Gerald A. Honigman
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida
educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle
Eastern Affairs, created and conducted counter-Arab propaganda
programs for college youth, lectured on numerous campuses and
other platforms, and has publicly debated many Arab spokesmen.
He is the author of
The Quest for Justice in the Middle East. His articles and op-eds have been published in dozens of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites all around
Resolution to Kill the Resolution
Prime Minister, Make Your Decision
Apology Not Accepted...
Lesson for My Gentile Friends
How Not To
Treat a Friend
Samoa & Samaria
Gov.: From One Fisherperson to Another
Response to the White House Rebuke
You Have a
Treaty of Peace with Whom?
Hillary...You're the Secretary of State
vs. Phillips: You Can't Have It Both Ways
Ahmadinejad & Israel
Et Tu, Czechs?
Hey Kristof...You're Late!
Tall Ships, Netanyahu & America
Why Is This So Hard To Understand?
Parades: When Will Israel Learn to Appreciate Them?
Hamas, Gaza & The UN
Between Ankara & Jerusalem
No, Mr. Jihadi...Gaza Isn’t Warsaw
Gaza School Daze
Israel: Do It Right Or Don't Do It At All
Kurds, Jews & Shi’a Shoes
Olmert, Arab Terror & The Missing News Conference
Of Mumbai and Beyond...
The Saudi Peace Plan: An Offer Israel Should Refuse
Israel Owes Gaza Nothing...Except An Ultimatum
A Lesson from Kosovars & Palestinians for Atlasians
Buraq's Mount & President Obama
The Real Problem with Obama's Khalidi
Gerald A. Honigman
February 8, 2010
Over the years, the Syrian front in the
Arab-Israeli conflict has wound up--due mostly to deadly Syrian
shenanigans--being placed on the back burner, as far as American State
Department priorities in the region were concerned.
Not that the Foggy Folks didn't have "good
intentions"--as far as the Syrians were concerned--but the latter were just too
darn honest to even provide the facade of cooperation which, for public
relations and the American Congress, would have been convenient to have before
the squeeze was placed on the Jews once again.
Syria has never recognized the independence of
Lebanon, and considers it along with at least Jordan (eastern
"Palestine"), Israel, and itself to simply be part of Greater Syria. The
break-up of the Ottoman Turkish Empire (which controlled much of the region for
about five centuries) after World War I reinvigorated such schemes as well.
Manipulations, assassinations, and so forth in
Lebanon are linked to this, as is the 1970 partial invasion of Jordan to support
the PLO's attempted overthrow of the Hashemites there, support of one proxy
group after another vis-a-vis Israel, etc. and so forth. Only Israel's
mobilization in the north in Black September prevented further Syrian
action, very likely saving King Hussein's derriere in the process.
In subsequent years, even though Israel was
assured after the June '67 War via UNSC Resolution 242 that it would not have to
return to the suicidal armistice lines imposed upon it in 1949 which made it a
mere 9-15 miles wide in its strategic waist, but would receive secure,
defensible real borders instead, over time such assurances were soon forgotten.
My article, Resolution To Kill The Resolution, details this unfortunate
turn of events.
With the appointing of James Baker III as
Secretary of State during best pal, President George H.W. Bush's presidency,
Syria was assured that it would get the same deal Egypt got from Israel...a
total withdrawal from lands Arabs repeatedly used to launch invasion, death, and
destruction from--this time, the Golan Heights.
Only Syria's unceasing machinations in Lebanon,
support of the oppostion against America in Iraq, alliance with Iran, and so
forth eased the pressure from Foggy Bottom on the Jews to hand themselves over
as a sacrificial lamb.
Nowadays, things have now taken an even more
serious turn for the worse.
Washington and the Foggy Folks have frequently
shifted back and forth between the Syrian and Palestinian Arab tracks as events
dictated. President Obama is on record supporting a total Israel withdrawal to
the '49 armistice lines and agreeing to being inundated by millions of alleged
Arab refugees. Those are key elements of the alleged Saudi (of the grave)
Peace Plan that Mr. President has repeatedly said Israel would be crazy not to
Subsequently, Israel's "peace" partners among
the Palestian Authority have refused to budge on any territorial or other
compromise and have insisted that Israel simply cave in to all of their own
demands. And they have been supported in this by the current American
administration and, of course, the Foggy Folks (who fought President Truman over
the rebirth of Israel in the first place).
