Is This the End of Hamas? Civilized Humans Hope So.
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”- Golda Meir
Western Ignorance on Parade
It is most disturbing to witness the rise in blind, rabid anti-Semitism that oozes out of the sewer every time Israel is put in the unfortunate position of having to defend itself in the same way any country would. I had a most unsettling discussion with someone a few weeks back. Being of part English and part Indian ancestry, she is a sweet and attractive, spunky girl with amazing eyes.
She is also a dupe in the all too common and predictable propaganda war launched against Israel every time that nation even discusses its own defense. She is daily drinking the pro Palestinian Kool-Aid.
What is most astounding this time, is how the young people are taking to it. In Europe they are unashamedly shouting things like, “Jews to the ovens!” in their silly, shallow, uninformed demonstrations. It’s like Occupy Wall Street meets the SS. In Canada, from whence my correspondent hails, one of their social mentors is (get this) Doctor David Duke. What the hell did he get a degree in, Militant Mouth-Breathing?
Those under 40 may be forgiven for not knowing this name. That cohort and the next are not setting the world on fire with their ability to read and understand even recent history. But those who remember the battle for the right in this country just a few years ago, remember Duke as a rabid racist politician. A punk of the first order and still the archetype the left conjures when they want to distort what it means to be a thinking conservative in this country.
The irony lost on my debate opponent is that Duke would look on her as being a lower form of life than even his dreaded Jew. Anybody who thinks David Duke gives the least shit about Palestinians or Jordanians or Anglo-Indians almost deserves to be treated as a rube.
Equally disturbing is how gleefully the press dives into the fray, reporting from the Middle East how “terrible” the toll is on the poor Gazans and politicians talk of proportioned response; more on this later.
But at times like this, it is easy to see how a Hitler can rise to power and how a Mussolini was such a darling of the American and European left * in the thirties. When you are ignorant of facts and are ruled by your emotions, it is easy to be led down rosy paths into the jaws of the dragon.
But there is hope. As we look upon the excrement that fills the ranks of the organizations fighting in the name of the religion of peace, even Hollywood elites are starting to throw up in their mouths a little bit. With a few glaring exceptions, even these champions of previous senseless violence are starting to admit that beheadings and human shields are nothing more than cowardly and psychotic.
The Historical Backdrop
Consider first, the history of this silly region. Broken into pieces by self-important “intellectuals” such as Woodrow Wilson and his League of Nations, the region was supposed to look upon us as their mentors and suddenly become advanced and civilized. There was nothing wrong with us deciding what area would and would not become a nation. It was theirs to simply accept the new world order and behave. Resentments roiled immediately and kept the area in turmoil until the end of World War II. In 1948, the second League of Nations, the U.N. (just as incompetent as the first) had to consider, among many things, what to do about a declaration dating back to the 1920s, giving the Jews a homeland. Everyone was holding their breath to see what the US would do. To his credit, Truman gave it more thought than Clinton gave our recognition of Bosnia, another fuse lit by the intellectual west, recreating pre WWI Europe.
George Marshall, then Secretary of State advised against recognizing Israel at that time, threatening to literally withhold his vote for Truman if the US did so. In Israel, David Ben-Gurion was practically begging the leaders of the new country NOT to establish a country based on religion, but to make Israel a purely secular nation. Sadly, the US recognized an Israel that chose to be a Jewish (religiously speaking) state.
[The author, with the advantage of historical hindsight, believes that Marshall was right. Marshall was a realist and knew that forcing the issue of recognition would morally bind us to the region and not lead to stability. Further, the author is an atheist who cares nothing for religion on any level. Ben-Gurion was also right. He took power with a heavy heart. He knew that identifying Israel with ancient superstition was no way to enter a hostile world. It gave enemies just one more bullshit excuse to foster hate based on their own outrageous superstition.]
The simple fact is, we didlegitimize Israel. We did enter into alliances with them. We are bound, unless those alliances are scrapped, to assist them and we have. And with one completely legitimate exception, the Six-Day War, 1967, Israel has made it easy for us to help them. After seeing the pointlessness of cross-border hit and runs of the 1950s, they don’t attack first. If you look at the history of the battles, skirmishes and terrorist attacks that have occurred since the canal crisis, Israel has always responded to attack. They don't unleash an unprovoked offensives against a neighbor.
In 1967, with five countries massing on their border, and Nasser stupidly announcing his determination to destroy Israel, Israel knew they were in big trouble. The decision was made to fire the first shot and try to put an end to the attacks with this the third war since ‘48. It was then that they took control of the West Bank, the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem from Syria and Jordan and the Sinai and Gaza from Egypt.