Remembering Uzza

37 The Sykes–Picot Betrayal Haunts Us Still

(3.0 draft)

UzzaGerry: How long after taking Mecca did the Prophet decide to take the fight to the Byzantines?

Uzza: In the Fall of the same year.

Gerry: That quickly?

Uzza: Muhammad, as I have told you, was a man in a hurry. He also was a man who knew how to seize the day. With eager young warriors from all corners of Arabia flocking to his banner with the promise of booty and a river of Zakat flowing into Medina, Muhammad wasted no time taking his now well-funded army of more than 30,000 north to the frontier of the Byzantine Empire.

Archie: The Byzantines must have been surprised.

Uzza: Actually, they could not be bothered being somewhat preoccupied with the Persians who coveted the same territory.

Bob: What happened?

Uzza: Muhammad and his army made the arduous journey of more than 552 miles north intending to engage the Byzantines at Tabuk, now part of Saudi Arabia, only to find no one there to fight.

Archie: A bit of a waste a time, was it?

Uzza: What is your expression, when life gives you lemons make lemonade. Muhammad was very good at making lemonade during the few times lemons were the fruit of his endeavors. He made friends with the locals who were suitably impressed. Many converted ensuring that the eventual conquest of the land Allah had bequeathed to the children of Abraham was a relatively bloodless conquest.

Bob: If Abraham is the father of both the Jews and the Arabs, that would make them joint owners of the Holy Land?

Uzza: Yes, and that is how it is supposed to be.

Bob: Then, why all the fighting between the Palestinians and the Israelis?

Uzza: At Tabuk Muhammad gave an example of how the people who believed in the god that he did should be treated and that is why the Jews did not oppose the conquest of Palestine by the believers. And why, for more than a thousand years, Jews and believers lived in relative harmony in that now disputed part of the Middle East.

Bob: What happened?

Archie: Israel happened, you moron.

Uzza: Israel was the outcome, not the cause.

Archie: And that cause would be?

Uzza: A British betrayal of the aspirations of both Jews and Arabs.

Gerry: But the British did follow through on their promise of a Jewish homeland?

Uzza: Only after six million Jews were murdered and an opportunity for cementing a nurtured peace between Jews and Arabs that had lasted since Tabuk was squandered. The Faisal–Weizmann Agreement, a joint proposal by the Zionists and the Arabs which would have given the Jews a negotiated home in Palestine in 1919 instead of an imposed one in 1949 was rejected by the British during the Treaty of Versailles negotiations.

Bob: You mean there was a time when the Zionists and the Arabs actually saw eye to eye?

Uzza: Yes.

Archie: And the British did not jump at that opportunity. Blimey!

Uzza: They had already agreed in secret negations with the French, the Sykes–Picot betrayal of 1916, to carve up the Middle East between themselves; a Middle East that would be largely liberated by the Arabs of King Faisal to whom they lied. They had no intention of keeping their promise to him that if he fought the Turks, after the war he would be allowed to "unite the Arabs into one nation". Instead, the Arabs were driven out of lands they conquered with their blood by mostly French troops who came to claim what was agreed to during those secret negotiations.

Gerry: Is that the betrayal Islamic State referred to in its propaganda about uniting the Arabs under one nation as Faisal tried to do?

Uzza: Yes, again. Think about it. If a negotiated home for the Jews had been agreed to back in 1919, not only might we have avoided the atrocities of Islamic State, but how many more Jews would have survived the Holocaust.

Bob: But it was Christians who were crucified by these assholes, not Jews.

Archie: All the Jews had left. They knew better than to stick around.

Uzza: There were more than 2,000,000 Syrian Christians and only a few hundred Jews when the Islamic State invaded. It was inevitable that the Christians would become targets. The Jews, unlike at the beginning of Islam when they could have made a difference, today because of their numbers, are insignificant and will be dealt with when the time comes.

Bob: You mean killed?

Uzza: Yes. Unless, they do like Abdullah bin Salam, one of the first Jews to convent to Islam. He not only prospered but became a trusted adviser to Muhammad. It is the Christians who still stand in the way, because of their numbers, of the total subjugation of the West and who have to be shown no mercy if the extremists are to succeed.