Ben Rhodes’s Fiction Behind the “Iran Deal” by A.J. Caschetta

  • Rhodes even acknowledges that there is nothing “moderate” about Rouhani, Zarif or Khamenei.
  • The dates and facts conflicted with the narrative, so they were finessed, rewritten and sold to the public with different plot-lines and different themes. Outside Washington, D.C. this behavior is sometimes called lying.

  • At best Ben Rhodes is the author of a Pyrrhic victory, ensuring that the next president will face the same choice Obama faced but against an Iran armed with nuclear bombs.
  • This is what happens to foreign policy when it is entrusted to the unqualified and undereducated.

That the Obama administration’s Iran deal is a work of fiction has been known all along, but now Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, is taking credit as its author. In a long interview with New York Times reporter David Samuels on Sunday, the world learned that Rhodes is “the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign policy narratives” who “strategized and ran the successful Iran-deal messaging campaign.” Samuels lauds Rhodes as “a storyteller who uses a writer’s tools to advance an agenda packaged as politics.”

Welcome to the post-modern techno-presidency where everything is a text, easily manipulated by skilled writers and disseminated in 140 or fewer characters. Don’t like the facts? Change the narrative. What really counts is “the optics.”

In the midst of his fawning profile, Samuels exposes a number of lies behind the Iran narrative, or rather quotes Rhodes himself doing so. For instance, the first outreach to Iran came 2012, not in 2013. I’d bet it came even earlier. Rhodes even acknowledges that there is nothing “moderate” about Iranian leaders Rouhani, Zarif or Khamenei. But these dates and facts conflicted with the narrative, so they were finessed, rewritten and sold to the public with different plot-lines and different themes. Outside Washington, D.C. this behavior is sometimes called lying.

The Rhodes narrative, at its core, is a simple tale in which a hero, armed with special skills and weapons, goes on a quest that requires a fight against the forces of evil. It incorporates elements of the ancient epic, the medieval romance and the eighteenth-century novel, with elements of drama splashed in here and there.

The hero, of course, is Rhodes’s real-life hero, Barack Obama (with whom he “mind melds,” as he apparently tells anyone who will listen). The hero’s special weapon is diplomacy — in the case of Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a.k.a., “Iran Deal.” But Rhodes himself is also the hero of his tale. As he tells Samuels in one particularly dewy-eyed moment: “I don’t know anymore where I begin and Obama ends.”

Barack Obama works on a speech with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications. (Image source: Pete Souza/White House)

In his tale, Iran is recast into a moderate regime through the magic of fiction, while the new villains are all who oppose the JCPOA, recast into warmongers: Benjamin Netanyahu, Ted Cruz, the majority of Americans. As Samuels puts it: “Framing the deal as a choice between peace and war was Rhodes’s go-to move — and proved to be a winning argument.”

But it was not really a winning argument. Neither the American public nor Congress was persuaded, which is why Obama did not submit it as a treaty for Senate ratification. At best, Ben Rhodes is the author of a Pyrrhic victory ensuring that the 45th or 46th president will face the same choice Obama faced, but against an Iran armed with nuclear bombs. At worst, Rhodes is the author of a tragedy he does not understand.

Rhodes’s narrative is not even particularly good fiction. Mistaken identities, fudged timelines, villains in disguise, and a two-dimensional hero are clichés. But the quality of fiction does not matter as long as consumers line up to buy it. And this is where Rhodes truly excels, as a relatively shallow thinker, adroit mostly at influencing even shallower thinkers and hoodwinking people too busy to bother learning.

Rhodes is proud of the way he manipulates a gullible and hungry media comprised mostly of repeaters pretending to be reporters. From his White House “war room,” he and his assistant, Ned Price, reach out to their media “compadres” who are waiting by their iPhones, ready to transform the daily storytelling sessions into facts for the uninformed. Boasting that he “created an echo chamber,” and unable to conceal his contempt for the minions who amplify his fiction, Rhodes calls them “27 year olds who literally know nothing.” Enter the storyteller who provides them with lines. Samuels shows us he is in on the joke too, by pointing out that “Rhodes has become adept at ventriloquizing many people at once.”