Since Israel recently elected leaders who have
so far resisted American demands for it to take steps towards suicide,
negotiations between Israel and the good cops of the latter-day
Arafatians of Mahmoud Abbas are at a standstill. The bad cops of Hamas
are simply biding their time...
So, it's now Syria's turn again.
Arieh O'Sullivan reported in The Media Line
on February 5th that the American ambassador--withdrawn after the Syrian's
involvement in the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri back in
2005, is now set to return to Damascus, and at no cost to the latter.
Given the fact that the current American
Administration is already on record calling Israel crazy to refuse such a "deal"
which promises Arab good behavior in return for it giving away all of the
concrete, essential tangibles necessary for defense and mere survival, James
Baker's old promise to the Butcher of Damascus will undoubtedly now be offered
to his son.
To understand all of this in greater detail,
some more history is in order. So please bear with me...
I just couldn't get the image out of my head.
There she was, I guess about seven or eight
years ago now, Ashleigh Banfield--MSNBC's rising star--standing before a statue
of the great Muslim warrior, Salah al Din, in Syria, glorifying the Arab claim
that they were his modern descendants in the fight against Jews and other
allegedly new crusaders in the region.
Arab tyrants love to make such claims. Syria's
twin butchers to the east are famous for this as well. The late Saddam, thanks
to America, now of spider hole fame, loved to present himself as Saladdin
And poor Salah al Din is rolling in his grave.
A Kurd from northern Iraq (where Arabs later
gassed and massacred Kurds by the tens of thousands), he indeed led the fight
for the Dar ul-Islam against the crusaders in the Holy Land.
But those were the relatively early centuries
after the Arabs burst out of the Arabian Peninsula, spreading their Caliphal
imperial conquests in all directions. And despite the Abbasid Revolution
(largely supported by the Mawali) which toppled the Damascus-based
Umayyads over such issues, non-Arab converts to
Islam still sought to win equality in Arab eyes (and escape special taxes) by
toeing, especially well, the Islamic line.
Listening to the Muslim but non-Arab
Iranian President's remarks about Israel's destruction, some things change...and
some things never change. One of the best ways for non-Arab Muslims to pass the
ultimate litmus test is to out Arab the Arabs in Jew hatred.
Some of the worst hate-mongers on campus that I
have encountered were from Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and so forth. That was
the ticket to stand tall alongside Arabs in the Muslim Student Organization,
So, while Iranians have suppressed and
slaughtered Muslim Arabs in oil-rich Khuzistan ("Arabistan"), Muslim Kurds,
Muslim Baluchis, Muslim Azeris, and others as well in the name of their own
national interests, their religious credentials remain impeccable (without
getting into the Shi'a-Sunni dispute). Supporting Hizbullah, Hamas, and Islamic
Jihad in the struggle to exterminate the Jew of the Nations (whose
population includes tens of thousands of Iranian Jews who fled for their lives),
insures this as well.
Back to Salah al Din...
In 1968, the Kurdish nationalist, Ismet Cherif
Vanly, wrote The Syrian 'Mein Kampf' Against The Kurds (Amsterdam). So I
couldn't help feeling sickened by seeing Banfield endorsing the Arab line while
standing in front of a mounted statue of that great warrior. If he only knew
what the Arabs would be doing to his own people centuries later...long after
their conversion to Islam, and still going on as I write this article: Kurdish
children being forced to sing songs praising their Arab identity in
schools; Kurds slaughtered for nothing more than seeking to be able to retain
their own cultural identity and speak their own language while obtaining some
semblance of equality; and so forth.
And a bit more perspective is in order as well.
One needs to keep all of this in mind when the
murderous, despotic junk heap broadcasting from Syria leads the pack in
attacking those allegedly "racist Zionists" who have made Arabic the second
official language of their state, have Arabs who side with Hamas as
representatives in the Knesset and leading demonstrations at Hebrew University,
and have, as citizens, the freest Arabs living anywhere in the Middle East. And
this despite the fact that many of the latter do indeed compose a potentially
dangerous fifth column.
But, I'm drifting a bit...so let's return to the
implications of the pending return of the American ambassador to Damascus.
