Another history lesson

Saturday, August 05, 2006
Betsy gives us another history lesson with the help of scholars Victor Hanson and Clifford May:

First, Victor Davis Hanson looks at the pattern of appeasement today against Islamic terrorists. He compares the mood of denial now to that of the 1930s.

But nevertheless it is still surreal to reread the fantasies of Chamberlain, Daladier, and Pope Pius, or the stump speeches by Charles Lindbergh (“Their [the Jews’] greatest danger to this country lies in their large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio, and our government”) or Father Coughlin (“Many people are beginning to wonder whom they should fear most — the Roosevelt-Churchill combination or the Hitler-Mussolini combination.”) — and baffling to consider that such men ever had any influence.

Not any longer.

Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity. That has never been more evident than in the last three weeks, as the West has proven utterly unable to distinguish between an attacked democracy that seeks to strike back at terrorist combatants, and terrorist aggressors who seek to kill civilians.

It is now nearly five years since jihadists from the Arab world left a crater in Manhattan and ignited the Pentagon. Apart from the frontline in Iraq, the United States and NATO have troops battling the Islamic fascists in Afghanistan. European police scramble daily to avoid another London or Madrid train bombing. The French, Dutch, and Danish governments are worried that a sizable number of Muslim immigrants inside their countries are not assimilating, and, more worrisome, are starting to demand that their hosts alter their liberal values to accommodate radical Islam. It is apparently not safe for Australians in Bali, and a Jew alone in any Arab nation would have to be discreet — and perhaps now in France or Sweden as well. Canadians’ past opposition to the Iraq war, and their empathy for the Palestinians, earned no reprieve, if we can believe that Islamists were caught plotting to behead their prime minister. Russians have been blown up by Muslim Chechnyans from Moscow to Beslan. India is routinely attacked by Islamic terrorists. An elected Lebanese minister must keep in mind that a Hezbollah or Syrian terrorist — not an Israeli bomb — might kill him if he utters a wrong word. The only mystery here in the United States is which target the jihadists want to destroy first: the Holland Tunnel in New York or the Sears Tower in Chicago.

In nearly all these cases there is a certain sameness: The Koran is quoted as the moral authority of the perpetrators; terrorism is the preferred method of violence; Jews are usually blamed; dozens of rambling complaints are aired, and killers are often considered stateless, at least in the sense that the countries in which they seek shelter or conduct business or find support do not accept culpability for their actions.

Yet the present Western apology to all this is often to deal piecemeal with these perceived Muslim grievances: India, after all, is in Kashmir; Russia is in Chechnya; America is in Iraq, Canada is in Afghanistan; Spain was in Iraq (or rather, still is in Al Andalus); or Israel was in Gaza and Lebanon. Therefore we are to believe that “freedom fighters” commit terror for political purposes of “liberation.” At the most extreme, some think there is absolutely no pattern to global terrorism, and the mere suggestion that there is constitutes “Islamaphobia.”

Clifford May:

Give Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran credit for this, too: They understand the equally perverse psychology of Europe, the U.N. and the “international community.” Two years ago, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 demanded that Hezbollah disarm. Hezbollah refused to comply. In response, the international community shrugged its collective shoulders.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah has been taking delivery of increasingly advanced weaponry from Syria and Iran — while U.N “peacekeepers” in southern Lebanon avert their gaze.

These peacekeepers remain silent even as Hezbollah fires those missiles at Haifa, the one city in the Middle East where Jews, Christians, and Muslims most successfully coexist. And when Hezbollah uses the otherwise useless U.N. peacekeepers as human shields and some are killed, the U.N. and Europe are outraged — not at Hezbollah for this blatant violation of international law but, again, at Israel.

Hezbollah’s leaders figured correctly that it would not be long before Europeans would be calling for a cease-fire — one that would reward Hezbollah by allowing it to remain armed, effectively repealing U.N. Resolution 1559, and to acquire new and better weapons for future use.

Many Europeans and some Americans also are calling for Syria and Iran to be offered “incentives” in exchange for helping to end the conflict they started. What if Syria and Iran accept such tributes, promise to rein in Hezbollah and then don’t? That’s the nice thing about appeasement: The appeasers always have something more they are eager to give and the appeased always have something more they are eager to receive.

I heard that Olmert's approval rating is 75% right now. It seems the Israeli people have reached the point of Screw Em. This is the place the terrorists have to be afraid of, whenever their enemy begins to get tired of the game. Think it can not happen? My father was in Nagasaki five days after the bomb fell. Yes it can happen and when it does, when the appeasement ends, it tends to end with a fury.

And Sadr might want to stop and think about what happened to his family and what sent him running to Iran holding up his skirts like a little girl and screaming for help. It can happen again. If we don't get him, some vengeful Sunni might.


David Thomson said...

"Meanwhile, Hezbollah has been taking delivery of increasingly advanced weaponry from Syria and Iran — while U.N “peacekeepers” in southern Lebanon avert their gaze"

Not any more. The bridges have been destroyed. Hezbollah is losing. This is why these thugs are asking for a cease fire.


