Is Russia friendless? Putin and Thug Buddies

Anyone who thinks Putin has no friends needs to think again. His top 4 “Thug Buddies” who openly supported him in his crime against Belarus are:

No 1 Syria’s Bashar Al Assad who owes Putin his very own survival. His motto and that of his father before him the master butcher of Aleppo Hafez al-Assad had always been “We Are The Nation”. Few of Bashar’s citizens remain “standing” The remaining have escaped to faraway lands while their master has been enjoying the Presidency of Syria for over 21 years.

No 2 Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko who’s the only Leader in his country to have served as president since 1994. Like Putin Lukashenko brooks no dissent. He is the first European leader ever to force down an aeroplane full of passengers in order to seize a dissident Journalist Roman Protasevich, who disagreed with his political views and had him imprisoned indefinitely.

No 3 Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro under his rule Venezuela went from a rich democracy to a dictatorship on the brink of collapse and was rated one of the most authoritarian regimes in the world.

No 4 Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, like Putin, Al Assad , Lukashenko and Maduro he is determined to hold on to power until both he and his wife die or until all his citizens perished or escaped the country ! Ortega started his career as a nationalist democrat and ended as a “strongman for life”.

Supporters of Putin come in various shapes and sizes. But all have one thing in common authoritarianism and despise of democracy and individual freedom.

Enter the United Arab Emirates, world renowned cheque signer who embraces the same values as the above Putin friends. A traditional “friend” of America and the west who abstained the vote rather than openly support the US sponsored resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (In the Arab art of face saving particularly in international relations abstaining is often the Arab way of voting against rather than offending friends ) The United Arab Emirates like most Arab Gulf states find it easier to identify with dictatorships (kindred spirits) than with democracies with whom they have little in common and who are more likely to encourage regime change. America’s effort to topple Syria’s Bashar Al Assad was defeated by Russia. While considering these factors, it is clear that UAE came to the conclusion that for its own long term political survival (in other words the survival of the ruling family) Russia is a more dependable and safer ally than the unreliable democratic West.


The Butcher of Damascus

President Assad’s Chief Henchman Colonel Anwar Raslan was found guilty of Crimes Against Humanity by a High Court in Germany and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Raslan was the the most senior regime official to be punished for the torture, murder and sexual abuse of thousands of innocent Syrian men and women. The judges described the crimes as systematic and part of decades-long practice by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Abducted Syrians faced only one choice “ to leave Syria or die” resulting in mass migration to various nations.

Syria is now considered the world’s largest refugee provider. Close to seven million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes since 2011 and another seven million remain refugees inside their country awaiting their opportunities to leave.. Their situation has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic which exposed them to child labor, violence against women, inforced early marriage and other forms of exploitation.

European nations host over 1 million Syrian refugees mostly in Germany and Sweden and an ever increasing numbers in France and the UK.

The migration to Europe is not likely to slow down as long as traffickers earn fortunes by their trade and most of all as long as Syria is still governed by Bashar Al Assad and his regime. On numerous conversations with Syrias I have become aware of Syrians love of their country. “We would never leave Syria if we are not forced by Al Assad”. Assad’s father Hafez al-Assad massacerd tens of thousands of Syrians in the northern cities of Hama and Aleppo for no more serious matters than disagreeing with his politics. The Assad family considers the entire country as their own personal fiefdom. They would rather sucrifice the life of every single Syrian rather than give up their power. “As lomg as they are in control” I was recently told by a Syrian doctor in France “ migration to Europe is our only survival”

It is obvious therefore that the only solution to this problemm lies in the removal of Assad and handing him to the High Court of Justice in Germany, ( currently persueing hundred of other such criminals from Syria) As a precedent the world manged to remove many such gangsters in recent times and there is no reason therefore why it cannot do the same in Syria. The Americans helped capture the Iraqui dictator Saddam Hussein who like Assad was responsible for the death of more than a million innocent citizens. Britain and NATO were also responsible for the arrest and eventual elemination of an other Arab dictator Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, and many more.

