Monday, 19 November 2012
He can't figure out, doesn't want to figure out, perhaps is afraid to look into trying to figure out, the relevance of Islam to the Arab Muslim war -- a neverending war, with so "solution" save that of continued Israeli deterrence, made more potent and more obvious. Instead, he writes something question-begging: that the Arabs and Jews have been at it for "more than 100 years." More than 100 years? Ever since the first century of Islam, Muslims have been making war, that is conducting Jihad, to subjugate all non-Muslims, and the war against the Infidel nation-state of Israel is simply the most publicized of the local theatres of that world-wide war without end.
Here's his article, anyway. You can spot all the other errors for yourself;
The callousness of Hamas
By Richard Cohen,
Of all the points of disagreement between Israel and Hamas, maybe the most profound is this one: Israel cares more about sparing innocent lives — including those of Palestinians — than does Hamas. Not only have Hamas and other militant groups this year sent more than 700 rockets crashing haphazardly into southern Israel, but also Hamas instigated yet another war where the chief loser will certainly be its own people. If hell has a beach, it’s located in Gaza.
The Gaza Strip is a congested, fetid place. It is densely populated [yes, this is always noted, but never noted is why -- the Arab Muslims have families with 8 or 10 or 14 children, and they do so without any visible means of support. They do not believe in limiting family size to match resources; they expect -- and so far their expectations have been met -- the non-Muslim world to supply them with aid, great amounts of it, and forever. They are well aware of the usefulness, in conducting Jihad, of the instrument of demography, and seeing their children as a kind of cannon fodder, or fodder of another kind, they hardly care about their life prospects. The more Muslims and Arabs, they think, in their collectivist way, the better for Islam. That's why the Gaza Strip is so "densely populated" and will get more so. And that's why the impoverished land of Egypt, which fifty years ago had 20 million people, and 25 years ago had 40 million people, now has more than 80 million and by 2020 may have 120 million -- all while the populations of the most advanced countries have stayed steady, or are declining, and in China the one child policy ensures decline. Only in melancholy, miserable Iran, has the population, disenchanted and in despair, chosen to limit its family size, or not to marry at all - a silent expression of dismay and disgust at the country's rulers, and at the Islam which they take so seriously, and which animates their every move]. and in the slums and housing blocks, Hamas has hidden its weapons, explosives and rocket launchers. Israel has gone out of its way to avoid civilian casualties. Its air force has used new, highly accurate ammunition aiming for rocket-launching sites and government installations. For the most part, it has succeeded.
For Hamas, civilian casualties are an asset. Palestinians love and grieve as do other people [this is the old stieglitzian family-of-man people-are-the-same-the-whole-world-over nonsense; people are not the same the whole world over, and while photographs depict the same emotions -- laughing and grief, for example -- they do not tell us what very different things may prompt laughter, outrage, tears, and so on, among very different people and peoples.]but Hamas leadership knows that the world has gotten impatient with Israel. Increasingly, many people now see Israel as the aggressor, as Gaza’s occupying power (never mind the 2005 pullout), and they overlook such trifles as the Hamas charter, which is repellently anti-Semitic and cites the discredited forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” In the Hamas cosmology, Jews are so evil that somehow “they also stood behind World War II, where they collected immense benefits from trading with war materials.” This, you would have to concede, is a wholly original take on the Holocaust.
Many in the West heroically ignore such nonsense. They embrace Hamas as the champions of a victimized Third World people. In recent days, some editorialists have bemoaned the war and Hamas’ role in inciting it. But then comes the inevitable “however.” “However, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu must also take much blame for stoking resentment among Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank for so long,” opined the Financial Times. The New York Times’ caveat came lower down in its initial editorial on the war: “But it would be easier to win support for retaliatory action if Israel was engaged in serious negotiations with Hamas’ rival, the Palestinian Authority.” Apparently, 700 rockets are not enough.
Look, let us stipulate: Palestinians have suffered greatly. They have legitimate grievances [no, the local Arabs whom Cohen describes, mechanically, as the "Palestinians" or, still worse, the "Palestinian people, " have no legitiamate grievances against Israel. If they have any "legitimate grievances' it is against fellow Arabs, especially the rich ones of the Gulf, who are eager to use them as the shock troops in the violent Jihad against Israel.] Israel has at times been a bully,[nonsense] and the slow and steady march of West Bank settlements is both wrong and destructive of the (nonexistent) peace process. But for all this, it is insane to apply the Officer Krupke rule (from “West Side Story”) to Hamas: “We ain’t no delinquents, we’re misunderstood. Deep down inside us there is good.” There is little good in Hamas.
Hamas is not the passive party in this struggle. It rules Gaza by force. The other day it murdered — please don’t say “executed” — an alleged collaborator without the inconvenience of a trial, shooting the man on a crowded street. It chose to make war by allowing more militant groups to use Gaza as a launching pad for rockets and firing off the occasional rocket itself. No nation is going to put up with this sort of terror. The rockets do some, not a lot of damage, but that’s not the point. The point instead is that people who have the wherewithal will not continue to live in a place where even the occasional rocket can come down on your kids’ school. This is not a mere border problem. For Israel, this is an existential threat.[a prefabricated phrase "existential threat" whose use semaphores a lack of vigilance with words].
What various editorial writers and others seem not to understand is that the very peace agreement they accuse Israel of forestalling is, in fact, impeded by Hamas’ use of violence. Who wants to make peace with extremists? Who wants to give up land for the promises of peace offered by zealots who read Hitler for inspiration? [what need Mein Kampf when they can they read the Qur'an and Hadith for even more venerable, heartfelt and homegrown inspiration?]Israel pulled out of Gaza once already. Abandoned greenhouses were refurbished by Jewish philanthropists in America. The greenhouses were trashed and with them what now seems like naive optimism. Soon, Hamas took control and the rockets started hitting Israel.
This war between Arabs and Jews, between Israelis and Palestinians, is well over 100 years old. [ it is "well over 100 years old, and in fact is about 1350 years old, because it is a war over control of territory, and over the submission, or failure to submit, of non-Muslims to Muslim rule, and this war is called Jihad, and is religiously sanctioned, and conducted by Muslims against all non-Muslims, not only Jews. But the particular ferocity in this case is a result of two things: 1) the fact that Jews were always despised and held to be especially resistant to Muhammad's message -- for more on this see the just-published study by David Hayden on Muhammad and the Jews and 2) the Infidel nation-state of Israel is situated right in the middle of Arabdom, breaking up the otherwise uninterrupted uniformity of Arab Muslim rule from the Atlantic to the Gulf, and this rankles to the point of inducing near-insanity in Muslim Arab minds]. Both sides have a case and both sides have proved to be indomitable. But both sides are not equally right in all instances. Hamas sent rockets into Israel, not caring if they hit a chicken coop or a group of toddlers jumping in and out of a sprinkler. You want balance? Here’s balance. Hamas didn’t care if its own people died either.
Posted on 11/19/2012 3:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
19 Nov 2012
He forgot to add that Israel can bomb Gaza with impunity since now is just about the first time in 3000 years that there are no Jews living in Gaza.