"31. Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. 32. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. 33. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain." and thank you....The Art of War...
love Sun Tzu
this morning presents me with an immediate question, and even though totally revealing my naivete, this girl is just going to spit it out anyway: at what point did Islam become at war with other religions, let alone the entire Western culture? I mean, there has to be a date, right?
Although quite aware of the modern history and experience surrounding the rather splintered international relations with regard to the Islamic world, including, but not limited to: Radical Islamic terrorism, the decades of warring in the region, the loss of life of the many brave soldiers in the our military, the rise of Al Qaeda and Hamas, the ongoing struggles between the Sunni and the Shiite, the Coptic Christians living as a minority under constant attack, the broken peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians -- this decision out of the Trump Administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital and eventually move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem gives rise to great praise.
This is courage under fire, and, in a manner of speaking -- while returning to the words of Sun Tzu -- this is a shapeshifter of international proportion, a victory in the protection of Israel, that gives Jerusalem the respect it has long deserved.
Mohammed didn't even walk the earth until the day he was born, in the year 570 AD; Mohammed was not considered a prophet until hundreds of years after the resurrection of Jesus. And yet, the Palestinians have the unending nerve to call for partial claim -- but mind you, in a comparatively apocalyptic way -- of this sacred Judaeo-Christian center of the world?
And this is interesting -- as well as, deeply troubling, considering this woman was the death-target of extremists only a couple of days ago: UK May has rebuked the move. [um Theresa, "kissing ass" is a proven military strategy of many flaws....see Obama Administration...and, just thinking Sun Tzu would adamantly agree with me -- but what do I know, right?]
But back to my question -- and simply choosing Wikipedia for back up (I know, shame on me) --
"According to Islamic doctrine, he was God's Messenger, sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. He is viewed as the final prophet of God in all the main branches of Islam, though some modern denominations diverge from this belief.[n 3] Muhammad united Arabia into a single Muslim polity and his teachings, practices, and the Quran form the basis of Islamic religious belief."
IF it is generally accepted that the origins of the Islamic doctrine, the teachings of Mohammed, are to "confirm the essential teachings of monotheism preached previously by Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets" then Jerusalem stands solidly on Judeao-Christian land...period.
Let it go.
Leave it alone.
You all have your Mecca, and that Mecca is not there.
[and yeah, this girl has absolutely no future in diplomatic relations. you got me there.]
BUT THIS ISSUE -- this issue continues to be more and more about hating Israel, and the West, and basically wanting to extinguish it -- as in all of us infidels -- off the face of the earth.
with my last word on this, being this:
I would bet my life that President Trump has read The Art of War.
And in other wars --
shifting fronts entirely. Get a load of Nancy Pelosi, what a riot (courtesy of The Washington Times):
"Here’s what Pelosi said about the $1.4 trillion tax overhaul that came out of the Senate, which includes — thankfully — an end of the Obamacare mandate: 'If this goes through, kiss life on earth goodbye. The debate on health care is like death. This is Armageddon'.”
Armageddon, she says.
No, Nancy, what is worthy of "Armageddon stature" goes back to the passing, in the dead of night, under the cover of darkness and the closed doors of the capital building, the thousands of pages long, "Affordable Care Act."
This legislation --- YOUR LEGISLATION -- created a brand new entitlement on the backs of everyday taxpayers, and remains today as not only evidence of pure fraud -- through the unconscionable usurping of the Rule of Law, with the audacity of actually re-writing the legislation within the decision of the liberal leaning Supreme Court, designating the generation of a new tax outside of the proper legislative channels, but continues to this day being a piece of (sh*T) legislation totally unsustainable. [see also a whole slew of unfunded liabilities...U.S. Debt Clock]
Nancy, YOUR LEGISLATION is not only broken, it never created a free market fix to the health care insurance industry. [Which was intended, by the way...to end up at the goal of a single payer system. But I digress].
Without competition -- like the car, home, fire, flood... insurance policies accomplish in the everyday -- the healthcare industry and policies will continue to take advantage of those who need it.
The thing is, hello?
...the cash-strapped, now indebted in the hundreds of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, America reached the point of Armageddon ages ago. To reverse this kind of true, unyielding and desperate, reality, will take great courage of a true, and real, steadfast leader; generating a wider, deeper, greater tax pool with this tax overhaul is merely a decent start.
While thing two tells me this: Islam will never co-exist in peace with other religions, as long as Islam continues to choose war with it -- whether that looks like a war against its own or against the modern, western world and the variety of faiths and non-faiths which accompany it. Just look at the immediate response from Hamas, from Palestinians, today -- their first impulse is to rage, they didn't even wait for Trump to make it official.
There is no peace amidst unhinged rage; how is that being diplomatic?
Trump made a decision; a straight-forward, honest to goodness, choice was made. Yes, a line was drawn and it is clear, and there is no grey area anymore. Praise to the clarity, instead of the continuation of the definition of insanity, allowing for the region to continue doing the same thing over and over and over again and getting the same results.
At the very least, this shakes things up and forces attention to mend the region; the decision is evidence of what Sun Tzu says -- "the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing...who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain."
Like winning....like chocolate, like Sunday morning, like peace in my my book.
ALL in all, it is most definitely not an end, Nancy....Palestine....and anyone else who considers these wildly disconnected events disconcerting; truth is, it is entirely the opposite of that.
Making a massive over-simplification now -- because I CAN (as it is my blog, and all) --- as of today and where we are right now, these things are simply seeds to new beginnings on all fronts.
For the Greater GOOD needs peace, demands peace, starting now.
Clear, refreshing spring water is flowing over these seeds, granting it new life.
To envision the true and everlasting success, perspective may be everything; the origins of fault lines tend to become more clear if we stand back, or above it, as if from a mountain high...or as if hovering above it, like a drone, with no attachment to anything.
And given the season -- being the season of peace, light, brotherhood and all -- perhaps a little demonstration of this kind of peace is in order; on fronts large and small, true peaceful hearts and minds should not only be encouraged, but cultivated, even protected, and thereby totally respected.
This may as well be the new mandate of the whole entire world: to create the very conditions on the ground revering true peace, allowing for all of us to live to see another day, in abundance. How beautifully diplomatic would that be, right?
So the best response from us laypeople should be....wait for it.... taking a chill pill; all the while, saying a few prayers for good things to come -- on behalf of the greater good, no matter where we live around the world -- is not a bad idea either. And may all of the religions and peoples of peace UNITE, and win, in the end...whenever that may be.
Make it a Good Day, G