Right now the State of Israel faces, in my opinion, the greatest
threat in all its history--a threat that is not going away anytime soon,
and not without military intervention. To exacerbate this dangerous
situation, the entire non-Jewish world is dictating to Israel's Jews how
they should placate the madman at the source of this threat, a madman
who has proven time and time again that he is totally implacable.
Meanwhile, time is running out.
How dare the non-Jewish world, the same non-Jewish world prone to
persecuting Jews, advise the wisest of all peoples (and in platitudinous
terms no less!) as to how they should deal with yet another madman bent
on their destruction! This is the same world that sat back after dinner
every night and watched on TV as the Arab Muslim Janjaweed carried out
genocide in Darfur against black Africans simply because they were black
Africans. Entire villages may have been massacred by these murdering
beasts, but hey, the world was entertained after dinner.
During the Gulf War, Israel was told to "stand down," while they
were being simultaneously bombarded with missiles (39 Scud missiles to
be exact) from Iraq. Avi Shlaim wrote in International Perspectives on
the Gulf Conflict, 1999-91 that "...from the beginning to the end of the
Gulf War, Israel remained a sitting duck." During his meeting with Dick
Cheney and other American officials, Israel's Minister of Defense at
the time, Moshe Arens, was told that "...Israel should not pre-empt or
respond to an Iraqi attack so as not to splinter the coalition assembled
by America against Iraq." America's General Scowcroft told Mr. Arens
that Israel shouldn't worry about being refused their request for the
Arrow weapon-system as a countermeasure against Iraq's Scud missiles,
promising that the USA would deal with the Iraqi missiles themselves.
And this refusal after Saddam Hussein had promised to "incinerate half
of Israel." At the same time, as Avi Shlaim reveals, a diplomatic
resolution was being pondered without the participation of Israel which,
to the utter dismay of Israel's Jews, would leave Iraq's military
intact should the Arab coalition and the American government convince
Saddam Hussein to withdraw from Kuwait.
Today, as I write this, the State of Israel is being bullied again
by the non-Jewish world into standing down from pre-empting an attack
against Iran, an Islamic theocracy well known for its religiously
inspired genocidal threats against the Jews of Israel. Yet again the
world--my world in fact (I'm not Jewish)--is dictating to Israel that,
no matter what Iran threatens, no matter the measure of their ability to
carry out those threats, Israel should engage in "diplomatic measures"
and chance it that her entire population will not be exterminated by a
nuclear attack from these blood-thirsty anti-Semites presently ruling
Michael Bell, former Canadian ambassador to Egypt, Jordan, Israel,
and the Paul Martin Sr. Scholar in International Diplomacy at the
University of Windsor, has written recently in the Globe and Mail: "Gut
feelings and theoretical constructs can be strongly felt, but most often
lead to catastrophe. The law of unintended consequences should be kept
in mind regarding Afghanistan, any intervention in Syria and the thought
of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities."
Let's "keep in mind" that Afghanistan and Syria pose no immediate
threat to Michael Bell or to the University of Windsor. Because he is
not living in Tel Aviv, one should not expect Mr. Bell to be concerned
with the "unintended consequences" of a nuclear attack from Iran: easy
for him to forbid Prime Minister Netanyahu the prudence of even
entertaining "the thought of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities." Only a
former Canadian ambassador not living in Tel Aviv would be spouting
such bromidic counsels to those who do. Ambassadors, after all, in the
tradition of fools like Neville Chamberlain, have never been known to
hang around for the wars they promised would never transpire.
Fools like Michael Bell advised not so long ago against bombing the
rail lines to Auschwitz because they knew they would never have to stand
in the trains that travelled there. Today scores of these same fools
are demanding the State of Israel abandon the idea of destroying Iran's
nuclear facilities because they know they will not be in Israel when the
first nuclear war head lands there. So well does the old English
proverb enunciate the ineptitude of their selfish chatter: "The mob has
many heads but no brains."