NEVER AGAIN

war2I don’t spend much time talking about the conflict in the Middle East. I have no idea how to solve the disputes there. I just think we should help Israel survive. Why? We do it for the same reason we would help someone who is being attacked by a murderous thug.

So why do I write now? On July 30, 2014 I read several editorials in The Washington Times.

Although the last article left me rolling my eyes (Doesn’t Congress have enough problems proving its own legitimacy?), the first two left me wondering. Why does Israel have to justify defending itself?

I was born and grew up in the years following WW II. Perhaps that explains my attitude. I don’t think an enemy who makes hostages of his own people should be immune from attack.

How is WW II relevant? Consider our attitude towards that war.

  • Not too many years ago Studs Terkel published a book with this title, The Good War: An Oral History of World War II. He did not intend the title to be tongue-in-cheek.
  • We refer to the generation that fought WW II as the Greatest Generation.
  • We built the World War II Memorial. Here is the reason the National Park Service gives as to why.

    Through stone architecture and bronze sculptures, the World War II Memorial recognizes the ways Americans served, honors those who fell, and recognizes the victory they achieved to restore freedom and end tyranny around the globe. (from here)

Yet how did the Greatest Generation fight WW II. They fought to win. They fought to defend the United States, and they demanded unconditional surrender from their enemies.

Carl von Clausewitz (June 1, 1780 – November 16, 1831), a German military theorist, first defined the concept of absolute war.

This concept was featured in the first half of the first chapter of his most famous book, On War. In it, Clausewitz explained that absolute war is a philosophical abstraction–a “logical fantasy”–that is impossible in practice because it is not directed or constrained by political motives or concerns, nor limited by the practical constraints of time or space. He called warfare constrained by these moderating real-world influences real war. (from here)

WW II threatened to make the fantasy real. With the power of machines, warring nations extended the field of battle all around the globe. Naval battles covered wide ocean areas. Large aircraft rapidly crossed borders and firebombed the cities of enemy nations. In the end, America brought the war to a conclusion by dropping two nuclear bombs on Japanese cities, killing tens of thousands in the blink of an eye and still more in lingering deaths.

America and its allies, supposedly civilized people, fought with ruthless, savage ferocity. Was there an alternative? No. When the Axis powers initiated WW II, they made it clear that they had no objections to killing civilians. They intended to terrorize their enemies into submission. In fact, when the Germans bombed London, terror summed up the intended result.

The German people had chosen their leaders. The German people supplied the soldiers and armed Germany’s military forces. Therefore, the German people had to accept the consequences of their leader’s choices. So the Allies fought the German people, not just Germany’s armies, navies, and air forces.

In the years since WW II, has the United States behaved any differently. Don’t we still have thousands of nuclear bombs? Have we not staved off conquest by threatening nuclear retaliation? Did we not forthrightly name our nuclear defense strategy Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). Then why do we condemn Israel for fighting terrorists with lesser ferocity than that with which we have fought or threatened to fight?

Why? Why have we elected hypocrites and liars? Consider other lunatic hypocrisies our elected officials spout.

  • Their hearts bleed with concern for the children. Nonetheless, they scheme to fund abortion (no doubt to avoid having their hearts bleed still more).
  • Their hearts bleed for convicted criminals, especially for those sentenced to death. They are all for rehabilitation. They ignore the victims of crime.  When we are all safer when violent criminals are dead or locked up, they sympathize with unrepentant thugs.
  • Their hearts bleed for illegal immigrants. In fact they contrive policies to lure illegal immigrants into our country. To protect the anonymity of illegal immigrants they even stymie efforts to prevent identity theft. They ignore the costs of illegal immigration to taxpayer, and they risk the facilitating the entry of terrorists into our country.
  • Their hearts bleed for government employee unions. The worst of example of this is teacher unions. Instead making certain children learn, our elected officials make certain the wages of unionized employees are available to fill their campaign coffers.
  • And so forth.

So why do we let our elected official get away with such absurd handwringing — lies? That is a question each of us has to determine for our self.

7 thoughts on “NEVER AGAIN

  1. I loved your words, sir. Yet, our so-called elected leaders shield themselves behind other words which are but self- serving rhetoric… and by all but inviting people of other lands to come onto our land, they throw sovereignty to the wind while insuring their future power.

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  2. The general position of the United States, including this Administration, has been to support Israel’s efforts to defend itself against attack from its enemies. No one in authority has said that that should not happen. In fact, the current Administration has repeatedly reinforced US support for strong defensive measures in response to rocket attacks.

