Friday, June 15, 2007


From her Unsealed Room, AKSommer glances over at Gaza, notices a Fatah gunman pathetically pleading, prior to being dragged out into the street and shot in the head by Hamas, “We’re not Jews!” Remarked my Jewish deskmate, when I related this tale to him tonight at work, “Well, you are now.” (Jules Crittenden)

One of the enduring word-pictures of the recent fighting in Gaza has been that of militants on both sides being forced to jump from high-rise buildings in a kind of 21st century version of walking the plank. If you were to recreate the scene in a movie the soundtrack of the militant falling to his doom would go: "but I'm not a JOOOoooooo". Thud. Funny, until you realize it is not stylized cartoon violence but a man being disabused of the last illusion. That anything but the ability to defend one's self makes a difference when confronted by evil.

Richard Landes quotes a despairing Egyptian author. He should despair. Gaza borders on Egypt.

“This is what we said: It starts with the Zionist enemy who is occupying the Holy Land, and then the violence and the hatred spread dangerously, like fire, in the psyche of the one over which they have gained mastery. They consume everything around them - and the first thing they consume is the light of reason. The individual loses his natural balance, which is based on the balance between peaceful tendencies [that encourage] peace, and angry tendencies that incite to violence…

“Thus we observed, and gave our blessing to, the conflagrations of violence and hatred, and they extended from [being aimed at] the Zionist enemy to [being aimed at] anyone who befriended it or helped it - even if they helped us as well, and even if it was someone on whom we depended for medicine, food, and everything.

“Our violence and hatred extended to America, England, and the other Western countries, and there is a BBC journalist who is still a prisoner of our jihad-fighting organizations…”

Oh yeah, him. I don't want to make too light of his troubles, but it shows you can't run between the raindrops. What did another BBC journalist say when being shot in Saudi Arabia? "Don't shoot, I'm a Muslim". Maybe Rick Blaine had it right when he told Ilsa that 'this thing is bigger than the both of us. The problems of two little people don't come to a hill of beans in this crazy world.' And that's what it is. Crazy.

And I think it is only fair to point out that the humiliation had been cruel and cumulative. The Ottoman Empire was a long time declining and when the Europeans walked all over the Arabs, it might have seemed like things couldn't get worse. But they could. The Jew, a civilization that had probably been written off in Middle Eastern history, returned in the 20th century. At first it seemed they would be easy to defeat. So few and in so small a place. But the incredulity of defeat turned to anger then rage. And then they started building a revenge palace in the mind.

The more intelligent and far-seeing, like the Egyptian writer quoted above, may have understood that the reform of Arab society was tied up with the ability to come to terms with Israel. But nobody likes the long road. One charlatan after the other rose up with their nostrums. At first the idea was the Jews must have won because they had modern weapons. So Nasser got the best that the USSR could offer. And when he lost, the desire for revenge, for self-affirmation became a mania. Eventually regional politics lost patience and hope with their states, and the terror groups promised yet another shortcut. Arafat and his ilk would liberate Palestine!

Sooner or later it became clear that wasn't going to work either, and despair has found a new champion. Islamism. This time they are going to win. The very basis of the Middle Eastern identity, a notion as mystic as Mother Russia, was going to drive the invader out. We all know what will happen to the Israelis if they lose. But have we given any thought to what happens if they win -- again? To some extent that is an outcome fraught with even greater peril. Because I can't imagine the screech of frustration that will rise, even up to skies, if radical Islamism is uncermoniously cast into the trashcan of history.

But as the Egyptian writer above points out, the fires of rage are consuming the Arab societies themselves. They strike out at others, even their benefactors. They strike out at their sectarian rivals. And finally they strike out at themselves. I know it will be argued that, see here, Hamas has won the round. But for how long? Inevitably factions will arise, disputes will surface and the arbiter is the gun, the soldering iron and the electric drill. Or when available, the high rise building with an open window. A few may hope that the dehumanization is temporary. All will be cleansed and forgotten in the blessed moment when Palestine is free of the Jew. It is akin to the longing for the Last Trumpet of Judgment; the final attainment of Communism. But the earth disappoints. The world will never deliver the completeness of our dreams. Terrorism will befoul the land of the Arabs and what if the Jew remains? What despair would be equal to the tragedy? And yet ...

All they have to do, with their hundreds of millions of talented people, is to spend a generation in peace, studying, building, using their vast oil wealth well and they will have grown so strong that they could crush Israel in a moment. But in the process they would have grown so wise that they would probably have no more need to do so. They will have regained their self-respect without recourse to dreams of murder. And then they will see Israel for what it is. A small, dusty patch of soil which is the sole refuge of a battered people, and extend their hand in sympathy.

