Foolish Cowards: The Flotilla Shows its Colors

In an op-ed which will hopefully appear in a Swedish newspaper and which I will then post here, I wrote about the bizarre behavior of the European progressives participating in this “flotilla of fools” to Gaza.

    The only people this flotilla does assist, are the elected leaders of Gaza, Hamas. Here it gets curious. These European saviors think that they will help these leaders help their people. But Hamas is not a social democratic regime. It is a pre-modern, predatory élite that exploits its people, in this case, theocratic fanatics who promised an end to domestic corruption, and honor in the struggle for Palestine, and gave their people instead, death, destruction, and more misery. Even its kindergartens teach their death cult.

    And more corruption. When Israel recently opened its crossing in the far south, militants targeted it with Qassams on behalf of the tunnel moguls, who were losing money as prices dropped. With the material Hamas garnered through those tunnels – especially cement – they now rebuild their prison and more police stations, as well as a shopping center where Hamas employees get special privileges.

    As for the wretched people who lost their homes in a war Hamas did much to provoke… it’s Israel’s fault. Let the do-gooder Western progressives pressure Israel to open the borders to cement. Hamas has a vested in the blockade: it secures their power. This flotilla comes not to the aid of blockaded Palestinians, but to the aid of those people responsible for the blockade.

Now today this article in Ynet (HT/TB5Y) about an exchange between the Shalit family and the organizers — who all invoke great zeal for human rights the world over — reveals an interesting dimension to their problems identifying reality.

Shalit family’s offer to back Gaza flotilla declined

Kidnapped soldier’s family asks organizers of aid mission to urge Hamas to allow international organizers to visit him. Family’s attorney: I thought they supported human rights
Ahiya Raved
Published: 05.27.10, 13:46 / Israel News

Gilad Shalit’s family offered to support the international flotilla to Gaza if its participants would demand that Hamas permit various organizations to visit the kidnapped Israeli soldier and allow him to receive packages.

Members of the campaign for Shalit’s release said the organizers of the international aid mission to Gaza declined the offer.

Attorney Nick Kaufman, who approached the Free Gaza Movement on behalf of the kidnapped soldier’s family, told Ynet that he offered the flotilla’s organizers the family’s full support provided that “in addition to their demand that Israel lift its blockade they will urge Hamas to allow the soldier to receive letters and food packages from his family and allow international organizations to visit him.”

According to Kaufman, he was referred to the movement’s legal counsel, who rejected the offer.

It would be nice to know the wording of the response. Always valuable to know how people explain themselves publicly.

“I thought this movement supports human rights, as it claims, but according to the reaction it seems that it is only interested in provocation and expressing support for a terror group that doesn’t really care about human rights,” said the attorney.

Now there are two scenarios here. 1) They are afraid to ask for fear of alienating Hamas; 2) they feel Shalit is not a victim, but an aggressor, and therefore not their concern.

If you go by the second, ideological scenario, they continue to pose as heroes, saving the Palestinians from the Israelis like earlier heroes came to the aid of the Greeks occupied by the Nazis.

Of course, if they can so dehumanize their enemies that they can’t see them as having human rights, then they’re beginning to resemble Hitler’s Willing Executioners, ordinary men (Resereve police) who, when told to kill every Jewish man woman and child in Polish towns, complied willingly because they did not think they were dealing with fellow humans.

If you go by the first, then, it also explains why these people can tilt at any windmill with a Star of David painted on it. They think they’re brave because they defy the Israelis (who will not retaliate), but they’re really cowards, because they they won’t defy Hamas (who will).

That’s why current human rights works overwhelmingly against the democratic countries. The flotilla crew (like Goldstone) insist they will challenge human rights violations everywhere. “Just like we don’t accept the Israeli behavior in Gaza, we will not accept it anywhere.”

But as long as they are afraid to challenge those who retaliate, they’ll only criticize those who tolerate the criticism, and in compensation for their cowardice, grow hotly indignant about the crimes they do denounce. Moynihan wrote out the “law” involved here:

The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.

It explains the dynamics behind the Human Rights Complex.

I wonder if these legends in their own mind are aware of the way Nazis treated resistance in Greece? It might help them identify who are the “Nazis” in this scenario.

See also Solomonia’s discussion of this topic.

39 Responses to Foolish Cowards: The Flotilla Shows its Colors

  1. incognito says:

    Waste of time and effort by both RL and Shalit’s family.

    To be honest, while I understand Shalit’s family suffering, I just don’t accept their behaviors over the years, which seems to reflect the attitude “we don’t give a ff about the country and its people and the damage that will flow to them due to our behavior”.

