Monday, March 28, 2011

Terror in the Holy Land: My Thoughts on the (Rest in) Peace Process


By now, the world has forgotten almost entirely about the Itamar Massacre carried out two weeks ago. In fact, those who listen to the liberal media may never even have heard of it. What should have been front-page news quickly receded to the back-burner of the media's mind, supposedly overshadowed by the disaster in Japan. So, let me remind you:

A mother, a father, and three children were brutally slain as they lay sleeping in their beds on a Friday evening. What had they done to deserve this horrible fate? What crime had they committed? Well, they were Jews occupying the West Bank. As Louis Farrakhan might have put it, they were Zionist interlopers dwelling on stolen land.

And, as we know, there can be no greater crime than Jews living in Judea and Samaria (the real name for the "West Bank"). There can be no greater offense than building Jewish homes in the "occupied territories." The horror! The outrage! It is a sin to be punished by death.

And it was.

These gruesome images show a bloodbath that would have made Charles Manson shudder. Even the most heartless of men would be disturbed to hear that a child had been stabbed in the heart, knifed at the throat, or decapitated. That doleful Friday night, all three of these brutal machinations had been perpetrated against the children of the Fogel family, and - yet - some people were unmoved.

Arabs living in the Gaza Strip were not disgusted by the massacre; they were delighted by it. They were delighted at the torture of children, jubilant to hear about the butchering of innocents in their beds. Just like they did on 9/11, scores of Palestinians took to the streets, passing out candy to drivers, pedestrians, and HAMAS "policemen."


Celebrating the slaughter

Now, I understand the phenomenon of schadenfreude, taking pleasure in the pain of others, but this was something more. Something worse. Something unfathomable to the human soul. But, then again, it takes a savage to understand a savage.

Frankly, I am hard-pressed to say who was worse: the actual murderers, or the low-lifes who glorified them.

***UPDATE (4/6/11): Poll shows that 32% of PA Arabs approve of Itamar Massacre

The terrorist apologists will tell us that these are "poor" and "oppressed" Palestinians whose land has been stolen by the evil JOOOOs back in 1947. Assuming that this is true - and it's not - let me say this: People have been oppressed in the most brutal ways since the beginning of time. Yet, despite the horrors of slavery and genocide with which human history is laden, no people have sunk so low as the Palestinians. No people have strapped bombs onto the waists of their children and told them to go blow up other children. No people have thrown parties in the middle of the street to celebrate the decapitation of a three-month-old infant. No people have been so devoid of morals and decency as those we saw in the pictures above - cheering the murder of a family.

But, the terrorist apologists will cry, it was the family's fault for living in "occupied territory." They deserved to die, you see, for building their homes in Samaria, in the "West Bank." While this contention is beyond disgusting, let us entertain it for a moment.

If it is true that slaughtering Jews in the "occupied territories" is justified, then what do you make of last Wednesday's bus bombing ... in Jerusalem?

President Obama believes that if only Israel were to cede control of the "occupied territories," there would be peace in the Middle East. In his eyes, the greatest obstacle to peace is not the Arab who decapitates a baby in the middle of the night, not the Arab who celebrates this murderous deed, but little old Mrs. Goldberg building an apartment in Samaria.

Of course, the bus bombing in Jerusalem proves otherwise. Contrary to our President's assertions, the Arabs do not object merely to the "West Bank settlements"; they object to the existence of Israel - the existence of the Jewish people. Nothing would please them short of Israel's utter and complete destruction.

To understand this, we need look no further than their own words. All over the world, Arabs delight in singing and chanting, "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." 

Note that Israel is surrounded on one side by the Jordan River and on the other side by the Mediterranean Sea. The Arabs hope that this entire region - "from the river to the sea" - will one day be "free." But free of what, you ask? Free of Jews. Judenrein.

Don't be fooled. The so-called "occupation of the West Bank" is merely an excuse. For most Arabs, the real problem is the existence of Israel, a country they have been indoctrinated to deplore since before they could walk. They want Israel to be wiped off the map, something that the civilized world must never allow.

How can the State of Israel make peace with a people who do not recognize its right to exist, with a people who seek to obliterate it from the face of the earth? "Land for peace" is all the rage these days, but let's not forget what happened when Neville Chamberlain tried it with Adolph Hitler (yemach shemo vezichro). As we saw in the 1930s, appeasement does not lead to peace. To the contrary, it emboldens the enemy and leads to war. 

Those who watch the news will remember that Israel already took the path of acquiescence in Gaza, when it expelled ten thousand people from their homes and gave their property over to criminals and ex-murderers. As of the 2006 elections, Gaza is a terrorist enclave run by HAMAS, which fires rockets at Jewish homes  outside the strip EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Appeasement didn't work then, and it won't work now. Israelis may pray for peace, but the Arabs call for blood.

If today you give them Judea and Samaria, tomorrow they will ask for Jerusalem. And the next day they will want to go back to 1947. As the expression goes, if they give them an inch, they will take a yard.  Just as Hitler made no secret of his plan to exterminate the Jewish people while expanding German sovereignty over other countries, today's Arabs make no secret of their anti-Semitic bigotry and territorial ambitions. Their own chant gives them away: "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free." Note the deliberate choice of words: they aren't talking merely about the West Bank; they are talking about "Palestine" - all of it. And their message couldn't be clearer. It is an incitement to genocide, a call for a Judenrein country. Sound familiar? Harry Truman, the first American President to recognize the State of Israel, put it best: "There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."