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August 28, 2014

Truth Behind Disproportionate War Efforts by Israel

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Many critics of Israel and news agencies from around the world love to use the description that Israeli use of the IDF is disproportionate force because Hamas does not possess equivalent equipment such as jet fighters, attack helicopters, tanks, armored personnel carriers and such. Of course there was no problem from these same sources when the United States and their allies used stealth fighters, stealth bombers, B-52 bombers, Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters, Abrams Main Battle Tanks, F-15, F-16, and a full arsenal of the most advanced weapons systems including special munitions, guided missiles, aim by sight chain guns which are aimed by the pilot simply looking at the target and pulling the trigger as well as satellites and drones of numerous varieties against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Iraq without a single accusation of using disproportionate force. But Israel ran into the most absurd suggestion from the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Navi Pillay who citing Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza, which is the universally recognized terrorist organization Hamas. She stated concerning the Iron Dome anti-missile system which has spared Israelis the devastation from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terror groups’ rockets fired into civilian areas of Israel decrying that, “No such protection has been provided to Gazans against the shelling.” Perhaps next Ms. Pillay will want Israel to provide Hamas, Islamic Jihad et al with Merkava tanks and the United States to provide them with F-15s, F-16s and perhaps F-35 Stealth Fighters when they roll off the production lines, possibly before they supply Israel.

 

The stressing importance for providing the people of Gaza with humanitarian aid including food and medical supplies as has been reported in virtually every news coverage and commentary is a ruse and dishonest reporting. Those relaying the blood libel that Israel has prevented such aid from entering Gaza are relaying a complete falsehood. All but two or three days during the entire fifty days of the conflict with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and their allies in Gaza the Israelis continued delivering tens upon tens of tractor-trailers full of tons of such supplies. The few missed deliveries were sent the ensuing day as soon as the terrorist forces in Gaza lifted their mortar fire directed at the crossing point with the intent of causing the deliveries not to enter for propaganda reasons. Those days also correspond to reports of the lack of supplies due to Israel preventing their delivery, something Hamas and friends were sure to emphasize in their press releases for those days. Fortunately, there have been some journalists whose integrity and sufficient outrage and indignance who have spoken about the offenses perpetrated by Hamas to control and edit their releases and limiting their access in order to restrict any negative reporting, especially reports that would have further proven and detailed their use of human shields and firing their rockets from within schools, civilian neighborhoods, mosques and other supposedly protected sites. These reporters will likely face similar restrictions against reporting the full extents to which they were intimidated and otherwise coerced and kept from reporting the truths they uncovered by their editors and higher-ups who will want to protect their news reporters access to Gaza in the future. The one thing that needs to be at the base of everyone’s thinking when it comes to the Palestinians, be they the Palestinian Authority (PA), Hamas, Islamic Jihad or even ISIS is that these groups all practice some form of fascism, be it political nationalist fascism such as the PA or theocratic jihadist fascism such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and ISIS, and they use similar tactics including control of the media, deception and projection onto others those same tactics of which they are guilty.

 

Back to Israeli supposed use of disproportionate force. The truth is that Israel used the opposite of disproportionate force. Israel could unleash hell on earth on Gaza and eradicate Hamas and Islamic Jihad no matter how deep into their infernal tunnel systems they tried to hide. Israel used such munitions in order to take out three top commanders who were deep in the tunnels underneath a civilian house. Hamas even made a point of pointing out the weight of the munition dropped on their commanders and classified it as a bunker busting bomb. They were correct and be assured that Israel either already possesses or can readily produce more of such munitions should the need warrant such. Israel has all the capabilities of any first rate technologically advanced nations. Israel is one of the leaders in the design and production of drones. The Iron Dome is just one of a number of high tech weapons systems used by Israel to defend their people and military equipment. Many of the Israeli systems are top secret but they have one which is just as remarkable as the Iron Dome that is not secret. The Israelis have a defensive system which when mounted on tanks, other armored vehicles, tanks or anything else even stationary objects is capable of intercepting and neutralizing even an RPG round fired from relatively close range. So, the real accusation which should be made against Israel is that she is using so little force compared to what the IDF is capable of unleashing that they could end the war with Hamas but the end result to the people of Gaza would be harmed beyond reason which is exactly why Israel does not use all at her disposal. Israel actually takes precautions and as much restraint as possible while still being able to accomplish the necessary tasks required to keep her people safe.

