Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the hypocracy of the "Peace" process.

After the Wolf was criticized for not writing anything about the War going on in Israel, I kicked around writing a piece. It always ends up sounding like a diatribe, though - so finally, after seeing this email, I decided to just let it be a diatribe.

January 10, 2009

Israel hasn't killed a single civilian in the Gaza Strip. Over a hundred civilians have died, and Israeli bombs or shells may have ended their lives. But Israel didn't kill them.

Hamas did.

It's time to smash the lies. The lies of Hamas. The UN lies. And the save-the-terrorists lies of the global media.

There is no moral equivalence between Hamas terrorists and Israeli soldiers. There is no gray area. There is no point in negotiations.

Hamas is a Jew-killing machine. It exists to destroy Israel. What is there to negotiate?

When Hamas can't kill Jews, it's perfectly willing to drive Palestinian civilians into the line of fire - old men, women and children. Hamas herds the innocent into "shelters," then draws Israeli fire on them. And the headline-greedy media cheer them on.

Hamas isn't fighting for political goals. "Brokered agreements" are purely means to an end. And the envisioned end is the complete destruction of Israel in the name of a terrorist god. Safe in hidden bunkers or in Damascus, the Hamas leadership is willing to watch an unlimited number of civilians and even street-level terrorists die.

Lives, too, are nothing but means to an end. And dead kids are the coins that keep the propaganda meter ticking.

All Hamas had to do to prevent Israel's act of self-defense was to leave Israel unmolested by terror rockets. All Hamas needs to do now to stop this conflict and spare the Palestinian people it pretends to champion is to stop trying to kill Israelis and agree to let Israel exist in peace.

Hamas didn't, and Hamas won't.

Now Israel has to continue its attack, to wreak all the havoc it can on Hamas before a new American president starts meddling. If Israel stops now, Hamas can declare victory just for surviving - despite its crippling losses. While it's impossible to fully eliminate extremism, killing every terrorist leader hiding in a Gaza bunker is the only hope of achieving even a temporary, imperfect peace. The chance may not come again.

And don't worry about "creating a power vacuum." Let the Palestinians pick up their own pieces. Even anarchy in Gaza is better for Israel than Hamas.

Israelis, Americans and Westerners overall share a tragic intellectual blind spot: We're caught in yesterday's model of terrorism, that of Arafat's PLO, of the IRA, the Red Brigades or the Weather Underground. But, as brutal as those organizations could be, they never believed they were on a mission from God.

Yesteryear's terrorists wanted to change the world. They were willing to shed blood and, in extreme cases, to give their own blood to their causes. But they didn't seek death. They preferred to live to see their "better world."

Now our civilization faces terrorists who regard death as a promotion. They believe that any action can be excused because they're serving their god. And their core belief is that you and I, as stubborn unbelievers, deserve death.

Their grisly god knows no compromise. To give an inch is to betray their god's trust entirely. Yet we - and even some Israelis - believe it's possible to cut deals with them.

In search of peace, Israel handed Gaza to the Palestinians, a people who had never had a state of their own. As thanks, Israel received terror rockets. And the Palestinian people got a gang war.

Peace is the last thing Hamas terrorists and gangsters want. Peace means the game is up. Peace means they've disappointed their god. Peace means no more excuses. They couldn't bear peace for six months.

This is a war to the bitter end. And we're afraid to admit what it's about.

It's not about American sins or Israeli intransigence. It's about a sickness in the soul of a civilization - of Middle-Eastern Islam - that can only be cured from within. Until Arabs or Iranians decide to cure themselves, we'll have to fight.

Instead, we want to talk. We convince ourselves, against all evidence, that our enemies really want to talk, too, that they just need "incentives" (the diplomat's term for bribes). The apparent belief of our president-elect that it's possible to negotiate with faith-fueled fanatics is so naive it's terrifying.