    The reality is that Shalit was a soldier. What is more,
    if I recall correctly, there was some negligence on his part and that of his comrades in arms that facilitated the kidnapping.

    But his family and many others in Israel have given up their dignity and are making clear to the sadists of Hamas and Fatah that they can extort anything from Israel if they keep kidnapping. During Cast lead several hundreds of these sadists were killed, but Israel was negotiating the release of more than 1000 of them, thus making the war a net gain for Hamas.

    And they have not learned to stop this behavior even after experiencing such consequences over and over again. And they probably won’t learn from the flotilla’s response either.

    I am sorry, but Israel is doing it to itself. It used to be that Zahal protected the population, but for a while it’s been the other way around. Any wonder that the arabs see themselves winning?

  2. Diane says:

    I am bothered by the imagery of this flotilla. It is another appropriation from the Jewish Holocaust — namely the “Exodus” exerience. How long before the media latches on to the irony of Israeli naval ships preventing a rag-tag fleet of unarmed civilians from landing on the shores of the Promised Land? How long before one of these ships sinks — either at the hands of Hamas, or the passengers themselves, or, perish the thought, an Israeli mistake a la Liberty?

  3. incognito says:

    How long before one of these ships sinks — either at the hands of Hamas, or the passengers themselves, or, perish the thought, an Israeli mistake a la Liberty?

    Most probably this was already planned by the organizers.

    I’ve often said that if Israel is accused of all these crimes anyway it should commit them and at least justify the accusations and perhaps intimidate further actions against her.

  4. sshender says:

    Incognito,

    You just stroke a very sensitive chord in Israeli society which was actually discussed at length following the two recent wars. In Israel there is reversal between the role of soldiers and civilians whereby the former are cherished and mourned more than the latter. I think it stems from the unique situation Israel is forced into and its history.

    I tried looking up some of it, but as it was mostly in the papers little of it made it to the net. However, I did manage to find Udi Label’s wonderful, though somewhat outdated, op-ed whose translation I present here:

    The decision to evacuate the soldiers of the District Coordination Office near the Erez crossing because of what has been called a “terrorist threat”, is further evidence of a hierarchy of painful Israeli bereavement. A hierarchy which beyond its fascinating cultural significance, according to which soldiers’ lives are worth more than civilian lives in Israel, also explains the failures of the withdrawal from Lebanon, the disengagement from Gaza, the weakness of the residents in proximity to the Gaza strip today, and predicts the future abandonment of border communities.

    Already during the Second Lebanon War it was clear that the fighting began and will stop only when the dead bodies of our soldiers will be covered by national flags. Sad to say, but Israel’s wars start because of soldier casualties, and end when the society can no longer keep its stamina on the home front. The civil casualties are barely mentioned. So was the discourse around the withdrawal from south Lebanon, the discourse that preceded the disengagement plan from Gush Katif, and now – when (for seven years!) a ground operation in Gaza is being considered.

    Dominating the discourse before the pullout from southern Lebanon was only one conspicuous Justification: The number of soldiers’ lives lost each year in order to maintain Israeli presence there. It worked. Every mother who accompanied her son to the recruitment center memorized the: “Just not Lebanon”. mantra by heart. But no one counted the number of citizens, residents of northern Israel, shaded by Hezbollah rockets. Of their existence we were reminded only after the withdrawal, with the outbreak of war in Lebanon. Remembered too late.

    On the eve of disengagement defense experts made it clear again how absurd it was “to hold an entire division” to protect a few communities – a logic by which no Jewish settlement could have risen in Palestine. Already ads of “Gaza Victims” were being published, and parents also made it clear that they will support their children’s decision to refuse to serve there. No one bothered himself with the security of the residents of Sderot which was guaranteed by our presence in Gaza. Since the days of body counts in front of the window of Menachem Begin in Jerusalem (even then we somehow forgot the bombarded Kiryat Shmona residents), an unprecededted Israeli phenomenon began – whereby the basic logic of military-Civilan relations is turned on its head.

    Imagine that someone starts a campaign to “keep the safeguard off the beaches” because of the danger of drowning present in their work; or that a social movement with the message ” to keep the firefighters sway from the fires” for fear that their efforts may result in high degree burns. General’s Meshlav’s decision is akin to the chairman of the surgical doctors pleading to avoid taking care of wounded and bleeding lest they contract some infectious diseases.

