isseroff



Was the Iraq war religiously motivated?

By Ahmed Janabi
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/5DF5AAE3-90D8-45B3-9F53-DC216D13C991.htm
Thursday 16 February 2006, 5:29 Makka Time, 2:29 GMT

Although several reasons have been given for the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, debate still rages over whether ideological or religious concerns were the real motives.

The US president's description of the "war on terror" as a "crusade" in September 2001 still angers many in the Arab and Muslim world who say the campaign is religiously motivated and based on a misinterpretation of biblical scripts.

George Bush has tried to distance himself from the term. The word crusade has quietly dropped from his vocabulary, but some in the region believe this was for political purposes, not due to a lack of conviction.

Dr Muhammad Ayash al-Kubaisi, spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMS), says: "It is common among politicians when they want to announce something controversial. [First] they say it and, when negative reactions come up, they say 'we did not mean that'."

Biblical beliefs

Dr Muhammad al-Sammak, an expert on Christian Zionist affairs, believes religion plays a central role in the decision-making process in the US.

"It is not a secret," he says.

"Most of the US presidents are very religious and George Bush is one of them. They definitely act according to their religious beliefs.

"For example, the late US president Ronald Reagan predicted in a TV interview that his generation would live to see the Battle of Armageddon. This is very biblical. No person would use such terms unless he was supported by his religious beliefs."

Al-Sammak says Christian Zionists believe they can bring about the Second Coming by influencing critical current events.

"They believe that the Christ will not descend to Earth unless Greater Israel is achieved and all Jews in the world gather in it. They think they should work to pave the way for that to happen," he said.

"Helping in creating Greater Israel was one of the main reasons why Iraq was under 13 years of sanctions which ended by launching a devastating war that wiped out the Iraqi government and army, which did not accept any peace terms with Israel."



State of chaos

But Harlan Ullman, a former Pentagon adviser, says Bush only wanted to stabilise a Middle East that was in a "state of chaos and violence" and not wage war for religious reasons.

"Bush's aim behind launching the war on Iraq was to bring peace to the region and promote democracy," Ullman told Aljazeera.net.

"Achieving these goals would have resulted in several positive changes in the region - like bringing democracy to other countries. Iraq would recognise Israel, because both of them would be democracies, and a settlement might be reached between Iran and Israel."

Iraq's official position vis-a -vis Israel during Saddam Hussein's government has been a source of contention and speculation during the past two decades.

Uday Hussein wrote to his father saying the brother of Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the then UN secretary-general, was offering to lift sanctions in return for Iraq's involvement in the Middle East peace process.

Aljazeera.net has obtained a scan of a letter written in 1994 by Saddam Hussein's secretary in reply to his son.

The letter declared Hussein's refusal to recognise Israel and partake in the peace process in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Ahmed al-Najdawi, a Jordanian pan-Arab nationalist, believes Hussein's position against Israel helped pave the way for the 2003 invasion.

"Saddam Hussein represents certain principles of an era in the Arab history that they want to wipe out from Arabs' memory," he told Aljazeera.net.

"The war was intended to remove from the Arabs' memory the values of rejecting Israel and foreign occupation of Arab lands.

"Saddam Hussein's image in the court while his country is under occupation is the only image they want to print in the minds and hearts of Arabs and Muslims," he said.

Babylonian history revisited

Al-Sammak believes that ancient history may have also played a part in the occupation of Iraq.

"They [pro-Israel US politicians] do want to take revenge on the Iraqi Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar who invaded the Jewish territories in Palestine some 2500 years ago and brought Jews as prisoners to Babylon," he said.

Other Iraqi analysts point to the numerous visits by US politicians to ancient Babylon near the south central city of Hilla.

On 21 November, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador to Iraq, and Democratic Senator Joe Biden chose Babylon to announce their support for the Iraqi constitution and launch a reconstruction initiative.

Liqa Makki, an Iraqi political analyst, believes Babylon was chosen rather than the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad because of its politico-religious importance.

"The visit proves that the slogan of establishing Greater Israel from the Nile river in Egypt to the Euphrates river in Iraq; this is still a goal," he said.

US serves own interests

But David Ha'ivri, head of Revava, a grassroots Zionist organisation in Israel, disagrees that the war was fought for Israel's security or strategic goals.

"I don't think Israel's wellbeing was a factor at any level when the orders were given to invade Iraq," Ha'ivri told Aljazeera.net.