 

Despite the basic understanding that the political leadership is attempting to walk a fine line between unleashing the full force the IDF is capable of unleashing and the complete surrender to Israel’s enemies at the hands of the indignant morality which finds Jews fighting and defending themselves, especially with such professional competence, to be repugnant and against their concepts and perceptions of what Jews are presumable permitted by those who permitted them to reside within their borders. Many have such indignation that now Jews have their own borders and are willing and fully capable of defending them that they feel they must destroy those borders by any means or at least so all that is politically possible to make it as difficult as possible to prevent Israel being permitted to fully defend them. There are those who desire for Israel to hold the Western powers to their word through the treaties and conventions established at the end of World War I, especially the British who guaranteed in an agreement known as the Churchill White Papers that in exchange for the lands east of the Jordan River in order to establish a land for the Palestinian Arabs which is now known as Jordan, they gave their guarantees that the lands west of the Jordan River as inviolate into perpetuity. Well, once again Israelis and Jews can see the trustworthiness of a British promise. Eventually this round and round the mulberry bush will come to a final end and one side will prevail, Israel or her enemies, the Arab and Muslim world. This war started in the year 629 at the Battle of Khaybar where Mohammad commanded his Muslim marauders slaughtered the tribe of Jews known as the Banu Nadir with whom a treaty was theoretically in force. It is this battle on which the concept of a Hudna was born which allowed Muslim forces to enter into a treaty until they gained sufficient strength to fight from a more favorable position and then break that treaty by attacking their enemies. In theory the other party to the treaty or hudna was to be held to the terms of the treaty in order to protect the forces of Islam who were merely waiting until the situation was in their favor before launching their assault and breaking the same treaty completely unannounced, thus also gaining the advantage of surprise in their favor. This time the result will be different than the slaughter of Khaybar. Israel will simply gain control over the lands promised her by treaty and do so with as little force as required. Israel had become experts at using minimal force with maximum restraint in order to cause as few innocent casualties as humanly possible. Any doubt can research the actual ratio of civilians to combatants of any Israeli confrontation with the Arabs or Palestinians with the ratio of any other military in a modern war, especially any contest where a modern military was facing an enemy utilizing asymmetric warfare. The best commentary was delivered by retired British Colonel Richard Kemp in his Oct. 16, 2009, address to the United Nations Human Rights Commission which states the truth without any bias or predisposition reporting what he observed reviewing Israeli actions during their war with Hamas.

 

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August 2, 2014

Hamas, Give Us Back Our Son!

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The list of fools and their simple-minded solutions to the current conflict placing Israel against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Gaza terror groups are near to endless. Probably amongst the furthest gone and beyond the cusp of these crazies would have to be United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Her initial foray for the most offensive attack on Israeli defensive actions again Hamas by declaring that possibly many of the maneuvers and tactics used by Israel in their defensive struggle consisted as war crimes and were illegal. Where that may be accepted by some just proves the existence of useful idiots out amongst the body public, this comment alone and even when additionally we recognize Ms. Pillay for having convened the Human Rights Commission to study and ascertain the charges of war crimes which could be brought against Israel for her actions in the conflict. No. Ms. Pillay went further as she joined the multitudes in the mainstream media who have basically pointed out the disparity in presumed civilian casualties and follow up those statistics with a query asking why more Israelis, read Jews, have not been killed or injured as a result of the conflict. No matter the answer given where Israelis so questioned attempting to explain how Israel spends billions of Shekels in systems to protect her civilians from rockets while Hamas uses their civilians to protect their missiles and as human shields, the reporter would immediately cut them off as allowing them to explain is as impermissible an act and just as illegal as Israel defending her people so adequately has been deemed illegal. The reporter on such a line of questioning simply continues to state and restate the numbers of Gazans killed or injured and continues to imply that if similar numbers of Israelis, especially Israeli Jews, are not being killed and injured then Israel must be guilty of some form of war crime or possibly committing genocide. But United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has gone even further beyond anything coming before as she is now condemning Israel for not sharing the Iron Dome technology and granting Gazan including Hamas and Islamic Jihad Iron Dome batteries to protect their civilians just as it has protected Israelis. In her mind this would be fairness. I suppose the United States should be forced to provide Iran with advanced technical plans for nuclear weapons and provide them with a number of warheads just to give them a start. Perhaps this is a part of the nuclear talks in Geneva between the P5+1 and Iran.

