I 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.
- A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza by Senator Ted Cruz
- Renewing the vow of ‘never again’ by Suzanne Fields
- Congress must counter efforts to delegitimize Israel by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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.
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.