"America does not send its soldiers to war for the safety of the Jews. They go to war to serve their own interests, no more and no less."

Nevertheless, Ha'ivri did express his satisfaction that Hussein was ousted from power because he was "an enemy of the Jewish people".

Ullman also added that the security of Israel was a secondary issue in the Iraq war.

Divide and conquer

Nevertheless, Arab analysts believe the US and its Western allies are executing a "divide and conquer" policy in Iraq.

They cite a 1982 report, A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s, written by Israeli strategist Oded Yinon which states the break-up of Iraq was an imperative for Israel.

Al-Najdawi says the US war on Iraq was designed to fracture the country.

"Definitely they ruined the Iraqi state because it was calling for Arab unity and refused to shake hands with Israelis," he said.

"What are they doing now in Iraq? They are doing everything to divide the country, it is their final aim, and anybody who cannot see that is acting like an ostrich trying to bury its head in the sand."

He pointed to recent calls by some Iraqi Shia parties to establish an autonomous region in the south of the country as evidence of that aim.

Future dangers

Al-Sammak also believes that fragmentation is a strategic goal in the Middle East, modelled after the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, which divided Arab lands formerly under Ottoman rule to British and French hegemony.

"They do not want states; they are working to establish easy-to-control micro entities. They believe that state-of-the-art arsenals are not enough to secure the Jewish state. What would really secure it is the breaking up of Arab countries," he said.

Ha'ivri, however, sees "American/European imperialism" as a dangerous precedent in Iraq that could play out to be a threat to Israel's sovereignty.

Original content is Copyright by the author 2006. Posted at ZioNation-Zionism and Israel Web Log, http://www.zionism-israel.com/log/archives/00000005.html where your intelligent and constructive comments are welcome. Disributed by ZNN list. Subscribe by sending a message to ZNN-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Please forward by e-mail with this notice, cite this article and link to it. Other uses by permission only.

Click to Reddit! Facebook Share

add to del.icio.us

Add to digg - digg it

Constructive comments, including corrections, are welcome. Do not use this space for spam, publishing articles, self promotion, racism, anti-Zionist propaganda or character defamation. Inappropriate comments will be deleted. See our Comment policy for details. By posting here, you agree to the Comment policy.

Home
Archives

Please take our reader survey!

Links
Our Sites

Zionism
Zionism News Net
Zionism-Israel Pages
Brave Zionism
IsraŽl-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Our Blogs
Israel News
IMO Blog - IsraŽl & Midden-Oosten (NL)
Israel Like this, as if
Zionism News Net
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog
IsraŽl in de Media


Blog Roll:
Adam Holland
Blue Truth
CIF Watch
Contentious Centrist
Dutchblog Israel (NL/EN)
Harry's Place
Ignoble Experiment
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Jewish Issues Watchdog Meretz USA Weblog
Meryl Yourish
Middle East Analysis
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log
Modernity Blog
normblog
Pro Israel Bay Bloggers
Point of no return
Simply Jews
Solomonia
Something Something
Tempting Topical Topics
The Augean Stables
Unplugged Mike
Oy Bay! San Francisco Bay Area Jews
Vital Perspective
Israel Mon Amour
Liberty & Justice
On the Contrary
Magdeburger Chossid
Tulip - Israeli-Palestinian Trade Union Assoc.
Southern Wolf
Sharona's Week
Sanda & Israel
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Liberal for Israel

A Jew with a view
BlueTruth
Realistic Dove
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
SEO for Everyone
Vision to Reality: The Reut Blog
Calev's Blog
Candidly speaking from Jerusalem
Dvar Dea
Ray Cook
Shimshon 9

Mark Halawa


This link space is 4 your blog - contact us!

Other Web sites and pages:

PeaceWatch Middle East Commentary Christians Standing With Israel
Zionism On the Web
Guide to Middle East, Zionism
Z-Word
Z-Word blog
Labor Zionism
Le Grand Mufti Husseini
The Grand Mufti Hajj Amin El Husseini
ZNN - Zionism News Network Middle East
Euston Manifesto
Jewish Blogging
Peace With Realism
Israel Facts (NL)
Space Shuttle Blog
SEO
Mysterology
Love Poems
At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum



Judaica

Judaica: Jewish Gifts:
Shofar
Mezuzah



RSS V 1.0


RSS V 2.0


Help us improve - Please click here to take our reader survey

All entries copyright by the authors and or Zionism-Israel Information Center. Please forward materials by e-mail with URLS. Other uses by permission only.

security