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To: Zhang Fei
The semi-secular dictators protected Jewish communities as well as Christian communities, in Iran. Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. They also fostered a degree of commerce and modernity relative to the theocratic alternative.

Only an iron fist can subdue militant Islam. They are either at your feet or at your throat. If Bush II had understood that truth, the history of the last decade would have been much different. Obama's Middle East policies are the same as Carter's: intentional support for militant Islam contrary to U.S. interests.

Most of these minority communities are being wiped out and will never return. It is a tragedy orchestrated by our own government.

13 posted on 02/18/2012 10:36:43 AM PST by Praxeologue
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To: Kennard; All
I'm not disagreeing on your main point. While secular Arab rulers seem to have generally been better for Christian minorities than Islamic rulers, the same does not appear to have been true for Jewish minorities in the same countries.

The founder of the Ba’ath Party was a Christian. Secularist Arab leaders have a history of protecting Christians, who often represented politically powerless but fairly well-educated mercantile communities who were useful to the ruling regimes, and if appointed to civil service positions, could be trusted to be loyal to the government when the Islamists could not be trusted.

Someone on Free Republic can probably verify this, but I've been told by Army officers that Saddam Hussein's personal bodyguards were largely Christian because Saddam believed he could trust the Christians not to kill him. Again, I do not know if that is true or not — and I am very much aware that being a member of the Christian minority in an Arab country may say nothing about personal faith but only about one’s ancestry.

However, I believe I've read that every synagogue in Syria is now closed, the Chief Rabbi of Damascus made aliyah to Israel long ago, and the only Jews remaining in Syria are those who remain there for business reasons having generally sent their families elsewhere for their safety. I don't know how Assad treated the Jews, but Saddam Hussein viewed himself as a new Nebuchadnezzar who would be the enemy of Israel. An attempt to restore a defaced synagogue in Libya after the overthrow of Qaddafi led to a riot and near-death of the Jewish doctor who tried to do so. Egypt also has a history of being rather hostile to its domestic Jewish population despite its foreign peace treaty with Israel.

13 posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 12:36:43 PM by Kennard: “The semi-secular dictators protected Jewish communities as well as Christian communities, in Iran. Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. They also fostered a degree of commerce and modernity relative to the theocratic alternative. Only an iron fist can subdue militant Islam. They are either at your feet or at your throat. If Bush II had understood that truth, the history of the last decade would have been much different. Obama’s Middle East policies are the same as Carter's: intentional support for militant Islam contrary to U.S. interests. Most of these minority communities are being wiped out and will never return. It is a tragedy orchestrated by our own government.”

17 posted on 02/18/2012 5:40:52 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Kennard
The semi-secular dictators protected Jewish communities as well as Christian communities, in Iran. Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria.

We're talking about the folks who have been trying to wipe Israel off the Map since 1948, right (at least with Syria)? I'm curious how we would react if this happened with Bush in office.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 8:38:45 PM PST by chargers fan
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