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Esau and the Dialectic of Terror
By Dr. Eugene Narrett - October 18, 2010

The dialectic of managed terror, attrition and threats of major conflict is growing in the Middle East. The client states (for that is what the great powers have arranged and still sustain) in the region now are grouped into two clearly identifiable blocks the dark one of which is escalating rhetoric and armaments at an alarming rate. The choices are to lose oneself in everyday concerns and their imperatives and/ or to feel, at least at the edges of consciousness a heightening of terror. At its peak, or when carnage does occur, those afflicted, amplified by the bleating bromides of the major media, mouth pieces of the great powers will urge salvation through regional solutions, the Quartet and United Nations.

Threats and tensions have reached such a high level that a series of explosions at Iran's main underground base, near Khorramabad in the western Iranian province of Lorestan, for the Shehab – 3 ballistic missile, though "a devastating blow" to Iran's offensive plans and pretensions is the least newsworthy of current events.1 One could say that the non-coverage of this major event is in inverse portion to the posturing and hatred of those most affected.

During his two-day visit to Beirut, an advertisement for the continuing absorption of Syria and Lebanon by Iran, Ahmadinejad "announced the formation of a new anti-Israel Eastern Front encompassing Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and Iraq."2 Amid the ranting against "the Zionist entity as the embodiment of the deception of the capitalist world order and [its] materialistic ideas," a phrase that could have been written in Moscow or London, the Persian chieftain sketched two groupings that reflect the dialectic conflict that indicate the shape of already extant counters and future fighting. A map shows that Ahmadinejad denotes a northern Middle Eastern grouping that is unstable and also a result of Anglo-American diplomatic maneuvers. Readers of know that since 2003 the US State Department has driven Turkey toward Islamic – centered powers, alienating it from the Western coalition and facilitating its continued exclusion from the EU. Turkey's recent receipt of SU -27 and Mig-29 fighters from China, arriving just as the Persian spree in the Lebanon occurred3 accentuates this northern grouping and obscures the instability of any arrangement between Syria and Turkey except that based on oppressing the Kurds, semi-autonomous in Northern Iraq.

Given the thorough integration of the Chinese and American economies, this military posturing is mainly about heightening dialectic tensions in the Middle East; it more reflects Chinese-NATO collaboration than antagonisms. The same could be said of Russia which consults with the State Department about ways simultaneously to abet, hinder and disable Iran or at least to pretend to do so with rhetoric and trade.4

If Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and the 'Palestinians' constitute one grouping, their antithesis consists of Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and Egypt. Russia, China and their dependencies, like North Korea whose missiles are shipped to and adapted by Iran back the north, more or less openly while NATO backs the south and the EU frets around the middle, lost in the corruption and spectacular egoism that attends the corruption of tradition, the growth of superstition and hyper-individualism.5

The fact that most of the States in both groupings are artificial, constructed by the great powers, principally Britain in the last century heightens the ability of the powers to manipulate the conflict through financial and other emoluments to their clients; the intrinsic volatility of the situation lacking, as it does, integrity on almost every level; and attests to the egomania within Esau's monomaniacal re-structuring of the world to suit his grand games. Every time you hear a great power diplomat, politician or their client with a pronouncement just recall the phrase, "game was in his mouth… Esau, he is Edom."6

While these events occurred at the northern border of Israel, one of the few genuine nations in the region and the one whose principle of shlaimut foregrounds integrity and wholeness its political handlers, instructed not by the wisdom of Torah but by the masters in London and Washington said little and did less. Torah stipulates what today are called "preemptive strikes" on States like Iran, Syria and Hezbollah-Lebanon; but with the actor who is its antithesis practically at the border it did nothing. Their inactivity was compared to the ostensible lameness of Chamberlain in delivering Europe to Hitler's Germany7. The analogy is apt but not for the reasons routinely assumed and interminably repeated.