The Conclusion is Simple : Either Assad Goes Or his People Go mostly drowning in the Mediterranean or freezing to death en route to Europe… !!

Saudi Arabia Guilty of 9/11?

20 Years After 9/11

Why is Saudi Arabia not held responsible for the 9/11 massacre perpetrated by 15 0f its 19 citizens including the Saudi terrorists mastermind Usama Bin Laden?

The families of the 9/11 victims have spent years pursuing compensation from Saudi Arabia which they consider complicit in the attack only to be frustrated by the lack of assistance from the country. The final Public document released recently by the US 9/11 Commission, detailed numerous Saudi entanglements with the terrorists.

“Hijackers had received support from people who were connected to the Saudi government. At least two people who assisted the hijackers have been Saudi intelligence officers”. Even though President Joe Biden stated that “the 9/11 families were right to seek the full truth and accountability” he stopped short of declassify all the Saudi files in the Pentagon.

War Crimes In Yemen

The Saudi armed conflict in Yemen, one of the poorest nations on earth has killed over 20,000 civilians including several children and 10768 wounded. The country is experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis with over 21 million people—nearly two-thirds of the population—living under the poverty line with no financial assistance from Saudi Arabia.

The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Another example of Saudi Arabia’s crimes which went unpunished is the murder on 2 October 2018 of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi US-based journalist and critic of the government who was cold bloodedly massacred in Istanbul, by “the highest levels of the Saudi government” believed to be prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud the crown prince. Khashoggi’s body was mutilated and dumped never to be found.

Murder of Shia citizens

On April 23, 2019, Saudi Arabia carried out a mass execution of members of the Shia community in various parts of the country. All were Saudi citizens who had been “convicted” following “unfair trials “for no crime other than disagreeing with their government’s political stand on local issues.

The list goes on and on including women rights, the treatment of migrant workers in the country and restriction of religious minorities who are subjected to extensive discrimination in law and in practice of their beliefs.

Is Saudi Arabia above the law?

Does the country’s massive monetary wealth allow it to commit whatever crimes against humanity it chooses without any fear of retribution. Will this travesty of justice ever come to an end as long as the west continues to overlook Saudi crimes in return for the billions of dollars it benefits from this relationship? Is the west equally as guilty as Saudi Arabia?

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Seventh Century Man 

Hamas. Fraudsters Of The Mind

Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 with a view to allowing its citizens to prepare for a two-state solution. Instead, in 2007 Hamas grabbed the opportunity and led a Coup d’état against Fatah the moderate government at the time resulting in totally controlling the Gaza Strip- and turning it into a terrorist city state funded and armed by Iran and assisted by Turkey’s Erdogan and the West’s friend Qatar.

The intention of Hamas, listed as a terrorist organisation worldwide, was the destruction of Israeli which they did not recognise as a nation “There is no room for a Jewish state in Palestine” state their official charter. Meanwhile Palestinian citizens continue to live in demeaning and degrading conditions. Their needs as citizens were secondary to Hamas’s war effort. Hamas’s whole existence was only concerned with the “liberation struggle “meaning the demise of Israel. Death to Israel is their Marta.

To keep its citizens distracted from the poverty of their daily life Hamas continued with the traditional Arab method of blaming Israel for everything. Blaming the “Zionist Enemy” also gave them the excuse to do very little for their citizens. “Our energy is focused on liberating the Arab nation “declared Hamas’s leader. Regular attacks on Israel became Hamas’ only Modus Operandi.

With every attack further loss and humiliating was inflicted. on Gaza and its massively unemployed citizens. Hamas on the other hand declared every defeat as a victory on their way to the liberation of the “glorious Arab nation”.

In the latest configuration in May 2021 Hundreds of people died in the Gaza Strip (estimated to be more than 250) with over a thousand homes and buildings demolished.

