WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Images show Sunni tribesmen from Shaitat, near Deir ez Zor in Syria, being marched into the desert before being shot in the head.
And this is what the “Religion of Peace” is about.
Don’t take me wrong, I am all for religious liberties in America and other civilized nations. But Islam must be eradicated from the face of the earth, as long as it remains in this seventh-century desert tribalism. Anyone who side with the Hamas warlords in Gaza, or anyone who call for U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., are essentially supporting everything that is contrary to the Western classical liberal values. It is only because of pervasive rhetoric of “oppression” and relativism in what passes today as “progressivism,” the leftists in America are misled into becoming unwitting propaganda machines for Islamofascists — the very people who would torture and execute them for being atheists, gays, communists, feminists, etc. Let’s not fool ourselves. Islamic fundamentalism is the greatest foreign threat to all civilized nations of the world. It requires dedicated military strengths and overwhelming military supremacy to contain the spread of Islamism.
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Just to put things in perspective.
How does Hamas have means to obtain missiles such as this? Where does it get this kind of money? Who supplies (and smuggles) deadly weapons to Gaza?
This is a well-funded and well-equipped operation with foreign connection (Iran openly admits its involvement).
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Respectability is not obsolete
I am a strong proponent of respectability politics as an effective path for advancement of the underprivileged people. Respectability politics, in recent years, have become out-of-fashion among left-radicals and far-left activists. However, respectability is not obsolete. It is the only viable method for a successful self-empowerment of peoples and communities that are “oppressed” (by the definition of the left-radicals).
Respectability politics call for a higher standard among their people. They rightly acknowledge that a big part of one’s social and economic advancement depends on one’s willingness to learn and better themselves to become productive and competitive. Unlike today’s progressives, it believes in everyone’s inherent inner strengths and capacities for change. Likewise, it strongly believes that morality and virtues are universal attributes of all humankind, not just those of the wealthy white men. It means that agency and capacity for moral choices exist in every person, in spite of formidable disadvantages and challenges. It does not shift blames for behavioral and cultural deficiencies on the others, even as it works to eliminate barriers for social participation and economic advancement.
The truth is that in this post-modern society, perception is everything. How we are perceived by the larger society is directly tied to the outcomes of every social movement. Those who are in power (politicians, top bureaucrats) and those with sufficient political influence (lobbyists, billionaires) are only swayed by narratives that look respectable — as well as those that help bring respectability to them (they too are products of public perceptions, for without them they would not be rich and powerful). Any successful movement therefore must be unquestionably and undisputably respectable.
Ultimately, respectability politics is also about “uplift.” Helping poor people become well-educated and cultured citizens with passion for entrepreneurship and civic values is a positive development because it goes well beyond mere public relations. It creates a long-term positive impact that would raise the standards of living and culture.
Understanding what the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gaza branch wants by studying its theology, strategy, and history
How to deal with Gaza violence
Once again, I am appalled by the double-standard exhibited by the progressives when it comes to the Israel-Arab conflict. This past week, the Occupy National Gathering (NATGAT 2014) passed a resolution condemning Israel for alleged “war crimes” and “genocide” without ever mentioning Hamas or its crimes against humanity.
Classical liberals (now called conservatives in the U.S.) sought to liberate people from backward cultures such as Arab Islamism. There was a tacit understanding that the notion of freedom and rights came mainly from the Western Civilization founded upon the European history, Greco-Roman philosophy and Judeo-Christian tradition. Today, progressives (often called liberals today in the U.S.) reject such a notion in favor of relativism and “multiculturalism.” To them, oppression comes from rich white male capitalists in America, not from the seventh-century oppressive social conventions from the Near/Middle Eastern and African deserts. I cannot fathom how otherwise-champions of feminism, religious freedom, multiculturalism, civil liberties, etc., can uncritically accept the Palestinian propaganda narratives as truth without ever examining what is actually going on, or actually listening to people who are affected by the crimes committed by Hamas — and actually side with this aspiring despots who embody violence, religious intolerance, homophobia, misogyny, rape culture, feudalism, and xenophobia.
Hamas is an anti-Jewish, Islamist terrorist group whose goal is a complete annihilation of Jews in so-called Palestine. Like their cousins Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt it seeks a theocracy governed by shariah law.
Israel has agreed to numerous ceasefires, only to be reneged by Hamas almost immediately.
