DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT MIDDLE EASTERN RIVALS

We are living in the age of mass disinformation – deliberately induced confusion. The obscurity created by those who control the mainstream media (MSM) has reached such a level that we no longer can be sure whether the information provided by MSM is factual or part of the propaganda. Yes, we are manipulated and deceived so much that we often dismiss the truth when it is presented in front of us. Take for example the two antagonists Iran and Israel. Both of these nations are playing the victim card while committing atrocities in Syria and elsewhere. Both rely heavily on propaganda. News coming out of these two places has to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Iran
The Persian state claims links to an old civilisation which originally spread from the Indo-Pak region. The word ‘Iran’ is derived from Aryan, borrowed from the Sanskrit word ārya, probably in existence long before 500 BCE. Persia has a colourful history and was once an empire, a powerful empire during the times of Cyrus who ruled 576 – 530 BC and Khosrow ruling from 590 to 628 AD.

Although less known, Persia has a strong Jewish history. The Persian king Cyrus the Great, in 598/7 and 587/6 BCE allowed the Jews to return to their ancient Kingdom of Judah as they were held captives in Babylonia. That was during the golden age of Persia. Religious literature describes this great event in Jewish history as wrath from God for their mischief and spreading corruption on the land.

For Persians, the end of the reign of Khosrow was a turning point. They still hold a grudge against the Arabs for the war the Persians lost nearly 1400 years ago. Arab armies brought an end to the rule of Khosrow in Persia. Persians have not forgotten nor forgiven. It is most probable that Persians would have chosen to become Sunni had the Arabs been Shi’a dominated. Persians seek their own identity and when you look at the ancient city of Persepolis you understand why. These days, it is in the West’s interest to make sure Iran remains a powerful enemy of the Arabs, in order to sell the latest weapons to both sides.

Israel
Soon after World War II, two states were born nine months apart from each other. Both were created on the basis of religious ideology; Pakistan on 14th August 1947 and Israel on 14th May 1948. The name Pakistan is an acronym from its provinces i.e. P from Punjab, A from Afghan Province, K from Kashmir and Stan from Baluchistan. Pak is a Farsi word meaning pure, Land of the Pure. Today, the irony is, it is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The difference between Israel and Pakistan lies in the nature of their nefariousness.

Many RTM readers may find it odd that I described Israel and Pakistan as ‘nefarious’ in the same sentence. Leadership in both countries has been accused of corruption many times. The leaders of Pakistan have fooled their own people and contributed towards creating an environment within the country where it has become a dog eat dog world. We can argue that Pakistan is losing the fight for morality. Corruption has become an epidemic and is destroying the very fabric of Pakistani society. Alas, Israel cannot claim moral high ground either. Israel’s inhumane policies towards Palestinians are self-evident. Whilst one country’s elite show contempt for their own people, the other does the same for its neighbours.

The etymology of the word ‘Israel’ is interesting; it was a title given to Prophet Yaqoob (Jacob in the bible). The Islamic literature or in Arabic the word ‘Israel’ is a combination of two words, ‘Isra’ and ‘eil’, meaning the slave of Allah. The Old Testament, however, tells the story a little differently, that one night Jacob was travelling back to Canaan and he encountered a man by the riverside. According to the Old Testament:

“And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”” (Genesis 32:22–32)

This episode is famously known as Jacob's "wrestling with an angel" and is also known as Jacob's "wrestling with God." This story raises many questions. Can man challenge God and win? Can the created challenge the Creator? Is it not so that to challenge God means to disobey God. You challenge God by disobedience, by disobeying his laws, his commandments.

The Ten Commandments God gave to Moses

  1. You shall have no other Gods but me.
  2. You shall not worship false Gods.
  3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
  4. You shall keep the Sabbath day Holy
  5. You shall Respect your father and mother.
  6. You shall not murder
  7. You shall not commit adultery
  8. You shall not steal
  9. You shall not lie
  10. You shall not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour.

So, Israelis are the descendants of Prophet Israel, the one who wrestled with God and prevailed. Sadly, Israelis no longer seem to consider the Ten Commandments important enough. Or maybe ‘God’s chosen people’ think that commandments 6, 8, 9, and 10 do not apply when it comes to the Gentiles and particularly in the case of Palestinians. Israel disregards international and moral laws when it comes to killing innocent Palestinian children. Maybe Israelis feel unconcerned because the western MSM instead of exposing the atrocities and lies tries very hard to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli military.

Despite all this, there is no hate between Persia and Israel. The rivalry is all about power and clout over the region. Both want to rule over the dormant Arab nations. In fact, some argue that there is a historical background for the animosity towards the Arabs. Persia, as mentioned earlier, has not forgiven Arabs for defeating Khosrow. Jews seem to hold a grudge for the event in which the Jews were exiled from Medina (see image below). Persians and Israelis have a common enemy, the Arabs. Therefore, one may argue that the USA may not attack Persia anytime soon.

Had the USA or Israel wanted to attack Iran, they would have launched attacks immediately after the Americans showed a video alleging that Iranians were the perpetrators of attacks on oil tankers. Iranians are not the real target of the wars in the Middle East. Persians are not occupied by any foreign power and host no foreign bases like its Arab neighbours do. If and when there is a conflict in the Persian Gulf then the Arab nations will be decimated. My feeling is that Zionists are just pushing Iranians to subjugate themselves to Israel and give up their financial independence.

Yes, we are living in uncertain times and discerning falsehood from the truth or even believing any words coming out of the mouths of political leadership has become all the more difficult. We need to question and challenge the propaganda in the MSM. In this day and age, those with big money speak the loudest and repeatedly promote myths to their gullible readers and listeners.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_wrestling_with_the_angel

Khaybar was a village near Medina in Saudi Arabia

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