The western Judeo-Christian civilisation, have always treasured fear and doubt from a possible re-unification of the Muslim World; therefor it has done everything in its might to keep the Muslims divided and torn apart.. Due credit must be acknowledged to the Muslims themselves.
Ever since the age of the Great Discoveries and the rise of Colonial economies, the Western Empires have spared no effort to further inflame every type of political, social, tribal, religious, cultural, sectarian or ethnic differences, even rivalries.. The examples are numerous and mostly are of public dominion and rather easily traceable.
It must have been Dr. Martin Luther King who said: “No one can ride on your back unless it is bent”!!
Hence, I see fit and coherent to the subject, these coming lines extracted from my book “Requiem For The Dream – A Cry for Indignation calling for Commitment”:
Two years before the bloodiest massacre in recent history, known as “The Great War” (otherwise commonly referred to as WWI) could come to an end; just few months before the secret meeting took place, in which the first draft of the “Sykes & Picot Accords” was presented, for approval, before the British Crown’s Prime Minister and his French counterpart; and perhaps even unaware of the two empires’ plot to define their proposed spheres of influence, and to equally split the Provinces (Welayat) of the Ottoman Empire (the last official Muslim Caliphate); precisely in January 1916, T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence Of Arabia) described, in an intelligence memo, the Arab Revolt as “beneficial to us, because it marches with our immediate aims, the break-up of the Islamic ‘bloc’ and the defeat and disruption of the Ottoman Empire, and because the states [Sharif Hussein] would set up to succeed the Turks would be … harmless to ourselves … The Arabs are even less stable than the Turks. If properly handled they would remain in a state of political mosaic, a tissue of small jealous principalities incapable of cohesion”.
Michal Korda, Lawrence’s biographer, while analysing the outcome of 1919’s Paris Peace Conference, wrote:
“Indeed, it is typical of Lawrence that he managed to get Prince Feisal, the leader of the Arab Revolt, and Chaim Weizmann, the Zionist leader, to sit down together in January 1919 and sign an extraordinary agreement (largely drafted by Lawrence himself) that would have created a joint Arab-Jewish government in Palestine, with unlimited Jewish immigration. Feisal conceded that Palestine could contain 4 million to 5 million Jewish immigrants without harm to the rights or property of the Arab population, a number not greatly different from the number of Jews living in Israel today”.
I don’t know why the issue have suddenly overtaken my thoughts the very moment I saw the untactful act, yet spontaneous, by which Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, tried to comfort the weeping Palestinian child fearing deportation.
Is it because the hawkish New Conservative Right is winning grounds every moment all over the globe, and crushing along its path every Human & Civil Right; using new tools like Financial and Economic hegemony to break, conquer and colonise the ‘Other’?
Perhaps even the way Germany’s deep sense of guilt, combined with Jewish chronic paranoia, have always seasoned most of Europe’s political and economic decisions?
Or maybe is it that we, the Arab/Muslim populations, were unable, or just reluctant, to question our choices?
One reason equals any other.. The bitter fact is that we have been hanging the tragic consequences of our choices on ignorance and poverty - and using them the way a differently able person stands only bearing upon crutches - though knowing that they are only excuses.. Forgetting that the very few moments of glory which sparked for a short while through our long history, have shone bright when the ultra-majority of us were ignorant and poor.Pass On The Word.
PS: This morning (July 18th) German media reported a high level governmental official saying that the Palestinian child is speaking perfect German language and seem well integrated within the society, and it is for such individuals that the emigration laws and asylum norms must be reviewed. Some are interpreting this as an official PR spot to clear Angela’s much criticised act.