Israel issues warnings to civilians of Gaza, operates Red Crescent hospitals on the Israeli side of the fence, and keeps the checkpoints open to deliver food, medicine and other materials into Gaza. In response, Hamas forcibly place children, women and the sick on the roofs of buildings in which it has hidden weapons. Nothing except its messed up religious fanaticism is sacred to Hamas. It has used hospitals and schools as their fortresses, knowing that it would make it difficult for the Israel Defense Forces to launch an attack without making itself look bad in the eyes of international community. Hamas rejoices every time children are “martyred” on the streets and in their homes. Every such tragedy is thoroughly exploited by Hamas as propaganda to further isolate and discredit Israel as it simply tries to protect its own citizens from criminals who put themselves outside the Israeli law.
Obviously the same old approach isn’t working, but there is the most obvious that nobody wants to talk about: this tragedy will end when Hamas ends.
The U.N. has not been a good vehicle for peace, as it is by the virtue of statistics biased against Israel. The People’s Republic of China, one of the permanent members of the Security Council, has long sided with the PLO. Beijing holds a power to veto anything that comes out of the U.N. Likewise, there are many U.N. member states that are either Islamist or Non-Aligned, and they are almost always hostile to Israel. Lacking fairness, the U.N. cannot be trusted to act neutrally in the matter of the Israel-Arab conflict.
The U.S. foreign policy also requires some revision. Under the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the U.S. had overthrown secularist dictatorial regimes and helped install Islamist states in their place. Iraq under the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party was mostly a secular socialist state. Now Iraq is half-governed by the Islamist terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Libya was once a secularist socialist nation under Gaddafi, called the Great Socialist Libya Arab Jamahiriya. Now it’s an Islamist state. Egypt, long governed by Hosni Mubarak, was relatively an open society by North African standard. The Muslim Brotherhood overthrew Mubarak in the Arab Spring, and in spite of initial optimism, Egypt quickly became an Islamist regime. Considering the threat to global security and human rights, the U.S. needs to discourage and deter further development of Islamic theocracies and caliphates in the Western Asia and Africa (as well as in Europe).
Finally, Israel needs to assert its sovereignty over Gaza and Judea-Samaria areas. The Oslo Accord has already proven to be a demonstrated failure. It has not lived up to its promise of ending terrorism. The Palestinian government now is a failed state that no longer controls Gaza. Hamas has somehow managed to smuggle deadly weapons from Iran, and apparently possesses financial wherewithal to do what it does. This is not another Intifada where kids are killed by Israeli soldiers for throwing a rock. This is well-financed and well-equipped operation that is backed by foreign Islamist and pro-Islamist interests. Israel needs to enforce its laws and protect the lives and human rights of civilians, Jews and Arabs alike.
If I were the prime minister of the State of Israel, I would urge the Knesset to renounce the Oslo Accord and immediately appoint a military government authority for Judea-Samaria and for Gaza, which would have a plenary administrative, legislative and judicial power.
Then I would send IDF tanks from all directions into the former Palestinian territories in order to eradicate members of terrorist groups and to destroy all weapons and explosives. The terrorists, including former members of the Palestinian government and parliament, would be arrested and imprisoned in solitary confinement. They would not be killed or executed, as the last thing we want is another “martyrdom” that would further embolden the Islamists at home and abroad. Instead, they will be subjected to an intensive deprogramming curriculum, which would include a series of extreme humiliation (humiliation only if they are Islamic fundamentalists, such as forcing them to keep a pet dog in each cell, or being subjected to schooling with a female teacher) and incessant proselytizing.
In the mean time, all former Palestinian areas will be incorporated into Israel and all residents would receive Israeli nationality (but without full citizenship until the integration process is completed). They will be forced to learn Hebrew and re-educated in Israeli schools. All Arab language broadcasting would be expropriated and will only broadcast contents would be conducive to integrate the Arabs into Israeli society and turn them into patriotic and law-abiding citizens.
Eventually most Arabs will realize that they have been deceived all their lives by the Islamic fundamentalists. In Israel they will not be killed for renouncing Islam, or whipped for going out without hijab. Arab Christians are respected and important part of Israel’s heritage, whereas Islamism continues to seek death to Christians. Along with Arabs who are already citizens of Israel, they will eventually be able to participate in Israel’s democracy and run for public office.
Name the problem and hold the problem accountable
I am tired of the deluge of pro-“Palestinian” memes and propaganda on social media that are coming from those who call themselves progressives, liberals or leftists.