Then there is the dynamic duo, United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry who entered the fray uninvited to propose a ceasefire to supercede the Egyptian plan which had the backing of Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, and the Arab League calling for a return to the same conditions as a similar treaty put in place after the 2012 Hamas Israel conflict. Yes, Hamas rejected the Egyptian ceasefire proposal which forces one to question why Hamas rejected the proposal out of hand and without making even the slightest change in their demands in a counter offer. The reason is obvious; they had received signals that they need not negotiate as their side would be taken up by the United States who would do almost anything to force Israel to comply with the majority of the Hamas demands, particularly to the completely open borders including an open unmonitored sea port. The sign sent to Hamas was the flight ban placed on Ben Gurion International Airport by the United States Federal Aviation Administration forbidding any American airliners from touching down in Israel. This ban was for all American airliners including both passenger and freight flights cutting Israel off from tourism and import-export via aircraft. Many European airliners and nations followed suit with their own bans. These bans mostly lasted thirty-six to forty-eight hours but this threat having once been applied now sits as a single example of how far the American administration would go in using their powers to punish Israel for any noncompliance rejecting the American terms or any other such disobediences. The Obama Administration even went so far as to attach President Obama’s 2.7 billion dollar immigration bill to aid and care for the flood of children and teens who have crossed the southern border over the last year and a half to the request for a 225 million dollar bill to restock missiles for the Iron Dome systems which have performed admirably in protecting Israelis from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and cohorts rocket barrages aimed at Israel major cities and inhabited zones. The Iron Dome is also responsible almost exclusively for the lack of Israeli casualties along with the publics’ willingness and ability to immediately seek shelter at the onset of the warning sirens. Additionally, Israel has also changed their building requirements from their original demands of one shelter per community, to one shelter per apartment building to the current requirement of a shelter in each and every apartment house or other civilian dwellings so as to provide readily accessible protection in response to Code Red Alarms.

All of these attempts to paint Israel as the aggressor and of wantonly murdering innocent Palestinian civilians demanding that Israel cease and desist from her aggressive military response to Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets raining down on her civilians and accept whatever ceasefire offered is now officially declared to be dead on arrival. This includes the plan offered by the United States, especially the current grant Hamas their wildest dreams proposal which Secretary Kerry backs as being so evenhanded and fair as it has the backing of the European Union, United Nations, the President of the United States and all of the self-important and self-aggrandized people they have approached with this plan which was crafted by two nations the United States and rest of those mentioned above view as being impartial and commendable arbitrators of the current conflict, Qatar and Turkey. Never mind the problems Israel has with agreeing to a proposal crafted by Qatar, one of if not the greatest of financial backers of Hamas, and Turkey, the loudest and most vocal critic of the current Egyptian government and in demanding that Egypt return to being ruled by former President Morsi and the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Now there is one demand and criteria which comes before the discussion of any ceasefire or other agreement; we demand we get our soldier back.

Never mind that Hamas breached every last ceasefire within hours of its implementation. Disregard these breaches even applied to the Humanitarian ceasefire requested by Hamas itself. Their actions breaching the final ceasefire which was proposed and backed by the United States and the United Nations and agreed upon by Israel, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian Authority and virtually everybody they could ask to sign on, as Hamas breach this time went beyond the cusp of acceptability. The coordinated assault by forces of Hamas and Islamic Jihad which resulted in two dead Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers could be excused as expected perfidy; but the abduction of one of our soldiers to hold for ransom as was Gilad Shalit is beyond acceptable loathsome antagonism. This time your criminal assaults and insults to the rules of civility are beyond forgiveness and demand one and only one response, no let up and no ceasefires until you return our soldier, period. This has to be the official position of the Israeli government and should be supported by the entirety of the civilized world. The abduction of Second Lieutenant (Platoon Leader) Hadar Goldin, 23, from K’far Saba of the Givati Brigade is not the same as capturing a soldier and taking them prisoner in time of war as you have no intention of releasing him as part of the end of hostilities. That means that there cannot be an end to hostilities and that Israel must continue assaulting the terrorist infrastructures and positions until we gain the freedom of our soldier, be that by his release or freed by our military maneuvers, either is acceptable. Israeli leadership must make clear that there will be no trading of terror criminals held in Israel for our honorable soldier as such would sully his name. Do not misunderstand the severity of this action. Hadar Goldin is more than just a soldier, by your acts you have made him the beloved son of every Israeli and we demand our son returned unharmed and immediately. As a people we demand our government never cease in their efforts to gain the freedom of our dear son, of Hadar Goldin. Should it take a firestorm that engulfs Gaza City, so be it. Whatever it takes and however we can attain the return of our son will be considered effort well invested. To the rest of the world, do not, we repeat, do not come crying to us about disparate casualty reports or using disproportionate force, we will likely be resorting to way beyond mere disproportionate and entering the level of outrageous or incommensurate force. We are now likened to a wounded tigress fighting to save one of her cubs and as such, we will spare nothing in our efforts to gain his release. To quote Japanese Admirable Isoroku Yamamoto who stated when he heard that Pearl Harbor had been attacked three hours before the declaration of war had been presented in Washington DC by the Japanese Ambassador and whose quote is most applicable to the actions of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Security Cabinet, we, the Israeli peoples, demand no less of your resolve in retrieving Hadar Goldin and returning this son to us, to all of us. We, too, have been filled with a terrible resolve which comes from the hole torn in our hearts at this horrific threat to our son. Bring our son home!