The “greatest victory ever” declared Hams who encouraged its citizens to roam the streets of Gaza in joyous celebration. They reassured their citizens that “history is on our side” and that Defeat of the Jewish enemy is inevitable! Meantime fireworks and guns in the air continued throughout the night as the Gazans “joyously” chanted ALLAH AKBAR, Death to the Zionists “your days are numbered” we are coming to get you”!

As in all previous conflicts Hamas leaders will in no doubt be working hard to save the money they will be receiving from Iran and their other anti-Semitic friends to prepare for the next round of bombs they will be lobbying at their Israeli neighbours.

Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results

No doubt sooner than later another “joyous victory” awaits Hamas, and a sad future awaits their impoverished and helpless citizens!!

The future of Gaza and the whole of Palestine relies on the immediate removal of Hamas from the political scene. No other peaceful future is otherwise possible.

Gangster Leaders

Profile of Gangster Leaders

  1. Total disregard and disrespect for their citizens
  2. Citizens are treated as disposable objects in the service of the leaders.
  3. Gangster Leaders do not “rule” nor “Govern” a nation, they “own” it
  4. Gangster Leaders rule in perpetuity unless they have been forcibly removed.
  5. Elections, voting, and other Western democratic practices are only their “pantomime of deception” to placate their gullible citizens and trusting foreigners.

How then should the world deal with Gangster Leaders who in many cases happen to be extremely rich. Should they be left to wreak havoc and murder on their citizens? “Not our business” some might say, “why interfere in other nations affairs”. Why should we be concerned with the Mohammad bin Salmons of this world (the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia) who engineered the murder of an innocent journalist (Jamal Khashoggi) and had his body cut up to pieces and buried nowhere to be found. Should the world overlook the murderous war ravaged under his leadership on impoverished Yemen causing the death of thousands of its innocent citizens and resulting in destroying almost an entire nation.

On the other hand, what must the world think of Bashar Al Assad of Syria, another example of a Gangster Leader who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his countrymen with #nervegas and weapons of mass destruction and destroyed the country’s entire infrastructure resulting in the escape of millions of his citizens into diaspora around the world.

The above two examples of the common “Gangster Leader” getting away with murder is often aided and abetted by rouge nations such as #Russia, #China #Iran. What is to be done with these men? The answer is not to be found in their own counties which they control and terrorize with an iron fist. The answer can only lie in the United Nations whose main raison d’etre has been to preserve international peace around the world and to combat terrorism and extremism, promoting national safety, and Human Rights.

The United Nations has helped enact dozens of legally binding agreements on political, civil, economic, social, and cultural rights. The time is now to address its attention to the urgent case of Gangster Leaders.

The following measures are overdue and should be enacted as a matter of urgency.

Crime and punishment

  1. Gangster Leaders should be cut off from all contact with other world leaders.
  2. Rouge nations supporting Gangster Leaders should be subjected to serious International penalties and sanctions
  3. Gangster Leaders, proven to have committed serious crimes against their people, should be added to Interpol’s Most Wanted Lists to be apprehended for trial should they ever step out of their home countries.

Arab Country Happiness Index 2018/19

Arab Country Happiness Index 2018/19

Jordan wins the coveted number one good Arab country happiness award 2018/19

The country is a mosaic of different ethnic, religious, and racial communities who live in harmony among themselves and with their government who in turn makes a positive contribution to the welfare and happiness of its people

Jordan’s contribution on the Middle Eastern stage was considered outstanding particularly in matters relating to Israeli, Arab and international relations and the settlement of foreigners in the country. (Over 70% of Jordan’s population is of Palestinian origins, Christians, Armenians, Cherkess/Circassians and others). Our research shows that Jordan is one of the most hospitable and peaceful countries in the region and saw off strong competition from Oman and Morocco (two other monarchies) for the top spot.

1. Jordan 🇯🇴 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Comparatively open society freedom of thought, expression & mobility Welcoming and hospitable to visitors. Equal treatment of minorities. A forward, progressive internationally oriented royal family (since country’s foundation in 1921

Main negative; spread of drugs among the young and lack of recreational facilities.

