David: sorry for running that IDF into the same sentence! You know what I meant, and yes the Ottoman Empire was more stable than what replaced it! (not saying much)
Also you’ve probably picked up my posts in the past to know that I have great respect for the talent, and efficiency of the IDF, and for that matter Mossad, I just don’t care much for the “politics” behind some of their actions, just like some of our own “involvements”. There IS a difference between respect for “skill sets”, vs “application”.
You’re also well aware, speaking of “ancient history”, that Jews in Spain (and elsewhere) were FAR better off under Islamic rule, than after those “nice Christians” took over!
The REAL hidden secret is that while I have a “problem” with SOME people running Israel, that dosn’t apply to ALL Israelis, Jew, Christian, or Muslim! Likewise, the constant harping on the “violent Muslim extremists” fails to mention that this is also a MINORITY of Muslims, world-wide, and that many of the “radicals” actions are in direct OPPOSITION TO THE TEACHINGS OF MOHAMMED! Just as radical “CHRISTIANS” also go against the original teachings of the Christ, it might be “nice” at times to actually go back to that “ancient history” and restore the actual teachings and intent of the prophets.
I can’t really see much value in restoring the violent nature of Man, and “Man’s God” of the Old Testament however! Peace be with you, and all of us!