    Someone just forgot that the role of soldiers is to protect and safeguard the lives of civilians. Any nation-state leader may consider restraint when the damage is solely to his troops but realizes that the “red line” is drawn when civilians are hurt. This is also the dominant reason for war military operations. the civilian is the target. The military is the tool. And, the army should be willing to sacrifice – painful as it may sound – to provide for the security of its civilians. That is its main objective. These are the prices it must pay to do so. If the ‘people’s army’ formula is not suitable anymore – then lest us create a professional army instead. There, as in any rescue company for lost travelers in South America – The soldier will sign a form willing to risk his life, which also comes with a respectable life insurance.

    This paradoxical situation whereby civilians are constantly at the forefront of terrorist attacks, while the army is in constant retreat in fear of terrorism – does not exist in any civilized country.

  5. Eliyahu says:

    Diane, yes, it’s a cynical copy of the Exodus Europa, circa 1947. But something else makes it much more cynical to me, and if the Euro “human rights” hypocrites who are along for the ride can’t see it, then are indeed in their own fanatic little bubble. What they should see is that the state most of all involved in sponsoring and promoting this HR flotilla is the govt of Turkey. Right there everyone who knows anything ought to see the cynicism on the part of Erdogan and his govt and followers. I can’t stand the disingenuousness of HR advocates who don’t know or don’t want to know what goes on in Turkey itself as well as Turkey’s history over the last 150 years, nor the personal history of Erdogan as an Islamist bigot, like Hamas, by the way.

    In a way, Erdogan was very clever to pick Israel as a target. All the superficial Euro concern over recognition of the Armenian genocide is left behind as well as honest acknowledgment of the bloody war to suppress the Kurdish insurgents, often terrorists themselves. The war against the Kurdish rebels has killed many civilians that all the Gaza worshipers are supposedly so keen to protect. Just recently Erdogan himself threatened to expel 100,000 Armenians from Turkey. He has also fabricated false charges against his domestic opposition [see article by Dogan & Rodrik in The New Republic], corrupted the judiciary, etc.

    But he seized the right enemy to strike moralistic postures against. He seems to have found the right formula to endear himself to bien-pensants Europeans. He is making himself ever more worthy of being accepted as a true European and even joining the EU.

    Anti-Zionism and Israelophobia are the last refuge of the scoundrels.

  6. Diane says:

    Eliyahu,

    Your disgust at Erdogan is valid, but there are a few logical holes that need filling in.

    1. Erdogan has been in power for years but was, until quite recently, on very friendly terms with Israel. Does he get a pass on that in Arab eyes?

    2. As scholars of jihadism will tell you, the biggest gripe of the Islamist is NOT Israeli possession of Al Quds but Ataturk’s dissolution of the Califate. That said, don’t Islamists represent an even greater threat to Turkish autonomy than they do to Israel’s survival? Put it this way: if Osama Bin Laden could have one wish miraculously fulfilled, it would be toppling the Turkish secularist regime and reinstating a Calif (himself?) to rule over Dar al-Islam. Erdogan must know this. Hence, perhaps, his alliance with Iran. (The Shi’a don’t want to restore the Califate.)

  7. JD says:

    It feels more like a pilgrimage to me, responsive to crises in faith.

    These stunts increased as discussion of Egypt’s closed border arose. I noticed the believers tried to believe at first Egypt was merely Israel’s tool. That failed.

    There was earlier this year that bizarre leftist dog and pony show where they went to Cairo and demanded entry into Gaza, politically purchased, then they went up to Israeli border to have a protest. I suppose in for their limited minds this “proved” the blockade, but in turn did it not just reinforce there is an Egyptian border too?

    Acknowledging the Egyptian border, or the viciousness of Hamas, would bring fearsome doubts into their faith. A strong trends in anti-Semitism is the the Jew must always be wrong, it comes from ancient insecure Christological thinking. Related to collective guilt. Acceding that Israel might not be so wrong in one respect is the type of reasoning that would undermine the faith. They are not rational thinkers, though they would say that they are the most so.

  8. incognito says:

    In a way, Erdogan was very clever to pick Israel as a target.

    That’s the major difference between Islamists and western useful idiots: the former are CUNNING — something which the latter not only are incapable of, but can’t recognize if its bites their ass.

    Erdogan has been in power for years but was, until quite recently, on very friendly terms with Israel.

    Check his origins and history: he tried to islamize initially and got rebuffed. So he realized he must islamize by stealth and fooling everybody. He started screwing Israel after he managed to islamize the internal Turkish apparatus and castrate the army Which the idiotic west foolishly demanded). Once he managed that he was free to turn on foreign policy — he allied with Iran and screwed Israel. And even after he did that the west and particularly Obama still fool themselves about him, it’s called denial.

    For all practical purposes the west has collapsed and it’s not the islamists that did it, it’s entirely self-inflicted. AFAIC it deserves it too.