It is a truism of those who cite historical precedents that the administration of Neville Chamberlain was obtuse, cowardly and passive. On the contrary, its relentless drive toward its goal, a Europe dominated by Germany that could be used to terrify America into an enduring servitude to 'the mother country' and entice the Soviet Union into an otherwise implausible alliance as part of merging the two systems (as argued by Wells, Julian Huxley, Churchill and many others)8 was eminently successful. It also encouraged and enabled German-led Europeans to slaughter the Jews thus 'proving' Esau's god and deforming a Jewish State that might have interfered with Britain's plans for a regional Arab dependency "with its front door on the Mediterranean," as longtime Round Table editor John Dove wrote. Through a managed dialectic conflict precisely such a regional dependency is being established. The Jews who fought in the "Underground" set back the British plan but, cramped by the client regime of the establishment Yishuv they could not destroy it by establishing a fully sovereign and integral Israel.9

To see the geographic core of Britain's dependency look at the contiguity and shape of the artificial States Iraq, Jordan and the truncated integral nation of Israel. The British drew and joined the panhandles of the first two states, one taken from the Jewish nation for whose establishment Britain was given a mandate (after Jewish volunteers enabled it to defeat the Turks after many failed efforts)10; they equipped, trained and led Arab armies that punched into Israel's heartland and nearly reached the sea. When Israel regained the western part of its heartland, the Anglo-American media led in denoting them, "occupied territories" whose 'return' is the basis for the "peace process" and dialectic today. Thus, the southern half of the current dialectic is ancillary to its core area. The conflict smolders in Iraq because it is the center of the region, a site of contention between each part of the dialectic, and the site of relentless disorder arising from British management and 'state-building. This disorder justifies regional realignments and "the peace of the wicked" who "speak loftily about oppression"; while professing compassion "their tongue struts on earth."11

This dialectic management keeps appearing in various forms that show the obsessive aspect of this process and the relentless pursuit of it by the major powers as they jolt toward global governance. In the early 1940s, Britain developed "the Fertile Crescent Plan" by which Syria would extend its hegemony over the western part of the region (Israel, 'Jordan' and the Lebanon) and then would be joined with Mesopotamia to create the desired pan-Arab dependency.

So the false cliché about the Chamberlain government, 'informed opinion's' inversion of history and geopolitical purpose keeps people asleep today, as informed opinion is meant to do. As the explosions at Khorramabad showed, as did the 'virus' in the Persian nuclear computer systems, the Persian dictator readily could have been killed and the northern threat neutralized in many ways but that would hamper the dialectic synthesis the blocs have been formed to accomplish. Yes, the analogy to what Britain did with the Sudetenland (and before that regarding Austria when Italy and France were ready to act) and Czechoslovakia is apt. Consumers of mainstream 'news' are like the Sleepwalkers in Broch's great novel12; the precedent invites one to argue that Iran and its implausible bloc is being set up for a pounding as Nazi Germany was invited to be itself and become the grounds over which the "Cold War" was built, with the synthesis in the Balkans preparing the "War on Terror" about which there is so much heat and so little light today. The obsession of Esau with imagery and design generates terror.

There are myriad instances of this process on a smaller scale than regional groupings; many instances of apparent enemies working together to keep conflicts simmering, doubts intense and terror high among the general population. For example, seeming US – Pakistani support for the terrorist attack on Mumbai:

India finds it hard to believe that US terror experts were ignorant of Headley's role as key man in the planning and selection of targets for the attack [in Mumbai] and the dispatch of the Lashkar-e-Taibe terrorists for its execution.
These suspicions have led New Delhi to the supposition that Headley was a double or triple agent working for US intelligence, Pakistani's Inter-Services (military) Intelligence - ISI and also al Qaeda….13

At the same time, senior American officials were warning soldiers not to erase video evidence and not to testify about the explicitly jihadist statements of Major Nidal Malik Hasan during the murders at Fort Hood in November 2009.

The article merits reading in full: the essence of contrived dialectic conflict is that apparent enemies collaborate to increase their control and integration while profiting on the implements of war and "security." The ultimate goals are increased "security" measures that facilitate management and control of populations the core of Esau's imperial drive to play god, to make the world in his idealized image. The contrived dialectic is a game of image and identity creation and worship. It is the last stage of idol worship and as lethal to the spirit, and cultural body as any eidolon…

This process derives from ancient Greek culture in its drive for metamorphic magical transformation and idealization of a disturbing identity, an impulse accentuated when Greco-roman culture assimilated Judaism. It is a culture of profound dishonesty; of a guilty conscious and imposture. In this vein it has been written that the ancient "Greeks have a lot on their conscience – falsification was their true trade. The whole of European psychology is sick with Greek superficiality," the glamour of the image-ideal. Without its "little bit of Judaism" it would not survive.14 The appropriation of the "tremendous" spirit of Judaism by the "wretched tame domestic animals" of Europe was nevertheless a sign of its own "masterly" and "commanding spirit,"15 voracious as was that of Kurtz in its possession and displacement of the host that nourishes it. This is the cultural vampirism within the grand game and its supporting imagery. It is the modern form of the ancient envy of Esau for Jacob; of the hungers of the "Red Man… the man of violence" whose lust to impose appearance as reality is the Dionysian impulse in culture.