Yet, it's understandable. Barack Obama's entire career has been built on words, not deeds, on his power to persuade, not his power to deliver. But all the caucuses, debates, neighborhood meetings and backroom deal-making sessions in his past haven't prepared him to "negotiate" with men whose single-minded goal is Israel's destruction - and ours.

If Obama repeats the same "peace-process" folly as his predecessors, from Jimmy have-you-hugged-your-terrorist-today? Carter through Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he'll be devoured before he knows he's been bitten.

How many administrations have to repeat the identical error of believing that, deep down inside, terrorists, gunmen and warlords really want peace every bit as much as we do? Israel's enemies aren't just looking to cut a sharp deal. They want to destroy Israel.

Which part of what they shout in our faces is so hard to understand? Israel's foes have been preaching Jew-hatred for so long that even the "moderates" can't turn back now.

And why does the global left hate Israel so? Why would they pull out the stops to rescue Hamas?

Because Israel exposed the lie that a suffering people can't lift itself up through hard work, education and discipline. Israel didn't need the help of a hundred condescending NGOs and their misery junkies.

Because the Holocaust is a permanent embarrassment to Europeans. They need to believe that Israelis are kosher Nazis.

Because, from the safety of cafes and campuses, it's cool to call terrorists "freedom fighters." It makes you feel less guilty when you hit up daddy (or the state) for money. I mean, dude, it's not like you have to, like, live with them or anything, you know?

(The preceding sentence is not a direct quote from Caroline Kennedy.)

Because, above all, the most-destructive racists in the world today are mainstream leftists. Want the truth? The Left codes Israel as white and, therefore, inherently an oppressor. Israel is held to the highest standard of our civilization and our legal codes - and denied the right to self-defense.

But the Left tacitly believes that people with darker skins are inferior and can't be expected to behave at a civilized level. Leftists expect terrorist movements or African dictators to behave horribly. It's the post-modern, latte-sucking version of the "little brown brother" mentality.

The worst enemies of developing societies have been leftists who refuse to hold them to fundamental standards of governance and decency. But, then, the Left needs developing societies to fail to prove that the system's hopelessly stacked against them.

A battered, impoverished, butchered people built a thriving Western democracy in an Eastern wasteland. Israel can never be forgiven for its success.

In this six-decade-old conflict that Israel's intractable neighbors continue to force upon it, there not only are no good solutions, but, thanks to the zero-sum mentality of Islamist terrorists, there aren't even any bad solutions - short of nuclear genocide - that would bring an enduring peace to the Middle East.

And even the elimination of Israel wouldn't be enough. The terrorists would fight among themselves, while warring upon less-devout fellow Muslims.

All Israel can do is to fight for time and buy intervals of relative calm with the blood of its sons and daughters. By demanding premature cease-fires and insisting that we can find a diplomatic solution, we strengthen monsters and undercut our defenders.

And don't believe the propaganda about this conflict rallying Gaza's Palestinians behind Hamas. That's more little-brown-brother condescension, assuming all Arabs are so stupid they don't know who started this and who's dragging it out at their expense.

Gaza's people may not care much for Israelis, but they rue the day they cast their votes for Hamas. Hamas is killing them.

Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army officer and the author of "Looking For Trouble."

I received this by email from:

Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Tel: 972-2-624-9887 Fax: 972-2-624-5380

Western liberals think that fundamentalists Muslims are only a "minority" of Muslims and will voluntarily "modernize" (meaning, suddenly believe everyone should have equal rights and freedom of religion) they give the fundamentalist Muslims enough labour-saving appliances and other western amenities to appear modern. Indeed, many immigrants from Islamic countries came here to have just those things. But it hasn't made them "modern," and it won't. Their "moderation" is all window-dressing - we know this because the silence is deafening when it comes to condemning their fellow co-religionists for firing rockets into Israel, or for putting ammunition dumps in schools or for using mosques and hospitals as terrorist bases. This proves they still hate Jews and still believe Christians and Animists and Hindus and Buddhists and Shinto and everyone else who isn't Muslim is an Infidel who should be a subserviant Dhimmi or should be killed. As someone who has actually read the Koran, I can assure you that these teachings aren't going away - the eerie silence of the "majority" of Muslims is simply because they AGREE that these unethical and immoral methods of warfare ARE worth it if Israel and the West can be defeated by using them.

