Response to Palestine's Contested Histories – Contested Narratives : It's only Beneficial Cognitive Diversity, Not 'sheer nonsense'!

April 05, 2010
The following two passages I find most revealing in this essay by Dr. Khalil Nakhleh – “Contested histories”, “contested narratives”: What kind of nonsense is this? Again it’s a war of words and concepts!
'Those who try to explain the prolonged Israel/Palestine conflict in terms of two “valid” but “contested” histories, are simply trying to provide an untenable justification for the imposition of the Ashkenazi Zionist settler colonial system and structure. This is always contested by the Palestinian Arabs who have been, and continue to be until this day, victimized by this colonial structure and ideology, and by those Jews and others who came to realize and experience the colossal evil embedded in this colonial and racist ideology. This system does not carry any legitimacy, except that of brute power and ruthless mechanisms of suppression.
The legitimate history of Palestinian Arabs and Palestinian Jews co-habiting the land of Palestine prior to the onslaught of Ashkenazi Zionist European colonialism on Palestine is never “contested”, except by those who usurped indigenous Palestinian basic human rights. The rest is sheer nonsense!'
What is revealing to me is betrayed by that last statement of the author: “The rest is sheer nonsense!”
I wish to provide an alternate perspective to this idea of it being “sheer nonsense”, and that “this system does not carry any legitimacy, except that of brute power and ruthless mechanisms of suppression.” The only empirical thing – and throughout the history of mankind since time immemorial – that has carried any legitimacy whatsoever, is in fact: “brute power and ruthless mechanisms of suppression.”!!
So let's move away from platitudes and examine political science of statecraft, of which endless narratives, and the beneficial cognitive diversity derived from it, forms an integral part. Palestine is, after all, all about state, statehood, and statecraft, isn't it? It is not about the Moral Law of Moses and The Ten Commandments. Because if it was, then, there'd surely have reigned heaven on earth for 3000 years, and all among humanity would have lived happily ever after. A nice children's bed time story of course.
Let's begin with Protocol 1, items 3 through 6 which lend the universally pragmatic definition to the term "legitimacy":
3. It must be noted that men with bad instincts are more in number than the good, and therefore the best results in governing them are attained by violence and terrorisation, and not by academic discussions. Every man aims at power, everyone would like to become a dictator if only he could, and rare indeed are the men who would not be willing to sacrifice the welfare of all for the sake of securing their own welfare.
4. What has restrained the beasts of prey who are called men? What has served for their guidance hitherto?
5. In the beginnings of the structure of society, they were subjected to brutal and blind force; after words - to Law, which is the same force, only disguised. I draw the conclusion that by the law of nature right lies in force.
6. Political freedom is an idea but not a fact. This idea one must know how to apply whenever it appears necessary with this bait of an idea to attract the masses of the people to one's party for the purpose of crushing another who is in authority. This task is rendered easier of the opponent has himself been infected with the idea of freedom, SO-CALLED LIBERALISM, and, for the sake of an idea, is willing to yield some of his power. It is precisely here that the triumph of our theory appears; the slackened reins of government are immediately, by the law of life, caught up and gathered together by a new hand, because the blind might of the nation cannot for one single day exist without guidance, and the new authority merely fits into the place of the old already weakened by liberalism.
"Legitimacy" is what the "law" says it is. And "law" is precisely captured by item 5, stating it again to emphasize its point:
“In the beginnings of the structure of society, they were subjected to brutal and blind force; after words - to Law, which is the same force, only disguised. I draw the conclusion that by the law of nature right lies in force.”
Once again: “by the law of nature right lies in force.”
That's just an empirically obvious statement. A TRUISM!
Can anyone think of even one counter example throughout history, and through modernity:
through World War I which was all about force which orchestrated the Balfour Declaration while forcibly destroying the then existing Old World Order and creating nation-states as a transient grouping of peoples ;
through World War II which was again all about force which created Israel, completing the piece-meal obliteration of all the Old World Order ;
throughout World War III, the infamous Cold War, which was again all about force which held the entire world in a contrived perpetual fear for 4 decades in a WWF wrestling match forcing all peoples of the planet into one of two artificially defined ideological camps ;
and through today, about a third of the way into World War IV which is forcibly coercing the world into a single New One World Order?