As usual, critical thinking is missing.
It is important to separate lies from facts.
First of all, the Gaza problem should not be conflated with the West Bank problems. The so-called Palestinian “government” in Ramallah has lost its control over Gaza to terrorist organization Hamas several years ago. Like Somalia, Gaza is run by warlords whose only goal is to engage in violence with no objectives for winning. They know they cannot win. They just continue their reign of terror to make themselves martyrs and while at it, dragging as many kids and women down to hell with them. “Palestine” is a failed state that cannot even maintain its own law and order. Israel does not consider Hamas a subject of diplomacy. America does not engage in diplomacy or negotiate with al-Qaeda. Why should Israel reason with evil terrorists?
Secondly, there is one easy, simple solution to end this all, and that is for Hamas to stop its criminal acts. The ball is entirely in their court. It is up to Hamas to make a choice. In light of the Hamas terror and crime, the Israeli government and military have exercised an extraordinary restraint and compassion. There are 60 or so underground tunnels Hamas had dug under the buffer walls. Hamas has hidden rockets and bombs in civilian facilities such as schools and hospitals, as well as under private homes and on the roofs of apartment buildings — and uses children as human shields. When North Korea tried to infiltrate South Korea by secret tunnels, the U.S. and R.O.K. military destroyed the tunnels. When the U.S. Homeland Security found tunnels under the borders from Mexico and Canada, used for drug and arms trafficking, the U.S. government took appropriate law enforcement actions. It is every country’s sovereign prerogative to defend itself and its people from those who seek harm.
Finally, those who purport to be progressive and liberal must oppose Islamic extremism, which runs counter to every value they claim to uphold. Unlike Christianity and Judaism, Islam has never undergone enlightenment. The Islamic religion still operates under the culture and values of the 7th century Middle Eastern desert tribalism. What Hamas and other Islamists advocate, there is nothing compatible with Western civilization. It makes no sense for feminists to stand with Gaza, when Hamas is forcing a regime of Islamic theocracy, which is an epitome of ultra-patriarchy unthinkable even by the ultraconservative Western imagination. It certainly is not a matter of racial justice, either, as it is Hamas that promotes a virulent form of xenophobia which treats Jews as subhumans or worse.
The State of Israel remains the only Western-style democracy in Asia west of India. It was founded by secularists such as David Ben-Gurion and Theodore Herzl and as such, religious pluralism, multiculturalism and tolerance have always been part of Israel’s history. Israelis do not bomb mosques or churches, but Islamists persecute Christians and burn down churches (Mosul is yet another example of Islamic religious intolerance). Nobody is executed in Israel for being a member of religious minority, being “immodest,” or being gay or lesbian (Israel is the only truly safe place for LGBTQ people in Asia, save Hong Kong and Taiwan — and to a lesser extent South Korea and Japan). In “Palestine” and other Islamist regimes, they are routinely harassed, violated, beaten up, whipped and even executed. Even though there are ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel, no women in Israel are forced into covering up their faces or heads, and non-practicing Jews do not encounter violence (a large percentage of Israeli Jews are secular).
I am perplexed as to why anyone with a Western conscience and value would side with the terrorists of Gaza. Perhaps much of this phenomenon is related to the post-modern disease of moral relativism, in which “oppressed people” are somehow immune from moral responsibilities (which, by the way, is highly patronizing and even racist/classist, as it assumes falsely that the “oppressed people” are also incapable of morality). According to this ideology, the “oppressed people” possess no agency, and therefore anything they do should be blamed on other, “privileged” class of people. Using this argument, Hamas becomes “oppressed” victims of the “privileged” U.S. and Israel. Race card is played endlessly as progressives cast Hamas as Blacks in search for liberation, or as aborigines trying to defend their home from colonization. In the progressive parallel world, if you are oppressed you can get away with anything, even murders and crimes against humanity. So much for equality!
What Hamas does is inexcusable.
There is only one way to end the tragedy in Gaza, and that is entirely up to Hamas to stop engaging in terrorism. Then, and only then, Israel will end its military engagement.
It’s time for Israel to terminate the Oslo Accord, and resume its exercise of sovereignty and direct political control over West Bank and Gaza. The PLO, Fatah and Hamas have proven to be incompetent in conducting themselves peacefully. It will be for the good of the Arab residents there to receive the benefits of Israeli citizenship, just as the Arab Israelis in other parts of Israel have for many decades.