Citizen’s happiness index HIGH

2. Oman 🇴🇲 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Oman is a safe country; Homogeneous population serious crime is rare. A high degree of citizens and settler’s satisfaction. Popular, trusted and liked ruling family. Freedom of the press, assembly and association is restricted

Citizens happiness index HIGH

3. Morocco 🇲🇦 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Apart from isolated incidents the country is generally peaceful and welcoming to overseas residents. Expatriates warn of theft and pickpocketing and the selling of fake products.

Citizens happiness index HIGH

4. Bahrain 🇧🇭 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The country is considered safe by its citizens and resident expatriates.

Its ranking 4th is in part due to the tensions between the Sunni and Shia segments of the population

Citizens happiness index GOOD

5. Tunisia 🇹🇳 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

A stable and generally peaceful nation.

Harassment of foreigners is rare the country is moving towards a democratic society after the upheavals of the Arab Spring.

Citizens happiness index GOOD

6. Kuwait 🇰🇼 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kuwait is a safe crime free and hospitable state for most citizens.

Citizens happiness index: indigenous population GOOD
Citizens happiness index: stateless population (the Bidoons) BAD.  Demands for citizenship have  been denied.

7. Lebanon 🇱🇧 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Known as the “Switzerland of the Middle East” when the Christians were the predominant segment of the population and in control of the country” The flare up of the civil war 1975-1990. resulted in Muslim ascendancy and the birth of terrorist organisation Hezbollah. The equilibrium achieved between the various factions  resulted in fragile stability  in favour of Hezbollah.

Citizens happiness index GOOD

8. UAE 🇦🇪 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dubai, Abu Dhabi the jewels in the nation’s crown. High rise buildings and glitzy malls.

Appearances are deceiving.

Seventh century culture raises its head quite often. Foreign residents are warned not to forget they are in a Muslim country

Citizens happiness index GOOD

9. Egypt 🇪🇬 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Notwithstanding occurrence of sporadic terrorist attacks in North Sinai, & the Western Desert by the Muslim Brotherhood approval t of government actions is considerable Majority of population content.

Citizen’s happiness index GOOD

10. Qatar 🇶🇦 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Bipolar” society at its best. Glitz and glamour on the surface, Seventh Century culture beneath. High approval index for native Qataris. Very low for settlers.

Over 4000 deaths among migrant workers without compensation. Qatar state aided several terrorist organizations including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Plays host to the leader of Hamas. Fraudulently “bought” the 2022 world cup.

Citizens happiness index: native population GOOD. Citizens happiness index: settlers BAD

11. Algeria 🇩🇿 – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Algeria has improved its citizens’ safety and living conditions in recent years. However. index is still low due to political instability resulting in constant demonstrations demanding the  return to civilian rule .

Citizens happiness index MEDIOCRE

12. West Bank 🇵🇸 – ⭐️⭐️

Opportunities of economic development with Israel are wasted by political agitation often encouraged by politically myopic and self-serving leaders. Corruption endemic. Citizen’ happiness index is unpredictable and varies depending on the vagaries of day to day politics.

Citizens happiness index MEDIOCRE

13. Iraq 🇮🇶 – ⭐️⭐️

Iraq is not a safe place for its citizens While the influence of Sunni ISIS has diminished the influence of the pro Iran Shiite Hashd militia and others is in the ascendancy. A long way to go before normal day to day normality.

Citizen’s happiness index MEDIOCRE

14. Sudan 🇸🇩 – ⭐️

Uprising against military dictatorship ongoing. the country in the throes of a security chaos landmines, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism are an everyday occurrence. particularly in the Darfur region home of numerous extremist groups and inter-factional fighting. Life for the citizens and expatriates is intolerable.

