Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Israel has run out of cheeks to turn

Rachel may be weeping for her children.

But Afrah, Aisha, Haleema and Salma are weeping an awful lot more.

These new-made widows howl for their dead husbands; mothers wail for their slaughtered sons and daughters; children scream for the loving embrace of the mother who will never again comfort them; families are bereft; communities ravaged. The weeping is incessant; the suffering incalculable. For every tear that is captured in a photograph, a million are shed unseen, unheard, unfelt by a world obsessed with trivia and increasingly incapable of weeping, as the Lord exhorted, with those who weep.

Israel is acting like a depraved tyrannical maniac. It has persecuted its neighbours for years with an economic blockade which limits imports to humanitarian supplies and prevents all exports - a policy which has virtually eradicated private industry and brought Gaza's economy to collapse. And now the Interior Ministry has been flattened, the Islamic University destroyed, mosques purposely targeted, and the private home of Hamas’s democratically-elected leader has been razed to the ground. Israel is slaughtering the innocents, bombing women and children to kingdom come, wherever that kingdom may be – she’ol, jannah, Jahannam; they don’t really care.

Cranmer thought Tony Blair was supposed to be a peace envoy to the Middle East.

He has failed spectacularly.

And David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has made a strongly worded appeal for an immediate ceasefire.

But his is an impotent voice pathetically whistling in the wind: he is an insignificant nobody; an irrelevant mediocrity; an ineffectual commoner and expendable pawn in a game dominated by rooks, knights, bishops and kings.

Israel has declared war with Hamas ‘to the bitter end’ in response to rockets being fired by Palestinian militants into southern Israeli towns. But over the past eight years these rockets have claimed fewer than 20 Israeli lives. The death toll in Gaza is currently in excess of 300, with almost 2000 Palestinians reported injured.

And what is the best Israel might expect from this war? Another temporary ceasefire?

It will simply be yet another in a long line of ceasefires, each of which has been broken by one side or the other, each of which has manifestly failed, and each of which leaves Israel even more isolated than it was before the previous one. Israel wants to stop the fire, so it meets fire with fire. Might is right.

Bombing does not lead to peace; the bullet is no guarantor of stability or security. Zionism has been ill-served by all military operations, for none has ever advanced dialogue with its enemies; none has ever yielded progress.

And yet...

...even as Israel hits the Islamist factions inside Gaza, Hamas continues to fire rockets into southern Israel, hitting the city of Ashkelon with their longer-range missiles, still arbitrarily murdering Israeli civilians. As Israel has massed tanks and mobilised thousands of reservists in preparation for a ground offensive, Hamas has called upon an army of 1500, swelled with thousands of civilian supporters. About half a million Israelis live within range of the militants’ crude and sometimes deadly projectiles; they have endured hundreds of the things raining upon them without warning, day and night.

Israel has simply run out of cheeks to turn.

This is not a war against Gaza, but against Hamas. And Hamas is a terrorist organisation, however democratically-elected. Israel says that it cannot make a fresh deal with Hamas, likening it to the West signing a détente with al-Qaeda. And they should know, for they live with a 7/7 every day, and expect a 9/11 at any moment.

They do not need to justify themselves with press briefings about the university laboratories being used for weapons manufacturing and development. They do not need to brief the world that university lecturers teach bomb-making, or that mosques are used to shield the militants. They do not need to report Israeli intelligence that many Palestinians in Gaza were fed up with Hamas.

For all of this will be dismissed as propaganda by an obsessively anti-Israel media.

It would be comforting, to a degree, if this battle were 'to the end'. But this will not be Israel's final reckoning with Hamas. It may be bloodiest, but there will be future battles, and they will continue until the sons of Ishmael love their sons as much as they hate the sons of Isaac.

And Cranmer thinks this may be quite some time.

In the meantime, what might Aquinas say?

Well, Israel will take as much note of him as they have of the British Foreign Secretary. Not because he too is a pitiable pipsqueak, but because the rules of engagement have changed, and the concept of a ‘Just War’ has become as negotiable as every other Christian notion in the postmodern world of relativism.