Unlike the Tanakh which calls for people to "choose life," the Koran tells people to choose their version life or choose to die. If Muslims have ever lived on any soil anywhere, according to the Hadith, Muslims are required to have political and religious control of it, by ANY means. Here's an example to think about: Muslims are fast becoming the majority in Dearborn, Michigan. "Dearbornistan," many call it these days. Now, if the Christian or Secular people then become the minority, Dearborn will then be officially part of the Land of Islam - which is an Islamic technical term and defines their territory for them. If those minorities in Dearborn Michigan ever decided to fight back and attempt to undo the Muslim occupation of Dearborn, there would be an immediate declaration of Jihad to get it back - unlike us Jews, who simply packed up and moved on when faced with pogroms and lynchings. Dearborn Michigan is "now" part of the Land of Islam. Everything around it is part of the Land of War and Muslims will continue their war, by covert or overt means, until they have WON that war to make all the habitable land around Dearborn part of the Land of Islam. And the circle will widen and widen. It doesn't matter to them that Michigan used to belong to the American Indians, who were only displaced by the white European settlers. THEY are the original owners of the land. It's ISLAM now, and they will gladly shed blood to keep it that way, theirs and ours.

They will tear down churches and build mosques, as they have in India, for example, when they pull down the Hindu and Buddhist shrines, build a mosque on them, and then claim it was always a mosque. That has been their standard practice for over a thousand years now - and riots and violence in India have resulted there, too. You may recall the headlines from a year or two ago when there were several days of burnings and fighting over this very issue and many people died. But nobody called on the government of India to give up part of India to make them shut up and go away. I wonder if the UN will call on the US to sit down and shut up and put Dearborn under Sharia law at some future time, because the "oppressed" Muslims begin an intifada there? This tactic is the same one they've used at the Temple Mount - and the UN and other liberal nuts keep giving it legitimacy, so they know once they build a mosque on some other religion's property, it's theirs forever, apparently - at least as far as the liberals are concerned.

And how many other nations, exactly, will just sit there and let enemy combatants fire missiles at them? If, for example, the groups who want the "Aztlan nation" founded in the territories that are now the southwest American states put missile launchers on the Mexican side of the Rio Grand and started shooting rockets at the US, just how long do you think the US government would put up with that? I'd give it about 5 minutes, tops, before the jets were scrambled and on their way to bomb the daylights out of them. Ditto every European nation - nobody except Israel is expected to put up with that bull-malarky.

The US shot a woman holding a baby on her front porch (Ruby Ridge) and burned a building full of children to the ground (Waco) because they were stockpiling weapons and didn't recognize the sovereignty of the Federal Government - yet Israel is apparently supposed to just sit there and let their enemies who don't recognize their sovereignty have all the bombs and weapons they want. There's a word for that - it starts with an "h," I believe.

And do you see the US government giving the Dakotas back to the Sioux anytime soon? No? My paternal grandfather's line came from Prussia - I don't see anyone calling for Germany to split back into it's constituent parts. I don't see the UN calling out China for invading Tibet (because China has nukes, that's why). In fact, everywhere else in the world, when they win territory in a war, they keep it. Only Israel is said to be "occupying" the land they won in war.

Nor do I see the UN condemning Russia and threatening their status for cutting the natural gas off to millions of people in the middle of winter (because Russia has nukes, too). Instead, they talk about "alternative energy sources" and complain that the Ukraine and other Eastern European nations "haven't done enough to MAKE THEMSELVES self-sufficient." They aren't demanding that Russia pay them billions of dollars to help them do so, nor are there big well-funded groups in the West fundraising for them. But somehow, the Billions-with-a-B of Dollars that Arafat and the Gazans received for the express purpose of making Gaza an independent nation (which all ended up in numbered Swiss Bank accounts or, alternately, are raining down on Israel in the form of rockets) is never mentioned nor acknowledged to have been more than adequate for building the State of Gaza - IF that had been their real intention, of course. It never was. They want ISRAEL, they don't want Gaza (alone).

