Stupid crack squirrels…

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I thought the crack squirrels were just trying to be funny when the did those wordless posts to give more of you time to read that post they did about the history of the Jewish people and the troubles in the Gaza Strip. But it turns out that they are really upset. I have been told by their spokesman… spokessquirrel… a cute little guy that I call Lazy Eye Pete, that they worked very hard on that post. And it wasn’t fun for them at all. Human history is even more confusing and illogical to crack squirrels than it is to us humans.

I am in an awkward situation here. I don’t think we should give in to their demands. It sets a bad precedent. And I know how hard it must be for most people to read a thousand or more words on a subject that is both boring and full of human cruelty and stupidity… even though I do think the squirrels did a really good job of making it educational while still making it pretty damn funny.

On the other hand… see, I didn’t even call it a ‘thing’… it’s like I can’t even do this blogging thing without the squirrels helping me… they are the ones who come up with all the crazy ideas that make this blog what it is. Now they are just lying around inside my head like a bunch of squirrel skin rugs. And they still haven’t decided exactly how many more humans have to read the damn post before they will go back to work.

But, if you are one of the millions of people who haven’t read that post, good for you. Don’t let crack squirrels push you around. I did… and look where it has gotten me…

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Uh oh…

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The crack squirrels have finally gone nuts… uh… so to speak…

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I know that last post I did… the one where I did the entire history of the Jewish people and how we ended up with constant warfare and bloodshed in the Gaza Strip while still making it funny was a lot of words to read… so, instead of doing 2 or 3 posts a day, I am not going to do any new posts… until some of you read that last post… I mean, except for this post… which will have absolutely no words in it at all… to save you time… so you can read that other post…

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A brief history of the Jewish people and the Mideast and how the troubles in the Gaza Strip came about, with maps and everything, to try to explain why the people there keep trying to kill each other… and don’t worry, I will try to make this funny, because this is a comedy blog after all… but ***WARNING*** this post is going to piss some of you off…

So I did that post the other day where I tried to explain my mixed feelings about the horrible fighting going on in the Gaza Strip between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But I forgot one very important fact. Many Americans pay absolutely no attention to history and can’t find America on the map of the world unless there are words printed on the map telling what each country is. (Sorry, but as long as I am pissing people off, I figured I would get the Americans out of the way first… I will get to the rest of you soon enough).

So, just as a little background to my earlier post, I give you the following history lesson.

First, just to set the stage, and to make sure we are all on the same page here, Israel is located at the top of Africa. Okay, now we can begin.

The Jewish, or Hebrew, people seem to have started off where they ended up. Back then, the area now known as Israel was called Canaan. There was a series of droughts and famines… because that is what happens when you live in a desert. So some of the people migrated to Egypt some time around 1,400 BCE… (Before the Common Era, which was originally called the Christian Era, but hey, why offend people if we can help it)… where they had steady if low-paying positions… (also known as slavery)… under the Egyptian Pharaohs.

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They didn’t have a lot of time for scuba diving… they were too busy building big monuments and other things. After 400 years, they decided that slavery had been a bad career choice and wanted to go back home. According to the Bible… a respected historical document that many believe is all absolutely true, even the parts that contradict other parts or are just plain horrible… a guy named Moses came and convinced the Egyptians to ‘let his people go’. Then they walked around in the desert for quite some time.

When they got home, they found that there were other people living in their lands. Obviously, this was a little awkward. But thankfully… for them, at least… their God told them to go ahead and slaughter all those rude people… and I mean all of them… women and children and even the goats. That old testament god did not mess around.

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There was much slaughtering for many years, but at last, the Jewish people had their homes back.

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Well, it might have just ended there, with everyone… well, all the survivors at any rate… living happily ever after… but this is the Mideast we are talking about…

So the lands were conquered by the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE…

And the Assyrians were kicked out and replaced by the Babylonians in 587 BCE…

Who were toppled by the Persians…

Who were overthrown by Alexander the Great and his Greeks in 332 BCE…

Now during all these change-of-ownership squabbles, some of the Jewish people left… not always by choice, many of them were sold into slavery… but most hung around waiting to see what would happen. What happened was the Roman Empire… which conquered the area and held it from 63 BCE to 324 CE… (Common Era)…

Well by this time the Israelites were fed up and they revolted. That didn’t end well. The Romans knew all about keeping people in line. Many more Israelites were sent off to see the world… as slaves… those that weren’t just killed.

