by Ali Salim

Iran's duplicity and the way its deceives the West regarding its nuclear intentions are perfectly obvious to those of us living in the Middle East. Further, any new state in the Middle East, such as a Palestine, will be taken down by jihadis before its flag is up.

This is the season for pilgrimages to Mecca and the Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), but the Arab world is occupied instead with internecine murder and bloodletting. As the Arab states come apart at the seams, gangs with no respect for human life flock in -- among them the Muslim Brotherhood, the Al-Nusra Front, Hamas and Al-Qaeda -- blowing up markets and mosques. Their advent is surreal: waving green and black flags they shoot everything that moves; and rape, slaughter and loot, all in the name of Allah (S.W.A.T.).

The situation in the Arab world is like the Shi'ite Islamic vision of the Yaom al-Kiama, the End of Days, with the sinners following the False Messiah, Al-Masīh ad-Dajjāl. It is ironic that the rulers and citizens of states that provide a safe haven for terrorists -- sending their death teams to attack innocent civilians in the West -- during the Feast of the Sacrifice now find themselves the victims of the same murderers they so willingly armed.

The Arab and Muslim incitement to massacre -- and the provision of arms and ideological support for most of the Islamist and Palestinian terrorist organizations -- have almost completely disappeared while the Arabs are now busy destroying themselves. The world stands by and watches as millions of Arab and Muslim refugees are expelled, murdered, raped and robbed. Millions of people who fled their homes live in cardboard boxes with plastic sheeting to keep out the rain and cold; and masses of hungry African refugees drown in the sea in a desperate attempt to reach a safe haven in the West.

In Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, civilians are murdered or flee with nothing; while Egypt is in the midst of a civil war, and millions of homeless refugees have scattered throughout the Middle East.

Despite all this need and chaos, the UN and the various NGOs are insistent on providing a political, economic and moral lifeline to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original 1948 Palestinian refugees, not only prolonging their inherited status, but also making them eternally dependent. The status of "refugees" does not generally pass from one generation to the next, so it is even more unfortunate that the enlightened Western world supports them at the expense of the millions of genuinely needy new refugees. By providing these descendents a commodity to trade in, the UN is also ensuring that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians will never be resolved.

If an accounting were ever given of the billions of dollars the UN has poured into the Palestinian coffers over the years, enough money would be found to house each of them in villas with swimming pools across the entire Middle East. If the Arab-Muslim countries really wished to help the Palestinians, they would transfer to them the immense wealth and property left behind by the Jewish refugees, who were expelled in the late 1940s and fled to Israel. The UN, however, is suspiciously insistent on not providing the same -- or even similar -- care for any other group of refugees.

UN agencies (such as UNRWA) themselves benefit from the disabling aid structures they put in place, theoretically to help people in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and abroad, who are able to work and have so many other ways of receiving help; while in Syria, people are dying of hunger, and Muslim clerics in the collapsing Arab states have issued fatwas [Muslim religious opinions] for the Feast of the Sacrifice permitting the consumption of dogs, cats and donkeys.

Given that Europe is bankrupt, both morally and financially, the United States alone bears the burden of supporting over 22% of the malfunctioning UN and its often-corrupt agencies. Instead, the U.S. should demand that the oil-rich Arab states give citizenship, with attendant rights and privileges, to their Palestinian residents, to enable the UN to focus on rehabilitating the millions of new Arab and Muslim refugees created by the catastrophic Arab Spring. Even as we witness the artificial Arab states, created in 1916 by the Sykes-Picot Agreement, disintegrate, the United States and the West seem to insist on creating a new artificial Arab state called "Palestine," which will soon be a hotbed of extremism, terrorism and bloodshed, exactly like the others.

The "Palestinian people," we recall, are not a group at all, but rather Arab immigrants, many of whom who settled in the late 19th-early 20th century in what was part of the Ottoman Empire, and who fled in 1947, when Israel was attacked, then after the war asked to return. The Arabs who did not flee,still live in Israel and, whatever one thinks of Israel, are at least freely able to enter all leading professions, including the parliament and the highest court.

Of those calling themselves Palestinians, some have splintered into Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamist Groups such as the terrorist organization Hamas; others are in the West Bank, both inside and outside Fatah; still others find themselves overseas or in Arab lands. If they were integrated into the existing Arab states, it would serve the quest for world peace. Any new state in the Middle East, such as a Palestine, will be taken down by jihadis before its flag is up.

Although the United States has a full quiver of advisors for Islamic and Arab affairs, the decisions made by its leadership seem to keep repeating the same inexplicable mistakes. It is like the old Arab saying, "The dog has a crooked tail, and if you put it in a cast for forty days, it will still be crooked." It is painful to watch the United States as its well-intended misconceptions of the Middle East cause it to fail: its limp-wristed negotiations with Iran, its weakness in the case of Syria, its helplessness in its dealings with Russia and China, and the fatal mistakes it is making in the sanctions it is imposing on Egypt after the stone-age rule of the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown.

