Saturday, July 29, 2006

Holy War

The war between Iraq and Hezbollah has just escalated further. The AP reports that Hezbollah has fired a new longer range rocket deep into Israeli territory. While this is of some concern, the statement released by Hezbollah is even more troubling.

    "With this, the Islamic Resistance begins a new stage of fighting, challenge and confrontation with a strong determination and full belief in God's victory."
Hezbollah named their new super rocket the Khaibar-1. Khaibar is the sacred and holy site of a historic battle between Islam's Prophet Muhammad and Jewish tribes in the Arabian peninsula.

AP NEWS STORY LINK: CLICK HERE


I don't believe this war, which is undoubtedly now entering at least its 1,378th year, will end with any treaty negotiated in the next few weeks.

Khaibar is the name of an oasis located 95 miles of Medina in what is today the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

But in the time of Muhammad, Khaibar was a fertile oasis in the Arabian desert. The Jews had settled and controlled this land, and built an irrigation system that captured runoff and used it to provide water to farms and gardens. The Jews both lived off these farms and established Khaibar as a regional trading center.

Muhammad conquered the oasis in 628, subjugating and enslaving the Jews. For a time some of the Jews were allowed to remain and maintain the farms and gardens, but in return they had to pay 50% of their harvest to the Muslims. Muslims ruled Khaibar under the guidance of Muhammad, who continued to expand his empire. Soon after, the Arab Christians of Najran were forced to accept the same conditions.

The right of the Jews of Khaibar to stay on their former lands was a temporary concession, withdrawn in 640 by Muhammad’s dying wish that the "two religions shall not remain together in the peninsula of the Arabs."

On Muhammad's orders, Khaibar was then cleansed of all non-Muslims.

There is no doubt that Hezbollah wants the new missle to carry two strong messages to the Israeli's.

A MUSLIM RECORD OF THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN AND CONQUEST OF KHAIBAR: CLICK HERE

A JEWISH RETELLING OF THE KHAIBAR STORY: CLICK HERE

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2 comments:

Vigilante said...

Wiz, not my problem how long these two mindlessly led scorpions have been battling over the same postage stamp strip of land. The whole issue for me is how long MY country has taken sides.

And that's been TOO long.

the WIZARD, fkap said...

vigilante said, "The whole issue for me is how long MY country has taken sides."

What a fascinating response. I hope you'll take some time to elaborate either here or on your own blog site.

I'm implying by your larger response that we agree that this centuries old conflict cannot be easily resolved by a negotiated truce. Since modern day Israel was created after WWII, the conflict has nearly continously exploded.

And every President since Truman has attempted, in one way or another, to bring a measure of peace and stability to the region. Both Carter's efforts and Clinton's were heroic, yet both failed.

What do YOU think the role of the United States should be?

Thanks, as always, for contributing.