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In the Near East (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine) there is barely 30 miles stretch of land in width separating the seashore line to the in-land chains of mountains.  It might seem currently ridiculous to claim that this distance can constitute a dividing line between two cultures within a nation.  Fact is, during Jesus time, before, and for centuries after, the Near East had two separate cultures representing the urban coastal line dwellers and what I call the in-land people.  You might even distinguish two more cultures:  the northern fertile in-land people (north of Jerusalem such as Samara, Galilee, Houran, Damascus…) and the desert nomadic people around Jerusalem and to the south.

The urban coastal dwellers stretching from north Turkey to Gaza were exposed to centuries of openness and negotiations with countless cultures and civilizations:  They acquired flexible tendencies to appreciating and valuing varied customs and traditions coming from overseas civilizations.  Their culture has overgrown the oral language traditions of the in-landers into the written language and complex written business contracts.

The Jews and Jewish tribes living in Judea (around Jerusalem and to the southern desert) failed to communicate and engage in direct trade with the urban people on the seashore cities.  They relied on the coastal middlemen or merchants to buying and transacting their products (mainly sheep and goats).  Their culture remained an oral tradition as nomadic tribes communicated their myths, customs, stories, and superstitions.

The Old Testament was basically a collection of stories describing the customs and tradition of in-land people in Palestine.  The scholar Jews in Alexandria (200 BC) decided to write a history of the collected oral stories, myths, and superstitions of the in-land people residing in Palestine.  The Jewish scholars felt an urgent assignment to convert the frustration, anger, alienation, and superstitious culture of the Jews in diaspora into a cohesive historical account that smack of fictitious facts or accurate dating.

Fact is, after 60 years of independence and zealous endeavors to discovering any archeological sites proving the existence of an ancient Jewish kingdom, Israel was unable to find anything related to urban dwelling of any respectable size.  There were no ancient Jewish kingdoms:  Jerusalem was built over one thousand years before Moses set foot on the borders with Palestine.  The Israelites were simply disparate nomadic tribes trying to connect with urban cultures and afraid of being diluted and absorbed in these advanced civilizations.

Jesus was an urban cultured person:  He was born in the Bethlehem of Mount Carmel, lived his childhood in Qana (Lebanon), and was educated in Sidon (Lebanon).  In the last year of his proselytizing, Jesus had decided to disseminate his message to the in-land people and ventured to the lion’s den in Jerusalem (the bastion of rigid rules and superstition). 

It must have been a terrible shock to Jesus and most of his disciples when they witnessed the customs in Jerusalem.  The people and Jewish “zealots” marched behind Jesus wanting a king.  The Jewish clerics of the various sects were comfortable with the state of affairs under a Roman governor, securing order at no expense to the clerics and never meddling in their internal quibbles.

Israel is adamant on not facilitating the construction of a maritime port in Gaza and on opening easy links and land accesses from the West Bank to Gaza for an obvious reason:  Israel wants to reverse the trend and be the urban culture versus the in-landers.

Note 1:  The Near east region shared several characteristics:

First, they had a common oral and written language called Aramaic (spoken by Jesus).  Aramaic was later called Syriac as the Omayyad dynasty of the Arab/Islamic Empire selected Damascus for Capital.  The various Arabic spoken slangs and Hebrew are variations of Aramaic.  Aramaic is still spoken in many regions in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq

Second, They shared the same religion during paganism periods; every city had temples for the favorite Gods from around the land.  The pagan period extended till 500 AC.  Most of the Christian sects in the Near East were considered heretics by the Orthodox Church of Constantinople because they refused the Catholic dogma of three Gods in one; that Jesus is the son of God; and they refused the excessive pageantry exhibited in ceremonies, in bishops rituals, and displaying icons and pictures of saints in churches.  Thus, when Islam invaded the land, the Christian heretics allied with this new religion that was compatible with their dogma.

Third, the topography of the land did not present any serious natural barriers for external warrior empires.  Once a warrior empire (Babylonia, Assyria, Persia, Greek, Mogul, Turks, Ottoman…) entered one corner, it conquered the entire land within a year.

