This paradigmâ€™s conclusions seem dark, with apparently no possibility for negotiations and war as the only alternative. Although this is not necessarily true, it seems deeply depressing. Those who begin to comprehend JP find it difficult to communicate with people strongly committed to PCP. Our media, talking heads, academic specialists, and even government strategic thinkers operate with a PC paradigm that systematically ignores or underplays key anomalies. Few pay attention to the way Jihadis see Westerners (Israelis, Americans, Europeans). Few, especially those against the war in Iraq, want to think that retreating from Iraq, like retreating from Lebanon or Gaza, will encourage Jihadis in other locations to further action. As much as they may hate to admit it, the Europeans, like the Sunni Iraqis, will be the first victims of US withdrawal from Iraq.
JP argues that we are wading into a global war with an enemy of determined ferocity and unknown strength, and we are flying blind. Until we begin to address the issues of honor-shame and Jihad, and learn to distinguish between demopaths and genuine moderates, so that we can identify and resist the real enemies of civil society, not only will we not see peace in the Middle East, we will see Jihad spread, the world over. Although it may seem dark, some of that darkness comes from an unconscious â€œracismâ€ of the PCP that does not believe that Arab and Muslim culture can change, and therefore considers the honor-shame issues non-negotiable. Actually honor-shame cultures are notoriously susceptible to public opinion: we just cannot seem to muster the courage to make the demands.
1. Explains the PCP anomalies, in particular the extraordinary consistency with which Arab leaders have made disastrous decisions for the Palestinian people.
2. Does not put the cart (occupation, invasion of Iraq) before the horse (Arab hard zero-sum attitudes towards Israel, Jihad).
3. Recognizes the historical dynamics of Muslim religious imperialism and its links with â€œtraditionalâ€ authoritarian societies throughout history including the West.
4. Acknowledges the great efforts necessary to build civil societies and the discipline in overcoming the â€œrule or be ruledâ€ attitude that such an effort entails, and therefore does not assume that Arab political culture has made that effort.
5. Acknowledges the danger that faces us all (including moderate Muslims who are considered apostates by the Jihadis).
6. Has the conceptual radar to spot demopaths.
7. Explains why, despite so much support from the â€œprogressive Left,â€ the Palestinians are farther from civil society today (ruled by terrorists) than before the progressives came to their side.
8. Presents an alternative explanation to the "root" causes of terrorism â€“ not poverty, not grievances, not territorial disputes â€“ but a jihadist ideology with roots in frustrated dominance and apocalyptic dreams)
9. Provides a bigger narrative/framework to the Arab-Israeli conflict that can explain why even where the â€œZionistsâ€ have nothing to do with local conditions, there is war, tyranny and oppression in the Arab world.
1. Anomalies/Mysteries -- unexplained problems highlighted by this approach:
- Why are â€œProgressivesâ€ so anti-Zionist (an explicitly progressive cause), and so philo-Islamist (an explicitly violent and authoritarian cause)?
- Why do the Europeans behave in such suicidal fashion, making allies with Islamists and assaulting Israel? (Eurabia)
- Why are human rights advocates so reluctant to discuss matters like Southern Sudan? and treatment of women and minorities in the Arab world? and so uniquely focused on Israeli violations of Palestinian rights?
- Who could claim to be â€œGays for Palestineâ€ when gays are the object of honor-killing in Palestine?
- Why does the academic community broadly oppose discussing this material?
- Israeli press and academiaâ€™s acceptance of PCPâ€™s perceptions when they are so dangerous to Israelâ€™s survival.
2. It insists on a frightening and deeply disturbing vision of the current situation that negates most liberalsâ€™ hopes about negotiating a solution.
3. It runs the danger of becoming essentialist (the Arabs are this way and canâ€™t change), and beyond that, racist (they are genetically so).
4. Falls into the trap of Western cultural superiority and condescension to others.
5. Has no obvious peaceful solution to offer for this conflict; indeed the only immediately obvious solutions, given this paradigmâ€™s analysis, are unacceptable to civilized consideration â€“ ethnic cleansing and worse; or unthinkable â€“ Arab nations all recognize Israel as a pre-condition to negotiation.
6. Supports the war campâ€™s arguments that the only response to such an enemy is to fight him till â€œunconditional surrenderâ€.
7. Forces us to think very negative thoughts about â€œothersâ€, to the point where pointing out their failings seems like â€œhate speechâ€.
8. Runs the danger of mis-identifying as demopaths people who are genuine democrats and underestimating the good-will of the larger culture.
9. Slippery slope, an invitation to / excuse for empire, globalization as homogenized Americanization.
10. Lets Israel off the moral hook, and reduces the pressure on Israel and the West to self-criticize.
11. Makes us confront people who get angry and even violent when criticized.
12. Seems to mean that â€œdialogue is out of the questionâ€ and therefore â€œJP does not advance you one bit.â€
1. Islamo-fascism / Islamo-bolshevism.
2. Dar al Islam, Dar al Harb
3. Suicide terrorists
10. Oslo War, Oslo Jihad.
1. After 9-11 there are two kinds of people in the West: those who understand weâ€™re at war, and those who donâ€™t.
2. There is a Civil war going on in the Muslim World.
3. Terrorism does not come from poverty but from cultivated hatred and paranoia.
4. Visit Palestinian Media Watch and Middle East Media Research Institute and listen to what Arabs say in Arabic.
5. Islam is a religion of peace, when thereâ€™s no one left to kill. (Said of Augustusâ€™ Pax Romana)
6. If they will kill their daughters for shaming their family, what do you think theyâ€™ll do to the Israelis and the West for shaming their religion and culture.
7. Antizionism is a Weapon of Mass Distraction.
8. the Palestinian people are the greatest victims of their leadersâ€™ decision to go to war rather than begin to develop a civil society that takes care of its own people.
9. the Palestinians have despaired of destroying Israel by themselves and therefore look to enlisting Westerners of good will to unwittingly participate in their effort by making Israel a pariah state
10. Itâ€™s not the â€œGreen Line,â€ itâ€™s the shoreline.
11. Arabs may want democracy but they refuse to pay the price in discipline (e.g., giving up honor killings).
12. Itâ€™s culture, not race; itâ€™s education, not essentialism
13. Not all Muslims are suicide terrorists, but almost all suicide terrorists are Muslim.
14. Not all anti-zionists are anti-semites, but almost all anti-semites love anti-zionism