I wanted to continue with this thread after such a forceful post on Saturday. I will be focusing on the Middle East and terrorism for a the next many posts.
I don't share the religious comradery for Israel nor the hyped paranoia against Arab countries that the rest of the Western political world obviously has. The dynamics the West has with the Arab world is key to our most recent wars and the threat of terrorism around the globe. Where to start this conversation, though? Let's start very simply from the beginning. The creation of Israel. I cannot say the creation of Israel and Palestine, because Palestinians do not have a nation state to identify with (and that is part of the problem).
Why was Israel created?
1. After WWII, it became really unpopular for the dominant powers of the world to have imperial colonies, so they countries systematically set 'free' previously colonized geographic regions...one of them being Britain's Palestinian Mandate.
2. Antisemitism was rampant, before, during and after the holocaust- and not just in Germany, but around the world. Many countries refused repatriation of Jewish people and many Jewish people feared to return to previously hostile communities.
So, the international community just DECIDED to create the state of Israel. Protests of the Palestinian people were known, but no diplomatic efforts were made to resolve these seeds of terror before they magically created the new homeland for the Jewish people.
There are many states which were created this way, leaders of dominant nations in a board room with a map and ruler just carving out states without thinking about the social aspect of what they were doing. This strategy is the root of many war torn nations.
So the question I pose is, "Was the initial action of creating the state of Israel a just action toward the Palestinians?"
Let's just start there.