In his daily conversation, Samuels tells us, Rhodes lumps together nearly everyone who came before Obama (Kissinger, Clinton, Bush, Gates, Panetta) as “the Blob” — the establishment that damaged the world so badly that only a magical hero can repair it. Rhodes tells Samuels that the “complete lack of governance in huge swaths of the Middle East, that is the project of the American establishment.” This is what happens to foreign policy when it is entrusted to the unqualified and undereducated.

In eight months, Ben Rhodes can get back to his former life — as he puts it, “drinking and smoking pot and hanging out in Central Park.” And presumably writing more fiction — this time perhaps the honest kind that does not pretend to be non-fiction. The entire world, except perhaps the world of fiction, will be better for it.

A.J. Caschetta is a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Middle East Forum.

BATATU (3) BAGOMBAGA KWICWA NA FPR KUGIRANGO IZARAMBE KU NGOMA.

Nkuko tubicyesha ikinyamakuru inyangenews.com,mubushakashakatsi iki kinyamakuru cyakoze,amakuru iki kinyamakuru gifite afite gihamya,n’uko fpr yagombaga kwica abantu batatu kugirango izarambe kubutegetsi.Umuhanuzi mukuru,Umuhanuzi,ikinege mu bana (5) ikabona intsinzi yo kuramba kubutegetsi.


Ariko uyu mugambi warabihishe kuko mu gihe bagombaga kwica aba bantu (3) nabo bari bamaze gukuramo ake karenge,fpr isigara irira mu myutsi,igihugu cy’Urwagasabo gitangukanye nibindi bihugu,ntabwo ar’igihugu cya demokarasi nk’uko ibindi bihugu bimeze,kubera ko icyo gihugu nyuma yuko abari ubwoko bahinduye nkaho batakiri ubwoko,Uwiteka Imana yahindukuriye abana b’inshoreke maze ibahindura ubwoko bwayo.

Ikaba ibafiteho umugambi udasanzwe,kuburyo nabari batar’ubwoko bazahinduka ubwoko kubwo kubana nabakiranutsi,niyompamvu mubuhanuzi havuga yuko abatari ubwoko bazahinduka ubwoko,mu gihe abari ubwoko bazacibwa imanzi mu kiganza kugirango barusheho kuba ubwoko nyabwo.

Amakuru avuga yuko muri 2002-2003 mbere yuko habaho amatora mu Rwanda,fpr yashakishije umwe mubavandimwe b’umwami-kazi Gicanda wishwe na Gen.Gatsinzi Marceli kumabwiriza ya perezida Paul Kagame waruyoboye ingabo zahoze ar’iza fpr nkotanyi,kuko bari baziranye mu mahugurwa ya CIA muri America aho bahuriye bagiye mu mahugurwa y’ubutasi,amakuru avuga yuko Gen.Gatsinzi nawe yahaye amabwiriza cpt.ufungiye Arusha kugirango yice Gicanda umwamikazi w’Urwanda,iyo ikaba imwe mu mpamvu Gatsinzi atigeze akurikiranwa n’inkiko kuko yakoze genocide ariko agakingirwa ikibaba kubw’inyungu za fpr.

Uyu mudamu mwene wabo n’umwamikazi gicanda yashakishijwe na fpr,kugirango atange amwe mu mabanga y’ubwami bw’Urwanda kuko yari yarerejwe abazimu b’Urwanda kugirango ababwire uko ibintu byifashe nikigomba gukorwa kugirango bahashye burundu ubwami bw’Urwanda butazasubira kungoma,ibyo byabereye murusengero rwayoborwaga na pastor Mugabo Juste ubu ukora muri RRA umurimo wogutwara imodoka aho batwaye uwo mudamu warurwaye abazimu nyuma yokwicwa kwa nyirabuja umwami-kazi Gicanda Rudahigwa.

