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[COMMENT: This is a brilliant essay on the nature of law and of societies. See also Islam in American Government Schools. The below article does not mean that there are no people involved, but it does mean that the leaders of these people, who are being used as political canon fodder, are evil-minded folks who will use anyone, even their own children, for whatever will give them power. We do need to pray for those Arabs victimized by this horrendous nonsense, as well as the Israelis.
If there is a reasonable article showing that there is a
Palestinian people, let me know.
(In an email.)
(In an email.)Finally, a learned, accurate article to support the view I ( and likely many of you) have ALWAYS had and preached- that
By Professor Paul Eidelberg
By Professor Paul
August 9, 2009
Contrary to a
well-orchestrated myth propagated by the Arab world as well as by western
opinion-makers, the self-styled “Palestinians” do not comprise a people.
There is no such thing as a Palestinian language or a Palestinian culture.
Professor Efraim Karsh quotes the eminent Arab-American historian Philip
Hitti, who in 1946 described the common Arab view: “There is no such thing
Palestinians consist of a variety of Arab tribes and clans hailing from all
parts of the Middle East and
To speak of the right of the Arabs in question to a “Palestinian” state is to assume they are qualified for independent statehood. John Stuart Mill would disagree. In his classic Representative Government, Mills maintains that certain people may lack the moderation which representative government requires of them. Mill was not aware of “Palestinians” who exalted suicide bombers and used their own children as human bombs to kill Jews. Yet, in words that resemble the characteristics of these Arabs he writes:
A rude people, though in some degree alive to the benefits of civilized society, may not be able to practice the forbearance which it demands: their passions may be too violent, or their personal pride too exacting, to forego private conflict, and leave to the laws the avenging of their real or supposed wrongs. In such a case, a civilized government, to be really advantageous to them, will require to be in a considerable degree despotic: one over which they do not themselves exercise control, and which imposes a great degree of forcible restraint upon their actions. A people must be considered unfit for more than a limited and qualified freedom … who will not co-operate actively with the law and the public authorities in the repression of evil-doers.
The eminent historian Paul Johnson said in effect that any state that cannot live in peace with its neighbors and wages war against them cannot expect total independence. The mere fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu qualified his (unwise) support of a Palestinian state by stipulating that it must be demilitarized clearly indicates that, for him, the principle of national self-determination is not an absolute.
No people have a right to form a state or elect a government that threatens the peace and security of another people. As Abraham Lincoln put it: “[One] cannot say any people have a right to do what is wrong.”
It follows that the principle of self-determination is not self-justifying. Its justice depends on consequences, namely, whether its application will result in the establishment of a just form of government.
This understanding was still alive at the end of World War II. Neither the German nor the Japanese people were permitted to establish any form of government they desired. To the contrary, American and British statesmen in those days deemed it both reasonable and just to impose on Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan a parliamentary form of democracy in which the principle of self-determination is meaningful and continually operative.
Recall that Hitler
called for the self-determination of the Germans in the
That Benjamin Netanyahu yielded on this issue has cheered the Arabs. It should horrify the Jews. He has transformed the myth of the Palestinians into a lethal truth.
© 2009 Paul Eidelberg - All Rights Reserved
political scientist, author and lecturer, Eidelberg is the founder and
The Foundation for
with offices in
Prof. Eidelberg served
Before immigrating to
In 1976 he joined the
His latest publication,
The Myth of Israeli
provides an abbreviated version of a Constitution which shows how to make
Eidelberg is on the
Advisory Council of
the Ariel Center for Policy Research,
which has published many of his policy papers. In addition to writing more
than 1,000 articles for newspapers and scholarly journals in the
Prof. Eidelberg has been lecturing throughout
Web site: Foundation for Constitutional Democracy
eminent historian Paul Johnson said in effect that any state that cannot
live in peace with its neighbors and wages war against them cannot expect
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