What Roosevelt and Churchill Understood:Freedom Is Worth Defending, Unconditionally
August 14, 2006
Let’s clear up a a few misconceptions.
In the western democracies, the current Arab-Israeli conflict is seen to be about ‘resistance’ against Israel, support of the Palestinians and mythical ‘Arab pride.’
The Arab world has no such illusions. Like the Palestinians and Hamas, they know exactly who and what Hizbollah is. They are fully aware of the Hizbollah agenda. They are after all, ideas that are not unfamiliar. In fact, Nasrallah has remained consistent in his ideology:No recognition of Israel and no negotiations for peace and security. Only the elimination of the State of Israel will do. That, and the elimination of Jews. Like generations of Arabs that preceded them, Arabs today are continuing a long tradition of Jew hatred- that one and only endeavor at which the Arab world has excelled.
On October 22, 2002, Hassan Nasrallah told Lebanon’s Daily Star, “If they [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them world wide.” — from the National Review Online.
From CAMERA: “If we searched the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew. Notice, I do not say the Israeli.” (New Yorker, Oct. 14, 2002)
“Martyrdom operations – suicide bombings – should be exported outside Palestine. I encourage Palestinians to take suicide bombings worldwide. Don’t be shy about it.” (Washington Times, Dec. 6, 2002)
“Just like Hitler fought the Jews, we are a great Islamic nation of jihad, and we too should fight the Jews and burn them.” — Hisham Shamas, political science student, at a symposium hosted by… Al-Manar TV at Lebanon’s Université Libanaise, November 29, 2005 (from the New York Sun, July 26, 2006).
I would like to draw your attention to the danger of the [political] entity that stole Palestine [i.e., the state of Israel], the cancerous growth, the infectious microbe, the entity that knows no limits, that spreads wherever there are Israelis and every place where a remaining shred of the Talmud can be found or where a Jewish rabbi takes a seat … There is increased hope for the realization of the divine pledge of destroying this cancerous disease ” (Al-Manar, May 7, 1998).
To our chagrin this year , the 10 th day of Muharram ['Ashuraa' - the most revered Shi'a holy day commemorating (through personal acts of spilling blood) the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in 680 AD, the founding day of this Muslim sect] fell close to the 50 th anniversary of the bitter and tragic historical catastrophe, the founding of the state (i.e., Israel) of the descendents of apes an d pigs, that is, the Zionist Jews” (Al-Manar, May 7, 1998).
“The source of all the great catastrophes visited upon this region is the existence of [the State of] Israel. As long as there is a state called Israel there will always be catastrophes. It is a cancerous growth. If we ignore the fact that there is a cancer in our body, by the time we discover it, it may be too late… There are those who have cancer but think they have the flu… When cancer is discovered it must be dealt with bravely and it must be excised. Some [parts] of the body and its blood must be sacrificed so that the whole body may be made well ” (Al-Manar, April 9, 2000).
What do the Jews want? They want security and money. Throughout history the Jews have been Allah’s most cowardly and greedy creatures. If you search the entire face of the earth you will not find anyone more miserly than the Jews or more greedy than they” (Al-Manar, September 28, 2001).
Zionism controls the decision-making centers of the United States and aspires to the destruction of the Muslim holy places… The danger is that this mosque [Al-Aqsa] will be destroyed, that the Talmudic Zionists are trying to break down its doors, especially now, when what is known as Messianic Zionism makes the decisions in the United States, which, like Talmudic Zionism, seeks to destroy Al-Aqsa and to rebuild Solomon’s Temple in its place” (Al-Manar, November 29, 2002, part of Nasrallah’s speech, given on the Iranian-oriented, Islamic occasion of Jerusalem Day originally initiated y he late Ayatollah Khomeini).
“Jews invented the legend of the Holocaust,” the leader of Hizbullah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, said on April 9, 2000. During an appearance on Al-Manar on February 3, Sheik Nasrallah called Europe’s leading Holocaust denier, Roger Garaudy, “a great French philosopher.” On February 23, Sheik Nasrallah appeared on Al-Manar and praised another leading European Holocaust denier, David Irving, for having “denied the existence of gas chambers.”
Any argument that makes Hizbollah into anything but a racist and hate organization is absurd. It is nothing more than the equivalent of the Nazi Party or the KKK, with their schools, camps and social service organizations. One can only imagine the Hizbollah school and camp curricula and the ideologies and social services provide as they attempt to breed and indoctrinate the new Arab ‘ubermensch.‘
Consider this: This long awaited ceasefire (Hizbollah has already stated they will not be a party to the agreement. They say they will not disarm and they will not move north of the Litani River) will resolve nothing. It will only delay the inevitable- and that delay will in the end, cost more lives and more suffering. Until we disabuse ourselves of the notion that this is a conflict between moral equivalents and treating them as such, we in the west are guilty of perpetuating the conflict.
We in the western democracies are either incapable or unwilling to accept the truth- that we are hated simply for who we are and not for anything we have done.