Despite Syria's deadly hegemonic attitudes and
actions towards what it sees as its Lebanese "provinces;" despite its appalling
treatment of Kurds, native Jews, and others as well; despite its support for
terrorists undermining Iraq's attempt at democracy; despite the great likelihood
that many of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction found a home in Syria; despite
Damascus' support of major terrorist organizations whose aim is the destruction
of the Jew of the Nations and giving safe haven to those organizations
within its own borders; despite its record as mass slaughterer of any and all
who dissent, author of the infamous "Hama Solution;" etc., etc., etc....America
is now poised to squeeze the Jews again--not Syrian Arabs.
Had Syria not opposed America in Iraq and
blatantly assassinated independent-minded Lebanese, the Foggy Folks would have
indeed be pressing forward with former Secretary of State James Baker's pledge
to Assad the First of a total Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights. President
George W. Bush made Baker (whose law firm represents the Saudis against American
victims of 9/11), his Special Middle East Envoy. Since I've written much about
Baker's Jew problem elsewhere, I'll drop it for now.
Recall that the Heights were part of the
original 1920 Mandate of Palestine until Britain and France did some imperial
trading, and that the territory changed hands often throughout the centuries. It
was not exclusively Arab, and Jews too had a long history there.
Recall as well how Syria used the Heights to
rain terror on Israelis below prior to the 1967 War--which it also largely
And, lastly, also remember that Israel offered
to return all of the territories right after that war in return for peace
treaties and was offered the infamous "3 Nos of Khartoum" in response. It got
attacked on Yom Kippur from those Heights again in 1973--Arab tanks rolling
towards Israel proper. The Jew of the Nations came close to being
destroyed that year. Since then, Syria has once again built up its own massive
arsenal of missiles, aircraft, tanks, chemical weapons, and such, and is best
buddies with a soon-to-be nuclear Iran which has pledged to eradicate Israel.
In earlier years, Israel's current Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had already offered an almost complete return of the
Heights in exchange for peace. The exception covered a tiny stretch of land
protecting Israel's water sources. But that was, of course, too much to ask of
Arabs who--after all--are so understanding of their own national competitors'
needs. I'm sure, for example, that if the situation was reversed, and it was
Israel who repeatedly attacked Syria and lost territory as a result of its
aggression, that Syria would make a similar offer to the Jews.
And would you like to buy a bridge I'm selling?
Right now Israel controls the passes Syrian
tanks would use to roll down hill to kill Jews.
Right now Israeli artillery can send Baby Assad
and friends a calling card right from the Heights. Right now Syrian artillery
and gunners can't do this anymore to Jews. Right now Israelis are assured that
an enemy sworn to its death will not be in control of its water supply.
And, also right now, America must finally rid
itself of the Arabist State Department practice of constantly twisting the arm
of its beleaguered friend to make suicidal concessions to such deadly and
obnoxious adversaries, all of whom refuse to recognize the rights of anyone but
themselves in the region. Like the Arabs, the Foggy Folks joined in the
rejection of the very right of Israel to even exist in 1948...for a number of
reasons, blatant anti-Semitism included.
Despite the Obama Administration's openly
admitted preferences on this subject, as with the disputed territories of Judea
and Samaria (aka, the West Bank--only as a result of British 20th century
imperialism), a territorial compromise--which meets the needs of both
parties to the conflict--must be reached on the Golan as well.
Think of all the territories that have exchanged
hands because of wars. America holds many territories itself because of
this...not to mention others as well.
The national security requirements of the tiny
sliver that is Israel on a world map need to be taken no less
seriously...especially since, unlike the super power, three thousand mile-wide
America (largely protected by vast oceans and with fairly reasonable neighbors)
and others whose demands often extend hundreds--if not thousands--of miles away
from home, those of the Jew of the Nations involve what's going on right
on its very own doorstep and in its virtual backyard.
Syrian Arabs have watched closely as Israel's
alleged moderate peace partners in the Palestinian (Arab) Authority took the new
American President's cue, dug their heals in, and openly proclaimed that Israel
must do all the giving while they do all the taking in negotiations.
Damascus has excellent reasons to assume equal
treatment in these regards.
Israel must offer
its hand in peace, but must not cave in to yet another version of Chamberlain's
"peace for our time"--whether on the West Bank, the Golan, or elsewhere.