Aba pastor bahamagawe kwirukana abo bazimu,bananiwe kumukiza kugirango abashe gutanga amakuru fpr yari ikineye,bari bamwemereye kumuha inzu,imodoka,namafaranga,akeneye ariko agatanga amakuru bakeneye yose,hamwe nubwo yararwaye abo bazimu,yabashije kubabwira ko igihe cyose bazaba batarica abantu(3) ubutegetsi bwabo butazaramba ahubwo ko bazabwamburwa bukabanyura mumyanya y’intoki.

Mu makuru mace fpr yabashije kumenya ni uko bagomgombaga kwica (1) Umuhanuzi mukuru,(2) Umuhanuzi,(3) umwana wavutse asa n’ikinege mu bana (5),

Uwo mwana yavukiye hanze y’Urwanda,akaba yaragiye guhwana na Nyina,ariko akaza kurusimbuka,ntapfe,fpr yashakishije abo bantu,dushingiye kumakuru duhabwa nabari bahari uwo mudamu werejwe abazimu uko yabitubwiye,kandi nyine abo bantu ngo bakomoka mu muryango wabakiranutsi uko niko abazimu bavugaga,bisobanura abarokore,niyompamvu leta ya fpr yikomye abarokore cyane ishakisha abo bantu batatu ariko ntibyabahira kuko Imana yahise ibakuru mu gihugu cy’Urwanda batwarwa mu mahanga,ndetse umwana w’Ikinege we,ubu amakuru atugeraho ari mubutayu aho arikwigishwa n’Uwiteka Imana uburyo azayobora igihugu nyuma yo gutahuka k’Umwami w’Urwanda uzacyura ubwami n’Umwami ubu bari mu mahanga,uwo mwana w’ikinege mu bana (5),akaba ariwe uzaba umwami nyuma y’uzasimbura umwami Kigeli wa V Ndahindurwa,uwo akazaba Umwami wa lll,akaba ariwe uzategekana n’Uwiteka Imana kugirango Imana isohoze amasezerano yabakiranutsi,usibye ko azategeka amasezerano yarasohoye ariko Atari muburyo buziguye.

Icyo gihe hazavuka abana bibigina,ndetse icyo gihe abana babakiranutsi bazahabwa ubwenge budasanzwe kuko ubwenge burangiye mu isi,bazahabwa ubwenge,ubuhanga,ubumenyi,ubukorikori,n’umwuka woguhanga,nagyo ng’uko uko niko ibintu bigiye kugenda,tukaba twiringiye yuko amasezerano y’Imana atazabura gusohora kubakiranutsi mwirinde rero kugirango ayo masezerano azabashe kubasohoraho kandi muzabashe kuyinjiramo.

Barasaba gusubizwa mu bihugu baturutsemo.

Amakuru aturuka mu mpunzi zo mukarere k’ibiyaga bigari,ziganjemo abakongoman bavuga ururimi rw’ikinyarwanda,hamwe nabanyarwanda by’umwihariko bo mu bwoko bw’Abatutsi,aravuga yuko nyuma yaho bakuriwe mu murwa mukuru wa Nairobi mu gihugu cya Kenya,bagatwarwa ahitwa Daabu,biravugwa ko,ubuzima bwabo butameze neza kuburyo abayandikishije nk’Abakongo ubu barimo basaba umuryango wabibumbye ishami rya HCR ko basubizwa mu gihugu baturutsemo cya Congo.


Ikinyamakuru inyangenewss.com cyifuje kumenya impamvu abanyarwanda bo mu bwoko bw’Abahutu bo batatwawe Iddaabu,umwe mubaduhaye amakuru utarashatse ko amazina ye ashyirwa ahagaragara kubera impamvu z’umutekano we,yatubwiye ko,abahutu bahunze cyera bo basigaye mu murwa wa Nairobi kuko bafatwa nk’Abene gihugu.