Citizens happiness index BAD

15. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 – NO STARS

First and only purely Islamic State in the Arab World. Financiers of terrorist groups (19 0f 21 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens inspired by the Saudi bin Laden). Totalitarian and brutal control of every aspect of life by a single-family numbering in the hundreds. Average 150 beheadings per year. Christians beheaded for  praying in the privacy of own home. Women face imprisonment for slightest infraction. Shiites minority persecuted & leader killed. Destroyed and laid to waste neighbouring impoverished Yemen killing over 20.000 civilians. Hijacked and detained Lebanese PM. Crown prince confirmed by CIA as responsible for murder and dismemberment of body of fellow Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. UN Human Rights considers Saudi State answerable for the crime… Non-Muslim expatriates have no rights of travel in country.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

16. Gaza 🇵🇸 – NO STARS

The strip has great potential for development. Turned into a prison for its inhabitants under the ruthless control of terrorist Islamic Fundamentalist organization Hamas

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

17. Libya 🇱🇾 – NO STARS

Libya is in the throes of a civil war where landmines, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism are an everyday occurrence. Ongoing inter-factional fighting and the risk of being kidnapped by extremist groups makes life for its citizens intolerable.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

18. Syria 🇸🇾 – NO STARS

Syria’s citizens have endured the worst humanitarian crisis in the 21st century. Half a million killed; over one million international refugees and over 3 million internally and regionally displaced.

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

19. Yemen 🇾🇪 – NO STARS

Due to the Saudi invasion, Yemen, the poorest nation in the Arab World, has been shattered by war. Half of the Yemeni people don’t have enough to eat Children and families are facing unimaginable terror and suffering and are living in medieval famine-like conditions

Citizens happiness index NEGATIVE

It was not possible to conduct research in Djibouti, Mauritania & Somalia listed as Arab countries by the Arab League.

Research by carried out often covertly by associates resident in the countries


While Gaza Burns…

More young Gazans continue to needlessly lose their lives in response to their leaders ‘instigated pantomime of stone and smoke bomb throwing and other futile provocative attacks across the Gaza Israel border.
For decades Hamas , Gaza’s rulers or more precisely its Jailers, have repressed the entire people of the strip, ruling through terror and the imagined fear of the bogeyman: Israel and the West. A time-honoured instrument of deflection from their own paralysis and incompetence, the “imminent” attack from Israel has always kept alive Hamas’s grip on power and provided its leaders with a veneer of political legitimacy and raison d’etre.

Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Hamas plays the time-honoured Islamic trump card : Allah commands you in the Quran to cleanse the land of the Jewish Kuffar.

Meantime Gaza burns.

Resolution Of The Israel/Palestine Conflict – Not Rocket Science

The Israel Palestine conflict has dragged on for over 70 years without any sign of resolution.

Most attempts at finding a comprehensive and lasting settlement have failed. The absence of trust between the two parties has always been the major cause of this failure making the next military confrontation an inevitable outcome

It is a given by most in the region and in the international community that the final settlement will inevitably consist of two independent states living side by side, the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. No other solutions are viable.

Two major stumbling blocks stand in the way:

  1. the status of Jerusalem claimed by both parties as their capital city, and
  2. the delineation of the final international border between the two “states”.

Historic Distrust

Israel’s case

The Israelis do not trust Arab promises. “they would push us all into the sea if they have the opportunity” “They would never accept our permanent presence in the region.” “We are willing to wait as long as it takes”, the Arabs often tell us, “the Crusaders stayed for a thousand years in our lands and there is no reason why we cannot wait as long to get rid of the Zionist occupation. ”

“The Arabs say something and mean something else” “they would happily sign a treaty with us for the sake of a temporary gain if they feel they are in a weaker position, only to renege on it when they feel stronger. When Yasser Arafat was accused of treason after the Oslo Agreement he beseeched his people to remember Hudaybiyyah, the 10 year Treaty signed by Muhammad with his enemies at the time, the Meccans. A lull in the fighting gave him the opportunity to rebuild his weekend army and to return to the battlefield at a time of his choosing, and win his war against the non- suspecting Meccans.

