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To an Israelian friend, 18.09.2012
I have heard that Y. is diffusing dubious ideas about me.
I presume, this may be the case because he did not understand
well what I have said about Israel and the political situation
in Near East. I thought about these things only because he
complained about rockets falling every day on Israelian soil.
And he seemed to think that this were a great injustice.
Well, I’m born in the most devastating war of all times,
which resulted from the German trial to invade Russia. The
result: I dont like wars. If war would come to Germany or
Italy again, I would have to emigrate. Another result: I’m not
much interested in politics, except in those politics which
result or resulted in history. So, I’ll tell you what I think
of the situation in Palestine, founding on historic examples.
The formation of the Israelian state was the result of a kind
of invasion. History consists of innumerable examples of
invasion, in part successful, in part not. I will talk only
about some of them which seem to have some relevance to the
situation in Near East or from which we can learn something.
Invaders always propagate ideas about the reasons of their
doing to persuade their people and followers or observers of
their righteousness. These ideas are always “ideologic” in the
sense of Lenin who called ideologies “wrong conscience”. The
ideologic basis of the invasion of Palestine by the Jews was
their historic right. Their ancestors once lived there. But
this is no valuable reason because there exists no right of
that kind. The only “right” is peaceful persuasion or military
There are examples of fairly peaceful invasions: The Greeks
who invaded Sicily and the coasts of Italy and Southern
France. Conflicts with the original population seem to have
been limited because the Greeks mostly remained at the coast.
The Etruscans also must have found methods to arrange
peacefully with the Umbrians; at least we know nothing about
endless wars. If there would have been such wars we would know
from the artefacts they left.
One interesting example of invasions concerning the Near East
were the crusades. Beginning in the 11th century they finished
after about one and a half century of war ensuing the
expulsion of all Europeans. The ideology of the crusaders had
been the reconquist of the “Holy Lands” of Christianity. After
this began the invasion of Turks into Near East, Europe and
North Africa which lasted about seven centuries until the end
of World War I. Only from the end of the Turkish Empire in
World War I resulted the complicated political situation
existing now in the Near East; complicated still more by the
foundation of the Israelian state.
Another interesting example is the one of the Vikings who had
successfully invaded Russia – in fact creating it. Their blond
hairs merged with the dark hair of Slavic people to red hair
which gave the name to this mixture of peoples [russ means
red]. The red hair disappeared because of recessive genes but
young Slavics (including me) often have blond hair until about
ten years of age. At about the same time the Vikings tried to
invade North America but were expelled.
An even more interesting example of invasion began in the
year 1620 when English pilgrims arrived in North America.
Together with other Europeans the Englishmen successfully
invaded the North American continent. But it cost about three
centuries of war against the aborigines called “Indians” which
resulted in the physical and cultural ruin of the Indian
tribes (estimated victims about 20 to 30 millions of Indians).
And this invasion, although successful, cost the lifes of
many, many invaders and their descendants often dying horrible
deaths (number unknown). And today the U.S.-Americans seem to
have still an ideology formed by the pioneers which signifies
a totally wrong conscience with a lot of culturally
Neither the Israelians did establish peaceful relationships
with the inhabitants of the country they invaded. Continuing
the actual politics, the probable or even unavoidable result
will be a long lasting war which will end only with the
expelling or physical and/or cultural annihilation of all
Israelians or the physical and/or cultural annihilation of all
their enemies. Calculating the number of enemies the latter
effect seems unlikely. This is the historic situation in Near
East seen by a historian schooled in philosophy, psychology,
sociology and anthropology.
Finally, I have to confess that I’m neither for or against
Israel or Israelians nor for or against Palestinians or any
other people. I’m just against war. I hope Y. will
understand now what I intended to say and stop ‘warring’