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April 10, 2014

Section: Foreign – Middle East

Iraq and Afghanistan today are the central front in the Global War on Terror and both have achieved success after long battles, both militarily and politically, but Iran continues to foment terror across many countries in the Middle East.

There is no such thing as a Palestinian people... It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn't exist.” Golda Meir.

 

Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):

Economic, social and political globalization has passed most of the recalcitrant Middle East by.

Israel has been under siege since it was formed by the UN in 1948.

o   Terror technique of suicide bombing was extensively used in Israel from 1982-1986.

o   UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been in place since 1982 and ineffective in south Lebanon enforcing resolution forbidding Hezbollah attacks.

o   Hamas and Hezbollah answered concession with rocket attacks and kidnapping.

o   Hezbollah locate military in populated areas creating human shields, violating Article 58 of Protocol 1.

o   Israel pursued Hezbollah in populated areas which is permitted by Article 28 of 4th Geneva Convention.

o   Hezbollah is undermining and attempting to take over the Lebanese government.

o   Israel built a security fence on the Lebanon border, which has reduced attacks by 90%.

o   Hamas has undermined and taken over the Gaza government.

o   The entire population of 65,000 were granted permanent residency status.

o   Arab living standards improved: employment, GDP, literacy, schools and universities, life expectancy (48 in 1967, 72 in 2000), infant mortality, clinics, sewage, electricity and health insurance.

o   The Palestinians of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza exercised political freedoms that were nonexistent in the rest of the Arab world, including freedom of association, freedom of the press, enfranchisement of women, and the ability to seek the protection of the Israeli court system.

Palestine has never been a discrete Middle East country.

o   UN non-binding Resolution 194 allowed refugees to return “to live in peace with their neighbors.”

o   Arab Palestinians never advocated for statehood while Gaza Strip was ruled by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan.

o   Right of Return also applies to Jews who were forced to flee oppression.

o   Official UN sources place the number of Palestinian refugees as a result of the 1948 war at 726,000.

·         The number of Jews expelled from Arab countries, since Israel was formed, totaled 856,000.

o   ADEN -- 8,000 in 1948 to 0 today.

o   ALGERIA -- From 140,000 to 0 today.

o   EGYPT -- From 75,000 to 100.
IRAQ -- From 135,000 to
60

o   LEBANON -- From 5,000 to 50.

o   LIBYA -- From 38,000 to 0 today.

o   MOROCCO -- From 265,000 to 3,500.

o   SYRIA - - From 30,000 to 100. 

o   TUNISIA -- From 105,000 to 1,100

o   YEMEN -- From 55,000 to 200.

o   UNRWA was specifically created to maintain the refugee status, not to end it.

o   As of January 2010, UNRWA cites 1,396,368 registered refugees in camps and 3,370,302 registered refugees not in camps.  

o   There are millions of Palestinians who are not refugees.

o   Arab Palestinians claim all of Israel as their homeland

o   PLO, Hamas, and Islamic Resistance Movement are based on jihad as only solution.

o   Palestine is the homeland of the Palestinian Arab people and an integral part of the great Arab homeland and the people of Palestine is a part of the Arab Nation

o   Palestine with its boundaries that existed in the time of the British Mandate is an indivisible territorial unit.

o   The Palestinian Arab people possesses the legal right to its homeland

o   Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine.

o   The Palestinian Arab people affirm its absolute resolution and abiding determination to exercise its right of self determination in Palestine and sovereignty over it.

o   The partitioning of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of Israel are fundamentally null and void whatever time has elapsed

o   The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate Document and everything based upon them are deemed null and void.

o   The claim of historical ties or religious ties between Jews and Palestine does not tally with historical realities nor with the constituents of statehood in their true sense.

o   Judaism is not a nationality with an independent existence

o   The Jews are not one people with an independent identity but citizens of the state to which they belong.

Arab-Israeli conflict is governed by some long term realities:

Considering the wealth that Arab countries enjoy, their economies have under-performed.

·         Traditionally Arab counties have experienced one-man/one-family rule or, in the case of Iran, theocratic rule.