So during all of this, as I said just now, many of the Jewish people had left home on their own… before they were led away in chains… and settled all over the place. This dispersal, also known as the ‘diaspora’… looked something like this…

a 1 a 4By this time, the Jewish people were spread around like cream cheese on a bagel. And don’t forget that during all this time, with new rulers coming in every other week… or at least every other century… the people there had been doing what people always do… having sex… so by now, the races were so intermingled that it was getting hard to tell who was who… which explains why people there try so hard to hang on to any cultural or religious heritage that they can…

Well the Roman Empire folded… you know… like Empires do… and once again, things could return to normal… with constant tribal warfare and small kingdoms battling one another and new rulers coming and going and people being generally awful to one another.

And then came the Crusades…

Now, if you are a Christian or a Catholic, and, back when I was talking about that old testament god and how cruel he seemed to be, this might be a good time to remind you that you worship the same guy… and he convinced your ancestors to do this…

a 1 a 4 aAnd, you guessed it, there was much slaughtering and horribleness for many more years.

Now you may find it ironic that during many of these intervening years, the Jews and the other people of the region often coexisted peacefully, living in the same cities. In fact, when the crusaders showed up and cracked some of these cities open like big walnuts, they often slaughtered the Jews right along with whoever else was living there… sometimes even including other Christians… because, you know, once you start slaughtering people, it is hard to slow down you momentum just to ask silly questions like: ‘Hey, who are you, and are you even some one I should slaughter?’

So During all this time, once again, many of the Jewish people went out into the world to try to find other places to live… with less slaughtering going on, and fewer changes of leadership. This met with varying degrees of success, as you can imagine, because people are basically horrid to other people who look or sound or smell or act or pray differently.

Let’s skip forward to modern times… because it is safe to assume that the Mideast was still making sure that their slaughtering quotas were being met.

The Jewish people living in Europe began to wonder if living where they were discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens was really such a good deal. And a few of them decided to go back home once again. This must have been a tough choice to make, all things considered.

In 1882, the first Zionist settlement of European Jews was established back in the homeland. I have no idea what the Jews who stuck it out in the Mideast through all the rest of that time felt about this… but the other local inhabitants were too busy trying to survive in a desert to get worked up about it. I guess this is how we white people stole America from the Native Americans. The secret is to show up in a small group at first and try to remain inconspicuous, inviting your friends and neighbors and relatives to come and join you until all of a sudden you outnumber the people who you want to displace.

Well then World War One… the ironically named ‘war to end all wars’… happened, and Britain took Palestine from the Ottoman Empire. So it was Turks out, England in. And the British sort of made a promise of sorts to the Jewish people that they could have a small piece of land for their very own in the land that was once their homeland… and then wasn’t… and then was… sort of… and so on and so on… when they signed the Balfour Declaration in 1971 creating the Jewish National Home. I strongly suspect that the British didn’t do this to be nice to the Jews. They most likely thought it would be a good way of getting a few more Jews out of Britain and back where they belonged. Besides, they were planning on sticking around and running the place anyway, so having the Jews all in one spot would make things easier for them.

More and more Jews moved back from Europe to the ‘Holy Land’… because in many parts of Europe, life was hard on the Jews… especially in Russia, where they had periodic ‘pogroms’… which is a fancy way of saying ‘let’s go out and beat up or kill some Jews today, because nothing else is going on’… But by now, the local Arab inhabitants were starting to notice that there were a lot of Jews around, and they began to get nervous about it.

And then World War Two happened.

And things got really bad for the Jews of Europe… like more than 6 million of them being slaughtered on an industrial scale bad… because slaughtering people with swords was just too much work and much to slow for those oh-so-Germanically-efficient Nazis.