    The points of contention over the last 60 years (I date this to Suez in 1956) between the US and Israel have been over the degree to which Israel, through its military superiority, might in fact do damage to the possibility of it surviving as a predominantly Jewish state should it not find ways to diminish the hostility of Palestinians and their supporters in the surrounding area. The concern has been that widespread civilian deaths breed increasing numbers of dedicated enemies of Israel’s continued existence. There has always been broad sympathy in the United States for Israel and its people taking strong action to protect themselves. However, Israel’s existential interests (and to some extent, America’s) depend on there being a route to a two-state solution that ultimately permits normal interchanges between Israel and a Palestinian state and other nations in the region. This would not be the first US administration to fear that radical groups within the Palestinian community are very successful at “programming” Israel to strike back aggressively, and thus, through the deaths of civilians, turning world opinion against Israel. Hamas waves a cape, Israel predictably charges it hard. Bulls are stronger by far than matadors. If they wouldn’t keep falling for the same tactic, they would be more likely to stay bulls and less likely to end up as steaks at the tables of Spanish orphanages. Similarly, one cannot assume that the result these reactions is always favorable for Israel. The cycle continues, and stability remains ever more distant. Think of how much power the events of the past few weeks have given the murderers of the three Israeli youths and the Israeli thugs who set the innocent Palestinian counter-victim on fire from the inside out by forcing him to drink gasoline before igniting him. All of those evil people achieved exactly what they wanted. None of them acted in the best interests of their own people.

    I don’t think this really has links to the issue of the impact of Teachers’ unions on the current state of public education in the US, but that’s just my opinion. I do agree that the quality of public education in the US is unacceptably low and not competitive with world standards. Perhaps if I studied either the Middle East more or US Education more, I would see the connection to the Israelis and Gaza. But I doubt it.

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    1. Given our current president’s track record, being an ally of the United States is not worth much, but I said nothing about that.

      What I observed is that is just because a people makes hostages of its own people does not mean that those they attack lose right to defend themselves. When Hamas uses mosques for armories, then Hamas has put those mosques in jeopardy. When Hamas launches its missiles from schoolyards, then Hamas risks a counterstrike on those schools. When the people of Gaza let Hamas put its HQ under a hospital, then the complaints of the people of Gaza should not be taken seriously if Israel decides to blow up that HQ.

      Yet here you are complaining against Israel on behalf of the terrorists. Please take note of the fact you have have not actually proposed Israel do anything except give up its right to self-defense. And, yes, self-defense does include killing murderers before they murder the innocent.

      Note that you compared Israel to senseless bull and Hamas to canny matador. Accident? I think not.

      Hypocrisy is the link between condemning Israel for trying to defend itself and the crocodile tears shed on behalf the teachers unions.

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    2. Scout, you’re in some ways sad and other ways amusing as you pretend to be a conservative while cheerleading for Obama and big government. Here, your focus is on Obama, mostly, defending him against his own actions and the leftist flacks he’s surrounded himself with.

      The general position of the United States, including this Administration, has been to support Israel’s efforts to defend itself against attack from its enemies. No one in authority has said that that should not happen.

      Obama and his official spokespeople — many plucked from the ranks of Israel-hating activists — always start with the political fig leaf: “Of course Israel has the right to defend itself BUT…” and then they launch into their pro-terrorist positions. They have fully accepted this Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group — so designated by the US State Department in an earlier, saner day — as part of the “transitional technocratic government” of the area given to them by Israel. Unless this gets inconvenient, so that suddenly, as Psaki put it, “we have no evidence that Hamas plays any role in the interim technocratic government.” She can safely ignore that they play a major role, with key players in high advisory positions, turning Abbas into a figurehead.

      In fact, the current Administration has repeatedly reinforced US support for strong defensive measures in response to rocket attacks.

      This is particularly amusing. First, this is the administration that has blocked missile defense — reneging on support already promised to allies — from being installed. Second, the administration from Obama to even further down finds abundant time to talk about “civilian casualties” in the Gaza strip, but cannot bring themselves to any concern about the tens of thousands of Christians killed by Muslim Brotherhood groups, the hundreds of thousands of civilians being killed in Syria and elsewhere by Muslim Brotherhood groups he has armed (including ISIL and other al Qaeda fighters who learned their trades killing US soldiers), or the hundreds of thousands of others elsewhere fleeing or being killed simply because they don’t subscribe to the right flavor of Islam.

      Hamas is particularly visible here, or should be: They’ve recently hunted down and killed dozens of their own people merely for saying something neutral or positive about Israel and prospects for co-existence. Or for having an Israeli work permit, or for having the hated Jewish currency in their pocket. These are, to Muslim Brotherhood groups, capital offenses, and with Obama’s defense Hamas is free to act on these notions. So, line up Palestinians and bang-bang-bang. A few dozen more “refugees” who will not be returning to the “homeland” their ancestors conquered.

      The points of contention over the last 60 years (I date this to Suez in 1956)

      Utterly, completely ignoring the slaughter of Jews in the area during the first half of the 20th century, and the launch of the war against Israel within hours of its formation in 1948. Hamas officially, and Fatah and the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood less officially, hove vowed to destroy Israel, drive Jews into the sea, then come after the rest of us. Hamas has made this clear. Don’t you believe them?

      …between the US and Israel have been over the degree to which Israel, through its military superiority, might in fact do damage to the possibility of it surviving as a predominantly Jewish state should it not find ways to diminish the hostility of Palestinians and their supporters in the surrounding area.