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July 25, 2014

Israel Hated Similar Reasons as is the United States

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One of the mantras heard in the condemnation of Israel in the current struggle to end the rocket bombardment and destroy the infiltration tunnel networks of the Hamas terrorist forces is that while there are hundreds of casualties being suffered within Gaza there are relatively little damage and a near unbelievable lack of noticeable casualties amongst the Israeli populations and cities. This lack of such disaster spread throughout Israel is due to two basic facts, first, the Hamas rockets are unguided and inaccurate with the majority landing in open areas thus doing little other than difficult to measure psychological damage simply from the repeated sirens and the having to hurriedly head for shelters and spend anxious minutes or longer in tense anxiety and second, the next to impossible success of the Iron Dome interceptor batteries which have downed approaching perfect interception percentage which has spared Israel the damage and casualties which previously would reached frightful levels. Take away either of these two factors and Israel would be showing similar levels of damage and significantly higher casualties than are being witnessed in Gaza despite the facts that Hamas places their civilians in the path of dangers and risks their lives in order to attempt to prevent attacks on something they value more than their people’s lives, their rockets to launch in the hope of murdering as many Israelis as possible while Israel invests whatever is necessary to prevent any harm from coming to her civilians. For those hanging on every new broadcast hoping for news of a highly successful attack which brings devastation to those Israelis, it will only take one failure of the Iron Dome batteries which are tasked with protecting Tel Aviv for your dreams to be unfortunately realized. In central Tel Aviv are tall office buildings with ten having forty or more floors and one that clears fifty which could be struck by a Hamas rocket and some of their largest are capable of doing sufficient damage to collapse one such skyscraper making such a strike the worst terrorist strike in Israeli history with a potential of thousands of murdered Israelis as a result of that one rocket which might get through. Those who hold the disparate death tolls and damages as their reason for despising Israel and throwing their sympathies to Hamas in empathy for their greater losses are damning Israel because of her success at protecting her population.

If instead of measuring by damage taken one were to measure the presumed disparity by number of explosive bombs and warheads launched or dropped and number of attempted ground mission and took the period of time leading up to the Israeli ground assault beginning you might be surprised. This comparison does not include the over a thousand rockets launched by Hamas into Israel before Israel launched her first bombing mission and only those rockets and attempted infiltrations by Hamas measured against the number of Israeli bombs and commando raids. The explosive comparison had slightly over a thousand-five-hundred Hamas rockets while the Israelis retaliated with slightly over two-thousand bombs with Hamas having attempted around a half-dozen infiltrations against a single naval commando mission by Israel. When one looks at the attacks and attempts to impart damage, destruction and casualties on the other side the conflict between Israel and Hamas becomes far more even contest with the measurable difference being in the preparation and success in defending and protecting ones people from those attacks.