War has been declared on Israel, the United States, Europe and in fact, on all Christendom, a radical segment of the Islamic population. That is not an exaggeration. The Christians in East Timor or the Philippines, for example, can bear witness to that truth. The events of 9/11 and terror attacks in London, Madrid and elsewhere only highlight how fortunate we have been- many terror plots have been foiled- and many thousands of lives have been saved.
Incredibly, despite those saved lives, there remains a huge part of the population that remains in denial. They refuse to come to grips with this war. They believe in ‘if only’ this or that were different, the problems will go away. They do consider that ‘if only’ has very little bearing and meaning to whole societies that have been inculcated with hate. A simple ‘if only’ will have no bearing on their beliefs, often distorted religious views that have assumed a life of their own.
Because this war is different than any other war we have known, we are witnessing an upending of reality. The ‘progressives’ refuse to see or acknowledge the current reality, instead wishing to preserve a past that is not relevant. The ‘conservatives’ on the other hand, are ahead of the curve. They see quite clearly the dangers ahead. The ‘progressives’ of today look at Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez as if they themselves have ‘discovered’ their populist ideologies (this is the intellectual equivalent of disco). In their hubris (and stupidity) they see these models of failed ideologies as the future- that is how detached they are from reality.
Why is there so little clarity and so much confusion for so many people? Mostly, because after decades of failed education, there is now a generation that cannot think. When an issue or problem remains ill defined and unclear, it must be because the issue or problem doesn’t exist. For many, math doesn’t exist unless there is a calculator.
In the past, enemies were defined by nationalities, uniforms and a central command. Now, the enemy wears no uniform, is of no particular race or country of origin. We cannot bomb the enemy in his home because there is no home to bomb. All the while, the principal target of terrorists have been civilians- not civilian targets, but civilians themselves. This new war is confusing. For some, this isn’t a war al all.
Historically, the underpinnings of war have been about land or expansion of power, usually for economic gain. This war is different in that the ultimate- and stated goal- is the destruction and subjugation of entire peoples. In fact, in not understanding or realizing we are fighting a war, we are allowing those who would subjugate us, a free and unimpeded run at the heart of western civilization.
By their actions and words, Hizbollah has made clear that negotiating with them, or any other terror organization, is an exercise in futility. Terrorists that hide behind civilians, attack non combatants as a matter of course and policy, are not moral equivalents. We cannot deal or negotiate with those that do not share the same morality as our, as equals.
The current UN negotiated ceasefire makes no sense. Hizbollah has not renounced it’s stated goals and objective and refuses to disarm. There cannot be a diplomatic solution to political problem when one side refuses diplomacy as a viable option, choosing only death and destruction as it’s guiding ideology. Even if Hizbollah were to somehow accept the morality of the civilized world, Israel and the west would still be facing Syria and Iran and the ongoing Al Qaeda inspired terror would not go away.
Imagine the Allies in WWII attempting to negotiate a ceasefire with Hitler’s Nazi Germany- a ceasefire that would allow the Nazis to remain in power, allow them to retain their weapons and in effect, their government. Imagine Roosevelt, Churchill or De Gaulle consenting to leave the entire Nazi and Axis political hierarchy in place. It is inconceivable to think that we would have accepted anything less than the total surrender of the evil that had taken over Germany and Japan. Those ideologies of those nations that had sworn to destroy us and the freedoms we hold dear, had to understand there we would tolerate no ambiguities and there would be no misconceptions or anything that might otherwise be interpreted as an acceptance, even in part, of what they stood for. Surrender would be unconditional and not subject to negotiation. There would be no dignity afforded the evil.
And yet, that is exactly what the UN agreed to do with their unanimous Security Council ceasefire resolution. In doing that, the UN has refused to acknowledge the immorality of Hizbollah and the terror they deliberately inflict on innocents. Their bestowed legitimacy on Hizbollah is the equivalent of their giving that same kind of legitimacy to Hitler and the Nazis. What should be a clear and unequivocal understanding of good and evil has been deliberately obscured.
There are times waging war is an act of peace. Had the nations of Europe in 1939, bombed Berlin, 50 million lives would have been spared.
How many 9/11′s or blown up airliners will it take before we realize that this war is real? How long can we pretend the reality will go away ‘if only’ this or that, and we click our heels together three times?
The western democracies are not perfect- unlike their detractors, who claim their ways and ideologies are perfect. Our detractors, from within and without, righteously point that out.
Of course, anyone is free to believe what they wish. That said, when they start exporting their beliefs via terror and war, that changes the ground rules. Further, there is no moral equivalency to exporting terror and death to liberating a people from the grip of tyranny. None.
Every attack on a civilian in Israel or Europe is an attack on us. The sooner we acknowledge that, the sooner we can defend ourselves in the best way possible.
Freedom is worth defending. Roosevelt and Churchill understood that. They understood the menace posed by the ideology of evil. There need be no moral ambiguity when it comes to facing down those, who in their own words, ‘will finish the job Hitler started.’
Make no mistake- the Jews are the canary in the coal mine. Anti Semitism was only one agenda of the Nazi party, a single plank in their ideology.
Make no mistake about that.