There are many ways the powers can arrange the denouement to the dialectic they have fostered: all of them will be massaged to give them greater control of a region in the name of "peace." New and ever more "security" measures and technology, much of it developed by Siemens, a leader in the field who also designs much of Iran's nuclear technology will be applied not only or mainly to "the region" but to the home countries of the West where the spirit of Esau and his desire to 'finish' his projects rules most purely. It is in the backwash of enlightenment, in times of corruption and cultural exhaustion that individualism attains its most extreme powers, becoming a cult, a superstition. The ultimate image or eidolon of Edom is the grand game, a unified world system that is like the fragile glass ball the monkeys roll in "the Witch's Kitchen."16 A world security State is the precipitate of such times when "morals decay" and "tyrants emerge…precocious harbingers of individualism" in its most posturing forms. "Caesar always appears" and rules by promising external peace to people consumed with inner turmoil and desires, by a lack of boundaries: people desiring to create their own world and image-ideal identity. "In these days, bribery and treason reach their peak" because nothing is true but power. Thus, "there hardly is any secure future left and one lives for today… which makes the game easy for all seducers"17 like those forever selling the latest "peace in our time" deal. Caesar understands and encourages the excesses of egotism and its image formation, its idealizations of identity on the personal and cultural levels. This is what characterizes the world in the end of days: global Caesarism (fascism), a world in which, as Kafka knew, "lying is a universal principle."18 Just as "the Cathedral" is the ante-chamber to Walpurgis Night in Faust and decapitation of the image-ideal; just as the Cathedral precedes the stifling end of The Trial in a world from which truth and clarity have fled into hiding: so in our world when the dominion of Edom climaxes in the new Church of security and peace dialectics upon which the old church will put her imprimatur. Like the monkey that shatters the world in a riotous carouse while the epitome of the West stares at his ideal "form divine" in a mirror, the gamers cry over the fragments, "Alive am I!" The eidolon and death wait for the image worshippers and those trapped in the designs of their imperial egotism. Exulting in their pride of life, for a century they have promoted birth control and population reduction to facilitate their rule and express their contempt for life. This too is an antithesis of the Jewish derekh and helps explain their obsessive drive to bury Israel whose reverence for life is expressed in the praise, "He transforms the barren wife into a glad mother of children; hallelujah!"19

Perhaps it is true that "nothing succeeds without a part of prankishness in it."20 The game of geopolitics includes much of this "play spirit" that European philosophers have told us is intrinsic to war.21 The West, Edom, particularly Europe has known for decades that its cultic belief system was a prank, a passion play and imposition. A new game, geopolitics with management of human inventory has replaced it. The result of reducing human beings to resources is the same as the emotional result of idealizing the self in an image or game: the separation of the image from the cultural substrate brings terror as illusion consumes and displaces reality. These are the shadows that have enveloped Europe-Edom and from it spread over the world22 as its rulers self-consciously play god, the ultimate game of the mouth: "transgression's speech to the wicked is in their hearts that there should be no dread of God before their eyes" for their god, having proved absurd, leaves them giddily contemplating and exercising their own 'divinity.'

Perhaps their management and control of this game is an obsession like that of Pharaoh's; used to rule, they cannot stop themselves from fashioning the world after their own dreams. Perhaps they are, despite their consciously crafted menu of options they fulfill a discussion in the Zohar: "in the end of days, Esau will attack Ishmael, Ishmael will run to Persia, and Persia will attack the entire world." Or perhaps, the cynical Caesars have had this text pointed out to them and follow it for 'fun.' In either case, the obsessive dialectic of world-making and management is plain to see: it defines our days and the wicked like a mirror that shows what they are and what their game is. War and culture are their play, forms of poiesis in which a panoply of images displaces life in its simple fullness. Their game sells a fake future for a living present and so, after a period of petrifaction and "an age of dismal woe" it will dissolve. The insubstantial pageant that it is will fade and yield to the living marital joys and abundant generations that genuine festivals are meant to serve.23 When the game ends, "fine art" for gloomy and alienated people will yield to the festivities of a society of individuals oriented around their Creator and nations. The shadowy games of a culture whose rulers know its idols have died will give way to increasing knowledge of the wisdom of Hashem as waters fill the sea bed.