·         As a result of such stagnant leadership, education suffered tremendously.

·         Lack of education and creative spirit among a nation’s citizenry clearly contributes to its lack of economic prosperity.

·         For the prior 20 years, per capita income growth in the Arab Bloc averaged a stagnant 0.5%. 

·         For the prior 20 years, unemployment was three times the world average. 

·         The United Nations Development Study cited three deficits as serious obstacles to human development in the region: 

o   lack of freedom (the Freedom Index ranks the Bloc last in civil liberties);

o   lack of empowerment of women (half cannot write);

o   lack of knowledge.  

·         Wealth accumulation for the average citizen starts with freedom: Freedom begets knowledge, which begets stability via the rule of law, which begets a flourishing of human development and initiative, which begets economic prosperity. 

·         Arabs enjoying the greatest human rights and quality of life live not in the Arab world but in democracies such as Israel and the US.    

Afghanistan was the first country engaged in the War on Terror.

Pakistan signed up as one of the first allies in the War on Terror.

o   Evidence has been uncovered that terrorists are being trained for attacks outside Pakistan.

o   Attacks in Afghanistan are being staged in northwestern Pakistan.

Iraq is recovering from its war, has elected a representative government, but needs time to mature.

o   Iraq repeatedly violated the UN resolutions and expelled the UN inspectors in 1998.

o   Evidence of Iraq WMD weapons and development programs were uncovered awaiting the opportunity for reconstituting their development programs.

o   Evidence has been uncovered to implicate Saddam Hussein training and supporting Islamo-fascist terrorist organizations.

o   The war freed 25 million Iraqis and reconstruction is underway to build a stable pro-American democracy.

·         The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Phase II Iraq Report substantiated all the reasons that President Bush cited as rationale for invading Iraq:

o   Nuclear weapons program: "generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates."

o   Biological weapons, production capability and those infamous mobile laboratories: "substantiated by intelligence information."

o   Chemical weapons: "substantiated by intelligence information."

o   Weapons of Mass Destruction overall: "generally substantiated by intelligence information."

o   Delivery vehicles such as ballistic missiles: "generally substantiated by available intelligence."

o   Unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to deliver WMDs: "generally substantiated by intelligence information."

o   Iraq's support for terrorist groups other than al-Qaeda: "substantiated by intelligence information."

o   Iraq provided safe haven for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda: "substantiated by the intelligence assessments."

o   Iraq's contacts with al-Qaeda: "substantiated by intelligence information."

o   We took our eye of the ball in Afghanistan by going into Iraq, thereby allowing the Taliban to regain the advantage.

o   Bush lied about the war and entered it under false circumstances of fears of WMD and Iraqi ties to al Qaeda.

o   Mistakes in Iraq were legion and irreversible.

o   Democratization was naïve and bound to fail, given the realities of the tribal Middle East.

o   The real winner of the war was Iran.

o   President Bush’s presidency was ruined in Iraq.

o   Our military is nearly ruined and the war was never worth the cost.

Iraq today is the central battlefield in the global war on terror and the terrorists have lost!

o   They have not won control of any territory or even broadened their constituency.

o   After four years of near daily killings, the jihadists have failed to alter Iraq’s political agenda.

o   Meanwhile they have suffered thousands of casualties, with many captured.

o   Despite more than 120 suicide operations, the jihadists have been on the defensive.

o   Tribal alliances are forming to chase al Qaeda out of Iraq.

