Instability factors in the Middle East: Property protection and collective punishment
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has always been difficult because the United States has long offered a home for, and support to, troubled peoples, even in conflict with each other. I looked for "a point of no return" at which peace became impossible, and it was early on, before the immigration of Jews after the Holocaust. It is my view that the Jewish immigration could have "worked out" for both cultures, or at least been much better because of Judaism's advanced social and mutualist cultures --but it didn't.
Objectively, two factors are blamed: property protection was leveraged to create a Palestinian proletariat by the eviction of long-term tenant farmers to create Jewish farms, and then backlash from that eviction led to collective punishment by an English "psycho-soldier," that punished not only the innocent, but allied Arab families who protected Jewish families from vengeful Arab mobs.
When I was researching Israeli communism (as I felt it had to be distant from the anti-Semitic Soviet Union), I came across Orde Wingate, a british psycho-soldier who trained the Haganah that became Israel's IDF army, including Moshe Dayan. The haganah included the original Inglorious Bastards who did their misdeeds after German surrender, and staged mock trials before murdering german soldiers, as Wingate had shown them by attacking entire Arab towns, including Arabs who had helped Jewish families escape retaliating mobs.
Collective punishment means taking the pain to the population, which is what the Ferguson looters did to that town (most were outsiders)
I was looking for a time when Jewish immigration might have "gone right" rather than resulting in gang attacks, terror, and counter-terrorism terror that continues right now: a "point of no return" to model how it could have been "done right" by looking in the past and modeling a potentially happy present.
That point was in the 1920s-30s when immigrating Jews started to run out of urban, say, apartments and needed to expand into the farmland. The JNF was buying farms from which Arab landlords evicted their Arab tenants pushing them into Ghettos and desperation. The JNF created the first Palestinian "proletariat" (who are people with nothing but themselves and their children to give to the oligarchy, today's increasing wage slave population)
Maladaptives among this newly-created proletariat were organized by defective dominants armed with Zionist material of the time that correctly predicted today's situation. They attacked Jews creating the current terror situation in the 1930s. Wingate organized retaliation that included terrorizing innocent Arabs including Arabs who had helped hide Jews from the mob. This defined the point of no return; and shows how collective punishment is racism.
If Wingate had not been an agent, perhaps the many humanistic/mutualist Jews could have figured out way for Jews and Palestinians to co-exist, as the World of the time had hoped they could (with British help)
From The Burma Campaign By Frank Mclynn
I momentarily experienced self-generated hate for Wingate as zombie-bashing, but what I am really looking at here are values that can be applied to any conflict irrespective of nationality, leaning, or skin color. I think that the eviction of the Palestinian farmer-tenants is the key value, in other words: "property protection" The "labor green" initiative would be to transition tenants into owners, and further define property in terms of need rather than greed.
Support from the current situation over there
Support for this approach came an article about the current turmoil in Iraq and Syria. As it comes to light that the Islamic State was organized in American Iraqi prisons in the last decade. This article cites American rationalization for the practice as having been pioneered by "British in Northern Ireland" and "the Israelis in Gaza." This gives evidence to the hypothesis of a spread of "collective punishment" as contagion first inoculated by an the English "psycho-soldier" Wingate as an extension of England's racism against the Irish.
Further, the article suggests that the US virtually appointed al-Baghdadi by making him the go-to for prison discipline thus making him the leader of the captured Iraqi "princes." Many of the prisoners were non-combatants rounded-up presumably as an extension of Wingate's collective punishment strategies to alter sociological behaviors didactically in ways that guarantee backlash. The practice of making a dominant prisoner de facto leader is common in US prisons, as it is seen to make authorities' jobs easier despite structuring criminals in ways that crime cannot. "Criminal enforcement" has remained fuzzy since the onslaught of cocaine culminating in the crack epidemic just after the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s.
In the end, whatever strains and directions these contagions develop and take, they are all within an exceedingly simple model of neuro-sociological de-evolution. Despite conflict between competing cultures, the disease remains the same and presents as universal barbarism as the final effect of the civilizing process
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