Alors que Gaza continue à s’enfoncer dans l’anarchie et que certains ne semblent pas trop s’en inquiéter, intéressant appel à la prudence, dans un récent entretien au Jerusalem Post, de l’historien américain Daniel Pipes (merci ajm).
Qui se demande si le récent retrait israélien de Gaza, comme celui du Liban avant lui, ne risque pas d’envoyer le mauvais message aux Arabes en général et aux Palestiniens en particulier, comme un encouragement à la violence en donnant l’impression que le terrorisme paie.
Alors, qu’avertit-il et comme les Palestiniens semblent l’avoir compris eux, nous sommes en guerre et dans une guerre où il y aura nécessairement un gagnant et un perdant. Et pas seulement pour Israël !
Israelis have lost their way when it comes to relations with the Arabs, and more specifically, when it comes to war goals. (…) What they have in common, from Left to Right, is that they see this conflict as unwinnable, as merely manageable.Winning a war (…) means: imposing your will on your enemy.
the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, driven by Hizbullah, signalled that Palestinians, too, can achieve their goals without negotiations, without trucking with the enemy. Just relentlessly hammer away, kill, attack, year after year, and the Israelis will take flight. There’s no need for negotiations, for agreements, for international involvement. This powerful argument resonated in Palestinian circles. (..) When things get painful – whether in Lebanon or Gaza – Israelis leave. That sends a signal that violence works. It presumably will be applied in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv as well.
The Arabic-speaking Muslim world – as the Muslim world as a whole, perhaps even more so – is in a state of anger, denial, fury, extremism and conspiracism that creates problems for the entire world. It’s a threat to us all, including to those Muslims who want to live a modern, civilized life.
Take a concept like jihad, which is central to understanding the war on terror, and you hear historians of Islam, religious specialists or others, almost without exception saying that jihad is moral self-improvement – becoming a better colleague; working on behalf of women’s rights; working against apartheid. They are generally unwilling to state what it really is, which is warfare that expands Muslim control of land. This is a very important concept, and whom does one turn to for an understanding of it? Not to politicians, not to the media, but to specialists. And they have failed, betrayed their profession, by not being candid as to what this means. This is disinformation and dissimulation.