Quickest history review ever. Many scholars believe World War II was the highpoint of our American nation. They believe that was our apogee . . . and we shall rise no more. In their eyes World War II demanded the rapid industrialization that enabled us to rule the world for a little while . . . . and it's been all down hill since.
I choose to look at America just a mite differently. Despite Ronald Reagan's famous vision, I don't see it as a shining city on a hill. I see America as an EXPERIMENT yet to be proven. Rregardless of our means of land acquisiton, we now have distinct borders surrounding us. Our politicians are pledged to protect and preserve our property and citizens within the borders. Since 1776, with just a few exceptions, they have succeeded.
The Civil War was not the first, but it was perhaps the most challenging early conflict.
50 years afterword, America joined it's friendly European relatives to wage World War I. Another a costly enterprise not yet completely resolved. Somebody thought it was the war to end all wars. It wasn't.
For many Americans World War I was their first significant exposure to The Peaceful Religion of Islam. The world was very different then . . . particularly in the middle east. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (a Sunni leader appointed by the British) was trying to build Islamic power in the region. The Nazi Germany was attempting spread their influence. The middle east was populated with arab tribal factions fighting among themselves. Just before the war Turkey's Ottoman Empire controlled the areas that are today Lebanon, Syria and most of Jordan When Germany was defeated the British and French victors mandated divisions of the area with Lebanon and Syria going to the French. The territory of Palestine (today's Jordan and Israel) went to the British. These factions imposed their will on the entire middle east between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II.
The area was a hot bed of intrique and hostility, and quickly became the breeding ground for Islamic terrorism.
Let me back up for a moment. In 1923 the British divided Palestine into one administrative area west of the Jordan River, and one administrative area east of the Jordan River. Most of the eastern portion was called Trans-jordan. A portion of Trans-Jorden to the south became part of Saudi Arabia. The land east of the Jordan River (Trans-Jordan) was intended to be the home of arab Palestinians. Then In 1937 the British and French qgain divided the area and (more or less) created the present borders of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Yemen. These borders were crudely drawn without proper regard for the residents or the the geography. They guaranteed additional turmoil and hostility.
In 1948 the tiny new nation of Irael was established west of the Jordan River. The area contained few people. Most of the resident arab/Palestinians moved to Jordan. Jews had been settling in the area west of the Jordan River since the late 1800's. In 1948 the population of the new nation of Israel was mostly Jewish.
All of the middle eastern desert arab tribes protested immediately and violently.
Palestine, as such, did not exist as a land with borders in 1948. The name was applied to a leaderless collection of tribal desert arabs (only a few had voluntarily moved from the new state of Israel) who had no government, no legal system (beyond Sharia law), no law enforcement, no infrastructure, no industry, no marketable agricultural products, inadequate fresh water, inadequate and medieval medical care, and so forth.
The problem is (and always has been) The Peaceful Religion of Islam whose adherrents are further divided into often violent sects within the religion. Disharmony between them has existed for centuries and remains a constant thoroughout the middle east. The one and only issue of agreement between the factions of Islam is their:
(1) COMMON INTENTION TO EXTERMINATE ALL JEWS.
(2) TO RECLAIM THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
(3) TO KILL ALL NON-BELIEVERS IN INSLAM (INFIDELS).
Today we see four main divisions of Islam: Shia, Sunni, Wahabbi Fundamentalists, and Islamic Terrorists from each of the other divisions.
More to come.
Check facts and time frames.
Why America must continue to support Israel.
Should Israel remain the only nuclear power in the region.
What can be done to eliminate arab genocidal hatred of Jews.
Can the loony left in America deal with terrorists.
THIS GREYBEARD OLD DONKEY IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW
STIMULATING THE ECONOMY BY PRINTING MORE DOLLARS -
THEREBY MAKING ALL MONEY IN CIRCULATION
LESS VALUABLE - SO IT BUYS LESS
THAN IT USED TO - IS SUPPOSED
TO MAKE US ALL RICH?
THIS CRANKY OLD FELLOW IS WAITING FOR
TREASURY SECRETARY GEITNER
TO SWIM BY SO HE CAN
PECK HIM ON HIS
THIS LOOKS LIKE A DEER STEALING
A SQUIRREL'S DINNER BUT IT'S
REALLY THE FED'S MR. BERNAKE
STEALING FOOD OFF YOUR TABLE.