So Cranmer wishes to articulate the most just way forward for Israel at this present time:

You must ignore the UN Secretary General and the EU 'High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs'. They do not know what they are talking about. Hamas is not likely to surrender, for it is steeped in a religio-political ideology of resistance and martyrdom. Since they are attacking you - albeit primitively and indiscriminately - you must eliminate the source of their weaponry. If this cannot be done through border-checks and blockades, you must respond proportionately. Since this means you will kill their civilians as indiscriminately as they are killing yours, you have no option but to meet arbitrary fire with precision fire, but your fire must be stronger than their fire, or the undeclared war will drag on for years, and the deaths you suffer will not merit a headline, while their casualties will be disproportionately broadcast to the four corners of the earth. If you do not kill, you will be killed. You have no choice but to ignore the worldwide liberal media (and the British Foreign Secretary) and kill your enemy. If you do not do so, you will be perceived as weak, and this will (with EU aid) embolden those who seek to destroy you. If you try to negotiate, you will find yourself confronting Allah himself, for these terrorists believe they fight for their god, and he is on their side. Jihad cannot be negotiated with, and all attempts to do so will result in a victory for the jihadist, a prolonging of the suffering, and a postponement of the inevitable final conflict.

And while the world's media focuses on the tears of Afrah, Aisha, Haleema and Salma, you can be comforted in the knowledge that their Hamas-indoctrinated, jihadi-obsessed husbands - Abdul, Ahmed, Umar and Mohammed - have been despatched to Jahannam.

And the coming of the Prince of Peace is a little nearer.


Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...


Why is the British establishment in denial both about the present extent, and especially the future severity of the Muslim problem within Britain?

According to the Telegraph in 2007, 'Mohammed' was poised to overtake 'Jack' as the favourite name for baby boys in Britain: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1573186/Mohammed-to-overtake-Jack-as-favourite-name.html

But if you check the official list of favourite baby boys’ names in 2008, 'Mohammed' is nowhere to be seen: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4013794/Olivia-and-Jack-most-popular-names-of-2008.html

Either the Muslims have stopped breeding, or have started calling their sons 'Olivia', or the British establishment is being economical with the truth.

30 December 2008 at 01:48  
Blogger Sean Vieira said...


I am rather confused by one portion of your commentary, where you say,

"... you must respond proportionately. Since this means you will kill their civilians as indiscriminately as they are killing yours ..."

Are you saying that Israel ought to engage in terror tactics similar to Hamas? Or are you saying this tongue-in-cheek, stating that, while it would seem proportionate to use indiscriminate fire, in reality they ought to use "precision fire" to limit or eliminate civilian deaths?

30 December 2008 at 01:50  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

First they'll come for the Jews, but then they'll crucify the Christians:

"Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari'a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.

Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn't feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas."


30 December 2008 at 02:09  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Well said. This will be difficult to swallow for the wish wash brigade, but they kill more people with their nonsense.

30 December 2008 at 09:57  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

"This is not a war against Gaza, but against Hamas".

If that is so then it has been astoundingly ill-considered. This is not the first time that Israel has taken such military action and, because of repeated failure, it will not be the last. The declared position of this being a war against Hamas is dubious. Cynics might argue that it is a war 'for' Gaza.

If Israel believes it will achieve lasting peace for its citizens - and, possibly, the region - by force of arms, then it is deluded.

Israel's actions have forced moderate Moslems into a position of having to choose between supporting fellow Moslems or supporting Jews. What is most likely? And let's bear in mind that this 'war' is prima facie about oppression of one religion or another - at least that is the way it is being presented (by both sides).

What Israelis have to understand is the concept of martyrdom which is so firmly fixed in the minds of their protagonists. What Israelis should also understand is that the prospect of martyrdom is much less appealing to those who are relatively affluent. High time for the Israelis to wage a more subtle war - that of economic manipulation and control.

30 December 2008 at 11:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel will always smash the Palestinian government, whoever is in power. Because, whilst disorganized, the Palestinian people pose little threat to the Israeli state.

"Precision fire"? Gaza has a population density not much less than London. How can an air attack on a city (originally involving 60 jets) be described as 'precise'? Cowardly, yes. But precise, no.

30 December 2008 at 12:05  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

We are all in the same war,these barbarians have been hi-jacking,murdering olympic athletes and bombing us since the seventies,and all it seems that our "administration" can do is ruthlessly grant them assylum,it is high time for a crushing response to thier idiocy,and i mean devastating,one that will be remembered for a thousand years,for make no mistake they believe that they are at war with us and the longer it is ignored ,the more people will die in the tube and in the twin towers and everywhere else,there is only one response when some-one is intent upon killing you.