Twibutse yuko izo mpunzi zigizwe n’Abarundi, Abanyarwanda , Abacongoman yaba abavuga ikinyarwanda biyita abanyamurenge,ndetse nabakongo nyirizina,ikintu kibabaje kandi giteye agahinda,ubwo umuhanuzi Majeshi Leon yageraga mu gihugu cya Kenya.Yakiriwe nabacongomani bavuga ururimi rw’ikinyarwanda biyita abanyamurenge yabahanuriye yuko Uwiteka Imana avuze yuko,kubera bimakaje umuco w’ikinyoma muri 2014 ukuboko k’Uwiteka kuzaaremerera kubera kwijandika mubikorwa by’ubutasi aho bagambanira inzira karengane ziba zahunze ibihugu byazo.

Ubu buhanuzi twabushyize ahagaragara ariko ntabwo babyizeye kugeza ubwo byabasohoyeho,kubera kutumvira Imana ndetse no kugira inda nini ivanze n’ubusambo ndetse badatinya no kumena amaraso yabakiranutsi.Igihe cyaje kugera nyuma y’umwaka umwe ubuhanuzi busohotse iby’Uwiteka yavugiye mukanwa k’Umuhanuzi bibasohoraho.

Byabaye kubera gukururana kwa leta ya Kenya n’umuryango wabibumbye aho leta ya Kenya yashinjaga impunzi yuko zaba zifite uruhare kubikorwa by’iterabwoba bikomeje guteza umutekano mucye muri iyco gihugu,ariko na none bias nibyabaye uruhurirane rw’ibibazo kuko na leta y’uRwanda yari yasabye leta ya Kenya ko,impunzi zakwirukanwa mu murwa mukuru wa Nairobi kugirango abo yabuze izabashe kubabonera munkambi z’impunzi.

Nk’uko rero amakuru dufite abivuga,izo mpunzi zikomeje guhura nibibazo bikomeye aho baribwa n’amasazi yo mu bwoko bwa tsetse iki kikaba kimwe mubihano Uwiteka Imana ahanishije impunzi zo mukarere kubera kutumvira Imana nyamara birirwa basenga bavuga ko bakorera Imana.

Ubusabe bwabo kugez’ubu bikaba bitaramenyekana ko bizemerwa cyangwa butazemerwa,gusa uwashobora yakuramo ake karenge usibye bikigoranye kuko barinzwe n’ingabo zicyo gihugu bitoroshye kuva munkambi ngo bajye hanze yayo,nibahame hamwe bihane basenge Imana nyuma yokwihana no kwezwa wenda Uwiteka namara gucururuka azabagirira imbabazi yumve gusenga kwabo.

Tuboneyeho gusaba impunzi z’Abanyarwanda kwitandukanya nibikorwa bibi bidahesha Uwiteka icyubahiro cyane cyane ibikorwa byokugambanira bagenzi babo,mumenye neza ko,ni mukomeza ibyo bikorwa bigayitse muzagwa mubuhungiro kuko Uwiteka adashobora kwihanganira abiyitirira izina rye kandi ngo bongere bakore ibikorwa byo kugambanira bene data muri kristo Yesu.

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Banze kurya intonorano za FPR,bahuga igihugu.

Amakuru agera ku kinyamakuru inyangenews,avuga ko,umukozi w’Imana Esthe Murebwayire Marie,ubu ubarizwa mu gihugu cy’Ubuholland,ngo yanze kurya intonorano za fpr,bituma ahunga igihugu.Amakuru afite gihamya avuga ko,umuhanuzi-kazi tuvuze hejuru yakunze kugaragara cyane mubikorwa byo gukangurira abanyarwanda bo mu bwoko bw’Abahutu bari barahunze igihugu cy’uRwanda nyuma ya jenocide yakorewe abatutsi mu 1994.