1.      The jihadists kill teachers and children, but schools stay open.

2.      They blow up pipelines and kill oil works, but oil still flows.

3.      They kill judges and lawyers, but Iraq’s new courts keep on working.

Iran remains an Islamic nation supporting unrest across the Middle East.

o   Iran has built an extensive and expensive nuclear infrastructure that is much larger than what would be necessary to support a civilian nuclear power program.

o   Iran sought to buy technology from A. Q. Khan's nuclear weapon proliferation network, which also provided assistance to Libya and North Korea.

o   Iran continues to conceal and lie about its nuclear weapons efforts.

o   Iran rejected a nuclear deal that would have advanced its civilian nuclear efforts, belying its claims that civilian purposes are its only motivation.

o   UN economic sanctions to stop Iranian nuclear development have been ineffectual.

o   UN Security Council Resolution demands Iran suspend uranium enrichment.

o   Iran is a leading supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

o   Iran’s Quds Force, external wing of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, has been identified as a terrorist organization supporting terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Syria has ties to several Islamo-fascist organizations.

o   Iraq is believed to have shipped much of their WMD material to Syria prior to invasion.

o   Syria has developed a very close relationship with North Korea in their nuclear development program.

o   In 2007 Israel destroyed a secret plutonium reactor to slow nuclear development effort.

 

Principles:

Continue to reinforce the vision of peace and democracy contained in the Bush Doctrine.

Only negotiate with governments that renounce terrorist organizations.

 

Recommendations:

Define the conflicts in the Middle East as one major theater in the Global War on Terror.

o   Expel Americans from Iraq.

o   Establish an Islamic emirate in Iraq and develop it into a caliphate.

o   Extend the jihad to Iraq’s secular neighbors.

o   Win the inevitable battle with Israel.

o   Label terrorists as the cowards and “useful idiots” that they are.

o   Encourage moderate Muslims to condemn terror as a tactic and Islamo-fascism as the cause.

Endorse moderate Muslims attempts to distance themselves from the Islamic extremists.

Support Israel defending themselves against the terrorist organizations to the South and North.

Pressure Lebanon to regain control and not allow terrorist organizations to operate inside their borders

Pressure Syria, diplomatically and economically, to stop support for terrorist organizations.

o   Pressure Syria to surrender Iraqi WMDs hidden in the days prior to Iraq invasion.

Support Pakistan eliminating terrorist sanctuaries.

Facilitate Iraq government maturing to defend themselves against terrorists and Baathists.

o   Complete training of Iraq homeland security (police and Army) forces.

o   Honor security agreements should violence escalate after U.S. leaves.

Continue to support the Afghan government to rid the country of Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements.

Pressure Iran, diplomatically and economically, to stop nuclear development and withdraw support for terrorist organizations.

 

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A Modest Proposal for Middle East Peace” by Victor Davis Hanson dated January 29, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NWM2ZjY3YjNkMTA3ZDY4Mjg1OWY3OTUyNzcyYTc3NmU= .

Learning to Fight a War” by David Ignatius dated February 10, 2008 published by Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/08/AR2008020802559.html .

The History and Meaning of ‘Palestine’ and ‘Palestinian’” by Michael Bussio dated February 17, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/02/the_history_and_meaning_of_pal.html .

Iraq – The Right War for the Right Reasons” by David Coughlin dated February 18, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://dscough.blogtownhall.com/2008/03/16/iraq_-_the_right_war_for_the_right_reasons.thtml

Report Details Saddam’s Terrorist Ties” by Eli Lake dated March 14, 2008 published by The New York Sun at http://www.nysun.com/article/72906 .

Iraq Five Years On: The Coalition Is Winning the War Against Al-Qaeda” by Nile Gardiner dated March 18, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Iraq/wm1860.cfm .

Iraqi Documents Show Al-Qaeda Ties” by Kenneth R. Timmerman dated March 20, 2008 published by News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/iraq_al_qaida_ties/2008/03/20/81851.html .

The Truth About Saddam and Terrorism” by Christopher Holton dated March 20, 2008 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25604 .

Iraq: The Real Story” by Oliver North dated March 21, 2008 published by Town Hall at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25604 .

A Guidebook for Officials Visiting Israel/Palestine” by P. David Hornik dated April 1, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=985AA07B-93E5-42D5-AE2B-C7772B5FACCC .

Iraq’s Benchmarks – Who’s Moving the Goalposts Now?” by Frederick W. Kagan dated April 3, 2008 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/933bmtiu.asp .