So the Russians get away with it, but no, not Israel. Try telling France they are obligated to provide jobs and utilities for people in Spain. Try telling China they are required to provide jobs and utilities for people in India. Good luck with that, because again, ONLY Israel is expected by the UN to provide jobs and utilities for people living in what is supposed to be some other sovereign nation.

Israel has nukes, too - but so far, Israel has shown a tendency to WANT to get along with the rest of the world. No MUSLIM country ever even signed the Geneva convention - nor do they intend to. The UN thinks that Israel is too "modernized" to use their nukes, so they feel free to pressure Israel PRECISELY BECAUSE they know good and well that Islam has NO INTENTION of letting anyone intimidate them into concessions. And they would, very much, cut off their nose to spite their face. So ironically, it will be the UN who pushes Israel to actually use nukes at some point, because it's clear to anyone with half a brain that as long as the Muslim religion does not change, Jews are not safe and neither is anyone else. And the eerie silence of the moderates, again, shows it has not changed.

I have said this before, a couple of years ago, I think, but I'll say it again, there is only one way that Israel is going to have peace, and the western whiny-butts are NOT going to like it.

Israel should issue an ultimatum: the Muslims clear the Temple Mount and turn it back over to the Jews and never fire another rocket at Israel again, or else. Then, when that demand is not met, Israel should nuke Medina. Then, give the leaders of all fundamentalist Islamic sects and their followers about 1 hour to vacate the Temple Mount, about 12 hours to clear out of Jerusalem, and about 24 hours to leave the country entirely - or else we nuke Mecca. And we make it clear that we will nuke any city of any Islamic nation that appears to be working on acquiring nukes themselves. Israeli Arabs who are moderate and sign Declarations of Recognition of the State of Israel and want to live in a democracy in peace are welcome to stay, of course. And every resident of Israel, Jewish and otherwise, should be required to sign a statement acknowledging that Israel is a Jewish state first and foremost, and anyone who does not agree with that must leave - they don't have to agree what being a "Jewish State" MEANS, but they do have to agree to it in principle. And no more exemptions from national service, either, and all unemployed men should be required to either be enrolled in a trade school or job training program and get a job in a reasonable amount of time or have their family's welfare and government stipends and benefits revoked. If the Chereidi aren't going to put in any effort to maintain the State of Israel, then they are no better than the Muslims working to destroy it. They either participate or leave.

That's the only way we're going to have peace in the Middle East - when Israel makes it CLEAR that we are NOT part of the liberal western whiny-butts who don't like getting their hands dirty and ARE Near Eastern Semites who WILL play the game on Islam's terms. Since Islam's terms are a scorched earth policy when it comes to Jews, well, they made the rules of engagement. And obviously we need to do this before the Muslims have nukes themselves, say, like, now.

No, it's not nice. It's not meant to be. But let's get something straight here, class. No nations is obligated to harbor enemies or traitors or let them continue to undermine the State - nobody else puts up with that, neither should Israel. Jews have a right to a homeland, just like every other nation on earth. Israel is that State, and it needs to tell the world that it is going to remain that state, whether anyone likes it or not. And if Israelis and Jews are not willing to do that, then they're going to end up as a footnote in history, because the Muslims CAN and WILL invade and exterminate all Jews is a second Holocaust that will make the first Shoah look like a mere nuisance, or, FAILING THAT, they CAN and WILL nuke Israel if they can't get control of it any other way. That's a promise. A radioactive Land of Islam is still part of Land of Islam - and at least it won't have those dirty Jews on it, right? That is the wish of their heart, and all the modern conveniences in the world won't change that.

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