      Horsemanure. Israel provides great charity to the Palestinians, but none of this matters. When Israel give them the Gaza Strip, complete with functioning greenhouses and other infrastructure, the Palestinians proceded to destroy all of it because it had been built by hated Jews. Within hourse, they were launching rockets at Jewish civilians in gratitude for this gift of land. These are people taught from their first year of school to hate Jews, hate the US, hate the West, and to want to grow up with their highest aspiration to kill them all.

      The concern has been that widespread civilian deaths breed increasing numbers of dedicated enemies of Israel’s continued existence.

      Of course it plays well in the media, which is why Hamas has arranged the deaths of all of those civilians. Obama has never decried this evil practice, nor even the Palestinians killed by Hamas’s own missiles.

      There has always been broad sympathy in the United States for Israel and its people taking strong action to protect themselves.

      Of course. It is the only bastion of liberty in a sea of fervent hatred for the West, and the only place in the Middle East where a Muslim can be free to vote and speak as he wishes, or change religion as suits him.

      However, Israel’s existential interests (and to some extent, America’s) depend on there being a route to a two-state solution that ultimately permits normal interchanges between Israel and a Palestinian state and other nations in the region.

      This assumption is false. The rest of the Middle East is about 100 times larger than Israel, and have driven out or killed so many people they disagreed with that they have plenty of room for these refugees.The surrounding countries keep these people trapped there (and in miserable refugee camps elsewhere) to further the fiction that they have some sort of claim there. They do not.

      This would not be the first US administration to fear that radical groups within the Palestinian community are very successful at “programming” Israel to strike back aggressively, and thus, through the deaths of civilians, turning world opinion against Israel.

      Israel’s response is mild. They could easily utterly flatten the Gaza Strip, but they take much more care to avoid civilian deaths than the US ever has, and that’s a lot.

      Hamas waves a cape, Israel predictably charges it hard.

      The Muslim Brotherhood factions have been launching rockets and killing Israeli civilians since they were given the Gaza Strip almost a decade ago. Israel’s response has been muted indeed. But any response is odious to someone like Obama, and apparently you as well.

      Bulls are stronger by far than matadors.

      Your bull is stronger than the suit of lights (or empty-suit lightweight) in the White House you’re making excuses for.

      If they wouldn’t keep falling for the same tactic, they would be more likely to stay bulls and less likely to end up as steaks at the tables of Spanish orphanages.

      Like Obama, you would add to the threats to their existence. Let’s just suppose that the jihadists got everything you think they want, including a full two-country autonomy and free ports. How many hours do you think it would be before they began launching rocket attacks against the remainder of Israel? The ports, of course, would be busy bringing in armaments and manpower from their jihadist helpers elsewhere.

      But in fact, the jihadists have no interest in a two-state solution at all. The moment such a deal looks possible, they step up their terrorist attacks. They want Israel destroyed utterly, and have made that clear. (Then, of course, they will set about destroying each other as they prepare to come after us. Little will have changed, really, except that a great light for liberty and enlightenment will have been extinguished.)

      Similarly, one cannot assume that the result these reactions is always favorable for Israel.

      Not with leftists such as you in the media and in US government. The story you paint is poisonously false.

      The cycle continues, and stability remains ever more distant.

      As long as the jihadists are given free rein to attack, and to program the children to attack later, there will be no stability.

      Think of how much power the events of the past few weeks have given the murderers of the three Israeli youths and the Israeli thugs who set the innocent Palestinian counter-victim on fire from the inside out by forcing him to drink gasoline before igniting him.

      In the media, of course. Obama had little to say about those first three, didn’t he? No, the left was dearly hoping for some act of retribution, and implicitly blamed Israel for it just as you are doing here.

      All of those evil people achieved exactly what they wanted. None of them acted in the best interests of their own people.

      Note that the “evil people” consisted of Hamas on the one side, and a tiny group of criminals on the other. And that Hamas blocked any investigation of the first (of course) until they finally took credit for the murders, but Israel immediately investigated and apprehended the perps in the second case.

      I don’t think this really has links to the issue of the impact of Teachers’ unions on the current state of public education in the US, but that’s just my opinion.

      There is a connection: The teachers’ unions in the US are becoming increasingly leftist, and teaching intolerance and hatred in US schools instead of a good education. They’re doing this at extraordinary cost, but it is not just money. Palestinian schools give us a window to what this looks like further down the road.

      I do agree that the quality of public education in the US is unacceptably low and not competitive with world standards.

      Nor intended to be. They have more important things (to them) to teach. This is why Obama changed the rules on the National Report Card a couple of years ago so that you could no longer compare current scores with previous ones. Covering for this process is important to him. Fixing it is not. As an aside, I’ve written a lot of grants for schools that involve this data among other things, and I was successful in getting some schools designated as California Distinguished Schools.

      Perhaps if I studied either the Middle East more or US Education more, I would see the connection to the Israelis and Gaza. But I doubt it.

      And here we agree. You see nothing that is not politically useful to you, even if what you think of as useful is merely a way to distract from and attempt to derail an uncomfortable conversation.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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  3. I am not a politician, so virtually nothing is “politically useful” to me. The link to US education issues remains foggy, despite your best efforts, Keith. I see the issue as more a territorial issue in the Middle East.

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