To talk or not to talk: What does Hamas have to say?” by Peggy Shapiro dated April 4, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/04/to_talk_or_not_to_talk_what_do.html .

Why Iraq Matters” by Frederick W. Kagan dated April 7, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MmUxZjE4YmJhOWQ2OGQ0NTcwMzJkNDYzNzIzNWEwYzA= .

How Will We Know We’ve Won?” by Frederick W. Kagan dated May 5, 2008 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/042wxkzk.asp .

The Iranian Connection” by Claudia Rosett dated May 12, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=M2JmODNjMWJmODZlMDQ4NmIxYTllNGM5ZDE5MWJlZjI= .

Iraq in Review” by Victor David Hanson dated June 13, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZDE4MGE3MWM1YWIxMTkyZjUyNGZkODQyYTY3NmQ5ZDA= .

Karzai’s Defense” dated June 16, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=298509162324778 .

Bush’s Rhetoric, Bush’s Policies” by Caroline Glick dated June 17, 2008 published by Real Clear Politics at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=298509162324778 .

Discussions of the Costs of the Iraq War” by William W. Beach dated June 20, 2008 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Budget/tst062008a.cfm .

Are We Safer?” by Reuel Marc Gerecht dated June 23, 2008 published by American Enterprise Institute at http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.28175/pub_detail.asp .

Why Iraq Was Inevitable” by Arthur Herman dated July/August 2008 published by Commentary Magazine at http://www.commentarymagazine.com/viewarticle.cfm/special-preview-br--why-iraq-was-inevitable-11456 .

Ahmadinejad is Right: Iran is Winning the Nuclear Debate” by Brian Melton dated June 27, 2008 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2008/06/27/ahmadinejad-is-right-iran-is-winning-the-nuclear-debate/ .

Disconfirmations Disconfirmed: Saddam Had Nuke Program (Updated)” by Randall Hoven dated July 6, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/07/disconfirmations_disconfirmed.html .

Victory in Iraq” dated July 18, 2008 published by The New York Sun at http://www.nysun.com/editorials/victory-in-iraq/82194/ .

More Iraqi Ironies” by Victor Davis Hanson dated July 18, 2008 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZGU4NTFiMzczNTdjYWQ4MjI2NTg4ODUxMzRiN2RhZjE= .

Breaking the silence on Pakistan and terrorism” by Con Coughlin dated July 20, 2008 published by Telegraph at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/07/20/do2001.xml .

Afghan Myths” by Sam Vaknin dated July 22, 2008 published by The Conservative Voice at http://www.theconservativevoice.com/articles/article.html?id=33397 .

The Origins of the Muslim Brotherhood ‘Project’” by Patrick Poole dated July 24, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=66337E98-996A-47E9-A5D4-A9FA5C854AA2 .

No More Vietnam” by Jeff Lukens dated August 10, 2008 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/22863 .

Prevailing in Afghanistan” by Stephen Brown dated August 21, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=C2867234-A96C-4882-B59E-7839BD293947 .

Syria’s Nuclear Revival” by Robert Maginnis dated October 7, 2008 published by Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=28888 .

How to Win in Afghanistan” by Christopher D. Kolenda dated October 13, 2008 published by The Weekly Standard at http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/665csgjp.asp .

Mirage in the Desert” by David Solway dated October 23, 2008 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=0E2599AD-4388-4E82-8353-6801425F0A27 .

Iraq Top Ally in War Against Arab Radicals” by Charles Krauthammer dated December 4, 2008 published by Investor’s Business Daily at http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=313288433791177 .

Palestine – The Ten Commandments That Must Be Broken” by David Singer dated December 26, 2008 published by Planet Daily at http://planetdaily.ws/index.php/more/257 .

Iraq and Its Lessons” by Randall Hoven dated December 28, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/12/iraq_and_its_lessons.html .

Iraq and Its Lessons, Part 2” by Randall Hoven dated December 29, 2008 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/12/iraq_and_its_lessons_part_2_1.html .

A Plan of Attack for Peace” by Daniel Klaidman dated January 12, 2009 published by Newsweek at http://www.newsweek.com/id/177840 .