As to the generated terrors of our times, the last stages of the image-play of Esau, one might say and out descendants say in future, "by foul play we were heaved thence but blessedly helped hither."24 Then the world will yield its produce…25

  1. "Blasts Hit Secret Iranian Launching-Pads for US, Israeli Targets," Debkafile 10-15-2010,

  2. "High Military Alerts as Nasrallah, Ahmadinejad Call for Israel's Destruction," Debkafile 10-13-2010,

  3. "Chinese Warplanes Make Mid-East Debut in Turkey and Iran," Debkafile 10-12-2010,

  4. "Iran may get Russian S-300 Interceptors After All, -- via Venezuela," Debkafile 10-16-2010, and see previous articles on this topic.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche, Die Frohliche Wissenschaft (1887), Book I, section 23

  6. Genesis 25:28; 36:1.8, 36

  7. "By its Inaction, Israel Permits Iran's Annexation of Lebanon," Debkafile 10-14-2010,

  8. H.G. Wells, The New World Order (NY 1940) which details his long held desire for "a socialist world collective" with a unified armed forces, a call echoed by Churchill in his speech at Westminster college in March 1946; Julian Huxley in his pamphlet, "the Purpose of UNESCO" (1946) called for an integration of the Communist and Capitalist systems "using the dialectic of Hegel as applied by Marx."

  9. The best discussion of this process is by Israel Eldad, The First Tithe (Hebrew 1950; English edition Tel Aviv 2008, trans. Zev Golan. See also the last few chapters of Samuel Katz's Days of Fire (NY 1968)

  10. Samuel Katz, The Aaronsohn Saga (Jerusalem 2007)

  11. Tehillim ("Psalm") 73

  12. Herman Broch, The Sleepwalkers (1931; NY 1947, Muir translation)

  13. "Why the US leak, now, hinting Al Qaeda's Headley was a Double Agent," Debkafile 10-16-2010,

  14. Nietzsche, "Letter to Overbeck," February 23, 1887, Kaufman translation

  15. Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil" (1886), sections 52 and 230, Kaufman translation; his attitude about these matters is complex, often praising the Dionysian and attacking grammar for retaining the idea of God. Nietzsche was, like Kurtz a quintessence of Edom in his critical, divided attitude toward it. See Twilight of the Idols, "Reason & Philosophy" section 6 as an example.

  16. Goethe, Faust, Part I, lines 2902-10, passim; (NY 1965, Charles Passage translation)

  17. Nietzsche op. cit. (NY 1974, Walter Kaufman translation), 96-8

  18. Franz Kafka, The Trial (Schocken 1925; 1968, Muir translation), 220, "In the Cathedral," chapter 9

  19. Tehillim 112

  20. Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Preface (1888; NY 1954, Kaufman translation)

  21. Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens (1938; 1946 revised by the author; Beacon 1955 English translation)

  22. Nietzsche, Die Frohliche Wissenschaft, Book V, section 343 (1887)

  23. I have quoted Blake's Urizen (1795), appropriating and reversing his reversal of Torah and his denigration of the Compassionate Father of Israel and of the reason he derides as, "your reason") as stifling desire and joy. The other quotes and paraphrase are from Shakespeare's The Tempest 4.1.146-58 in which art does serve life, particularly marital joy and increase. The wedding of Ferdinand and Miranda and the thrust of the entire play shows Prospero working with his book, nature and "providence divine" (1.2.159) to restore the exile and secure the right husband for his daughter who readily may be seen as the "daughter of Zion." The remarks on festivals displacing the solipsistic subjectivity of modern art are hinted by Nietzsche in Die Frohliche Wissenschaft, Book II, section 89

  24. Shakespeare, The Tempest 1.2.62-3; the exile is for refinement of knowledge and a greater restoration when the dispossessed will "inherit their inheritors," a Jewish promise built into the plays structure.

  25. Tehillim 67, the praise traditionally said to have been inscribed on the Menorah, symbol of the Creator's design, love and providence.

Prof. Eugene Narrett is the author of five books about cultural history and Israel related issues. His latest book is Culture of Terror: The Collapse of America (May 2009). Dr. Narrett blogs at

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