Another often stated reason for not trusting the Palestinians is the “who do we talk to” argument. Who represents the Palestinians, the moderate President Abbas of the PLO or the extremist arch terrorist Khaled Mashal leader of Hamas whose constitution calls for the destruction of ALL Israel, or any of the other numerous extremist organizations?

Orthodox Israelis also refer to the Islamic scriptures particularly the Quran that calls for the destruction of all the infidels. . They point to the historic anti-Semitic prejudice deeply rooted in the Muslim psyche that goes back to the days of early Islam and persists to the present day. The infamous battle of the Trench is often cited. When the Qurayzah Jewish tribe of Medina declined Mohammad’s invitation to convert to Islam all the men and boys of the tribe were massacred ( historians estimate that approximately 750 of them were beheaded by Muhammad personally) and the women were enslaved and divided up among Muhammad’s warriors.

Recent history ( e.g. Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 ) is also cited as yet another reason for distrusting the Palestinians. “Instead of turning a free Gaza into a prosperous area, building the infrastructure for an independent entity on the way to statehood, Hamas, after wrestling the strip from the moderate Palestinian Authority, used Gaza as a staging post for launching thousands of rockets against Israel.” (Harkabi: 67-80).

As a result of this Israelis believe that even if their nation were to withdraw from occupied Palestine ( the West Bank ) the Palestinians would still seek the destruction of their state.

Palestine’s Case

Unlike Israel, Palestine is not an independent state. It is merely an occupied territory after the Six Day war of 1967. The Palestinian distrust of Israel’s intentions is therefore based on different considerations. They often cite the absence of “international legitimacy” in dealing with their case and demand a remedy to what they refer to as the “historic injustice inflicted upon them by Western imperialism” “We are not even recognized as a state by the international community! How do you expect us to negotiate on equal terms with Israel, a country recognized by the entire world!” This feeling of inadequacy is deep rooted. It is the engine that propels most of their extreme (albeit self-defeating) acts of aggression. Terms such as, racism, colonialism,, international conspiracy, the greatest land-grab in history and the like, have become part and parcel of Palestinians day to day narrative.

Most Palestinians also, still believe in the oft repeated mantra that “Israel’s agenda is to occupy the whole of geographic Palestine from the Nile to the Euphrates”

After the defeat of 1967 however, the Palestinians became aware of their weakness and political limitations. Notwithstanding this realization the Oslo Agreement of September 13th 1993 ( the acceptance of a two state solution and the decision to give up armed struggle ) is still viewed by most Palestinians as no more than their own Hudaybiyyah.

Hamas rejected both the PLO leadership in the person of Yasser Arafat and his declared commitment to put an end to the armed struggle against Israel. Hamas asserted that “it is inconceivable that a nation under occupation be denied legitimate resistance to its occupation”. In their eyes the sanctity of armed resistance (al-Moqawama) against the occupation is still an important component of their policy towards Israel.

The continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the creeping settlement building is leading to further weakening of the Palestinian bargaining power. The urgency of coming up with a settlement is beginning to impress itself upon all branches of the Palestinian body politic.

A Pipe Dream?

Rome Was Not Built In A Day

Rome was not built in a day nor will trust be. As trust building is the first most important prerequisite for solving this seemingly intractable problem let us attempt to think outside the box. Imagine if the two parties found themselves in a position to live in peace and harmony within the present borders enjoying normal relations and deriving all the benefits each party can bestow upon the other for a period of 20 years. Not a long time on a historical scale considering that the two peoples have been in a state of war for the last 70 years ! But long enough to assuage firmly held views and to build the all-important bridge of trust between them.