Of course, none of this is likely to happen. The screaming will go on. Thud.


Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

well as a Jew I say...

tough matzo balls you retarded terrorists...

it's payback time, for those of you that supported murdering the joos... I cant wait for your mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins to be murdered NOT by the joos, but by your own retarded inbred moronic fellow citizens...

pass the pork rinds the maggots are hungry and are eatting each other...

6/15/2007 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Utopia Parkway said...

'Johnston may be freed in 24 hours'

Hamas said Friday it is taking "serious and practical steps" to win the release of kidnapped BBC journalist Alan Johnston.


Source: Johnston's captors promise to free him within 24 hours

Khaled Meshal said "I am confident that those holding Alan Johnston will realize that keeping him captive doesn't serve the national interest."

What about Shalit? The Joooos need to impress upon Hamas that holding him for much longer doesn't "serve the national interest."

6/15/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Shalit is dead...

Israel needs to say to hamas, provide us proof at once that he is alive or we shall assume he is dead and that hamas is responsible.

at which time, all water, food and electricity to gaza shall be cut off...

this shall be in effect for the next 60 days, during which the border to egypt shall be completely open.

time to depopulate gaza, it shall be a wasteland

6/15/2007 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger NahnCee said...

They got any buildings as tall as the World Trade Center in Gaza? That was a pretty tall jump, too, for 3,000 civilians. I got absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for a bunch of beady-eyed swarthy-jowled, pointy-headed Islamic terrorists if they're forced to take an itsy-bitsy 15-story plunge. Payback's a bitch. And then you die. Good.

6/15/2007 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger whiskey_199 said...

One of the things Hamasistan has accomplished is driving off it's protection shield. No Western Journalists = Israel can do what it wills.

Obviously the only avenue open for Israel is to deter attack by being dangerous, violent to it's enemies, and being seen as so dangerous, violent, and able to WIN by destroying utterly an opposition seen as a threat that it lives in that security.

Hama rules for Hamasistan? Senior Assad understood the rules. Kill and kill enough of the enemy, with total ruthlessness, to keep them at bay. Saddam also. We have tried kinder and gentler, Israel also, and have gotten only carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Israelis the same in Hamasistan and Hezbollahistan.

If indeed Olmert wants a deal with Fatahistan, his only hope is to crush Hamasistan utterly (which Fatah could not do) as an object lesson and also removing the the Hamasistan hawks.

One thing that stands out Keeley's War Before Civilization is that the decentralized nature of authority makes tribal life one of constant warfare. Any hawk on either side can restart the war at any time by killing someone. Whereas states can use monopoly of force to prevent killings. It's why the Indian tribes in the American West were eventually wiped out or nearly so, moved to reservations. Because there was no central Indian state to prevent hawks from restarting trouble.

Since Israel faces essentially a factionalized, tribal enemy in the Palestinians they must now confront that reality and adjust accordingly.

"But I'm not a Jew" -- what an epitaph for Hamasistan. Israel if it's smart should crush Hamasistan while these images are fresh; and drive out the entire population into Egypt. Reclaiming Gaza to create "facts on the Ground" and deterring Syria. Which could not support under the current regime more territorial losses.

The best way to peace, as usual, is through winning wars.

6/15/2007 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Spog said...

Yes, it doesn't sound as though that Fatah gunman was disabused of his belief that The Jews Are To Blame, does it? Which would make this his last illusion.

6/16/2007 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I wouldn't act so pleased. The initial Israeli support for Hamas was supposed to have paid off years ago.

Hamas was supposed to have gone for Fatah's throat years ago.

Then again, better late than never, I suppose.

But since you have been able to wait this long, why not let Hamas finish the slaughter before you go back into Gaza and snap the leash on them.

Waiting 'til the slaughter is complete worked rather well in Beirut a few years ago, as I remember.

Not to mention the fact that you get to keep you hands clean!

6/16/2007 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

no matter what happens the usa and israel are to blame....

now that rockets are landing in NORTHERN ISRAEL shot by palios, and hamas is shooting rockets from gaza and fatah is still trying to kill jews from the west bank it's time to start to "take the blame, for causing the pain", what the arab world and the EU can hate israel MORE?

cut off all power & gasoline to gaza.

shoot to kill all armed hamas members....

all rockets shot at civilians should be responded to with 10 rockets aimed at arab civilians

war is hell, but onesided war is stupid..

6/17/2007 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Evanston2 said...

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.
Live by the sword, die by the sword.

6/18/2007 05:55:00 AM  
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7/17/2007 07:49:00 AM  

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