Note 2:  People living on a sea-shore see vast horizons ahead of them and enjoy temperate climate, plenty of fish for nourishment, and variety of goods arriving to ports:  They are open to new ideas, styles, and customs.  People living in deserts have a vast horizon in front of them but lack the adequate climate, the potable water, the animal resources for daily consumption, and most of them lack ready and frequent contacts with other varieties of customs and traditions.  In-land people with fertile lands (Damascus, Aleppo, Hama) get accustomed to a world of limits, barriers,  concentric design of cities, and central views for governance and administration.

A few voices are proclaiming that November 28, 2010 is a historic date because:

One, it is the day Internet has moved to world news provider;

Two, citizens all over the globe disposed of secrets that only historians and journalists distilled slowly, selectively, and painfully on power struggle schemes.

Three, citizens had the opportunity to immediately reconstruct interactions among power decisions and plans.

Four, it is the day for professional intelligence providers to tackling a newer formidable challenge, with the possibility of emerging victorious.

Julian Assange retrieved the indicting documents pertaining to a few States where he does business and enjoy legal heaven such as Sweden, England, Australia, Jordan, Switzerland, and Israel and selected the ones favorable to these States to disseminate.  Assange, as previously, dumped the rest of the documents to five major dailies such as the New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, and the Spanish El Pais.   The proclaimed purpose was that these dailies have the resources (manpower and financial) to investigating and verifying the accuracy of the documents. 

The main two other reasons are that:  First, the major dailies will dissect these documents and keep publishing portions of the documents for many weeks, thus, keeping a steady free-cost ads for WikiLeaks; second, serious journalist investigators and researchers will be doing the work of linking the dots and discovering political interactions among the States. 

Julian Assange decided to take the lead and confront the English court before being carried out in shackle since the Interpol is after him and most intelligence agencies know his whereabout.  The entire exercise of taking Assange to court is to throw sands in the eyes of common people so that they think that this endeavor is the work of a single individual, even if supported by an organization to follow suit.

The successive leaks, first relevant to documents sent by US soldiers in Iraq and then documents dispatched by ambassadors, cannot be generated without a world powerful consortium, with deep pockets and strong connections, aiming for targeted purposes.

Assange promised that the next batches of leaks will focus on secret documents disseminated by multinational enterprises and powerful banks and financial institutions.  If this batch is successfully displayed on Internet, without previous reviewing and selection of what documents to publish, we might have better intelligence on the parties behind this global revolution.

If you know that financial transactions around the world amount to $5 trillion per day (more than what all the global States managed to saving per year), and is compounded with the irony that 95% of these transactions are speculative in nature, versus only 5% of the transactions relayed for exchanging goods  then, you know first, that healthy commerce in goods and services (other than financial gimmicks and tools) are not going to increase the standard of your living or anyone among the common people on earth; and second that financial multinationals are far more powerful than current political institutions and organizations.  Here is the main and dangerous consequences on world peace.

For example, currently, the US  is emulating England by printing money that internal trade does not need, but that the rich classes want to trading on stronger currencies in Brazil, India, Turkey, South Africa, and Russia with much higher interest rates.   Excessive printing of “useless money” for the common people and for the internal trade is labelled “financial quantitative easing” mechanism.    The financial “quantitative easing” mechanism is simply meant for encouraging the  international financial institutions to speculating on stronger currencies and ruining healthy emerging economies.

When the US starts the printing press of money, full blast, while the internal market is flooded with unused liquidity by the common people then, every normal citizen should brace for the worst case scenario:  The common people will end up paying the tab for all the speculative transactions trafficked by the richer classes overseas.   The US is not printing money to enhancing internal market trade or to encouraging small enterprises to get going.

By the time currency speculation war destabilizes world financial mechanism, the real tragedy will be felt by every one around the globe.  The only exit left, to resolving the excesses of jobless lower middle-income people among the superpower States, would be to arranging for a global war against common creditor enemies with rich reserves in natural raw materials.

You might think that the current military troubles between North and South Korea is a message of coming full-scale war against China.  Most probably, Iran might be the most potential target if financial conditions remain shaky.  With the batch of WikiLeaks documents targeting Iran as the most favored target for the next war, Iran got the message to tone down its position in order to ward off serious military plans against it.

This cycle never failed so far, regardless of international institutions erected to ward off global wars.  Powerful indebted States prefer to default on public debts instead of paying off its dues:  A kind of misplaced dignity!




December 2010

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