  9. E.G. says:

    Israel education group ‘StandWithUs’ to meet ‘Free Gaza’ activists at sea.
    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=176679

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  11. E.G. says:

    I’m far from sure that cowards is the best descriptor for these persons, even under the 1st scenario or hypothesis.
    These are mercenaries in a militia unit of psy-war. And they’re trained for this kind of mission: indoctrinated, and made to wear mental blinkers (like a horse’s blinders), narrowing their view to a single objective.

    Here, masters of inversion (moral included) show the limits of the moral equivalence formula.

  12. Eliyahu says:

    Diane, Israel was quite friendly with Turkish govts through the 1990s and I suppose before. However, Erdogan was always an Islamist as Incog. suggests. He was I believe first elected pm in 2002, although his party only got 35% of the vote approx. The US administration of George Bush II did nothing that I know of to oppose his taking power, yet in 2003 the Turkish govt, under Erdogan as I recall, refused transit through Turkish territory to American troops, which at the time could have conceivably caused problems in the upcoming war.

    Erdogan was getting progressively more hostile to Israel as time went on, canceling the friendlier approach to Israel of the previous Turkish govt. The local Jews in Istanbul have also been harassed by Erdogan’s following, and his govt and the rabble that he stirred up against Jews. Several years ago, before Cast Lead [the Gaza war], Turkish TV was showing viciously anti-Israel and anti-Jewish film series, with Jews/Israelis stealing organs and the like, although it was precisely in Istanbul that some Eastern Europeans were going to sell organs.

  13. E.G. says:

    sshender,

    Udi Lebel is right. In recent years, the increasing use of “children” or “sons” instead of soldiers in some public discourse is indicative of the change of mindset imposed.

  14. obsy says:

    Diane,

    I don’t thing Erdogan is afraid of a Turkish caliphate.

    Erdogan is worst for his own people (in Turkey and Europe), but he is a disaster for Israel and Arabs too.
    He demonstrates to rulers and religious rulers that you can ally with the bad guys, start transforming your country into a theocracy and agitate against Israel and still get support from the west.

    Of course Iran is the one regime in the world that will appreciate all of this.

    The Arab dictators may not like it, but they might have to play along.

  15. obsy says:

    I forgot to mention:
    Erdogan may have become much freer to agitate against Israel after Obama replaced Bush.

  16. obsy says:

    Also, Erdogan calms westernized Muslims (who dislike islamization of Turkey) when he hits Israel.

    By the way: anyone who thinks that extreme leftists are fanatically against Israel ― try to talk to (moderate) Muslims about operation cast lead.

  17. Cynic says:

    Diane,

    1. Erdogan has been in power for years but was, until quite recently, on very friendly terms with Israel. Does he get a pass on that in Arab eyes?

    One must realise that while Erdogan appeared to be on friendly terms with the Israelis one does not know what passed between him and the Arabs.
    What excuses if any he parlayed in his favour to be excused from retribution.
    Then again maybe Turkey’s refusal to permit the US from transiting its territory into Northern Iraq in 2003 was part of the game he was playing which the West could not see?
    Again who was paying much attention in the Western World to anything going on in Muslim affairs when all eyes are on Israel’s behaviour?
    Just as Arafat proudly asserted in South Africa, soon after signing the Oslo Accord in Washington, in Arabic, that he was following Mohammad and his “accord” with the Meccans in his deal with Israel, who in the West paid attention to that?

    As one Arab said to me: “If someone does something that is apparently against custom and nobody really complains, one must ask why”.

  18. Cynic says:

    Eliyahu,

    In a way, Erdogan was very clever to pick Israel as a target. All the superficial Euro concern over recognition of the Armenian genocide is left behind

    which if American Jews had been honest enough would not have left the headlines. They have shown themselves to be hypocrites because for all the friendliness of the post WWII Germans they have never left the Holocaust out of sight.
    In their efforts to “protect” the false friendship of Turkey with Israel they let the matter slide, didn’t they, those who know no history?

  19. SE says:

    There is something missing from the entire brouhaha over this flotilla, indeed over the Israeli siege of Gaza: THERE IS NO ISRAELI SIEGE OF GAZA! A siege implies that you control all the borders, not allowing passage into the besieged territory.
    EGYPT CONTROLS A GAZAN BORDER!
    You can’t have a siege if you don’t control all the borders, and Israel does not control all of Gaza’s borders. Why is Israel more at fault for Gaza’s humanitarian crisis than Egypt? Let the flotilla gain entry to Gaza through Egypt if they were really concerned about the Gazan’s welfare, and avoid any form of needless confrontation.
    In sum:
    1. There is no Israeli siege of Gaza.
    2. This flotilla is a canard.

