The political situation in Israel has been less than encouraging ever since the accession of Ehud Olmert as prime minister and the end of the 1986 war with Hizbullah. Despite the fact that the majority of Israeli citizens see clearly the danger of Hamas and the PA, the government of Israel seems to be infected by the same dhimmi virus that afflicts the rest of the West.
The current state of affairs in “Palestine” serves to highlight the convergence of several pathological trends that have become more and more common within Western culture:
|1.||The classification of terrorist violence solely as a law enforcement issue;|
|2.||The refusal to hold governments responsible for terrorism committed from within their borders and/or by their citizens;|
|3.||Portraying as victims passive members of the cultures which raise up and celebrate terrorists;|
|4.||A refusal to look realistically at the nature of fourth-generation warfare;|
|5.||A racist and paternalistic attitude towards non-Western cultures;|
|6.||White guilt; and|
|7.||That old standard: Jew-hatred.|
The advanced stages of this cultural syndrome are exemplified by the recent events in Gaza. The daily rocket attacks launched by Hamas against Sderot and other areas adjacent to the Gaza strip would not have been borne by any other Western nation without severe reprisal.
But any mild response by Israel is always considered cruel overkill, and invariably condemned by the UN:
Collective punishment for Gaza is wrong — U.N.
Israel has a right to respond to security threats but should not collectively punish the Gaza population for rocket attacks from the Palestinian territory, the U.N. humanitarian affairs chief said on Friday.
The United Nations also criticized Israel’s decision to close all border crossings with Gaza, preventing delivery of a U.N. aid shipment to the territory’s 1.5 million people, most of whom depend on foreign aid.
“We all understand the security problems and the need to respond to that but collective punishment of the people of Gaza is not, we believe, the appropriate way to do that,” said John Holmes, undersecretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs.
The deputy head of Israel’s mission to the United Nations, Daniel Carmon, told Reuters Israel’s actions were “what any responsible government would do when it is confronted as we are with this surge of violence and terrorism.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “for an immediate cessation of Palestinian sniper and rocket attacks into Israel, and for maximum restraint on the part of the Israel Defence Forces,” spokeswoman Michel Montas said in a statement.
Holmes also urged the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which seized control of Gaza last June, to use its authority to put an end to the attacks against Israel.
“I’m calling on the Hamas leaders … to do whatever they can to stop these attacks because they claim to be in control of Gaza there,” Holmes said. “Therefore they have a responsibility to stop the attacks.”
It’s not just the inevitable moral equivalence — “both sides”, “the peace process”, etc. — at work here. Israel’s response, mild by any standards except those of the UN and the EU, is viewed as “collective punishment”.
Was the bombing of Hamburg by the Allies in WW2 a collective punishment? Or the firebombing of Tokyo? Obviously, by today’s criteria, they were. But to those who actually fought the war, mass reprisal was a necessary and appropriate strategic decision.
Times have changed, and so has the nature of warfare. Now even non-violent responses to violent aggression are considered inhumane and unfair. The first thing our Western media discover is the harm done to the wee bairns of Palestine:
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Electricity Plant Shut Down, Gaza City Plunged Into Darkness After Israeli Fuel Cutoff
Gaza’s only electrical plant shut down Sunday after Israel blocked the shipment of fuel that powers them, plunging Gaza City into darkness and sending already beleaguered Gazans to stock up on food and batteries in anticipation of long, dark, cold days ahead.
Israel blockaded Gaza Thursday as a pressure tactic against militants who have been firing rockets at Israel every day. The stricken power plant generates about one third of Gaza’s electricity. The rest, which comes from Israel, was not affected by the blockade, Israeli officials said.
A U.N. agency and human rights groups condemned Israel, but Israel said they should direct their criticism at Palestinian militant groups that fire rockets at southern Israel every day.
Notice that Israel is magnanimous, and shows great restraint in its “collective punishment”:
In addition to the fuel it receives from Israel to power its electrical plant, Gaza gets about two-thirds of its electricity directly from Israel. Israeli officials said that supply would not be affected.
But the media-savvy guys at Hamas know how to exploit these events for their full propaganda value:
Hamas officials shut down the plant and plunged Gaza City into total darkness, Gaza Energy Authority head Kanan Obeid said. TV crews and reporters were invited to witness the shutdown just before 8 p.m. (1800 GMT). A candlelight protest march was planned for later Sunday.
Hamas leaders, of course, are only concerned about the welfare of the children:
Health Ministry official Dr. Moaiya Hassanain warned that the fuel cutoff would cause a health catastrophe. “We have the choice to either cut electricity on babies in the maternity ward or heart surgery patients or stop operating rooms,” he said.
