sickening, really, what Israel's war on the Palestinians is doing,
not just to Palestine, but to America. At my gym, a couple of
hours ago, there was a little confrontation between some right-wing
nutball (actually, a really nice guy) and an Arab immigrant: the
latter was responding to the (loud) suggestion by the former that
all Arabs in America should "go back to their own country."
I'm friends with both of them, yet my efforts to mediate failed
as spectacularly as the Oslo peace process.
walking home, I passed a mailman getting out of his truck: the
guy had the radio on pretty loud, and the announcer was saying,
"Yeah, we give $4 billion a year to Israel."
mailman looked at me, I looked back at him, and he said:
billion? They give nine billion to those guys?"
I said: "You bet they do, bub now ain't that sweet!"
the look on the mailman's face, I knew he was thinking of all
the long hours he worked, and how the government took nearly half
of it away each year and for what? For whom?
I finally! get home (hey, it's only a coupla blocks, but it
seems like a loooong trek today), and what do I find?:
genocide. Against the Palestinians,
disgusting to even have to deal with a moral monster like Reynolds
naturally, the guy's
a lawyer and a college professor but, gee, I guess
somebody has to do it. Here is the sicko quote, in its
"MORE ON MILITARY MATTERS: Steven
Den Beste has an extensive politico-military analysis,
a famous cartoon of two vultures sitting in a tree, and one says
to the other, 'Patience, my ass. I'm going to go kill something.'
It would be unfortunate but perhaps understandable if Israel and
the US finally had reached a point of saying, 'Criticism, my ass.
I'm going to go kill something.' With the situation the way it
is, it's nearly to the point where Israel has nothing to lose
by going into the Palestinian territories and doing their damndest
[sic] to make the Palestinians as miserable as possible. It wouldn't
actually be too hard for the Israelis to start making the West
Bank uninhabitable, for instance; you can ruin a town in fairly
short order without having to level every building in it by taking
out essential services. (If there's no water supply, everyone
will leave.) That step hasn't been taken yet; it's their penultimate
think he's right about this, and it's not clear at all that it's
a bad idea for the Israelis to do such a thing, militarily or
politically. (Extra points to Den Beste for using the word 'penultimate'
correctly, and not as a synonym for 'ultimate.') After all, the
Palestinian populace, thanks to suicide bombing and massive support
therefor, can arguably be viewed as equivalent to a hostile army,
not a bunch of noncombatants.
with all the Euro-criticism of Bush for his "simplistic"
policies and 'disengagement,' it's worth noticing the way in which
Israel's diplomatic isolation especially at the hands of
the EU nations has brought this problem to a head. The
Israelis don't have to worry about what Europe thinks, because
it's increasingly clear that Europe has decided to wash its hands
of Israel and try sucking up to the Arabs no matter what. This
will remain the case unless the Arabs are politically neutralized
by a crushing defeat that leaves, say, the oil wells of Saudi
Arabia, Iraq, etc., in new hands. Thus, for the Israelis, there's
no diplomatic downside to a brutal strategy that emphasizes destabilization
in the mideast, and that places high value on Israel's superior
ability to kill people and break things, as opposed to the current
situation that places high value on Arab nations' skills at lying
and dissembling. The Europeans have shown that they want to side
with a winner regardless of morality, and that they're willing
to overlook Milosevic-like crimes on the part of Arafat because
they think he'll be the winner. It would be unfortunate, but not
surprising, if the Israelis drew a lesson from that."
examine the genocidal logic of the Den Beste/Reynolds plan for
a Final Solution to the Palestinian Problem: the Israelis cut
off the water, the electricity, level the hospitals, arrest all
the doctors, stop all food from going in of course the first
victims of this kind of assault will be the very old and the very
young. How many babies will die for lack of medical care and proper
nutrition? How many oldsters, barely hanging on to life by a thread,
will finally succumb? But of course this attempt at ethnic cleansing
won't convince everyone to leave. It will take a house-to-house
round-up, mass internment, and a Cambodia-style march out of the
cities of Palestine and into where? Where will the victims of
this brutal ethnic cleansing go? And what if they won't go? Gee,
it's a good thing Den Beste had the smarts to know the real meaning
of "penultimate" because the ultimate
solution is all-too-obvious....
"the Israelis don't have to worry about what Europe thinks,"
why not just line the Palestinians up in rows and mow them down?
That is the endgame of this kind of "logic" the logic
of genocide. Glenn Reynolds is sounding like our very own Osama
bin Laden when he writes:
all, the Palestinian populace, thanks to suicide bombing and massive
support therefor, can arguably be viewed as equivalent to a hostile
army, not a bunch of noncombatants."
then, by this new standard of what constitutes a civilian and
a combatant in wartime, we need to start seriously discussing
National Review editor Rich Lowry's brilliant
suggestion that we nuke Mecca and much of the Middle East
after all, didn't some poll somewhere indicate "massive
support" for the suicide bombers? Don't a whole lot of them
think of Osama as the Muslim Pimpernel, and consider him a hero?
Who cares about individual cases, at this point: it's better we
should simply kill them all off, and let God sort it out. Just
to be on the safe side
funny how some very intelligent people can talk themselves into
genocide. Not ha-ha funny, but just plain demented. And this is
how "everything changed" post-9/11, as the bromide goes:
we accept this kind of crazy talk as normal.
the genocidal nutballs of this world the Pol Pots, the Stalins,
the Hitlers, etc. individuals do not exist. Races, classes,
political collectivities these are the only reality. Here, at
the End of
History, the old totalitarian mass murderers are supposed
to be merely ghosts of the past, haunting us, but never really
capable of assuming their old solidity. Except they have
materialized, albeit only on the Internet (so far).
does one refute an argument for genocide? By saying it isn't nice,
it isn't Christian, it isn't civilized, it isn't even human? Of
course, Den Beste is all-too-accurate in comparing the Israeli
and US governments to vultures: but what can we say about someone
who not only empathizes with the dirty disgusting creatures but
actively identifies with them?
hear much about "Islamo-fascism" from these "warblogger"
nerds who use the word where their less intellectual brethren
might choose "raghead." In Reynolds and Den Beste, however, we
appear to be witnessing the birth of Israelo-fascism
the ultimate irony, of course. But to perceive this requires some
degree of self-reflectionn. In the self-referential universe of
the bloggers, blogging means never having to look honestly in