At the end of the war, the Jews in Palestine… and here it is important to remember that Palestine is a place… it is not a ‘people’… the people of this area were from all over the Mideast, coming with each new wave of conquerors, and then intermingling with other people until it was sort of an Assyrian/Babylonian/Greek/Roman/Turkish/Arab stew… but anyway, the Jews living there started a resistance movement against the British. Because that worked out so well against the Romans and all those other conquerors.

The Jewish Resistance Movement began actually attacking the British. Ironically… wow, history has a lot of irony in it, doesn’t it?… the Jews had few weapons, so they had to resort to terrorist-style bombing and sniping attacks… which is an awful lot like the Palestinians… which, once again, are not an actual race or group of people… have had to resort to against Israel in the Gaza Strip…

At the same time, the Jewish resistance began to smuggle Jews from Europe… once again, the ones that were still alive… into the ‘promised land’ in old freighters and whatnot… because the British, even though they felt horrible about the gas chambers and death camps and all that, were not allowing new Jews into Palestine, going so far as to lock up the ones they caught in camps, another supreme irony of history.

By now, the British were beginning to figure out that having an ‘Empire’ in the new, post-WW2 era was not only embarrassing, it was downright impossible. So they decided to cut their losses and hand the whole Palestine problem over to the U. N.

And in 1947, even as the now disgusted Arabic people were beginning to attack the Jewish people in the area, and the British were pulling their last troops out… the U. N. came up with this awesome idea…

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That right there, on the right, was the U. N. plan to divide the whole area up into a nice, easy to manage zoning system that would solve all of the problems of the Mideast and end the slaughtering. On the left is the map showing the ancient plan that King David came up with to stop the fighting between the Jews and the last Philistines that the Jews hadn’t slaughtered and the Phoenicians whom they hadn’t slaughtered yet, and thereby cause peace to break out.

That plan evidentially didn’t work any better than the plan the U. N. came up with.

A weird civil war turned immediately into the Arab Israeli war of 1948. And on May 14th of that same year, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the grand opening of the Jewish State of Israel…

Which led to this…

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That’s right, a bunch more slaughtering. Because by this time, all the countries around Israel had decided that they didn’t want the Jews coming back home. So they all swore to attack them and destroy them and drive them into the sea… because… you know… it’s the freakin’ Mideast.

So Israel, a tiny little country with not many weapons, was attacked by a bunch of much bigger, well-armed countries… over and over again… and totally kicked their asses.

And after each war, Israel kept at least some of the land that they had fought and died over, and grew much bigger… and more powerful

But they still had those people living within their borders who were more or less just caught up in the sweep of history, and sort of considered it to be their home too.

And very little compromising was done.

And there was more slaughtering.

And now, Israel went from ‘oppressed minority fighting boldly in rebellion against tyrannical overlords’, to being what the ‘Palestinians’ consider to be ‘tyrannical overlords’… and the irony of history has come full circle.

And now we have this…

a 1 a 7A tiny piece of land inside the State of Israel, where they sort of keep the ‘Palestinians’ herded together… concentrated together, you might almost say… like a… I don’t know… what’s the word? Concentration camp?

Now don’t get me wrong. It isn’t that simple. I point that out for the sake of irony. The Palestinians are letting a few bad people make their decisions, and these people have been terror bombing and suicide bombing and rocket bombing and mortar bombing and sniping and so on since way back when Israel was just a gleam in Ben-Gurion’s eye.

They used to be more free to move about the country, but there is only so long you are going to put up with people trying to blow you and your children up before you put them where it is easier to keep an eye on them… this is why we invented jails, to keep people who misbehave where we can keep an eye on them. The thing is… oh boy, you knew there would be a thing… is that they are keeping all of the people in jail, not just the criminals. But on the other hand, you could say that they are just giving a tiny homeland to the ‘Palestinians’ which is exactly how Israel started out… again…

And besides, how can this…

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…not be the perfect way to solve all that slaughtering that has been going on in the Mideast?

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