30 December 2008 at 12:17  
Anonymous EUBanana said...

Very sad. I got no time for the Zionists of the early 20th century personally - just another flavour of religious zealot leaving a trail of corpses on the road to the promised land.

But that was sixty years ago now. It's the sins of the fathers weighing down on Israel and Palestine.

I'm not sure Hamas is the problem. Hamas is a symptom, same as the various extremists in the Israeli Knesset, who are in there thanks to their proportional representation government. The problem is hate.

There isn't really a solution to that, unfortunately...

30 December 2008 at 13:18  
Blogger McKenzie said...

The problem is hate. Muslims hate everyone else. Simple as that. Islam is a cancer which will rot the flesh of humanity. Regardless of how many documentaries they put on TV to try and convince us otherwise.

30 December 2008 at 15:27  
Anonymous oiznop said...

McKenzie - Muslims do not hate everyone else any more than Christians hate everyone else. Some Muslims do, some Christians do but you can't lump them all together and criticise an entire group of adherents. You could even criticise Islam (the religion might be a cancer) but to say that Muslims (as people) hate everybody else shows your own ignorance. You can't have met many Muslims and I bet you haven't got any friends who are. You'll probably say you don't want any, and that'll just expose you for what you are.

30 December 2008 at 15:44  
Blogger Damo Mackerel said...

The greates threat to the Palestinians are Hamas and its' terrorist supporters, the Iranians and Syrians. Would anyone like to take a guess at who are the biggest killers of arabs in the mid east?

30 December 2008 at 16:30  
Blogger McKenzie said...

you dont object to exposing yourself as lily livered whining twat, so yeah, i do not believe in moderate Islam. In fact I have had a stinking gut full of it.

30 December 2008 at 19:03  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

I'm surprised at you Cranmer, I thought you knew the Lord's word on the subject of Palestine.

30 December 2008 at 20:13  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Seems to me that the Lords word is unfolding very well.Very well indeed. But there would be none of it without our highly predictable stupidity. But non the less it is unfolding very well indeed. Level Palestine the the dome, rebuild the temple...bobs your sister.

30 December 2008 at 21:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn the Middle east into Glass.
No more wailing just silence.
No more home base for Wahabbism and the rest of that crap.

Then we can start on Pakistan, Indonesia, North Africa and then all the other stans.

Finally we can get round to China, Russia and India.

Then we can disband the UN and set up an organisation of democratic countries.

A world without Terror just nice people who talk things over :-)

31 December 2008 at 02:29  
Blogger it's either banned or compulsory said...

The Levantines of Gaza voted for a Hamas Government in the full knowledge of its antipathy toward Israel. Did the Republicans of Northern Ireland ever vote for the Real IRA ?
Much is made of the unfortunate civilian casualties but, according to the Telegraph yesterday quoting Palestinian medical sources, of the 320 dead at that stage, 56 were civilians, a remarkably low proportion in modern warfare.

As to the wider world the Islamists will see the bleatings of Miliband and the effete pacifism of the EU and rejoice.

Happy New Year.

31 December 2008 at 03:30  
Anonymous len said...

Israel pulled out of gaza, bulldozed their settlements,and handed over the land.
Hamas used this gesture of goodwill to set up their rocket sites and fire 6,000 missiles into Israel(setting these rocket sites up amongst civilian sites.)
The arab nations surrounding Israel don`t want peace they want to obliterate Israel, wipe it off the map.

31 December 2008 at 09:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The U N wants to lift the blockade to let humanitarian aid into Gaza, there seems to be no shortage of rockets only food for the women and children!

31 December 2008 at 09:10  
Anonymous Andy W said...

Matthew 5:7

31 December 2008 at 11:30  
Blogger DP111 said...

Unsworth wrote: Israel's actions have forced moderate Moslems into a position of having to choose between supporting fellow Moslems or supporting Jews. What is most likely?

Moderate Muslims? Since 9/11 there has been a huge effort to find this lost tribe but with no success.

There never was a choice for Muslims to support Jews over fellow Muslims, and they never will, as the Koran explicitly forbids such an action.

2 January 2009 at 01:26  

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