Why shouldn’t the Middle East conglomerate as some sort of Arab-Zone, akin to the arrangement in Europe? After all, the language is basically the same, the people are the same, the money changes hands fluidly and without much fuss (you can spend your dinars, riyals, and shekels pretty much anywhere), and the borders are completely arbitrary – laid down by a retreating direct-colonial force of Europeans who hardly understood what kind of societies they were leaving.
Pan-arabism was popular once before its benefactor – Gamal Abdul Nassar – was brought low by the Israelis in a series of semi-humiliating military skirmishes. Now it seems these arbitrary kingdoms and dictatorships barely have anything to do with one another and though the man on the street believes in Arab and Muslim brotherhood through the currencies in his wallet and his tears for Palestine, the state itself seems too caught up in dancing on the edge of a blade to worry about pan-arabism anymore.
This disjointed unity is what leads the Middle East in particular and the Muslim world in general to become simple vassals to Western markets and imperial ambitions. Just think! With Gulf Capital, Iraqi oil, Egyptian labor and strategic positioning, Syrian water, and spiritual and linguistic commonalities, the Middle East would become a strong force to be reckoned with. Something that could give all major world powers cause for concern. Markets could be refashioned around sharia’ law, armies could be converged and strengthened, and nobody could say the educational system would produce some of the smartest and brightest innovators in a thousand years. The pride in such an “empire” could crush the world.
Further, why are the Arabs against Israel? (This is the main reason I support Israel.) The Arabs are one of the least developed cultures. They are typically nomads. Their culture is primitive, and they resent Israel because it’s the sole beachhead of modern science and civilization on their continent. When you have civilized men fighting savages, you support the civilized men, no matter who they are. Israel is a mixed economy inclined toward socialism. But when it comes to the power of the mind—the development of industry in that wasted desert continent—versus savages who don’t want to use their minds, then if one cares about the future of civilization, don’t wait for the government to do something. Give whatever you can. This is the first time I’ve contributed to a public cause: helping Israel in an emergency.
Ayn Rand, 1974
Enter Zionism and its tactics. Today in the servees to Nablus, the driver purposefully turned up the radio to an almost blaring volume when a report on the news came on about a recent protest in Gaza where families of detained Palestinians had laid in front of the French FM’s car in order to protest the double standard between the issue of Gilad Shalit and the thousands and thousands of Palestinian political prisoners. “This is Palestinian blood!” a woman screamed on the radio. The rest in the car sat silently.
See again, when attacks on Gaza can only result in heavily-monitored protest tents. The Palestinians who live in Israel can now enter into the West Bank, and they navigate the streets with looks of astonished confusion on their faces. Each portion of Palestinian society says in turn: look how it could be for me if not for my place in the system! The Gazans exist as a threat to those in the West Bank, and the ramshakle poverty of the West Bank exists as a warning to those who remained in their villages during the Nakba. Look how it could be if not for….
Zionism exists as this wedge in the system for the Palestinians, and their tactics of gradient punishment serves to split the Palestinians into four camps – those in the West who retain their dignity, those in the occupied territories of the 48, those who live under occupation in the West Bank, and those who live in hell in Gaza.
Likewise, such an example as Iraq, a mighty country brought to its knees by US aggression, serves as an example to the rest in the Arab world – do not step out of line or this could be you! And how could Arab unity be accomplished with these invaders in their midst, humiliating and splitting the people at every turn? Zionism as a thorn in the side of the Levent, and Iraq as a solemn reminder to the rest. No wonder no money can be spared to keep these two situations under wraps – either in arms money to Israel or foreign aid to the PA, continued presence in Iraq or an embassy the size of the Vatican. All must be done to assure that this throbbing heart of blessings and wealth is kept split and under control by foreign forces.
So what becomes the only weapon to fight against this division? Religion of course, which is where our radical jihadis emerge. The Ikhwan in Egypt are brothers of Hamas in Gaza are brothers of the Islamic State in Iraq are brothers of Hizballah in Syria and Lebanon. When you split people with their wallets, take care to split their souls as well. Who will win? The opulent lifestyle crammed down the throats of the Gulf Arabs, or the radical asceticism and ultimate sacrifices made by a pan-Islamic movement in the Middle East?