I don’t have to point out that the babies in these maternity wards will soon grow up and go to school to be indoctrinated in the ubiquitous Palestinian death cult. Not long after that they will be encouraged by their parents, their peers, and the leaders of Hamas to strap on a bomb belt and blow themselves up.
Dr. Hassanain’s official concern for the babies is thus to ensure they live long enough to become suicide bombers.
The entire crisis is a hoax perpetrated on the world media by Hamas:
Shlomo Dror, spokesman for Israel’s Defense Ministry, said Gaza has enough fuel and accused Palestinian officials of trying to create the impression of a crisis that did not exist.
And the usual suspects from the UN and the quangos are saying the appropriate lines from their scripts:
“The logic of this defies basic humanitarian standards,” said Christopher Gunness, spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency.
Human rights groups also condemned the fuel cutoff. The British group Oxfam called it “ineffective as well as unlawful.” Gisha, an Israeli group that has fought the fuel cutbacks in Israel’s Supreme Court, said “punishing Gaza’s 1.5 million civilians does not stop the rocket fire; it only creates an impossible ‘balance’ of human suffering on both sides of the border.”
To make matters worse, there is an ample supply of self-loathing ready to be deployed within the elites of Israel’s liberal media:
Alon Ben-David, military analyst for Israel’s Channel 10 TV, said Israel could not maintain the blockade for more than a few days. “Israel understands that a humanitarian crisis is developing here,” he said.
Hamas, of course, is not required to cease its violent activities:
A defiant Hamas said its attacks on Israel would not cease because of the sanctions.
“We will not raise the white flag, and we will not surrender, “ Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Sunday.
After several days of this kind of coverage, the Israeli authorities were unable to tolerate any more, and withdrew the blockade:
Israel Agrees to Ease Blockade on Gaza as Bakeries, Gas Stations Close
Israel agreed Monday to move diesel fuel and medicine into Gaza on a one-time basis, easing the blockade imposed because of a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel. The shift came after the Israeli prime minister said Gaza’s residents can “walk, without gas for their cars.”
Israel and Gaza’s Hamas government were locked in a public relations battle over the depth of the hardship, and the U.N. warned that international food aid could be suspended by the end of the week. An angry Hamas TV announcer shouted that “we are being killed, we are starving!” and Palestinian leaders issued emotional pleas for national unity, while Israel accused Hamas of fabricating a crisis to gain world sympathy.
That’s exactly what they have been doing, and it worked, didn’t it?
Late Monday, Israel decided to allow some diesel fuel and medicine into Gaza on Tuesday.
“We think Hamas got the message. As we have seen in the past couple of days, when they want to stop the rockets, they can,” said the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arye Mekel, confirming the decision.
Oh yes, Hamas got the message, all right. The message is: “You may act against us with virtual impunity, because our responses will be mild and limited, and even those will be withdrawn at the first hint of condemnation in the world’s media.”
Hamas has perfected the art of fourth-generation warfare:
- Limited but continuous violence, to terrorize the enemy and wear down his will to resist.
- Skillful manipulation of the gullible Western media, using falsehood, selective information, staged atrocities, and all the other time-hallowed methods of the unscrupulous propagandist.
- The preservation of deniability at the official level of the state or pseudo-state.
If, for example, the Egyptian army were to mass in the Sinai on the border of Israel and attempt a conventional invasion, few outside the Arab world would condemn a vigorous military response on the part of the Israelis.
But when the attacking force is a ragtag mob of terrorist militias armed with homemade rockets, any response by the Israeli authorities is routinely condemned.
Back in the 19th century, before the onset of white guilt and Multiculturalism, the attitudes towards such irregular warfare were far more sane.
If pirates launched attacks on shipping from within a country’s territorial waters, it was considered an act of war.
An armed incursion by a terrorist militia would provoke a severe military response against the state that harbored the terrorists.
But nowadays the legitimate government of a country is no longer considered responsible for organized violence by its citizens directed at another country. Add to this the fact that “Palestine” is not even a functioning state, and the terrorists can act with almost complete impunity.
If the Palestinian Authority truly cannot control the actions of its citizens, then it is a joke, not a government, and should be granted no effective recognition by the world’s real governments. If it does have control of its citizens, then it is guilty of international aggression, and should be dealt with accordingly.
But since the Palestinians are “brown” people, and Israelis are “white”, the former must never be held responsible for their behavior, and the latter must always show restraint.
Include in this toxic mix the anti-Semitism that has become all but universal in the last decade, and Israel doesn’t stand a chance against a handful of keffiyeh-clad thugs with their Qassam rockets.
Hat tip: Zenster.