Yes folks, there is and was a place called Palestine
. It's not new. It wasn't invented in the recent past. It's just never been a recognized nation
state. The concept of a nation state
is of fairly recent vintage, unavailable for leftards and others to use throughout most of Palestine's history. Throughout most of Palestine's history it has been under the thumb of one empire or another, so it's never become a modern nation state.
I've been thinking for a long time that a similar notion exists right here on the Canadian prairies, in a region we prairie folk know as the Palliser Triangle
. It exists. As a geographic region, it's been here a very, very long time. It's been inhabited, first by nomadic tribes, later mostly by farmer folk and now by urban dwellers. Never been a nation state, though.
History is full of changing borders or frontiers and conflicts over the same. And quite often winners of said conflict will change the names of those places as well as the borders. Usually, although less so in more recent times I suspect, frontiers and regions have been defined by the topography, the climate, the principal method of wresting a living therefrom. The Palliser Triangle, for any reader who has never heard of it, was a region on the northern North American plains which is characterized by fertile soils and climate conditions that barely allow for the practice of agriculture. Palliser was a dude hired by the Canadian/British government to assess the suitability of the region for settlement. Thanks to the development of new strains of wheat, the region did become suitable for grain growing, although Palliser had his doubts, and beginning in the 1880s began to fill up with peasant and other farmers, a tiny number of whom happen to be my ancestors who arrived in 1882. But I digress.
The whole point of this post is to answer the oft repeated meme coming mainly from my side of the political spectrum, that there was never any such place as Palestine. Sorry friends. That's just nonsense.
Doesn't mean I support the Palestinian cause vis-a-vis Israel, 'cause I don't. I once had sympathy for the Pals, but they have proven over and over and over that they aren't the least bit interested in settling with Israel and getting on with it. That's another thing that I don't expect will happen in my lifetime, but I'm betting when and if it does, it will happen as suddenly as the collapse of communism did in Eastern Europe, following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Labels: Arabs, history, Israel