Bill Whittle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Left repeatedly condemns the Right for essentially being the scum of the Earth, resorting to epithets for conservatives such as “racist,” “bigot,” “homophobe,” “sexist,” “mysogynist,” “Islamophobe,” “hates the poor,” “hates children,” etc. for merely disagreeing on how best to conduct public policy. Certainly, a case can be made against the Left’s moral character for its heavy reliance on this rhetoric in all things political. Those who serially slander, libel and defame are simply morally repugnant people.

Another despicable hallmark of the Left is its penchant to make excuses for the inexcusable, defend the unconscionable and rationalize acts of unbridled, blatant barbarism and those who commit them as “understandable” or even as “justified.” Ferguson comes to mind. Or take this Georgetown University student’s editorial arguing for empathy for those like the person who mugged him at gunpoint. Not only do these examples of progressive thinking demean all of the law-abiding Americans who presumably face the same “income inequality” that allegedly and inexorably forced the mugger or rioters to pilfer and loot, it strips them of both any moral duty and moral agency. A bit of a digression, but a fundamental assumption of the Left is that we basically have no free will and truly can’t accomplish anything for ourselves. That’s why we need Big Brother’s to do it all for us. It’s these dubious axioms like this one that buttress Leftist thought and lead to these sort of morally obtuse conclusions drawing false equivalences and obfuscating who is really responsible for what.

Perhaps the issue that showcases the premier look into the delusions and perverse workings of today’s Leftist hive mind is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here, the typical Palestinian sympathizer fixates on the minutiae of the occasional Israeli soldier killing a non-combatant and other incidents of collateral damage, decrying relatively unintentional events as unspeakable evil, while glossing over Hamas’ tactic of using its own people as shields and the whole context of the modern conflict’s belligerents, Islamic extremist Hamas-run Palestine and Western democratic Israel. While conservative commentator Bill Whittle sometimes simplifies history and sprays from the hip, he really can’t and doesn’t miss the broadside of the truth barn here as obviously big as the glaring double standard that the the mainstream Left applies to the ordeal, siding with the clearly malevolent who would joyously extinguish them for their affronts to Allah and Islam over the only bastion of liberalism in the Middle East.

Now, I’m sure there are some readers who will undoubtedly bring up Israelis originally muscling out the Palestinians resulting in refugees or the alleged “Israeli Nazi apartheid state” or the “disproportionality of casualties” in this summer’s Hamas-Israel conflict. Frankly, the use of these allegedly damning indictments is disturbing. It demonstrates a baffling inability to critically think and morally discern good from evil that is as distinct as the United States and Great Britain were from the Axis Powers during World War II. Most of these indictments are lies that are laughable distortions of not long-removed history.

Palestinian-Hamas apologists cling on to the Palestinian refugees from the 1947-1948 war — though true, the direct cause for the exodus is controversial — has very little bearing on who is right in the contemporary issue even though it has explanatory worth about the inception of the conflict itself. They selectively hold onto these allegedly damning “facts” when they’re of little strategic value. Wow, you discovered that war is ugly and combatants do some terrible things in extreme circumstances that frankly are no worse than the Allies in World War II. Get off your puny moral high horse and get over your selective emphasis of insignificant truths that polite liberal Western society likes to pretend don’t exist. They don’t impugn the worth of the Zionist cause. History has moved on. Israel has shown itself to be magnanimously humanitarian given the circumstances that it is surrounded by those who want to wipe it off the face of the planet.

Contrary to the lies of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and Students for Justice in Palestine, Israel isn’t an apartheid state intent on genocide against Arab Palestinians. Arab Israelis are enfranchised citizens who can vote and worship how they please. Arabs serve in the Israeli parliament, The Knesset. The Palestinian refugees in places like Egypt have none of these fundamental rights. Simply, Israel is not like apartheid South Africa, or Nazi Germany for that matter.