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  21. incognito says:

    I think it stems from the unique situation Israel is forced into and its history.

    I am familiar with it, but the unique situation has been so for all Israel’s 62 years and this attitude is relatively recent. I think it has to do with the europization/americanization of Israel and the enrichment of its elite. Whatever is left of the left is that elite and my guess would be that the Shalit family is of the left too. Their behavior cannot be due just to their pain. (In fact, the lower class in Israel has tended to be right, at least when I lived there).

    He demonstrates to rulers and religious rulers that you can ally with the bad guys, start transforming your country into a theocracy and agitate against Israel and still get support from the west.

    Why wouldn’t get support when the west itself is anti-Israel? As to the theocracy, the west has actually demanded that he do that by castrating the army — they called this democratizing. Hard to find a better example of ignorance and projection of their own culture to Islamists. Not to mention denial of what is happening, because they have outlawed the proper response to it.

    Of course Iran is the one regime in the world that will appreciate all of this. The Arab dictators may not like it, but they might have to play along.

    But of course — read Lee Smith’s THE STRONG HORSE. The Turks are doing the same. Read also Dilip Hiro’s piece at HuffPost about America (and the West) irreversibly waning.

    One must realise that while Erdogan appeared to be on friendly terms with the Israelis one does not know what passed between him and the Arabs.

    The weak western horse and the strong iranian horse have probably much more to do with Erdogan’s switch than the arabs. Until the islamists came to power there was not much love lost between turks and arabs, hence the good relations with Israel, as an alliance against the arabs.

    Just as Arafat proudly asserted in South Africa, soon after signing the Oslo Accord in Washington, in Arabic, that he was following Mohammad and his “accord” with the Meccans in his deal with Israel, who in the West paid attention to that?

    Who was paying attention IN ISRAEL to that for that matter?

    Well, some of the Likud did, but that did not stop them for jumping on the peace bandwagon anyway.

    They have shown themselves to be hypocrites

    That’s been the tradition AFAIK. But I very much doubt that being honest would have made any difference.

    THERE IS NO ISRAELI SIEGE OF GAZA!

    Hey, if everybody WANTS it to be a siege and says it is a siege, it IS a siege. Haven’t you figured that out yet?

  22. incognito says:

    And not only did they not pay attention to Arafat, they don’t to Obama either:

    http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2010/05/netanyahu-obamas-newest-prop.php

  23. incognito says:

    Turns out the spineless Netanyahu, who is all talk and no action, has hardly changed.

  24. incognito says:

    BTW, here’s a good review of THE STRONG HORSE which explains most of what you need to know about the arab ME:

    http://www.haaretz.com/culture/books/middle-east-just-the-way-it-is-1.292581

  25. incognito says:

    And here’s the reality about US Jews:

    http://danielgordis.org/2010/05/28/the-storm-ahead/

  26. Solomonia says:

    Gaza Freedom Freaks At Sea…

    So much to say about this, so little time. Here are a bunch of links. StandWithUs has almost the right response by sending their own counter-flotilla to sea: Counter-flotilla to surprise the Europeans A fleet of privately owned Israeli boats……

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  28. Daniel Bielak says:

    “…And they have not learned to stop this behavior even after experiencing such consequences over and over again…

    …I am sorry, but Israel is doing it to itself…”

    Exactly. Jewish people in general are, and have been, for thousands of years, doing it to themselves.

    I’ve been saying this over and over again on this blog.

    The root problem now is the now mass-belief in the false narrative of the 80 year history of the current situation.

    All of the facts need to be presented firmly and clearly.

    The false narrative is the issue.

    The false narrative is the problem.

    The following two articles describes well the mindset that Jewish people have that has allowed/caused the problem to exist – why Jewish people have allowed, accepted, propagated, etc, the false narrative.

    “The Paradox of the Jewish Mind”, by David Solway
    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-paradox-of-the-jewish-mind/?singlepage=true

    “The Psychology of Populations under Chronic Siege”, by Kenneth Levin
    http://www.jcpa.org/phas/phas-046-levin.htm

  29. Daniel Bielak says:

    Correction:

    “…The following two articles describe…”

  30. Daniel Bielak says:

    Correction:

    “…the 90 year history of the current situation…”

  31. Daniel Bielak says:

    Correction (sorry; hopefully the last one):

    I forgot to write that what I quoted at the beginning of my comment was written by incognito.

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  33. baruch hashem says:

    The shaygitz false israel , guided by the world luciferians criminals of zionism-freemasonry, serve their father Satan !!!

  34. baruch hashem says:

    Wake up people !!! Our enemy, is the shaygitz Zionism-freemasonry !!!

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