Amakuru agera ku kinyamakuru inyangenews,avuga ko,umukozi w’Imana Esthe Murebwayire Marie,ubu ubarizwa mu gihugu cy’Ubuholland,ngo yanze kurya intonorano za fpr,bituma ahunga igihugu.Amakuru afite gihamya avuga ko,umuhanuzi-kazi tuvuze hejuru yakunze kugaragara cyane mubikorwa byo gukangurira abanyarwanda bo mu bwoko bw’Abahutu bari barahunze igihugu cy’uRwanda nyuma ya jenocide yakorewe abatutsi mu 1994.

Abanyarwanda bo mu boko bw’Abahutu bahungiye mu gihugu cy’abaturanyi cya Congo yitwaga Zaire icyo gihe,maze umuhanuzi-kazi Marie amaze kwakira agakiza nyuma ya jenocide,ahabwa umuhamagaro n’Uwiteka Imana yo mu ijuru,imutegeka kujya gucyura abahutu b’impunzi akaba ari nabwo bwoko akomokamo.

Yagiye mu mashyamba ya Zaire nk’uko amakuru dufite abivuga,maze impunzi zibasha kumva ubutumwa bwiza Imana yari yamuhaye maze s’ugutaha bakora iyo bwabaga,ariko si bose batashye,ahubwo hari nabandi banze gutaha bavuga ko,uyu muhanuzi-kazi yaba akoreshwa na FPR,ariko mu byukuri nta bwo byari byo,kuko yabwiraga abahutu ko, bagomba kwihana bakikuraho umuvumo wamaraso ya jenocide bakoreye abanyarwanda bene wabo bab’Abatutsi.

Marie yagiye agaragaza ibihamya uburyo leta ya mrnd yakoze amanama agera kuri 14 yo kwica abatutsi,izo nama zabereye ahitwa kumusozi wa Jari,ndetse Imana yanamubwiye ko,ubwoko bw’Abatutsi ar’ubwoko bwayo bwite,ubu butumwa abahutu benshi bwatumye bamwanga cyane kuburyo amakuru dukura mu murwa wa kigali avuga ko,n’umubyeyi we,witabye Imana muri 2009,abahutu banze kumufasha gushyingura umubyeyi we,harimo na murumuna we witwa Imeritha wari yarafunzwe na gacaca nyuma akaza gufungurwa akikoma mukuru we Esther ngo niwe wamufungisheje kubera jenocide yakorewe abatutsi.

Amakuru avuga yuko bamaze kwanga kumufasha gushyingura umubyeyi we waguye mubitaro by’umwami Faisari,ngo yahamagaye umuhanuzi Majeshi Leon wo mu bwoko bw’Abatutsi amusobanurira urugomo abahutu benewabo bamukoreye bakaba banze ko ahambisha umubyeyi we,ubwo ako kanya Leon yahise ahamagara umugabo witwa Mugabo Festo usengera muri Zion maze baraza bashaka isanduka nziza ikwiliye gushyingurwamo umubyeyi w’umukozi w’Imana ndetse banacukuza imva nziza yogushyunguramo umubyeyi we maze abahutu barahasebera!.

Ibi ntibivuze ko umuryango wa Marie cyangwa abana be batari bakoze iyo bwabaga ngo bakore icyo gikorwa,ariko amafaranga barayafashe bayaguramo isanduka wagirango bagiye gushyinguramo imbwa,ayandi bayashyira kumufuka,bacukuza imva iteye isesemi,barangije baramubwira bati ngaho zana babatutsi bawe wirwa uvugira ukabarata,batangajwe no kubona imihango yose ikorwa neza cyane kuburyo bamwe bahise bihisha bavuga ko ngo abatutsi bashobora kubashyira muri gereza.