If Israel wanted to systematically execute its own Holocaust against the Palestinians, it already would have done it. Plus, the 2005 withdrawal from Gaza makes no sense if Israel has designs to ethnically cleanse. Unequivocally, to forcibly relocate the remaining Palestinians would be a cinch. Israel doesn’t even have to stage an event to fabricate a reason for an invasion of Palestinian territories like the Nazis did with Poland to start World War II. The next suicide bomber that kills dozens, the Israeli Defense Force retaliatorily bombs the Gaza Strip, West Bank and Golan Heights into the stone age and trailing armor and ground troops mop up whatever Palestinians remain in less than 24 hours — blitzkrieg right out of the Third Reich’s playbook. Contrast this scenario with this summer’s conflict when the IDF dropped leaflets and sent alerts on cell phones warning civilians in Gaza of an airstrike. This removes the element of surprise and reveals the impending target of the IDF, which is unprecedented in the history of warfare. If Israel unleashed its fury, it could blot the Palestinians out of existence with little effort but instead fights terrorist aggression with self-imposed handicaps. Again, if the Israelis are the new Nazis, why does their country look nothing like the mass murdering, evil empires of the 20th century? Where are the Auschwitzes and Kristallnachts, Lubyankas and gulags? Perhaps, it’s because Israel isn’t the monster BDS and SJP claim it to be, and such comparisons are patently absurd.

If anyone has genocide on its mind, it’s Hamas, who’s not bashful about it either. Its charter anticipates the day when rocks and trees call out for Muslims to kill the Jews hiding behind them. Plus, Palestinians and other Arabs have been known to deny the Holocaust. Let’s be lucid about this level of antisemitism: Israel’s enemies not only don’t believe the Holocaust ever happened; they relish the thought of actualizing it on their own. Not to mention, “moderate” Yasser Arafat made outrageous allegations that Solomon’s temple mount was never in Jerusalem. These are your plucky, morally superior underdogs, idiot Leftist media.

Oh, and those who foolishly believe our corrupt journalists who wail about the “disproportionality of casualties” and that there’s no confirmation that Hamas uses human shields in this summer’s conflict, consider this aphorism: If might doesn’t make right, neither does relative weakness. If some thug draws a knife and tries to stab me, and in self-defense, I pull a sig sauer pistol and put two in his chest, his impotence in relation to my greater lethal force, i.e. my handgun, does not confer the moral high ground to my attacker. Likewise, Hamas’ failure to kill Israeli citizens in spite of its hundreds of rocket barrages that initiated the IDF campaign to destroy the launch sites and the tunnel network below that results in collateral damage does not make Hamas the victim here. Hamas intended to kill civilians but proved ineffective; the IDF intended to kill terrorists but the subsequent military action inadvertently resulted in collateral damage despite attempts to curb such losses. Big difference.

What about those alleged human shields? In military theory, there’s a principle that basically states that only ground troops can defeat ground troops. This means even if a military bombs the snot out of a target with either artillery or airstrikes, boots in the dirt are required to finish off any surviving opposition to gain the ground. Taking into account Hamas’ combat in the summer, ballistic missile strikes with no following large-scale ground incursion, it never intended to defeat the IDF in a traditional sense. Although Islamic terrorists are pathologically insane, they’re not stupid. They are well aware of the aforementioned adage about ground troops, otherwise they wouldn’t hide in caves or urban settings. After all, they’re guerrillas who fight asymmetrically because they can’t achieve victory through sheer force of arms. If they fought symmetrically — deploying all their forces in the open — they would be slaughtered by nations’ professional militaries. Hamas knows these facts all too well in its jihad against Israel. Remember, its charter is explicit that it desires to be able to overrun Israel and massacre Jews with impunity, but for the above reasons, it can’t accomplish its nefarious end. If Hamas could, it would already have bathed in Israeli blood. Short of a nuke, the only way it knows it can is if Israel internally collapses from international economic sanctions or some other intervention by a foreign power that renders the country defenseless.

Hence, all of Gaza was meant to be a human shield. Hamas’ assault this summer sensibly could only have two objectives. Of course, kill as many Jews as possible but primarily it was to provoke reprisals from the IDF that would inevitably result in vastly more deaths of Palestinian civilians and draw ire from across the globe against Israel. It’s one thing to voluntarily fight a war with a feasible chance of success with the expectation of some civilian losses, but it’s another to knowingly incite a strategically unwinnable conflict for the purpose of killing your own people. This explanation should decisively speak volumes about the conflict. Sure, the Palestinians are tragic victims, but their blood is on Hamas’ hands, not Israel’s, who did more to preserve Palestinian lives in spite of their own government’s scheme to butcher them. Hamas is the bad guy here. Those who actively support it are equally villainous.

Consider that into your calculations about Middle Eastern politics,

Modus Pownens

P.S. Here is a list debunking other anti-Israel myths.


2 thoughts on “Bill Whittle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    1. I don’t know…the glaring inability for some to not be able to distinguish historical fact from slanderous myth. The morally disgusting tendency on the other side of the aisle to sympathize with the “other” that would seek to kill them and everything they hold dear if it could.

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