All that FORCING, done rather straightforwardly with the power of Legitimacy and Legality – by the simple fiat of proclamation by victory, i.e., wielding unchallenged POWER to define what is RIGHT!
Nowhere, at any point in known and recorded history of mankind, and especially in the modernity of the past 100-150 years, has the moral converse of that Protocol I ever transpired, namely, that: Right lies in Truth, or Right lies in Justice!
In fact, Zbigniew Brzezinski even opened his blueprint for making America bankrupt and eventually collapsed into One-World Government: 'The Grand Chessboard', with the tortuous truism: “Hegemony is as old as mankind.”
Apparently, Zbigniew Brzezinski was still echoing Protocol I of the Elders of Zion circa 1800s in 1996, and its been playing out right before our very eyes since 911 in this entire first decade of the 21st century. And so are the leaders of Zionistan also still following it!
Therefore, my first empirically analytic "equation" so to speak, is that that bullshit, ahem what's labeled as the “sheer nonsense”, cannot be dismissed as sheer nonsense, because that very bullshit is what fuels the destruction of the Palestinian peoples. It is what makes empires. Morality and Truth and Virtuousness do not. These latter of course do make good human beings, and also the fodder for empires!
Therefore, this “sheer nonsense” has to be taken very very seriously as part of the political science of hegemony, and not treated as a debate of morality, righteousness, truth, eschatology, or metaphysics.
My second empirical "equation" is the impact of this bullshit upon our understanding of truth. This factor is even more interesting.
So, first of all, please watch this short video of how "truth" can get created sociologically across generations through just the psychological conditioning without any deliberate cognitive infiltration:
Juxtaposed to that penetrating amusement of the 5-monkeys, please ponder upon the following insightful words of one of the masters of socio-psycho-anthropology who have figured out a lot of Machiavellian political science just from astute observations of behavior in various psychological warfare and Public Relations institutions (from Freud to Bernays to SOMA to the “Ultimate Revolution”):
'Public Assumptions' Shape Views of History: “Such presumptions are beliefs (1) thought to be true (although not necessarily known to be true with certainty), and (2) shared in common within the relevant political community. The sources for such presumptions are both personal (from direct experience) and vicarious (from books, movies, and myths).” -- Philip Zelikow on Public Myths
Thus my second empirically analytical "equation", so to speak, is: what is right is what MIGHT makes RIGHT ; and a few generations down, that RIGHT becomes TRUTH even when left alone, but more so when calculatingly aided and abetted in its vicarious construction through deliberate cognitive orchestration!
So, endeavoring to make sense of all this in a simplified, layman's modeling sort of way, we have a system of two "equations" in two "variables". One of power, and one which creates empirical reality, i.e., effective TRUTH (usually spanning over a time frame longer than what it takes to raise/educate a single generation).
The only way to counter this system of equation of HEGEMONY is to yank the very fundamental which anchors its “legitimacy” – POWER! It is of course power which also creates the TRUTH. [1]
Otherwise, the statement of Efraim quoted by Palestine's good friend Mr. Shaukat in his comment to this article, “Not an existential threat. Israel is indestructable. I don’t think we should talk to in apocalyptic terms”, is for all practical purposes, and for the foreseeable future, the most accurate assessment.
That Efraim's observation is not just false bravado, but accurately anchored in the famous 1923 political science statement of Vladimir Jabotinsky which is often misunderstood by the innocent to mean the physical Wall that is today closing off the Palestinians into open-air concentration camps while its intellectuals delightedly accept Peace and Orwell prizes for their own narratives of moral truth:
“The Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the PROTECTION of a POWER which is independent of the native population behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot BREACH.” -- V. Jabotinsky
What is that PROTECTING POWER that has lowered that figurative constricting Iron Wall upon the indigenous population of Palestine which its natives simply cannot BREACH? Never mind BREACH, when I eventually locate a Palestinian intellectual who can even see that PROTECTING POWER, I'll know that it's finally too late!
Damn it, who sustains Zionistan? In whose name is Balfour Declaration issued?
Please endeavor to understand that PROTECTING POWER, and you would have actually understood the prime-mover of "legitimacy".
That word, "legitimacy", is merely a euphemism for PRIMACY of the oligarchy. Henceforth, the syntactically un-sugared capitalized form is used.