This holding Israel at fault because of her being the stronger and more technologically advanced also ignores one of the most vital and important facts, Israel did not initiate this war and Israel removed every last Israeli and removed every IDF troop and base from all of Gaza in August of 2005. When people point to the blockade it needs to be pointed out that when Israel removed their presence they tuned the greenhouses and working businesses worth millions of dollars behind for the Gazans to utilize giving them functioning and profitable operations and did not impose any blockade on Gaza until after Hamas took control of Gaza in a bloody and violent coup defeating the forces of the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas. As long as the Palestinian Authority was governing Gaza the Israelis felt little need to clamp strict control over the ports in Gaza but this sense of security dissipated when Hamas which is sworn to the destruction of Israel and the eradication of Jews worldwide stipulated in the clearest possible language in the Hamas Charter and is a unifying theme taught in their schools and portrayed throughout their media.

Anybody who has attended one of the liberal arts colleges or universities and received lectures from professors holding the typical anti-capitalist and anti-American views such as often lectured by such as Noam Chomsky you would be familiar with their anti-American programs. They claim that American culture is polluting the world and tainting the natural culture and altering societies claiming that this societal culture creep that is Americanizing many of the cultures in the third world presumably destroying these primitive cultures which they claim are superior to the crass American culture as the more primitive cultures presumably live in harmony with nature. They also claim that the United States is the worst polluter of nature in the world, something far from borne out by actual unmassaged statistics. Was the United States a large pollution engine a number of decades ago? Yes, though not necessarily the worst. The truth is that since the 1970s the United States has been the only nation that has actually met and surpassed the stringent requirements set by the Kyoto Protocols despite the fact that the United States never signed on to these standards. Another canard is that the United States economic wealth has stolen from the less developed world their share of wealth because since the available wealth is presumably constant, their claim, not mine, then by obvious measurement, by the United States having so much wealth they have to have made it unfairly by robbing the poorer nations. What they are intentionally suppressing is that wealth is not a constant and the United States historically has been the greatest creator of wealth.

What, you need some proof that wealth is constantly being created? To use the most obvious proof that wealth grows over time and directly proportionally to technological advancement one need look no further than ancient human history, real ancient human history. Original ancient man, as in Homo erectus, our ancient ancestors hunted with spears and possibly bow and arrows and the keeper of the fire would be put to death if he permitted the fire to be extinguished and was responsible for transporting the embers to spark the fire when the tribe migrated. We could now trend the advances and thus creations of wealth through the ages with the Greeks and Romans who used plumbing, aqueducts and relatively complex weaponry compared to spears but quite primitive and useless against modern weaponry. Then we see what we have today with buildings covering large swaths of Europe and the United States, automobiles and other items which not long ago were considered luxuries or were not yet invented. All of these are indication of increased available wealth and by claiming that American culture and production methods are ruinous to less advanced nations is actually a form of elitism which is using false arguments to keep the third world less advanced and inferior to the technologically modern world by claiming that their lack of modernity is a state of existence that needs to be preserved. Where this is actually more destructive ecologically can also be described by researching the production of a simple product which has been in existence for numerous centuries, the production of charcoal. Modern charcoal is produced using electrical heating elements with the wood chips placed in a chamber which is filled with CO2 which minimizes escaping pollution while the tried and true old school method is to make large piles of wood chips and allow them to smolder such that the ones buried in the center are oxygen starved and are made into charcoal but produce heavy amounts of smoke and if a large area is used to mass produce charcoal with numerous large mounds smoldering away the area can become absolutely toxic. Which way would any intelligent ecological activist desire to have people worldwide produce charcoal, with modern equipment or the good old fashioned way which is still used in much of today’s world? Criticizing the United States for having a worldwide cultural influence and a greater proportion of the world’s per capita wealth is a form of primitivism and a rejection of advanced technology. This is found in a number of other elitist fads such as rejection of most technological advancements in agricultural preferring “natural” products. The same crippling anti-success jealousy which has infected much of social academia is behind much of the anti-Americanism as it is also behind much of the anti-Israel hatreds. This is most evident in the condemnation of Israel for protecting her people while sympathizing with Hamas because they appear disadvantaged by the resulting casualty numbers and destruction of infrastructure despite the actual number and size of explosives launched by each side being relatively equal, and actually favoring Hamas if one includes the three week buildup of rockets fired into Israel before the initial Israeli response to those attacks. But it is so much more noble to favor the underdog and it gives one a sense of superiority but cannot be assumed to grant them any moral advantage, that takes a more reasoned, systematic and unemotional examination of facts and actual numbers and not kneejerk emotional spontaneous reactions.

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