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Read of the day: Israel
as the Last Man Standing

American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson

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Posted By:Judy W., 7/14/2014 9:51:40 AM

The Middle East, always complex, is descending into a form of chaos that seems baffling. Bringing order to the complexity is Daniel P. Goldman, aka Spengler, writing in Tablet Magazine. A former Wall Street numbers guy, Goldman brings together a lot of demographic data expressed in useful charts, to lay out his case that time is on Israel’s side, and that the Muslims of the Middle East are engaged in a long-term battle, which he likens to the 30 Years War that devastated Europe in the 17th century: The region has seen nothing like it since the Mongol invasion of

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This is an amazing article that Lifson refers to. I would have posted the original but I don´t think the Tablet is a permitted website and I´m on vacation and can´t wait for permission. Do read the whole thing -- it´s the most amazing and historically comprehensive view you will ever read of what´s going on in the middle east.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 7/14/2014 10:47:38 AM     (No. 9923672)

I´m afraid the conclusions in both the piece by Lifson and in the Tablet article linked to it may be a bit of wishful thinking. A nuclear Iran will change everything.

What struck me in the linked article was the U.N. World Population Prospects graph of the "Percent of Population Over Age 65". It shows Europe leading the way to demographic decline, with lines for the Middle Eastern nations converging with Europe´s around 2060. (I would not be surprised if the trend for the US is similar in nature.) The Tablet article cites the correlation between female literacy in Iran and the trend there - the premise being that better educated women tend to have fewer children in their lifetime.

All societies - especially ours - should think long and hard about that trend, and consider appropriate adjustments to address it. That does not mean removing the shoes from women´s feet and relegating them back to the kitchen. But it does mean providing better incentives for educated women to increase the size of their families.

My belief as to the origin of species leans towards "intelligent design" rather than randomized evolution. However, all approaches to that subject converge on the fact that a failure to reproduce will result in a "fundamental change" in the nature of a given species - in this case, the human species. Specifically, if educated cultures fail to reproduce while less educated cultures continue to explode in population, then civilization overall will decline and humanity weakened. Immigration (especially illegal) only exacerbates the situation.

I apologize for focusing on a sidebar to the main issue, but it is germane, and worthy of discussion in its own right.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: linkay6, 7/14/2014 10:59:28 AM     (No. 9923695)

I can assure you Israel will be the last man standing. I don´t know if it will go the way it is described in the article, how or when, but they are God´s chosen people and they WILL always be!


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 7/14/2014 11:48:43 AM     (No. 9923786)

I am a bit more pessimistic than the Author at large. I am looking at the weakness of the west in the face of the growing in cancer rates of militant islam that is now 35% of the French population, 18% of the British and becoming a significant voting block in the American states. The Asian rim is becoming infected at an alarming rate. The seed bed of the middle east has riches they never dreamed of.

The fighting is not at all like it was in the 30 Years War era. It is fighting for murder sake, not to achieve any stated aim. The fractional murderous populations that Islam generates can never find reconciliation. Islam is simply not made that way. It must be in a violent stasis or die. People can not live under any form of secular freedom and remain Islamic. The lure of life is too great. So, it is a given that Islam must be in a constant warlike state as Catholicism must remain in a Papal state. Without such endemic motivation, Islam will die. The power the Mullahs have over the people is just too great to let go of...so it will be...a pure hell on earth for generations. The only solution to the problem is simply too terrible to contemplate. So, we will become Islamic and stay in a constant state of murder.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/14/2014 12:13:18 PM     (No. 9923824)

Israel eventually will be backed up against the proverbial wall with no where to look for help but up. Their prayers will be answered. God will rescue them and begin to settle some scores. At least that´s what the book of The Revelation predicts. Many of you, I know, don´t give any credence to the Bible and that is fine. Whether you believe or not will not prevent God from doing exactly what He has promised. God promised the land to the Jews and He can not lie. It has not been an easy road for them to travel at times but God will honor his word.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dbdiva, 7/14/2014 1:59:09 PM     (No. 9924004)

I´m with #4. At some point God´s ´hot anger´ will manifest itself against those who are against Israel and He will indeed start to settle all scores. He´s waiting until everyone is against Israel so that when He works there will be NO QUESTION that He is Lord above all. Eventually...... He will restore Israel´s borders to what they were in His original ´deed´ with Abraham AND Jerusalem will become the greatest city in the greatest country on earth.


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