How can this entente come about ? Two important simultaneous steps must be taken first:

  • Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state with full diplomatic relations by all Arab countries particularly the fundamentalist Islamic States of Saudi Arabia the guardian of Islam’s holy places, and Hamas whose constitution calls for the destruction of Israel.. This will assuage Israel’s deep rooted suspicion of the Arabs’ long term intentions towards the Jewish state. Final borders & Capital city : to be agreed upon at the end of the 20-year transition period
  • Recognition of Palestine as an independent state by the international community including the all-important and influential friend of Israel the USA, This step will enhance the country’s feeling of equilibrium viz a viz Final borders & Capital city : to be agreed upon at the end of the 20-year transition period

A 20 year period of normal relations between two friendly states will make the final decisions on borders and choice of capitals easier to reach. Other outstanding problems such as Israeli settlers in Palestine (no reason why they could not continue to live within the boundaries of a Palestinian state if they choose to do so) and Palestinians domiciled in Israel, will appear less intractable or relevant in the context of the new entente cordiale between the two neighbouring states culminating in the signing of a permanent peace treaty between the two states.

Is this an unattainable pipe dream ? It is not if the two steps ahead were accomplished. The problem does not lie with Israel as the nation is the master of its own destiny and as such is capable of making its own decisions.

The Palestinians on the other hand are not their own masters of destiny. Their financiers, the Arab states particularly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states are the true masters. Qatar plays host to Hamas leader Khalid Mishaal and with Saudi Arabia “the Godfather of terror and extremism” was the financier of the now dislodged terror organization the Islamic State. And even though they pay lip service to the “Palestine Cause” they have no interest in ending this conflict.. They are the puppet masters of the invisible game of control. Peace in the region will unleash many problems for those states including possibly the questioning of their own legitimacy. That is why Qatar’s propaganda mouthpiece Aljazeera Arabic never ceases to fan the flames of conflict and hatred between the Palestinians and the Israelis. By supporting anti-Israel positions, these Arab states project an image of Arab nationalism which endear them to their own populations and give them the all important political legitimacy they all crave.

The accomplishment of these two all-important first steps can only happen if there is an international consensus accompanied by a degree of pressure by the super powers preferably under the auspices of a United Nations International Conference on the Middle East.

Seventh Century Man

Puritans and Sophisticates



Islamist seventh century man strikes again. This time his target was a Jordanian Christian/atheist Cartoonist, Nahed Hattar, who was assassinated for the crime of sharing Allah cartoon in a local paper.

Seventh century man roams the world in the twenty first century, oblivious of the passing of time. A throwback, a mutation from a distant past he is to be found everywhere: in Europe, in the Americas and in many other corners of the globe.

His journey started in his “sacred” homeland in Arabia. His sublime role model is the infallible prophet on whom he mirrors his everyday life and actions. He is in fact Abd u Allah (the slave of Allah). That is why quite often he and those of his ilk have names that start with the letters abd (slave) followed by one of the ninety nine names of Allah. His relationship with the Allah (and his prophet) is that of Master and Servant.

Unwavering in his convictions he is essentially a puritan, a true Muslim who follows the scriptures scrupulously.  Groomed from birth by said scriptures his narrative is not open to different interpretations, nuances nor doubt.

He is propelled by a subconscious inner drive to hold all his attitudes and beliefs in harmony and to avoid any cognitive dissonance. Even though he could be born in London, New York, Paris or anywhere away from his ancestral homeland, he will have built an iron clad shield around his mind to stop it from being polluted by the cultural influences of the society in which he is physically domiciled.

In most instances, he is an un-schooled simpleton, with a binary outlook on the world consisting of us –bait al Islam, the house of Islam and them –al Kuffar- the infidels who do not belong to bait al Islam.

The result of this compelling urge to maintain cognitive consistency takes a heavy toll on him and gives rise to a psychotic bi-polarism resulting in criminally irrational and manipulative behaviour.

To his mind though he is a true Muslim and not a terrorist. He is the one who executes the edicts of his master as written in the book. His murderous acts are always preceded by the declaration that Allah U Akbar (God is the greatest). In other words, as God’s obedient and unquestioning servant, he is justifying to himself and to the world that the action he is about to undertake will be done in fulfilment of Allah’s wishes.   “Oh Master I am about to execute your commands!”.