WELCOME WORLD WAR THREE: by Kalki Gaur. (1) The "World War Three" has started. "WORLD WAR THREE" has begun. Republican Vice President Dick Cheney declared the restart of the New Cold War in March 2006. Republican Former Speaker of the Congress declared the start of the first phase of the "WORLD WAR THREE" in July 2006. Just as the greed of Ottomans to hike up the prices of Indian Spice to European Markets in 1500 AD led to the rise of European Colonialism, similarly the OPEC Oil Cartel’s greed in hiking up the Oil prices above $70 a barrel has legitimized the conquest, occupation and colonization of all OPEC nations by Great Powers, lest world economic growth is jeopardized on account of rising oil prices, just as food supply of Europe was threatened by Ottoman price rise of Indian spices in 1500 AD.
The purpose of Third World War is to conquer and colonize Islamic nations and OPEC nations to bring them under the civilized control of top six world powers, namely empires of USA, India, China, Russia, Europe and Japan. The top Six world powers, should convene an International Conference on Partition of OPEC Nations in 2006, similar to the 1885 Partition of Africa, and name it 2006 PARTITION OF OPEC Nations. The leading world powers have a common interest in controlling the OPEC and Islamic terrorism. The Third World War is not a War among World Powers, but a series of conventional wars waged by leading world powers to bring OPEC nations under the colonial and imperial occupation of the six World Powers, namely, USA, China, India, Russia, Europe and Japan. Terrorists have signed their own death warrant by directly attacking all the top major world powers.
(2) "World War Three" now promotes the national interests of United States, India and China. Imperial colonial powers of the yester years- France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Ottoman Turkey, Russia, Spain- are in decline now and they would never again be world powers.
World War Three is coming to every countries neighborhood as more than 100 memebrs of the UNO shall become colonies of one of the top six world powers during world war three.
World War three is a war by great powers on smaller powers and wars on oil producing OPEC nations.
India welcomes the Third World War. Yankee Petrocolonial empire in the Middle East is the only way one can avert looming Christian-Islamic Armageddon.
Everywhere shall be a theater of war in World War Three.
(3) The post-1945 decolonization process permanently weakened former colonial powers that also suffer from disastrous population decline due to the declining fertility rates of their women. The Declining populations would rule out any imperial pretensions of Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and Italy.
(4) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the geopolitical national interest of the United States as presently United States enjoys military preponderance in the world. The 2006 is the ideal time for the start of the World War Three as it would guarantee that the coalition of Allied Powers led by USA, India and Britain is highly likely to win the World War Three. Any delay or postponment of the World War Three would progressively work against the national interests of the United States. Now is the good time for the World War Three.
(5) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the national interest of India as well as China. Any delay of the World War Three would make Islamic Nuclear Terrorism formidable. The World War Three should begin now, so that the civilized world may successfully De-Nuke Islamic Atom Bomb and Islamic Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems.
(6) The 2006 start of the World War Three is in the national interest of Russia as it would allow Russian Army regain for Russia the glory it lost after the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991.
(7) The principal goal of the World War Three is to gain control over world's oil and gas reserves so that OPEC Oil Gas Producers are brought under the civilized occupation and control of the Great Power led Petro-Colonial Empires. The purpose of the World War Three is to partition the OPEC Oil Producing Nations into the spheres of influence of leading Six world powers, namely, USA, India, China, Russia, Europe and Japan.
(8) Hezbolla has done a great service to the world by causing the outbreak of the world war three. Israel has a moral duty to give befitting military response to the attacks of Rockets and kidnappings. Arab Islamic nations must pay reparations for the genocide of Christian Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria and Turkey during first phase of Islam.
(9) Black woman secretary Dr. Condoleezza Rice is more competent and better qualified and greater a patriot than Ashkenazim Secretary Henry Kissinger, Secretary Zbigniew Brzeznski and Secretary Madeleine Albright.
(10) The Puritanical streak in Americans requires Yankee Petrocolonial Empire to avert Armageddon. America is the only country where Muslim women have some freedom. Damascus Jews financed the Arab Muslim conquest of Egypt Syria Persia and Libya. It is a moral duty of Israel to support civilized world to make Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria and Turkey Christian again and to make Iran Zoroastrian again.
(11) Islam is a religion of Sword. Islam was imposed by sword on Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria and Persia. Christians have a moral duty to reclaim Egypt, Syria, Libya, Algeria, Turkey for Christianity as no one ever became Muslim without the threat of sword. Islamic nuclear weapons are a threat to human race. Conquest and colonization of all oil-producing Islamic nations is a small price to pay for eradicating the Islamic nuclear menace. The role of US politicians is to pool their brains to find out how to wage to world war three so that Allied Powers led by USA, India, Britain might win the Word War III. Now the World War Three has begun, so let us forget all differences and work towards mobilizing the national resources of the top three Allied Powers, namely, USA, India and Britain to prepare and mobilize for world war three and to win it for Allied Powers. India supplied 3,500,000 soldiers to the Allied Powers in the Second World War. India could easily supply and equip up to 10 million Indian soldiers in the World War Three.
(12) The World War Three shall be a non-nuclear conventional war fought primarily in the Middle East. The Third World War is not a war among world powers but war by world powers to reestablish colonial rule over OPEC nations and other terrorist nations of the world. The World War Three is a war waged by leading Six world powers against terrorism-promoting OPEC nations of the Middle East. The Third World War shall avert the looming Christian-Islamic Armageddon by preemptive military strikes against Nuke-seeking terrorist nations of the Middle East that had earlier destroyed the great Christian civilizations of Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Zoroastrian Civilizations of Persia, Buddhist Civilizations of Caspian Central Asia and Indonesia, Malaysia.
Diplomat Kalki Gaur
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lurker said...

Yup, the more raids Israel do, the more rocket launchers they will find and destroy. Northern Israel got about 200 rockets today, though. Kiryat Shmona just received 40 within 15 minutes.

Good, Israel will localize that and knock it out.

vnjagvet said...

As usual VDH provides great perspective.

He keeps me on track.