Nyuma yurwo rupfu rw’umubyeyi we,yahamagawe na minisiteri y’ubutegetsi bw’igihugu igirango imuhe ikiraka cyo kujya gucyura abanyarwanda b’impunzi babahutu bari ubihugu bituranye n’uRwanda ndetse nibiri kure yarwo.Yitabaje umuhanuzi Leon bajya muriyo nama yamaze amasaha agera kuri (4) bashaka ko,bakwitwaza ubuhanuzi bwokwereka impunzi ko guhunga ar’umuvumo,bakirengagiza yuko nabo mbere yogufata igihugu babanje kuba impunzi.

Inama yarangiye basabye aba bakozi b’Imana bombi ko bazongera guhura bazanye draft igaragaraza amafaranga azacyenerwa kugirango babashe kurangiza icyo gikorwa,amakuru avuga ko bagiye umuhanuzi Leon afungura igitabo cy’ubuhanuzi bareba ibyo Imana yavuze basanga badakwiye gukora icyo gikorwa bari bamaze gusabwa na leta ya FPR.

Ahubwo basanze ko nibaramuka batinze mu makoni bazagwa muri icyo gihugu,ubwo Marie mu gihe yarakijijinganya,Leon yakuyemo ake karenge,nyuma y’iminsi mike Imana ibwira Marie iti ese urakora iki muri iki gihugu?Ubwo nawe yahise akuramo ake karenge,ubu akaba ari mu gihugu cy’Ubuholland aho arimo gukra imurimo w’Imana kuburyo budasanzwe nk’uko Imana yabimubwiye nubwo we,atarazi uko bizasohora cyangwa uko bizagenda.

Uyu mukozi w’Imana amaze guhishukirwa kuburyo budasanzwe uburyo inama yabereyeIbeinjing mu gihugu cy’Ubushinwa yo kuzamura abategarugori ngo bareshye nabagabo ko,icyo kintu atar’umugambi w’Imana,ahubwo ko,umudamu akwiye gusubira mu mwanya we Imana yamushyizemo,akuba umugabo,bityo akarushaho guhishukirwa no guhabwa imbaraga imbaraga z’umuzuko kugirango bazahure itorero rya Kristo Umwami Yesu.

Abanyarwanda nabanyamahanga mukomeze kumsengera kuko Imana igambiriye kumukoresha ibikomeye mu isi yabazima.Abagore benshi bamaze kwigira ibyigenge kuburyo nabitwa ko,bakijijwe babaye nkapagani,kubwamahirwe rero kuba tubonye umuntu Imana ishyize hejuru abagabo cyane dukwiye kumufata mu mugongo kuko Imana izamukoresha iby’ubutwari.

Abazungu benshi aganira nabo,batangazwa cyane nuburyo akoresha n’Imana kuburyo budasanzwe,kuburyo bamwe mubazungu babagabo bamuhishuriye icyatumye abagore babasha kugira agaciro kuruta abagabo ngo byatewe n’intambara zabaye mu bihugu byo mu Burayi iya mbere niya kabiri yisi yose kuburyo byahitanye abagabo benshi bityo hagasigara abagore gusa icyo gihe bigatuma biremera amategeko abaha agaciro kuruta abagabo.

Ibyo iyo babivuga ngo babivugana agahinda gakomeye,kuburyo batakaje ikizere yuko Imana yabagarurira agacira “Abagabo” bahoranye,ariko bakomeje kwiringira Imana yo mu ijuru kubera ijambo bahabwa nuwo munyarwanda –kazi Imana imaze kuzamura kurwego mpunzamahanga.

Bankruptcy and Mud by Bassam Tawil

  • “If only we Arabs,” they wrote, “who kill people cruelly and wholesale, cared as much about people as the Jews care about animals.” We often hear Arabs privately saying, “the Zionists have never done to us what we do to ourselves.”


  • Every Palestinian youth knows that the weekly riots at the “traditional friction points” serve as social events, later used by Palestinians operatives for propaganda.

  • As our elders have said for years: “Falastin [‘Palestine’ in Arabic] begins withfalas [bankruptcy] and ends with teen [mud].”