As a puritan he was groomed to believe that those who disobey the will of Allah and the prophet must be dispatched to Jahannam -the inferno where the they will burn for eternity.

Fear of Jahannam is the major reason for his actions. Seventh century man, domiciled in the twenty first century,  is crippled by fear.  This is why, whenever he is instructed to eliminate a kaffir, he jumps at the opportunity to achieve martyrdom. As he has learnt from birth, al shahada-martyrdom- will speedily dispatch him to Al -Janna, paradise where he will be rewarded with endless supplies of wine and women, the terrestrial pleasures he is denied (or denies himself) while in transition on earth from the present fleeting existence he is enduring, to the eternal and blissful afterlife.



Seventh Century Man also roams the globe in a somewhat different re-incarnation. This version of seventh century man is far more sophisticated in his pronouncements than his fellow Puritan. A Sophisticate, he too will have lived in the West for many years if not all his life. He has mastered the art of narrative deception making his pronouncements sound conciliatory and moderate in order not alienate his Western interlocutors.

Unlike his fellow Puritan he is highly intelligent and educated in some of the top universities in the land. He has no reservation in referring to himself as a Muslim. However, he never ceases to protest that “Islam is a religion of peace” and that “terrorists are not real Muslims nor do they speak for Islam” He has perfected the art of manipulating the facts in order to back up his “moderate “narrative.

Sophisticates and Puritans have one fundamental thing in common. They both abhor change in the religious doctrine that binds them and determines their world view and their everyday life.

A Sophisticate would never be heard questioning the word of Allah as “written” in the Holy Book, nor advocating the reform of the Quran that controls his very existence.  That would amount to blasphemy which is a serious crime in Islam punishable by death. (Quranic verses that support the many Hadith that establish the death sentence for apostates are Quran verses 2:2179:73-7488:215:549:66. ) He is equally gripped by fear and psychological bi-polarism.

When asked by Richard Dawkins in a recent Oxford University debate – whether he believes that Mohammad flew on a winged horse to meet up with Allah in the heavens and on his way there and back alighted in Jerusalem, British born Mehdi Hassan a journalist of renown with a degree from Oxford university replied emphatically that he did “because as a Muslim I believe in everything written in the Quran”.  And for good measure he also added that he teaches his daughter the Quran including the tale of the winged horse!

“But you are an educated man of the twenty-first century!” retorted Dawkins committing his only faux pax of the evening. What in fact Dawkins should have said “I am not surprised to hear this from you coming as it does from a seventh century man transplanted in the 21st century

May be Dawkins did not realise that the Sophisticate is as literalist in his interpretation of the Muslim scriptures as his fellow puritans.

The only difference between the Sophisticates and the Puritans is that, for a variety of reasons, Sophisticates shy away from the use of physical violence.

The Future

Reza Aslan the Iranian American historian of religion wrongly believes that Islam’s Reformation has been going on for the last one hundred years. He cites as examples the numerous convulsions, uprisings and terrorist -led organizations that have swept the region throughout the last century.

None of those was meant to reform Islam; they were uprisings against foreigners (colonialists), Kuffar (infidels), or local corrupt rulers. Not one of those movements ever called for the reform of the religion itself upon which their entire political and social edifice is constructed.  Rather, they all emphasised that “الاسلام هوالحل” Islam is the solution.

Islamic reform beginning with the reformation of the Quran itself has not started yet; who would have dared start it when all Muslims believe that the Quran is “the word of Allah which cannot be altered”. Also, in the absence of a higher Islamic authority- a church- that speaks for Islam (everyone and no one speaks for Islam today) who in the Muslim world would dare be the bearer of the first torch of radical Islamic reform?

In the end however reason, science and technology will prevail. Cultures based on ancient myths and beliefs will ultimately be swept away. In the words of Charles Darwin 1809 “it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”.

The Islamic world is decades if not centuries away from making this paradigm shift.

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Times have not changed. The people went BACK to the seventh century in the entire Muslim World!!! A unique phenomenon to this part of the world only.