The most current example of American failure to understand the Middle East occurred when Chuck Hagel, the American Secretary of Defense, suggested to General Sisi that he resign or turn into another Mubarak (who was betrayed by the Americans). In an act of condescension, insult and hypocrisy, he gave Sisi a book about George Washington, and pointed out a chapter in which Washington walked away from power. By treating the Mansour-Sisi interim government in Egypt in such a demeaning fashion, America displays its lack of respect, lack of determination and lack of confidence, all of which will seriously boomerang.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (pictured left) gave Egyptian Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi (right) a book about George Washington, and pointed out a chapter in which Washington walked away from power. (Photo source:

It would be brilliant if the Americans were being deliberately devious when they spoke against the interim government in Egypt, and were secretly working as hard as they could to support it. That is how situations should be manipulated in the Middle East, where hatred of the United States is endemic and passionate. If that were what was occurring, the U.S. would triumph. What is much more likely, however, is that America is hedging its bets, flip-flopping to strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood in case it recaptures power.

The situation is the same of the other crooked dog's tail: Iran's duplicity and the way it deceives the West regarding its nuclear intentions are obvious to those of us living in the Middle East. The U.S. is in danger of making the Gulf States feel betrayed, especially as they watch their national security deteriorate. The regional arms race will increase and tensions will mount -- one of the reasons Saudi Arabia declined a seat on the UN Security Council. Here in the Middle East, America is seen as threatening allies and abandoning friends -- bringing on just what they hoped to avert -- and setting up new victims for the murderers they so willingly armed.


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Phillip Slepian

Salim makes some important points, but leaves out many others. As regards the mayhem currently exploding all over the Middle Eastern Muslim nations, it is impossible to give a pass to Islam itself. The perpetrators of the violence can easily justify their behavior by citing the uncompromising violence of Mohammed and his followers in the path of Jihad. Muslims worship a god who demands world conquest and the universal imposition of Sharia law. No other faith demands the complete submission of the entire world as a prerequisite for "peace" (a term with wildly different meanings in Islam and the non-Islamic world).

As regards the Palestinian-Arab issue, Salim misses the forest for the trees. The Arab-Israeli conflict was never about borders, settlements, or refugees. It was and remains about whether the Jewish nation has national rights in its ancestral homeland, or whether the Islamic conquest of the 7th century must be restored. Islamic culture demands that any land once a part of the umma must always remain a part of the umma, so as to progress towards the goal of the complete global domination. The Jewish nation, with a history on the land of Israel that predates Muhammed by many centuries (longer than any people extant), has returned from forced exile after 2000 years, and will not again allow itself to be removed from their land - certainly not without a fight anyways.

As for America's "best intentions", the more one knows about Obama and his cabinet choices, like Chuck Hagel, the more one realizes that America elected, twice, an inexperienced leader with a radical agenda to cut the U.S. down to size. Hagel is typical of the cabinet members Obama has appointed. They are arrogant in their extreme leftism and hatred of the traditional America, and seek to turn back the clock to before World War I. Promoting the Muslim Brotherhood with its plans to reconstitute a pan-Islamic caliphate makes perfect sense in this context. Add to that the not-so-groundless suspicions that Obama himself is a crypto-Muslim plant working with the Muslim Brotherhood (his own brother is a major figure in the Ikhwan), and the administration's (if not the American public's) motivations make perfect sense.

Is Iran playing Obama like a tune, or is this all kabuki theater, in which Obama tells Iran not build nukes, as he and Rouhani wink at each other, and return to their capitols to laugh at how gullible we are?


All well and good, sir.. with one major addition please.. Muslims are not the only refugees, nor are they the only ones being targeted for death; and the targeters are Muslims, call them extremists, no matter, as they claim Islam their creed. I read there are nine Jews left in Syria. Christians are in mortal danger worldwide also, with Egypt, Nigeria, and Sudan on the front page news today. We who are awake in America are well aware of Obama's Muslim Brotherhood bloodline. We have Christian persecution starting here.. now on paper: for example, the IRS and NSA. But very soon the same blood will be demanded by the same creed.. Islam. This is a battle of 'biblical proportions' ! Any thinking person would certainly side with the God of Life and forego following the alternative to his domain for all eternity! May the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel, and Jesus bless you!

Steven Buckley

"As the Arab states come apart at the seams, gangs with no respect for human life flock in -- among them the Muslim Brotherhood, the Al-Nusra Front, Hamas and Al-Qaeda -- blowing up markets and mosques. Their advent is surreal: waving green and black flags they shoot everything that moves; and rape, slaughter and loot, all in the name of Allah (S.W.A.T.)."

Exactly what is Mr. Salim trying to tell us here? What these jihadis and Islamists are currently doing is precisely what the original followers, the "companions", of Muhammad did. A hadith reveals: "Muhammad's contemporaries were the best Muslims; after three generations, the Muslims will be mainly treacherous and untrustworthy... " (Sahih Bukhari, 5.57.2, 3). As for Muslims attacking rival mosques, Mr. Salim should know that his own prophet started this trend as I pointed out here: The only thing I can recommend about this article is Mr. Salim's honesty about the history of the "Palestinian people". Perhaps he could have a word with all those Western politicians who seem to have adopted the Islamist viewpoint of the Middle East question, without any knowledge of the region's history.

Ali Salim is a scholar based in the Middle East. This article was published October 25, 2013 on the Gatestone Institute's website and is archived at

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