Palestinian bloggers were amazed when Israelis protested the cruel slaughter of chickens in poultry-packing plants, and during epidemics. “If only we Arabs,” they wrote, “who kill people cruelly and wholesale, cared as much about people as the Jews care about animals.”

Civilian cameras often record events of startling cruelty carried out in Arab countries, in areas of conflict. We often hear Arabs privately saying, “The Zionists have never done to us what we do to ourselves.” This is usually said by Syrians, who have hated the Jews for generations, when they give their thanks for the medical treatment they receive in Israel. Despite the hatred fostered by Hamas, after the most recent military operation, many Gazans admitted that the IDF did in fact warn civilians before attacking terrorist targets protected by “human shields.”

The pictures of an armed Israeli soldier who did not strike back when he was viciously attacked by Palestinian women and children in Nebi Saleh, amazed many regional bloggers. “If such a thing had happened to us,” they wrote on Twitter accounts, “the soldier would have killed his attackers without hesitation.”

The pictures of an armed Israeli soldier who did not strike back when he was viciously attacked by Palestinian women and children, amazed many Arab bloggers.

As a Palestinian, I know that such situations are produced by Palestinians whose ability to stage them is professional and I know the source of their income. They cynically exploit the Israeli political “left,” and enlist photographers to document the events for European-funded “Pallywood” media manipulation.

Every Palestinian youth knows that the weekly riots at the “traditional friction points” serve as social events, later used by Palestinians operatives for propaganda. Often, in the finest Hollywood tradition, parties are held after the “conflict action scenes.”

The festivities sometimes include sex and drugs with the blond, blue-eyed volunteers from abroad, to celebrate another successful encounter with the Israeli security forces.

The escalating Palestinian riot routine takes into consideration that risks are few, because of IDF restraint in dealing with “civilians,” as we saw in Nebi Saleh when the Israeli soldier who was attacked and bitten did not respond with gunfire to defend himself. Israel’s restraint only makes the slaughter, rape and expulsion of Muslims at the hands of Muslims seem all the more vicious.

Many of the bankrupt European countries hostile to Israel now find themselves faced with a massive influx of Middle Eastern and African refugees. They are the brothers and sisters of the hundreds of thousands of murdered Muslims and the millions of refugees in tents, with only Allah ( s.w.a.t) to pity and protect them. Many die in leaky boats, in a desperate attempt to reach the safe shores of Europe. Those who do make it safely, join the Muslims in the Islamic enclaves where they have been plotting against their hosts for years.

The West has waited far too long to wake up to the realization that the Palestinian problem is not the cause of regional events. Therefore, The West’s obsession with forcing a “solution” on Israel and the Palestinians will change nothing for the better, it will only expand the catastrophe to the doorstep of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the only islands of security and stability for Arabs, Christians and Jews in the Middle East.

In the shadow of the calamity of the refugees, we are slowly understanding that the issue of the return of the Palestinians to “Palestine,” which we hang on to so frantically, is an anachronistic, politically manipulated mirage. There is nothing to be done but settle the descendants of the original Palestinian refugees as part of the overall settlement of all the Middle Eastern refugees — if, that is, our Arab brothers ever succeed in extricating themselves from the swamp of the “Arab Spring.”

What is strange is that the Gulf States, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which fund Islamic terrorism and pay the salaries of the radical clerics who incite murder and destruction, are silent when it comes to accepting refugees into their countries. Saudi Arabia has hundreds of thousands of empty, air-conditioned tents at its disposal, used only during the hajj pilgrimage. They could help shelter the millions of Sunni Muslim Syrian and Iraqi refugees. But Saudi Arabia does not open its gates to them, not even to a small number.

Now, by accusing each other for our refusal, hesitation and rejection of every proposal that might bring the Israelis to the negotiating table, we have finally managed to put an end to the “problem of Palestine.” As our elders have said for years: “Falastin [‘Palestine’ in Arabic] begins with falas [bankruptcy] and ends with teen [mud].”

 

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