Not "conflicting narratives", but the PROTECTING POWER is what's the core fundamental force behind the exercise of PRIMACY in Palestine. That PROTECTING POWER creates many narratives, many conflicts, and manages their controlled and orchestrated clash for beneficial cognitive diversity: the Left-wing, the Right-wing, the Abhorrent Straussian claiming “in the age of atheism, the Jewish people can no longer base its existence on God but only on itself alone, on its labor, on its land, and on its state.” to the Pious Orthodox bobbing at the Wailing Wall, all of which singularly serve to dilute the one truth that is to be supplanted with conquest in order to raise the new phoenix from the ashes of humanity left behind!
And it is not just the exercise of PRIMACY upon the largely agrarian Palestinian populations who lived peaceably side by side and who were suddenly overwhelmed by the sophisticated European ASHKA-NAZI onslaught as also accurately observed by Khalil Nakhleh in his essay, but it is also the indivisible prime-mover force behind the PRIMACY upon the entire world's populations! World domination in a One-World government. It is the exact same PROTECTING POWER, and it has analogously caught the entire world's people unprepared!
That PRIMACY (“legitimacy”) granting PROTECTING POWER, unless challenged ab initio, is handing the fate of the Native Americans to the Palestinians while the learned among them write their erudite theses dissecting the anatomy of “Contested histories”, “contested narratives”. I find this to be an entirely asinine and empty war of words! Useful perhaps for writing academic papers and history books. However, entirely futile in the real world run by the PROTECTING POWER which directly benefits from what the author of the essay has glibly dismissed as “sheer nonsense!”
The real heart of that PROTECTING POWER beats not in Zionistan – which is itself a monumental mystery of such cataclysmic proportion “whose parallel may only be the one of Sinai when something was revealed to mankind” that the heavens too might perhaps now be lamenting why did it ever foist the "chosen peoples" upon mankind, and which all mankind today can see the spectacle of to sing our Hallelujah in gratitude – but in the Golem that lives elsewhere. And which, apparently, none can see even when it hides only in plainsight and actively thrives on that obscurity by controlling all the public narratives where its name is never mentioned! Even by its own victims.
That golem is the real PROTECTING POWER which Jabotinsky had knowingly invoked for the Iron Wall. This POWER is independent of the native population of Palestine, a POWER which they in point of fact cannot BREACH by the manner in which they have been conducting their struggle.
And what manner is that? They write brilliant treatise as in the above essay. I am sure it is worthy of presentation at academic conferences, and perhaps also win some glowing awards for its lovely walk down the pedantic lane like this fellow received for his physical walks.
And what do some other uber-learned Palestinians do? They piously air the dirty laundry of their own fifth columnists before the "masa's" own institution which is entirely subservient to the same PROTECTING POWER that Jabotinsky invoked for the conquest of Palestine! Instead of boldly challenging the very PROTECTING POWER ab initio and exposing the crucial palpitating heart of the Golem which only thrives in obscurity, they unwittingly play the role of dumb pawns in the Golem's own great con-game. See Open Letter to Palestinian Intellectual.
And the Palestinians are only the proverbial canary in the coal mine. The same fate is to be dished out to the rest of the world soon enough as they today silently spectate the fate of Palestine! See: The Secret King of Zion – House of Rothschild and the new Roman Jerusalem and Rothschild Connection to World Government and Zionism: David Icke – Origins and Symbolism of the EU.
We are running out of time exhausting ourselves in the war of words dear friends of Palestine. A very good red herring distraction that is also noted in the Protocols. Please study them carefully. It is in fact Machiavelli Second Edition plusplus, and it doesn't matter who are its authors. The Protocols speak as much glaring truth of many an empirical matter of diabolical statecraft, as did the solo Machiavelli. Perhaps a lot more!
For all the singular courage displayed by Palestine's young lads hurling physical stones at the Goliath tanks, and its fair maidens fighting the Zionists' pull on their hijab ; for all the tears of parents and grandparents crying themselves to sleep reciting Fatiha while casting their own stones at the tanks of insanity to keep them at bay ; and with each unequivocally delineating the power calculus before it is eventually transformed into narrative mythology to be handed down from generation to generation ; there is evidently not one single intellectual parallel of it which can hurl a single penetrating intellectual stone at the PROTECTING POWER in order to effectively BREACH that IRON WALL!
