Monday, May 31, 2010

Israel And The West's Dilemma - The Storm Before The Dawn

There are times when the anvil of liberty tests the steel we're made of. When those times arrive, there can be no squirming or equivocation.

When the storm rages, when it is no longer easy or convenient to take a stand, false friends and hangers on melt away.That's a given. The ones that remain will have shown what they are made of and will be all the stronger for having triumphed, and their triumph will be all the greater for the struggle having been more difficult and dangerous.

Yesterday, an event occurred that will act as a catalyst to sort out those who will stand and those who will melt away because it is easy and convenient.

This division has been coming for some time.

The events in the Mediterranean off Gaza were a response by Israel to aggression, albeit aggression cleverly disguised. It's a textbook example of how the rules applied to Israel are applied to no other nation and how they are intentionally made so as to be impossible for Israel to meet them.

If Israel defends itself against the most outrageous assaults aimed at its citizens, their actions are always deemed 'disproportionate' simply because Israel's military is better at killing their enemies than their genocidal enemies are at killing them. If Israel fails to respond as they have sometimes in the past, their enemies simply up the ante and the result is simply more dead Israelis. That suits the so-called international community quite well, because at this point a substantial portion of it would just as soon Israel didn't exist anyway.

Yesterday's act of war sponsored by the Turkish government - and yes that's exactly what blockade running is - was not designed as any kind of 'humanitarian' mission.It was an intentional act designed to provoke a response to succor Hamas, improve Turkey's relationship with Iran, and position Turkey and its leader Tayyip Erdogan as a mover and shaker in the Sunni Arab world. Ironically, Israel's foes cite international law to condemn Israel's response when under international law, Israel was fully justified in stopping the ships before they breached Israeli territorial waters.

Let's examine The San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994, an accord both Turkey and Israel are signatories to:


Neutral merchant vessels

67. Merchant vessels flying the flag of neutral States may not be attacked unless they:(a) are believed on reasonable grounds to be carrying contraband or breaching a blockade, and after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit, search or capture.

Under international law ( UN Resolution 1701) Hezbollah was not supposed to have been rearmed by Iran and Syria or allowed back into its bases in south Lebanon either, but it was, with no consequences to Iran or Syria for that particular transgression while the UN peacekeeping force stationed there turned a blind eye and allowed it to happen. The logic of this, however bigoted is clear; international law is simply a standard applied to Israel when it is convenient to her enemies, and ignored when it is not. And none of it makes a bit of difference. Because the ultimate goal is Israel's destruction, by whatever means.

It's time that reality was discussed openly and the question put bluntly, so that people can reveal where they stand on the matter.

In a bizarre twist, many Jews appear to be leading the charge to destroy Israel, although very few of them admit it in those terms even to themselves. Peter Beinart, for instance, recently used the vehicle of a book review to launch into a rambling and uneven discourse confessing his 'discomfort' with Israel and his lack of sympathy for the country as not being liberal enough for him - the one country in the Middle East that can truly be said to be free. He is hardly alone, and his essay unleashed a great many angst-ridden similar pieces from Jews on the Left confessing how distanced they were from Israel and in how little regard they hold the country.

The fact that Israel defends herself and her citizens actually embarrasses them in front of their non-Jewish Leftist friends.

The ironic joke of this is that such people applaud themselves as being courageous, when they are anything but.

It took very little courage to be pro-Israel in the past, before the Saudi-funded narrative took hold in the media, academia and elsewhere, before George Soros became the Left's paymaster,before elements of the Left made the Palestinians a cause célèbre . It takes just as little courage now to join the anti-Israel camp, when it's in fashion and the rewards are obvious.In fact, there are few positions today more comfortable and advantageous today than that of an anti-Israel Jew. Careers are made from such positions, and people like Beinart have simply reverted to type. I could do it myself easily and quite lucratively, if I wanted to whore out my soul.

The main price of admission to this club is to eagerly support segregation and apartheid applied to Jews and Jews only by calling for the removal of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria(AKA the West Bank), championing the re-division of Jerusalem so as to make Jewish Holy sites off limits to Jews and viscerally attacking any effort by Israel to defend itself.

It is a point of honor to for the anti-Israel Left to demonize people they refer to as 'settlers' simply because these 'settlers' insist that Jews should be allowed to live in peace and freedom everywhere. Meanwhile, the Left ignores the Arab support for judenrein and genocide, as well as the more unpleasant aspects of the sharia law their societies are based on.

Without even grasping a hint of the absurdity involved, such people describe themselves as liberals and intellectuals with a straight face!

If this were just about Israel, it would be enough. But ultimately, this is not only about Israel, but about the survival of the West and victory or defeat in its conflict with its enemies. The stakes are that high.

