Doctor Michael Phelps once said, "The trouble with heart disease is
that the first symptom is often hard to deal with: sudden death."
Likewise it is difficult for Israel to deal with what is always the
first symptom of war with her Muslim neighbors: their intended genocide
of every living Jew residing in the Middle East. Iran's "Supreme Leader"
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently had his "strategy specialist" Alireza
Forghani compose a document declaring that it would be a
"jurisprudential justification" for the Iranian military to wipe out the
nation of Israel and all its Jewish inhabitants. Aside from even
touching on the subject of Islamic-incited, anti-Jewish hatred and
genocide as being somehow connected to any type of "jurisprudential"
philosophy other than the various kill-the-Jews themes found in the
Koran, one has to wonder at how the Jews of Israel, especially women and
children, go about their daily business after hearing the news that
their Persian neighbors are keen to stomp their guts into the sand. And
this is not a new thing. Israel's Jews hear I'm sure every other day
from some Arab-Muslim sage how it should be the dream of every devout
Muslim to kill Jews and to remove the "cancerous tumour" (Khamenei's
words) Israel and all her Jews from off the face of the earth. Same old,
same old for Jews living in the Muslim Middle East.
The thing I find most bizarre about this peculiar Islamic constant
(Islamic death threats against Israel and her Jews) is that Western
journalists continue to exculpate Islam the religion as being innocent
of such malefic proclamations. The UK tabloid Daily Mail even referred
to the Iranian web-site (Alef), from whence the document was first
released, as "conservative." Conservative? If issuing genocidal
death-threats against the Jewish people and the nation of Israel is
"conservative," then a majority of Western journalists are not to be
trusted when it comes to their take on any subject relating to the
Jewish people and the State of Israel. A website that insouciantly
releases a document justifying the extermination of the Jewish people
and the destruction of their sovereign state is a racist or "extremist"
website. Period. It is not "conservative." Not as we understand
"conservativism" in the Western world.
But even conclusive evidence on a variety of subjects can be grossly
transmogrified when observed through the dark lens of Islam. On January
26, 2004 Israel's Representative to the Fourth Stockholm Conference On
the Prevention of Genocide remarked that "we must be prepared to
honestly report that which will be invariably evident. States which
respect themselves cannot and should not evade the obvious by requiring
field reports to be phrased euphemistically." The "Arab Spring" has been
sweeping though the Middle East, and the Western media to this day is
reluctant to call it what it really is: a resurgence of Islamic
extremism. Darfur has in recent years been in the news because of the
atrocities committed there by Arab militias. The UN was sent there to
find for certain whether or not genocide was being committed. The UN?
That's like sending a fox on a fox hunt. And this blatant posturing only
after the Western world had seen tv images of smouldering desert
dwellings and charcoaled human remains laying nearby. The UN could have
saved a lot of time and money by reading Gerald A. Honigman's brazingly
honest summation on the issue: "The atrocities committed in Darfur are
Arab racism and chauvinism, pure and simple, being conducted by those
very same folks who like to lecture the rest of the world about 'racist
Zionism'." I've never read the UN report. Why would I? The world knew
already that there was a genocide happening in Darfur, only the world
chose not to recognize it as such. The same psychopathic quiescency
sealed the fate of the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust, but on a
much larger scale. An immeasureably larger scale.
How can the State of Israel therefore, a second time around, expect
such a wilfully blind and callous world to publicly recognize the stark
reality of the religiously-inspired genocide being impatiently dreamed
about by her Muslim neighbours? Israel would be imprudent and foolishly
naive to entertain such an expectation. At this time in history,
Israel's Jews remember, as do probably most Jews outside of Israel, that
when things cannot get any worse for the Jews, it's almost always
because things cannot get any better. This is an exclusively Jewish
impasse. Ask the Jewish fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Ask the
Jewish Partisans of Eastern Europe. Ask any Jew who survived the death
camps. This impasse is situated on the brink of total extermination.
Where the Jews of Israel exist today.
So please don't talk to me about "disproportionate response." Don't
talk to me about "Israeli aggression." When your country exists
proximate to an enemy whose first symptom of war is a complete and
infrangible genocide, there can be no trust, no abatement of military
deterrence. The unenviable conundrum facing the Jews of Israel today is
that if at first they don't succeed, they are dead. All of them. Simple
Regardless all the excoriations hurled at her, Israel has no choice
but to survive. There is no other path of resistance for her Jews.
Gershom Gorenberg and all unctuous fools like him can pretend Israel is
nothing but an "accidental empire," but the Jew who remembers correctly
and deeply enough into history knows that the State of Israel is no
accident. It was a neccesity become a life-saving reality. Jews did not
survive all their horrors by making themselves door mats for madmen.
They survive today because they know how to deal with the first symptom
most commonly displayed by their enemies, which is the threat of
genocide. Israel can be peaceful and diplomatic better than any other
nation on the planet. Read the news. Think "land for peace." What other
country gives away conquered land for the sake of peace? I know Canada
doesn't. But this peculiar type of diplomacy is maintained only until
she's pushed to the edge of extinction, where she now dwells. It's then
that Jewish experience comes to the fore. Enter the Israeli Defence
Force. Or as Damon Runyon wrote long ago: "The race may not be to the swift nor the victory to the strong, but that's how you bet."