Let's change that! This is a battle of both 'mens et manus', just like MIT's credo, 'mind and hand'! Not just of hand alone.
So, firstly, do understand that by having multiple narratives, conflicting, competing, whatever one may wish to call it, is not at all “sheer nonsense”. It is acute political science, an integral part of the intellectual plan of conquest by creating “beneficial cognitive diversity” which fundamentally dilutes focus from the crime to the narratives of the crimes. From what is right or wrong, to whose narrative might be right or wrong. What do you think the 2008 Orwell prize was awarded for? Please read this scribe's deconstruction of it at the aforementioned link.
And secondly, to the Palestinian child courageously fighting back with mighty stones in tiny hand at ground zero:
1) Demand from your intellectual elite that equivalent mental stones be simultaneously hurled at the Golem from intellectual slingshots rather than the crappy platitudes and drab rehearsals of histories and puppetshows du jour which add nothing new – demand that they return every one of their co-opting prizes won upon your blood as the first sign of rejuvenating a real second front, the intellectual front of the mind!
2) Remove the co-opted mental-midgets and mercenaries from representing your struggle in any and all forums, and from your local governance – the Golem is the master of the art of co-option and calculatingly installs, funds, and endorses buffoons, old-fogies, controlled opposition, and patsy warriors in positions of power to represent you, who then hastily proceed to sell you short in the great-game that's often mostly over their head.
To conclude then, I must also observe in all humility that I am not sure how to implement any of the above game-altering strategies "on demand" so to speak!
Perhaps it will happen organically when the Palestinians, and the rest of the 'untermensch' world, finally wizen up that they never ever had even a fighting chance by fighting-back with their hand alone against the far superior un-breachable PROTECTING POWER which had deployed, from the very beginning, both its 'mens et manus' with the full Machiavellian force of the Protocols and infinite funding from their legally sanctioned private central banks! What was it they had oft proclaimed: “give me control of a nation's money supply and I care not who makes its laws”?
And by then, by the time the missing 'mens' in 'mens at manus' is genuinely revived, perhaps it may not matter at all. Only a couple of generations down from today, all might freely be able to read the one TRUTHFUL narrative in children's sixth grade history books in all languages about the lofty MORAL NATURE of the PROTECTING POWER. How it had courageously, and with much tenacity over a 100-200 year period, finally freed mankind from the clutches of the evil barbarians while simultaneously uniting the entire planet into the safety and security of a One-World Government Order under the holy banksters' generous protection! The new gods of mankind.
These forthcoming gods are far easier to tear down today with a little bit of 'mens et manus' than they will ever be when the IRON WALL has finally closed around all of humanity!
Thank you.

Footnote [1]
The second "variable" of "truth" is evidently not entirely independent, but is perhaps a conditional, or stochastic, or some sort of complex sociological variable, somewhat still dependent on the power which creates "truth" that is of any physical and material consequence, but also with an independent component which can acquire a life of its own in a stochastically predictable direction! Such truth may subsequently also by forcibly sustained "vicariously" to become the dominant REALITY that is henceforth inseparable from conditioned myths. The objective truth or reality for those suffering its largesse however, at best, become laments and narratives in families and tribes whispered down from generation to generation, sometimes even appearing in books in public libraries, and in the most egregious of cases even studied in the public school curriculum as early as sixth grade.
The unarguable proof of this observation is the cataclysmic destiny apportioned to the indigenous native Americans – the ones fortunate enough to be left alive after more than 10 million of their forefathers were brutally eradicated by means not incomparable to the "cleansing" of Palestine. Today, they can narrate their pertinent truth all they want, but their personal objective reality is powerless before the empirical REALITY du jour. This is political science of hegemony in action.
Palestinians are hurtling down that exact same path peddling vacuous narratives of historical truth with all the morality on their side – not a very meaningful prescription for self-defense when self-defense can actually be temporally effective, i.e., before fait accompli! But of course it is great for making movies, for narrative story telling, for running fast on the treadmill to soothe the conscience from the safety of one's ineffective dissent, for landing lucrative book deals ex post facto, perhaps earning a Ph.D. in political science at a Rockefeller funded university, etceteras.

The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at He may be reached at Verbatim reproduction license at

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