For all the rightness and justice of its cause, Israel does not stand alone as an isolated target - to its enemies it is a battle front, a surrogate for America, for freedom, and for Western civilization. Those in the West who relish the idea of destroying Israel, no matter what sophistries they beguile themselves with, are busily engaged in tearing down their own house whether they know it or not.

These people, who embrace the idea of abandoning of Israel in hopes of appeasing the Muslim world and being left in peace resemble nothing so much as a swimmer being chased by a shark cutting off an arm and throwing it to the predator chasing him, hoping that he will be satisfied.

They simply resist seeing the full extent of the evil which threatens not just Israel,but the entire West out of fear or for more ignominious reasons . Do they really think that the jihadis, having disposed of the Jews of Israel are going to stop there? Do they expect mercy and tolerance for themselves? Do those Jews who reject Israel think that they are going to be immune from what occurs afterward?

The arguments are pretty much over at this point. The division in the West on Israel reflects the division in Western society, and one side is going to win and another will lose. Such sorting outs occur from time to time, but it is almost always a healthy occurance. And truthfully, given the innate and servile cowardice and exaggerated self-interest of many of these people and the courage of most of those on the other side of the fence, I am not worried about the outcome.

However dark things look, there is dawn coming, although things may undoubtedly get darker before the sun rises. And I have no doubt in my mind that freedom and liberty in Israel will ultimately prevail, just as it will in America.

I simply do not see G-d allowing Israel or America to be destroyed, because both nations have been, in the balance of things, such beacons of freedom and forces for good.

But it will take a wholehearted and courageous effort. Liberty is never cheap and frequently inconvenient, but in the end, it's always worth shedding blood for. Israel, like America has proven itself willing to pay that price many times. We owe our posterity no less. And when my children and grandchildren in happier times ask me which side I was on, I want to be able to tell them unflinchingly where I stood.

Several readers have brought UNSC Resolution 1860 to my attention, which was passed in January 2009 during the Gaza war and called for ending the blockade and opening unimpeded access to humanitarian assistance to Gaza,which several sources are claiming supersedes the San Remo Agreement.

Resolution 1860 was a worthless piece of paper that called on Israel to to cease fire immediately, but did not mention Hamas, or kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. And yes, it does in fact call for unimpeded access.

It also calls for an end to violence against civilians and for member states to end 'illicit trafficking in arms and ammunition.'

One could make the argument that since Hamas and Iran never abided by this,nor even received any consequences for blatantly violating it that Israel isn't bound to it either...especially since the Israeli/Egyptian blockade is a direct result of Iran illegally shipping arms to Hamas and Hamas subsequently using them against Israel's civilians.

One could, but why bother? Like I said, international law is simply a standard applied to Israel when it is convenient to her enemies, and ignored when it is not.

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independent pariot said...

Well said about Beinart et al.

B.Poster said...

"I simply do not see G_d allowing America or Israel to be destroyed..." In the case of Israel and the Jewish people, I agree. There are a number of verses in the Holy Scriptures that guarantee an eternal existence for the Jewish people and for Israel. Part of G_d's promises to Israel include a divine deed of the land that Israel currently exists on to the Jewish people.

In the case of America, neither the United States nor the American people are promised any thing in particular. The American people are not promised the land the USA currently exists on as a divine possession of the American people that lasts for eternity nor are the American people guaranteed survival by G_d.

With all due respect wether or not America survives or not will not be based upon any thing America or its people haveor have or have not done in the past. It will be based upon what the American people and its leaders do in the present. With this in mind I think there are some scriptural guidelines the American people can look to, if we wish to enhance the chances of our survival and that of our country.

From its inception and throughout much of its history, America has been heavily influenced by the Juedoe-Christian principles that are taught in both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Scriptures. This manifested itself in America's domestic and foreign policies being heavily influenced by these Scriptural principles. This in turn played a large role in G_d's blessings being bestowed upon our country.

In recent decades, the American people and our leaders have deviated substantially from these principles. As such, it should come as no surprise that America has been less prosperous and less successful than in the past.

Also, the scriptures promise blessings upon those who bless the Jewish people. Support for Israel, to the extent it actually exists within US Government circles, is one of the few remaining vestiges of our Judeo-Christian heritage. As we deviate from this, it should come as no surprise that the country seems less likely to support Israel.

If Aemrica wishes to survive, it cannot rely on what it has or has not done in the past. Its people who are alive today should seek to pattern their lives upon the Judeo-Christian principles that are found in the Holy Scriptures and should diligently study them.

The sooner this happens the better. What should be understood is the problems America currently faces are massive. For all intents purposes barring some type of divine miracle, America is not only done as a major world power but its very survival is in grave danger. The Russian and Chinese leaders no doubt wake up every morning thanking whatever god or gods they believe in that the problems their countries face are no where near as severe as those faced by America. Keep in mind this was BEFORE the Gulf oil spill. Now the problems are even more massive than they were.