Sadr City’s Lesson for Gaza” by Glen Tschirgi dated January 13, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/01/does_sadr_city_have_a_lesson_f.html .

The Strategy of Defeat… Lessons for Israel in Gaza” by Mark Silverberg dated January 14, 2009 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2009/01/14/the-strategy-of-defeat-and-lessons-for-israel-in-gaza/ .

Hamas, Gaza, and The U.N.N. (United Nauseating Nations)” by Gerald A. Hoinigman dated January 26, 2009 published by Politico at http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17945.html .

Been There, Done That in the Middle East” by Victor davis Hanson dated February 5, 2009 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NzRmNGNlNjAwNDYzZjQxNjViZTIyMjUzM2NhMTFkNjQ= .

Planning Victory in Afghanistan” by Frederick W. Kagan dated February 9, 2009 published by National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZGZhOTRhMjRiYjE3ZGZlMTY1ZTA2MmM5YjY1ZTVlMzA= .

Iran Clenches Its Fist” by John R. Bolton dated March 2, 2009 published by The Wall Street Journal at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123595269921905155.html .

Syria’s Clenched Fist” by Robert Maginnis dated March 3, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30894 .

The Two – State Solution is 87 Years Old” by Victor Sharpe dated March 29, 2009 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/03/the_two_state_solution_is_87_y.html .

Review of The Liberal Betrayal of the Jews” by Nathan Alexander dated April 11, 2009 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2009/04/11/review-of-the-liberal-betrayal-of-the-jews/ .

Palestine: Dissociative Identity Disorder?” by David Solway dated June 12, 2009 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=35193 .

Mission (Now) Accomplished” by Michael Reagan dated July 8, 2009 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/MichaelReagan/2009/07/08/mission_%5Bnow%5D_accomplished .

Why Don’t Arab Economies Bloom?” by James Zumwalt dated November 10, 2009 published by Human Events at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34347 .

Iran’s Nuclear Program: What is Known and Unknown” by James Phillips dated March 26, 2010 published by The Heritage Foundation at http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/03/Iran-s-Nuclear-Program-What-Is-Known-and-Unknown .

Annexation Now!” by Yoel Meltzer dated October 24, 2010 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/annexation_now.html .

The Occupied Territories Revisited: the Doctrine of Defensible Borders” by Harry Kanigel dated January 2, 2011 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/the_occupied_territories_revis_1.html .

Hamas and Fatah: Different Tactics, Same Jihad” by Robert Spencer dated June 2, 2011 published by Front Page Magazine at http://frontpagemag.com/2011/06/02/hamas-and-fatah-different-tactics-same-jihad/ .

Palestine, Back to the Future” by Ted Belman dated January 29, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/01/palestine_back_to_the_future.html .

The Poor Palestinians” by Ted Belman dated February 12, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/the_poor_palestinians.html .

No Apologies but the Toll Keeps Mounting” by Norman Berdichevsky dated September 14, 2012 published by Canada Free Press at http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/49533 .

The Forgotten Refugees” by Leo Rennert dated October 20, 2012 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/the_forgotten_refugees.html .

Time to Annex Judea and Samaria” by Steven Plaut dated January 17, 2013 published by Front Page Magazine at http://frontpagemag.com/2013/steven-plaut/time-to-annex-judea-and-samaria-2/ .

Why Israel is the Victim” by David Horowitz dated February 12, 2013 published by Front Page Magazine at http://frontpagemag.com/2013/david-horowitz/why-israel-is-the-victim/ .

Brutal Realism About the Middle East” by Mike Konrad dated March 30, 2013 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/brutal_realism_about_the_middle_east.html .

The Israeli Solution” by Janet Tassel dated March 2, 2014 published by American Thinker at http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/03/the_israeli_solution.html .

Negotiating with Terrorists Doesn’t Work” by Daniel Greenfield dated April 10, 2014 published by Front Page Magazine at http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/negotiating-with-terrorists-doesnt-work-2/ .

 

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